This deck was inspired by the popular Horde format (OG rules found here:, apologies but TO's link function does not appear to work for hyperlinks) but I have developed the following rule-set with friends:

  1. The Horde has a deck of 200 cards exactly, not including its Generals, that is controlled by no player.
  2. The Horde has infinite mana and an infinite hand size at all times.
  3. The players should play with at least 4 people, no more than 6.
  4. The Horde shouldn't have to target anything but if it does it typically chooses the target at random unless specified. Any other choices the Horde is forced to make are made at random.
  5. The players take 4 turns each in a bubble before the Horde becomes a part of the game, once the Horde enters the game it takes a turn between each player's turns (i.e. Player A takes a turn, then the Horde takes a turn, then Player B takes a turn, then the Horde takes a turn, etc.). The Horde starts taking turns after 4 full rounds or after a player reaches 4 lands in play, whichever occurs first.
  6. Once the Horde starts taking turns its turns are constructed thus: Beginning Phase(Untap, Upkeep, Cast), Combat(Beginning of Combat, Declare Attackers, Declare Blockers, Combat Damage, End of Combat), End Step
  7. During the Cast step of the Horde's turn it casts progressively more cards from the top of its library. For the first 2 rounds of the Horde's participation (called the First Wave) it reveals 1 card from the top and then casts it each turn. For the Second Wave it reveals 2 cards from the top and then casts them. For the Third Wave it reveals 3 cards from the top and then casts them. For the Fourth Wave it reveals 4 cards from the top and then casts them, etc., etc. The Casting of cards has a specific order: first all creature spells (including tokens) are cast, then all non-creature permanent spells, then all non-permanent spells. All spells are cast in this order and in order of increasing mana cost for cases where multiple spells of the same type are revealed (e.g. Twilight's Call and Drown in Sorrow are revealed simultaneously, Drown is cast first, then Twilight).
  8. On the first Horde turn of each Wave its Cast is replaced by casting the Wave General. The Wave Generals are Legendary Creatures that act as normal creatures once they enter the battlefield. Despite being called Generals, they do not deal General(Commander) Damage, and they do not go back to a General(Command) Zone if they would be put into another zone than the battlefield.
  9. The Horde always attacks the player with the least life. If two or more players are tied for the least life then one of them is chosen at random and all Horde creatures able to attack, attack that player. The exception to this rule is Raving Dead, which will attack a player at random as the card says. Also, the Horde does not attack planeswalkers typically. The caveat to this is that all flying creatures the Horde controls attack a planeswalker at random instead of the player with the lowest life.
  10. The Horde's Graveyard has a specific order. For all cards that go there simultaneously from being milled or dying at the same time, first non-token creatures are put in, then token creatures, then non-creature permanents. Tokens are not exiled upon entering the graveyard and stay there until another effect (like Burning the Bodies, see section 14) removes them.
  11. Horde zombie tokens with x/x power and toughness have power and toughness equal to the number of zombies the Horde controls.
  12. Players are still technically opponents of each other for the purpose of all cards that reference opponents and may attack each other (especially in order to make themselves not the target of the Horde).
  13. Players may block for each other when the Horde attacks (even though you aren't allies, as soon as the weakest player dies, the next weakest is going to get attacked so players have a vested interest in preserving each other to some degree).
  14. Players attacking the Horde: When a player Enters the Combat Damage step he or she declares if they are going to "Spite the Dead" or "Burn the Bodies". To Spite the Dead the player attacks the Horde and replaces damage with milling that many cards from the top of the deck. To Burn the Bodies the player attacks the Horde and replaces damage with exiling that many cards (tokens count as cards) from the top of the Horde Graveyard. If a player has multiple combats in one turn then they may choose a different combat effect from the previous choice. The Horde never blocks. Also, note that this is a replacement effect and therefor no damage is dealt to the horde. Effects that trigger off of combat damage will not happen (e.g. Sword of Fire and Ice ).
  15. If the horde takes non-combat damage it mills that many cards; if the horde gains or loses life, nothing happens.
  16. The Horde does not activate abilities or pay Flashback or Unearth costs. It does not Regenerate its creatures. If a card says the Horde "may" make a choice or take an action then it always does.
  17. If cards are returned to the Horde's hand they are shuffled back into the Horde's deck.
  18. If the horde ever has to choose a creature type for any reason it chooses zombies.
  19. The players remaining alive once the Horde is not able to cast any cards and has no remaining creatures win the game.


