Jund Zombie Beatdown. Aim: Kill the opponent as fast as possible. Be nice about it though. :)

Sideboard Explanation:

Duress against control to remove early instants Sphinx's Revelation or sorceries Supreme Verdict. Typically, remove Victim of Night to add in Duress.

Vampire Nighthawk against midrange decks, typically take out Rakdos Cackler.

Pillar of Flame against zombies or Naya Blitz.

Dreadbore against superfriends or midrange decks running big creatures that can't be killed by Searing Spear.

Abrupt Decay against aggro/midrange decks running Boros Reckoner or control decks running Detention Sphere.

All suggestions welcome! If you like the deck, I'd appreciate the +1's. :)



kriskurse says... #1

Honestly love the decklist bro. +1. But most Zombies post Rotation are going to be extremely similar..

October 8, 2012 9:47 p.m.

pumpkinsword says... #2

Well, some people want to go BR or BG. However, I thought that by going Jund I would be able to get the best parts of each: aristocrat and burn from red; rancor, lotleth troll, and dreg mangler from green, as well as a variety of removal and utility spells from both.

October 8, 2012 11:12 p.m.

Nice deck, can't think of any suggestions at the moment but I'll playtest it a bit and comment if I find anything. +1!

October 10, 2012 3:20 p.m.

Milk__Man says... #4

Thanks for the help on my deck, anyways I played some Izzet decks and a really really good card to think about and add to your sideboard is Mizzium Mortars . Good way to kill opponents creatures, but is 6 mana...

October 10, 2012 6:56 p.m.

happyboyz says... #5

two huge problems--Mana with 4 Cavern of Souls makes Abrupt Decay, Rancor, and Dreadbore hard to cast and cost of deck. You also should put in Rakdos Cackler . it is amazing

October 10, 2012 7:02 p.m.

Joker1980 says... #6

I like the Jund approach to zombies I think it'll end up being the top zombie build. Not a big fan of the mana setup for this deck though and I agree I think Rakdos Cackler is a must have. I don't think 4 Blood Artist are really needed and I think you could probably get by with less aristocrats. But all in all I like the direction you're headed in.

October 10, 2012 8:42 p.m.

pumpkinsword says... #7

Do you think my Blood Artist s are necessary at all? I could just do the swap with Rakdos Cackler four for four. I know some decks it is really good against though- tokens, decks with sweepers, and burn. Not sure if it will benefit my deck or just slow me down, as Rakdos Cackler fits better aggro-wise.

October 10, 2012 11:03 p.m.

VampiricPie says... #8

I would switch the Caverns with Rakdos Guildgates, and possibly take out either the Dreg Manglers or the Blood Artists for Rakdose Cacklers. Having 12 1 drops with 2 power is way to good to pass up.

October 11, 2012 12:36 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #9

Thanks for the advice guys: I switched out the Blood Artist s for Rakdos Cackler s. In my meta there are quite a few control decks, so I'll probably keep the caverns in for now- although I do see how they limit casting the multicolor instants and sorceries.

As for sideboard, I have Rakdos Charm and Golgari Charm . I was thinking of maybe using Naturalize instead, as it can be easier to cast in some cases. Do you think the other abilites of the charms are relevant? card:Ghoulcaller's Chant is another card i was thinking for a sideboard, maybe against a control deck or a deck with burn/sweepers.

October 11, 2012 1:31 a.m.

Artonius says... #10

This deck is great, nice work.

October 11, 2012 8:51 a.m.

Joker1980 says... #11

golgari charm while being under rated is amazing..I use them as a mini sweeper against tokens, delvers, etc...a counter against bonfire, supreme verdict, and athoer destroy or dmg based sweepers, and a way to get out from under O-rings, detention spheres, arrests, etc. not to mention killin intangible virtues n safety spheres. Rakdos seems much more conditional though I had some in my jund builds sideboard and never used them really or boarded them so I put in some naturalize to back up against heavy control decks using enchantments or decks rockin runchanter's pikes or keyrunes. I wouldn't swap caverns out for guildgates.

October 11, 2012 11:05 a.m.

Joker1980 says... #12

and as far as ghoulcaller's chant..I have been using them but I think the big bonus to them is in a green black zombie deck especially if you are running the slitherhead with lotleth troll..given the right hand..1 black mana for a 6 x+1/+1 counters=killer combo...I don't know how much witchbane will help out a deck like this really good card but most purn is gonna be aimed at picking off your creature.

October 11, 2012 11:10 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #13

So do you think I should run Smelt instead of Rakdos Charm . There is a lot of graveyard hate now: Rest in Peace , card:Grafdigger's Cage, card:Tormod's Crypt, etc. Is Witchbane Orb too slow altogether? Maybe I could replace that with card:Ghoulcaller's Chant or increase the amount of other sideboard cards.

