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The Never-Ending Zombie

Modern* Mono-Black Zombie



This is a low CMC Zombie Tribal, focused on creating a small swarm of low cost threats that are able to stick to the battlefield through most common removal.

Individual Explanations:


  1. Cryptbreaker : As a 1/1 for 1, the most important role this plays is either as straight card draw, or creating a decent sized blocker in an emergency.

  2. Diregraf Ghoul: A vanilla body to be used for blocking, attacking, and as a cheap way to use both Cryptbreaker 's second ability and Gravecrawler's recursion.

  3. Geralf's Messenger : The 'finisher' for the deck, it provides at least four damage from it's ETB triggers, while providing a large enough body to be a threat to opponents.

  4. Gravecrawler: One of the main threats of the deck, this is the recurrable 'workhorse', placing a lot of pressure early on the opponent.

  5. Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip : I chose this Lili over Liliana, the Last Hope due to her minus X, as well as her ultimate not only reanimating my own creatures, but my opponent's as well.

  6. Relentless Dead: Arguably the most important card in the deck, this zombie provides an evasive threat that can resurrect other zombies in the deck, as well as being difficult to permanently deal with.


  1. Bile Blight: This works as both a general-purpose removal spell, as well as an efficient semi-boardwipe against token decks.Hero's Downfall: A removal card used to deal with threats that can severely impact the board in an opponent's favor.

  2. Hero's Downfall: A removal card used to deal with threats that can severely impact the board in an opponent's favor.


  1. Sadistic Sacrament: This card is used to disrupt combo decks, as well as the remove grave-hate cards before they have the chance to be played.

  2. Sign in Blood: Simple card-draw to find the deck's main threats faster.

Any suggestions or comments you have are definitely appreciated. Do know that I am on a bit of a budget, so please take that into account, but any and all help is certainly welcome. Thank you.


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I've prefered Go for the Throat or Doom Blade over Hero's Downfall in the past. I Think you could swarm their Planeswalkers with creatures rather than having to use a spell?

December 6, 2016 10:04 p.m.

Butcher Ghoul also has undying. Whilst it's not the best zombie out there, it survives another turn :)

December 15, 2016 8:27 a.m.

Very nice, efficient deck, I like it! Have you considered Death Baron? It would boost all your zombies and give them deathtouch, not bad for 3 mana!

December 20, 2016 6:55 p.m.

Thank you TTT60, total_euphoria, and jestimusprime for your suggestions, and I will say that most of your suggestions crossed my mind during testing, so I'll try and convey why I excluded or included the cards I did.

First, Go for the Throat vs. Hero's Downfall. I chose Downfall over Throat for two reasons. First is that the majority of the 'walkers I'd want to deal immediately with have ways to defend themselves from creatures. (I.E. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Liliana, the Last Hope. Second, while I personally don't many of the people in my playgroup use kaladesh cards. Like Torrential Gearhulk and Smuggler's Copter. I prefer the Downfall, just for the raw utility, though there are certainly situations where that one extra mana can screw me over, but _()_/.

Second, Butcher Ghoul. This card just underwhelms me a bit. Does it have a strong ability? Yeah, it does. Can it eat an Ultimate Price and not care? It sure can. But I know no situation in which I would use a removal spell on this, and that is kinda my point. It doesn't do much of anything besides being a chump blocker that recurs itself once. While Diregraf Ghoul cannot recur itself, it also costs less mana for an initally bigger body. It also lets me put an early blocker on the board that I can recur with Relentless Dead more easily.

Third, Death Baron. An amazing card in this deck? Yes. $64 dollars of good for a playset in a currently $80-ish deck? I don't think so.

Once again, I thank you for all of your feedback, and hope that , if you're planning to make a zombie deck, I at least gave you a little to thing about. :)

December 21, 2016 8:14 p.m.

Hey there, fellow budget necromancer. I myself was making a budget zombie deck and I found interesting card ideas you've put in there, specially the removals (Bile Blight, Hero's Downfall and Sadistic Sacrament).

But I guess my aim of budget is a bit cheaper than yours, since I'm skipping on Geralf's Messenger, Gravecrawler and Relentless Dead.