This deck has a Stranger Things and general horror theme of non-zombie creatures sprinkled in and more importantly 3 Demogorgons in the form of Phantasmagorian, Phyrexian Obliterator, and Phyrexian Negator . These are flavor characters and besides being good creatures they have one special ability: whenever they would die they are shuffeled back into the Horde deck until there are no cards left in the Horde deck. Exiling them removes them from the game permanently. I want to add more Demogorgons eventually in the form of Mindslicer and other monoblack horrors.

More Stranger Things flavor comes in the form of Underworld Dreams, which represents the Upside Down from the show.

Note: If an effect that says a player wins the game is replaced by a triggered ability called So Close, which says that if a triggered ability would make a player win the game, instead they lose the game. Then the game will continue on as normal.

*Note on scaling for number of players: If one or more players are playing group hug, reduce the number of setup turns from 4 to 3.

Cards with special functionality in the Horde:

  • Fury of the Horde essentially works as it is meant to and gives the Horde an extra combat one turn.
  • As mentioned before, Raving Dead attacks a player at random as the card says.

Token Note: TappedOut doesn't have tokens as legal cards for a deck so they are listed here.

  • 1x Bat
  • 2x Skeleton
  • 5x Zombie X/X
  • 2x Zombie X/X
  • 27x Zombie 2/2
  • 1x Zombie Horror X/X
  • 1x Zombie Giant 5/5

Horde Record (As of June 16, 2017)

  • Wins: 5
  • Losses: 7

Please feel free to offer suggestions and improvements to the format or decklist. In a future update I'm thinking about making all activated abilities and Unearth/Flashback costs mandatory payables for the Horde deck.

  • Endless Whispers removed as it was way too unbalancing and hamstrung the Horde. Replace with Death Pits of Rath .
  • Mortuary and Bloodbond March added. Removed a couple generic zombies.
  • Group hug is banned from being played against the Horde. It enables the players to get too far a jump ahead of the Horde. Played successive games with first turn Veteran Explorer s rammed into another 1/1 to ramp everyone so far ahead that the Horde basically lost before the game started.
  • Added new condition that the Horde starts taking turns after 4 full rounds or after a player reaches 4 lands in play, whichever occurs first.
  • Suggestions



    Dugrim says... #1

    Great Deck! Incredibly flavorful and I love the addition of generals.

    October 28, 2016 1:23 p.m.

    Thanks, and in response to the email, no I haven't tested it yet. Hopefully I'll get to before FNM tonight and then I'm having friends over on Sunday for Halloween and we are going to play it. I'll post updates and feedback as it gets tuned over the next few weeks. Also, waiting on a few flavor cards like the Headless Horseman. I wanted to put Frankenstein's Monster in but he's no good. It's hilarious that those are actual creatures in MtG though.

    October 28, 2016 1:33 p.m.

    Screech589 says... #3

    How do you downvote other peoples' comments?! Durgrim sux!

    But fro real it all looks solid except for two typos in the rules.IDK about the CMC 7 removing the Demogorgon. I understand the flavour but the rule feels clumsy, and exiling should be quite doable. If you must keep it, then change the CMC to...Eleven.

    Typos:Rule #7- First sentence "cast" to "casts"Rule #16- Flashback "OR" Unearth

    Add Field Creeper

    October 28, 2016 2:28 p.m.

    Oh yeah you're right she was named 11 not 7, that's my mistake. Durgrim is my friend, why would you say he sucks? His comment was completely benign. Thanks for the suggestions.

    October 28, 2016 5:14 p.m.

    Screech589 says... #5

    strong textDURGRIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2016 5:42 p.m.

    Screech589 says... #6

    Wow the comment formatter formats bold text incorrectly!

    BUT WAIT! It gets better!

    You can't edit or delete your own comments in this site, according to what I've read!



    Slows. slow clap

    October 28, 2016 5:49 p.m.

    Ah I see. You are Nathan, you creepy motherfucker. Yeah this site's comment functionality is a dumpster fire.

    October 28, 2016 6:17 p.m.

    Screech589 says... #8

    If that were my name I would ask you not to reveal my interweb name publicly but you can't delete your comments anyway so...

    October 28, 2016 6:26 p.m.

    Screech589 gimme that +1 bitch. Did you not like the idea or the deck?

    October 29, 2016 12:31 p.m.

    Ziembski says... #10

    I assume that you play your normal commander deck aganist his one?

    Btw, great deck and whole idea! I think 'bout making something basing at this idea but with Eldrazi theme!

