pie chart

Orzhov zombie aggro (IXL standard)

Standard* Aggro Budget Tribal W/B (Orzhov) Weenie Zombie



Planeswalker (2)

Creature (4)


this is a very good description.


Updates Add


This is a very good comment.

October 9, 2017 9:37 a.m.

The real comment is that this is a nice start to a deck that is very similar to a draft that I had done where I ended up with zombies from Amonkhet.

Since you have access to white I can't recommend Time to Reflect more. It's such a sweet Zombie tribal payoff card and when used in a deck like this one of the best white removal cards in the game.

I'd also recommend Vanquisher's Banner from Ixalan as another sweet tribal card that gives you a nice draw engine, especially since literally half of the cards in your deck are creatures. You'll want to be able to keep playing more every turn and this should give you 2-3 extra cards a turn. Hell, even on turn 6 if you have 6 mana and only one creature in hand you could play a one drop zombie, draw a card, play a two drop zombie, draw a card, play a one drop zombie, draw a card, play another zombie, draw another card...

As much as I like Midnight Oil (which is how I arrived here in the first place) I think this would be a much better means of getting card advantage. You won't get it out until a turn later but it should net you at LEAST one extra card per turn while also buffing your entire field as another anthem effect. In an almost entirely creature deck (which honestly you could drop In Oketra's Name and Cast Out from the main board and go 100% creatures plus a few of these) I think it would result in your snowballing out of control.

You could have things like Cast Out and the new Ixalan's Binding (sweet card btw) in the sideboard to deal with threats by your opponent, and I'd also recommend sweepers like Bontu's Last Reckoning and Yahenni's Expertise which play very nicely with Plague Belcher because it'll reset the board while also draining down your opponent by 1 life for every Zombie that dies and for each Belcher on the field. That could be a finisher all by itself.

Here's what I would recommend overall:

Add 3x Sunscorched Desert as a little ping of damage that also helps enable your Ifnir Deadlands as more Deserts that can be sacrificed. This will up your land base to 24 which will be important to ensure you hit land drops every single turn and can afford to keep dropping multiple creatures every turn.

Add 4x Vanquisher's Banner to make sure that you hit one by turn 5 every game. You probably won't ever need to actually cast more than one, but great if you can. You don't want more than one in your starting hand though because you will need 3-4 land and 3-4 creatures to stay on curve.

Then your 15 card sideboard should roughly include:

1x-2x Cast Out as a means of dealing with large targets like Dinosaurs or whatever is going to lose you the game.

1x-2x Ixalan's Binding for the same reason and a great counter to combo decks.

1x-2x In Oketra's Name for the same reason you have it now: That final push of damage. I don't think you need more than two of these because it will pretty much always just need to be used the one time and usually later in the game.

1x-2x Yahenni's Expertise to be able to reset the board and drop a creature to follow it up. This can also become a finisher with Plague Belcher and a swarm of smaller zombies if it kills them. These are really inexpensive right now which is sweet.

1x-2x Bontu's Last Reckoning for pretty much the same reason as Yahenni's Expertise, but this one takes down things like Carnage Tyrant.

2x-3x Time to Reflect because it is a solid combat trick to remove big threats.

1x-2x Dispossess to break apart artifact based combos.

1x-2x Lost Legacy for the same reason but for non-artifacts.

Just my two cents. With Ixalan bringing 4 "new" and reasonably strong tribes and rotation making Zombies a thing of the past I think a creature heavy build like this should come as a surprise since the loss of cards like Liliana, the Last Hope and Relentless Dead. Once you hit your stride on turn 5 with that Banner you'll be set up to really flood the board and get maximum value from Wayward Servant to drain down your opponent and Binding Mummy to tap down their blockers.

Good luck! :)

October 9, 2017 10:13 a.m.

Thank you for the help!

October 9, 2017 5:42 p.m.

No problem :)

I made a copy of this this morning with the proposed changes and ran a bunch of sample hands and play tests and a few times, albeit uninterrupted without an opponent, I actually drew way too many cards and decked myself in like 11 turns lol.

Granted I would have had no problem representing lethal damage way before then, but it was really funny having 2-3 Banners out and flooding the board. Definitely showed off the potential and I think it could be really sweet. I did add in a single copy of Unraveling Mummy as a mana sink to give Lifelink to the big Zombies and Deathtouch to the small ones.

Playing this reminded me of how much I loved Plague Belcher at the Amonkhet Pre-release. He's so good with Tattered Mummy because if you kill it with the Belcher your opponent loses 3 life just like that. Neat little synergies.

October 9, 2017 6:11 p.m.

I know they're a bit pricey, but I strongly recommend finding a place for Metallic Mimic. Good luck!

November 1, 2017 8:13 a.m.

Considering that metallic mimic would make up most of the budget, I'll just put it in the maybeboard, for people willing to spend more on the deck.

November 1, 2017 6:04 p.m.

I believe its Liliana Death's Majesty and she is like 8 bucks and gives you 2/2s and wipes the board. I would recommend as an upgrade card. (She's in Amonkhet)

November 8, 2017 8:20 p.m.

Again, bit pricey for the budget of this deck, so I'll put it in the maybeboard.

November 8, 2017 10:24 p.m.

I just realized you don't have Liliana's Mastery which you totally should. Cheaper (money not cmc) than the banner, harder to get rid of (artifact hate is popular) and it creates two zombies.

November 9, 2017 8:18 a.m.

Compare to inventory
Date added 3 months
Last updated 2 months

This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.45
Tokens 2/2 Zombie
Folders Zombies, Decks to Try, Idea sorting, decks, bant, Standard Ideas, Standard Deck Ideas, std, Standard Decks, Standard Options, See all 15
Top rank #20 on 2017-11-10
Ignored suggestions
Shared with