General concept: Revolves around Blood Artist and the like, having the death of my creatures heal me and damage them with added effects like the option to kill their creature's. A very useful card combo is Bone Splinters and Tragic Slip preferably with a Blood Artist in play.
Win conditions: If the death of creatures throughout the game and basic attacks don't kill the opponent, there is a winning combination that usually finishes the game as soon as it's set up.
This combination is fairly easy to get set up since all of the zombies have Undying or can return from the graveyard. The Demonmail Hauberk is usually difficult for most decks to get rid of and if it is removed, I have several to draw into. Altar's Reap is incredibly useful in this deck. Once this is set up, spells aren't really cast from me anymore as the mana usually all goes to sacrificing Gravecrawler, bouncing the Demonmail Hauberk between two creatures. This deals at least 1 damage per Swamp to target player and I gain at least 1 life. The more Blood Artist's out, the worse/better.
Dictate of Erebos is a huge threat and is able to clear the board rather quickly if left on the field. If I have a combo set up, it's generally a game ender.
Why it's fun:It's great to see the opponent be scared to kill your creatures. When a Day of Judgment is in their hand and they can't play it because it would kill them is quite satisfying.
Sideboard help:I need help with creating a sideboard so any suggestions are very much appreciated. For the most part, the main Deck is complete and I'm not looking to change it. However if something would really work noticeably better I would certainly give a good go. Please Play test it and let me know how things go.
UpdatesBlood Artist out and 2 zombies, one being Gravecrawler and have a Demonmail Hauberk out and continuously sac the Gravecrawler to do 1+ damage per swamp.
Diregraf Captain could help you deal damage with the sacrificing of gravecrawler, as could Bloodflow Connoisseur(on a side note giving you a very big attacker considering you have a decent amoutn of land)
May 14, 2012 3:48 p.m.
I had Bloodflow Connoisseur in there originally but I would rather have a zombie to better the chances of Gravecrawler having a buddy to visit, but there are no standard zombies that can sac a creature at will. I also ended up using the Demonmail Hauberk because it's harder to get rid of most of the time and is a nice buff. Diregraf Captain would add blue which hurts my combo.
May 14, 2012 4:29 p.m.
umm, i'd go UB on this one...
I reaally dislike the equipment...
May 18, 2012 7:47 p.m.
I have another deck, Jinxed Zombie, that uses blue and it has similar effects of making opponents loose life through sacrificing to Fallen Ideal. I feel like if I added Blue it would essentially become a standard version of that deck. I have the captain and grimgrin in there, but using him as a sac outlet is really hard. The issues that I have with grimgrin are 1. usually he can't stay out for more than 2 turns. 2. He is expensive and easier to remove than an artifact. 3. Adding blue for a vulnerable sac outlet that's expensive to put out, and the captain who's role is essentially already filled doesn't seem worth it.
Play test it and see how it works out. I don't have a sideboard yet and I would love to hear ideas for it and create one.
May 19, 2012 12:17 p.m.
I like this deck. This is actually similar to what I was trying to do earlier before I splashed blue into my zombie deck. I have to agree with the sentiment that Diregraf Captain adds a lot to the deck if you are willing to splash blue. I think you'd be surprised on how well it works - and you can easily get rid of Falkenrath Noble if you have them.
I do, however, agree with leaving Demonmail Hauberk in. It is underrated and really should be in this deck for easy removal and a nice upgrade for an attacking creature. And it'll give you a chance to attack with Blood Artist