October 11, 2012 12:15 p.m.

Joker1980 says... #14

run Gravepurge or Elixir of Immortality to defend against graveyard hate..I prefer the elixir.

October 11, 2012 11:26 p.m.

happyboyz says... #15

how about deathrite shaman

October 11, 2012 11:56 p.m.

WaFfLeZ10 says... #16

Dude, Sideboard Pithing Needle In Case Of Any Creature Combo Decks Or Anti Zombie Decks. EXP: card:Angel of Glory's Rise Is Now A Popular Card Sideboarded In Control Because Of All The New Zombie Decks.Also This Is A Great Deck +1.

October 17, 2012 3:08 p.m.

WaFfLeZ10 says... #17

Dude, Sideboard Pithing Needle In Case Of Any Creature Combo Decks Or Anti Zombie Decks. EXP: card:Angel of Glory's Rise Is Now A Popular Card Sideboarded In Control Because Of All The New Zombie Decks.Also This Is A Great Deck +1.

October 17, 2012 3:11 p.m.

WaFfLeZ10 says... #18

Whoops, Posted Twice

October 17, 2012 3:12 p.m.

Joker1980 says... #19

Pithing Needle Doesn't stop card:Angel of Glory's Rise. Coming into play is not an activated ability. The best ways for this deck to stop card:Angel of Glory's Rise would be depending on the deck and wether they are hard casting her or re-animating her. Deathrite Shaman or card:Tormod's Crypt vs. re-animator decks. Or against' decks trying to hardcast her(which mind you unless they are ramping you should have them beat long before she is allowed to be hard cast). Appetite for Brains or Slaughter Games . Slaughter Games is probably the best addition since it has many numerous uses amd I think Deathrite Shaman would be another good sideboard add, beacuse in games where you get locked up or run out of steam with only a few life to go you can finish them off.

October 17, 2012 3:29 p.m.

Joker1980 says... #20

Pithing Needle 's big use is shutting down planeswalkers, or creatures like Deathrite Shaman , Olivia Voldaren , Falkenrath Aristocrat , etc. etc.

October 17, 2012 3:33 p.m.

pumpkinsword says... #21

Well, I already have Duress for getting a look at a control deck's hand. I really like Deathrite Shaman , but not sure what I would take out of my sideboard for it.

October 18, 2012 10:05 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #22

I guess I'll take out Smelt for it, as in my meta there are lots of zombies and it is great against the mirror- exiling gravecrawlers or geralf's messengers when they hit the graveyard-shuts down undying. And good against flashback decks as well.

October 18, 2012 10:09 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #23

As, I was testing it, I found that having 3 Rancors can be a bit much as I will not always have the green mana. I've decided to -1 Rancor, +1 Tragic Slip for now.

October 22, 2012 12:29 p.m.

ST31N says... #24

Get rid of caverns, go to 20 mana

October 23, 2012 9:34 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #25

I think the caverns still help, but don't you think 20 is a bit low? If I did drop lands I would drop the 2 swamps and add in a tragic slip and a rancor- not sure if that would be a good idea or not though, would have to test it.

October 23, 2012 10:22 p.m.

Joker1980 says... #26

for a 3 color deck you would KILL yourself tryin to run with 20's already troublesome hittin the right color mana let alone not getting any at all. You probably could lose the caverns for guildgates n help with the getting the right color part mostly with your non creature spells.a down turn on one mana is way better than droppin a land n holdin a key spell in hand with no way to do anything with it

October 24, 2012 12:23 a.m.

Joker1980 says... #27

And Rancor is one of the best spells in a zombie deck..Gravecrawler or card:Geralf's Messenger and rancor are brutal combos especially the Gravecrawler . I'ld try to run 4..3 minimum.

October 24, 2012 12:27 a.m.

ST31N says... #28

Actually, 20 mana is perfect. Its what I play with, and I never get too much or two little, also farseek is just too good not to use. Caverns stop u from early board kills. U top out at 4mana, so 20 mana is perfect. 4s of all the duals and your fine. Trust me.

October 24, 2012 10:55 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #29

What do you guys think of adding Knight of Infamy to the Sideboard? (against selesnya/azorius midrange/control) Worth it?

October 25, 2012 2:47 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #30

Mutilate or Killing Wave can really nail a Thragtusk

October 28, 2012 11:59 p.m.

drewc200283 says... #31

I really like the idea of splashing a little red for Dreadbore , Falkenrath Aristocrat , Slaughter Games , and Rakdos Charm . I only see Slaughter Games being sideboaded but I really like the effect it has on the game.