This is a prototype of what I'm going for:

Diregraf Ghoul x4

Dark Salvation x3

Shamble Back x2

Cryptbreaker x4

Highborn Ghoul x4

Cemetery Recruitment x3

Fleshbag Marauder x4

Diregraf Colossus x4

Liliana's Elite x4

Unbreathing Horde x4

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip x2

Swamp x22

The main idea was to swarm the board (and graveyard) with as many zombies as you can as well as going full aggro, since you can grow some big threats later. Not to mention the really low cost to build the deck.

Dark Salvation could be cast mostly at one mana and still would be able to remove single big threats.

Cemetery Recruitment was to help on card draw and not rely entirely on the Cryptbreaker, and speaking of which, I think I might end losing so much health drawing cards on him that I thought those Shamble Back would be useful for some health gain.

Again, your removal choices are probably better, and since we also think of our play enviroment (I mostly play casually with friends) I think if I ran Sadistic Sacrament they might never want to play against the deck again, hahaha, so there's that.

Still, would love to hear what you think about the deck and cards I mentioned, and even if you think of putting any on your current deck. Happy necromancy!

January 5, 2017 11:39 a.m.

Seems like a good prototype, especially for it's low cost. It seems a bit split though between a re animator style deck and a swarm type. If you're going for reanimator, try looking into Dregscape Zombie and Ghoulraiser as budget options for Gravecrawler and Relentless Dead. If you want more of a swarm type, maybe look at Sarcomancy and Graf Harvest. As for what you have, Liliana's Elite is a little counter-intuitive for both kinds of deck. In reanimator, you (hopefully) wouldn't have many creatures in your graveyard, and with swarm, you'd be using tokens, which don't stay in the graveyard. I'd say the other card I'm not sure of is Highborn Ghoul. It depends on how many people in your playgroup play black, I guess, but between intimidate and menace, I'd go with menace. Still though, I like what you came up with, especially considering you had a pretty strict budget it seems. I hope my suggestions help, even if a little bit!

January 8, 2017 2:11 p.m.

Graf Harvest is a really annoying and cheap enchantment to add, but still I like the idea more of cycling the deck with card draw other than reanimating it, althought I like to stick to the swarm idea since it allows Cryptbreaker value with draw, Dark Salvation value with removal, and even yet super value with Unbreathing Horde, both from big graveyard and swarm in board.

I'm thinking of actually running 4 of Dark Salvation and probably reduce the minion numbers of the deck (which is originally 30) to add menace with Graf Harvest, probably removing some of the Highborn Ghoul, which I myself was thinking it was kind of a poor choice, but it counts as graveyard number if I want to discard him with Cryptbreaker, and maybe even Liliana's Elite due to the "high" 3 mana cost.

Cemetery Recruitment is there for some additional card draw, and hopefully to also recover some key minions, such as Cryptbreaker to allow even more card draw, and depending on the situation recovering some big bullies such as Diregraf Colossus and Unbreathing Horde, or even for more removal with Fleshbag Marauder. Hell I can even get Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip back if needed.

Anyway I appreciate the feedback! I'll keep all your suggestions in mind.


January 9, 2017 1:12 p.m.

Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is a big list of cards I put together to try and cover what is available for mono black in modern- haven't updated for aether revolt yet, It'll need another look soon but for now, take a look at Night's Whisper, alternatively Blood Scrivener/Asylum Visitor with Zombie Infestation and Call the Bloodline is cheap and efficient. Ratchet Bomb is an awesome source of removal for noncreature permanents- If you leave it you can shut down some combos just by setting it to the appropriate mana cost. Bojuka Bog is awesome sideboard, and Stillmoon Cavalier is wonderfully resilient. on another note, if you're running discard Dregscape Zombie is somtimes worth it to res the gravecrawlers from an empty board.All told, good luck and happy brewing.

January 11, 2017 8:08 a.m.

Bone Splinters would be a very low CMC kill card. Especially effective when used on Grave Crawler. Altar's Reap as well. Great looking deck

January 25, 2017 12:35 p.m.

This deck is great looking!

The land count is really high though, you could take out 2 swamps for more removal like Fatal Push, which is great with all of your death triggers, or perhaps even a couple Diregraf Colossus to use in conjunction with your Crawlers.

+1 I love a nasty zombie deck

March 20, 2017 7:26 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.05
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, Liliana
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