    October 31, 2016 4:04 p.m.

    Yeah we played 5-6 commander decks against the horde each time. I can't imagine playing normal decks against the horde. I don't think it would go too well.

    November 1, 2016 11:47 a.m.

    Really cool idea i love this.

    November 1, 2016 6:20 p.m.

    Thanks a lot!

    November 1, 2016 8:28 p.m.

    Your most welcome but honestly thank you. Is this horde magic a thing or did you come up with it? I've never heard of it.

    November 2, 2016 10:34 a.m.

    It's been a thing for a while but I condensed my specific rules from several different places and made up some of my own to fix problems I saw in the format. I designed this deck completely on my own.

    November 2, 2016 11:02 a.m.

    Thats awesome!! Your my hero for the day!! I really like how clear you were regarding the rules of how to play it and how the deck plays itself out. I'm gonna try and get this going with my playgroup. Most times there is three of us, should we make any adjustments since we dont always have 4. There will be times when we will have one or two extra players but not as frequent as just the 3 of us.

    November 2, 2016 1:22 p.m.

    Also please keep these coming. I really would like too see more lists like this. Maybe a goblin horde next lol.

    November 2, 2016 1:28 p.m.

    For smaller groups I would adjust it by doing 3-4 rounds per Wave instead of 2. That should be a good place to start. I'm interested in doing another kind of horde eventually, and goblins might be good. Really the critical part is choosing a creature type that has enough references on other cards like sorceries that make them by don't target or have X in the cost.

    November 2, 2016 3:03 p.m.

    Thanks for the tip. And whatever you come up with next I'm really looking forward to. (But im still rooting for gobbies lol))

    November 2, 2016 5:40 p.m.

    Cal3bM says... #21

    I love this idea! Going to try to create something similar but with Eldrazi

    November 2, 2016 7:13 p.m.

    Awesome! Comment with a link when you do it. I'd be interested to see what you come up with. The eldrazi titans would be seriously gross in a Horde format, be careful balancing that.

    November 2, 2016 11:23 p.m.

    Fairseas says... #23

    could you explain how the waves work? like when they start and end?

    July 23, 2017 7:56 p.m.

    The first wave starts after the players 4 turn bubble ends. Each wave is two rounds of the table with the horde taking a turn between each player's turns. You go up to the next wave and play that wave general after every two rounds. Does that clarify?

    July 23, 2017 8:28 p.m.

    Fairseas says... #25

    Yes. Thank you. I built the I deck with a few minor small changes so I'm looking forward to it. Thanks again.

    August 4, 2017 8:13 a.m.

    Lhurgyof says... #26

    Could use more All Hallow's Eve.

    Cool deck, +1!

    October 12, 2017 7:43 p.m.

    Yeah...not looking to add $200 cards just for flavor. Twilights Call does it well enough. Thanks for the +1!

    October 12, 2017 7:50 p.m.

    Lhurgyof says... #28

    It's 200 dollars?! I picked mine up for 35 in mint condition a year or so ago.

    October 12, 2017 7:56 p.m.

    Yeah I'm not sure if it was one of the reserved list buyouts or something else but it's at $200 now.

    October 12, 2017 8:06 p.m.

    mtg_shit_post says... #30

    I probably wouldn't ever play this but this is super cool great job

    October 30, 2017 8:42 p.m.

    I've been looking for a good horde deck for months now and I love this. Of course, I'm always looking to break the game rules so I have to ask how would chaos decks work against the horde?

    How would you rule card interactions with the horde deck of the following i.e. would they be adjusted for this gamemode or perhaps even banned?

    Timesifter, Confusion in the Ranks, Donate a Steel Golem to the horde or simply using Form of the Dragon against the horde as I don't see any flying at a first glance.

    I suppose you could just rule that they do not affect the horde and only affect the other players.

    November 3, 2017 4:47 p.m.

    Confusion in the ranks would probably be favorable to the horde, so nvm on that one.

    November 3, 2017 5:01 p.m.

    ThermalMeerkat thanks for the upvote and comment! I'm always happy to hear somebody is enjoying the deck besides me. I don't see any problem with playing a chaos deck against the horde and it could probably be a really strong strategy if you cut them off from casting their creature spells or used Form of the Dragon. The horde just wouldn't be able to attack the player with Form of the Dragon. The idea is to alter as few of the actual game rules as possible to accommodate the horde.

    November 3, 2017 9:49 p.m.

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