November 21, 2012 11:53 p.m.

jokercrow says... #32

Well, that's pretty straightforward, and pretty aggressive ! I like it. +1

November 23, 2012 1:05 p.m.

ST31N says... #33

tried this build minus troll and cavern. It works. Ive never played without blood artist either. But I dig this!

November 23, 2012 9:54 p.m.

pumpkinsword says... #34

I had the Blood Artists in there at one point, but replaced them with Rakdos Cackler s to be more aggressive.

November 24, 2012 12:56 a.m.

ST31N says... #35

Right on, I think blood artist became more of a control card for black atm...which I am working on _~ keep updates with this. I dig the build. Jund zombies ftw.

November 24, 2012 2:05 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #36

Blood Artist is still great in BR zombies. Went to FNM today, these were my results.

Round 1: Played a ridiculous 5 color deck using the most expensive cards in standard. Game 1 beat him by turn 4, all he played by then had been lands so I had no idea what to sideboard in.

Game 2, I lost to Door of Nothingness. Yes, very sad I know. Ended the game with 14 lands on the field, just got really unlucky and only had 3 creatures the whole game.

Game 3, he had 4 Thragtusks that got to blink and were pumped up with Kessig Wolf Run - 'Nough said. Lost 1-2.

Round 2: Played a Golgari deck, wasn't very good. Stomped them within the first 15 minutes. Won 2-0.

Round 3: Played a Junk Tokens deck. Very solid- lost game one to masses of pumped up lingering souls.

Won game 2 with 2 Aristocrats and Geralf's Messengers- no spirits for him that game.

Game 3- Was very close, but won with Rakdos Charm mid-combat making his tokens deal damage to him.Won 2-1.

Round 4: Played against BR Zombies, really interesting games. Game 1 he won as it came down to who got more 1-drops down first.

Game 2 won with Aristocrats and Lotleth Troll, as well as more sided in removal to exile the Messengers.

Game 3 won the game with 1 life, his Blood Artists doing a lot of work but not enough. He was mana screwed and drew no red.Won 2-1.

Top 8, Game 1: Lost 1-2 to Jund Control. Won the first game 1 quickly. The came in all of his removal and I just got stomped by Thragtusk , Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip , and Olivia Voldaren . Also got mana screwed, no red source whole game.

November 24, 2012 2:29 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #37

I'm taking out one Tragic Slip and adding in another swamp after this FNM. Had to deal with a lot of hands where I would have caverns and innistrad/m13 duals only. With 11/23 lands being able to enter untapped, should happen slightly less often.

Also seeing if I could somehow put in Brimstone Volley . Still looking into it- Might do -2 Tragic Slip , +2 Brimstone Volley . Having 3 Rancor s seemed like a bit much at times. 2 may be all I need. Any ideas? Would really love to make this better. Might even take out one more rancor for another Brimstone Volley, or could run 2 Blood Artist s or Deathrite Shaman s? Any ideas would be great so I can test them. :)

November 24, 2012 2:31 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #38

Based on what I saw, I am even considering mainboarding 2 Golgari Charm instead of 2 Abrupt Decay . Anyone want to convince/talk me out of this? Also could put Deathrite Shaman in sideboard in its place.

November 24, 2012 2:54 a.m.

DaCeltics says... #39

It depends on your local meta. Since you say you have a lot of control and mid-range in your area, I would go with the Golgari Charm to stop board wipes. Control decks don't usually have too many 3-drops, so Abrupt Decay wouldn't be helpful in that situation. Keep the Deathrite Shaman s in the main, as they are one of the best utility creatures right now in standard

November 24, 2012 9:42 a.m.

demonz666 says... #40

nice deck

December 10, 2012 8:17 p.m.

ozzynomicon says... #41

My list has 4 less creatures. But I have been tweaking thoroughly for the last 4 months since the release of the jew set. I was running rb zombies for awhile and then decided that kind was a little stronger. Not much. But we have answers to most of the format. Like enchantments. I don't care for any of the artifacts. Its the controls. Look at my jundead decklist. I run same list but with out the deathrites mainboard. But with 2 in the side

December 27, 2012 10:40 p.m.

ozzynomicon says... #42

I would run 2 thragtusk in ur sideboard and also 2 Liliana of the veil or 2 garruk relentless if u have em

December 27, 2012 10:42 p.m.

Brogan25 says... #43

I like it.

March 6, 2013 11:31 a.m.

Zacoly says... #44

Fascinating deck name..... Oh look it's PUMKPIN!

March 11, 2013 12:11 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #45

It came from when I sent a text to a friend about watching The Walking Dead and because of auto correct, it changed to The Waggling Dead, hahaha.

March 11, 2013 12:16 a.m.

ST31N says... #46

Haha that's awesome! I love auto correct shenanigans. Great deck btw. I started off with a jund zombie build when rtr dropped, I really like what you've got mainboard.

March 11, 2013 12:49 a.m.

axen says... #47

Golgari Charmis great for removal of tokens, enchants like RIP and some board wipes.

I'd switch the mainboard Dreadbore-Searing Spear ratio to 2:2, just for planeswalker control.

An alternative to illness in the ranks is Electrickery, it can also take out a lot of the most irksome humans (Champion of Parish, Invisible Stalker, Avacyns Pilgrim) that seem to be everywhere. Instant speed is nice too.

If you are going aggro with green... Rancor?

March 11, 2013 6:50 a.m.

ST31N says... #48

Rancor would be good to see, but there is more of the problem of getting two for oned when using rancor. The best things for Rancor imo is Souls and Sigarda. No one wants to waste a spell in a soul =) , and obviously hexproof is just always good.

March 11, 2013 11:18 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #49


This deck is already pretty good against sweepers (except Terminus), and I have Abrupt Decay for enchantments like Rest in Peace and Detention Sphere. I used to have Golgari Charm in my sideboard, but always found I wish I had Abrupt Decay instead (uncounterable), especially now with Boros Reckoner. I agree with Electrickery though. It is also really good against Naya Blitz, basically a mini-bonfire for 1. I used to use Rancor but could not seem to use it as consistently as I wanted to. Thanks for the suggestions!

March 11, 2013 11:35 a.m.

Owlus says... #50

I really like the list, it's really similar to what we're using. However, we run Brimstone Volley over Searing Spear , because in zombies morbid triggers a ton. Other than that, great deck!

March 24, 2013 9:18 a.m.

Lee91 says... #51

I think you're quite (perhaps even too) heavy on the 3-drops. Perhaps 2x Rancor instead of 2x Dreg Mangler so you can curve out in an optimum way more often? I really like this deck, but I don't know about the Deathrite Shaman . In STD I like them more as value-creatures in midrange-decks, here you perhaps want some Rakdos Cackler instead?

+1 from my side nevertheless :D

March 25, 2013 10:16 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #52

Before GTC, I ran this deck with 3x Rancor and 4x Rakdos Cackler . It didn't work out. This deck can be really fast, but if it comes out mid-game or even late game, Deathrite Shaman will be better than Rakdos Cackler . I also love having a mainboard way of dealing with an opponent's graveyard, and if an opponent has blockers, it will deal more damage. I only choose to run 2 because as you said, they are more mid-range and not very aggressive.

As for 3 drops, I only run the Geralf's Messenger and Dreg Mangler , and it has worked out quite well, either one leading into my only 4-drop, Falkenrath Aristocrat quite nicely.

March 25, 2013 11:12 a.m.

323Dimitri says... #53

I like it. I have a similar deck Undying is flawless that is more undying oriented and seemingly only week to Terminus . +1 from me:-)

April 30, 2013 6:57 p.m.

I like the deck, cool idea. +1

May 1, 2013 9:37 p.m.

Switch Victim of Night for Putrefy . Its just more consistent even if it is a little higher cost.

May 7, 2013 4:56 p.m.

chrismast55 says... #56

why no varolz?

May 7, 2013 9:14 p.m.

pumpkinsword says... #57

@chrismast55 Right now, the deck isn't really built to support him. The creatures that I scavenge wouldn't be that great- a Varolz, the Scar-Striped deck likes Vexing Devil and other good power/cost creatures. I'm running the full 4 Cavern of Souls as I have all zombies except for Falkenrath Aristocrat as well. He looks fun to build around. I may have to adapt my other Jund build to include him: Summoning Sickness is for Noobs. Any ideas on how?

@nocturnalreaper It may kill things more consistently, but I'm not sure that I'll be able to cast it more consistently, running 22 lands with 8 green sources. I suppose it may depend on your meta, if you are facing a lot of Jund and zombies, then Victim of Night is the worst card ever. I do like the "can't be regenerated" on Putrefy , too. Not sure how relevant the artifact destruction is at this point. I'll do some testing in real life and see how it works out, thanks for the suggestion.

May 7, 2013 11:47 p.m.

ozzynomicon says... #58

Look at my jundead list. I took 4-1 tonight for second place and 20 in store credit as well. Look at it and see what yah think. Sideboards are a meta thing. Alot of my meta runs midrange and control. So it's setup this way.

May 18, 2013 2:45 a.m.

ozzynomicon says... #59

But I been thinking of the scrivener and I tested 2 in my deck instead of diwciple of bolas and he is a little better in a deck that can empty hands. But I feel like I wanna run him with 2 golgari charms main so I can keep him with regenerates.

May 18, 2013 2:51 a.m.

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