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(This description is for the very first iteration of this deck. For a brief summary of its current state, please see the "Straight for the Brains" update. And if you're curious to see how it has evolved, please read through the others! Thanks!)

Hoping to use Zombie Infestation and Moan of the Unhallowed to generate Zombies (Army of the Damned in late stages), Endless Ranks of the Dead to multiply them, Cemetery Reaper (which can double as generators) to buff them, and cards like Go for the Throat, Call to the Grave and Doom Blade to slow down my opponent. Vengeful Pharaoh works especially well here. Grimoire of the Dead to reclaim sacrificed big drops like Grave Titan; resurrection as Zombies will protect them from Call to the Grave. Ghoulcaller's Chant so I can feed more into Zombie Infestation.

I have problems going too grand / fancy with my ideas and have trouble focusing down. Basically looking for a deck that really is "endless ranks of the undead," wave after wave of zombies. Any and all feedback is much appreciated!


After the rotation of M12 and the Scars block, I was able to do a little tweaking. Put Havengul Lich back in for additional graveyard reclamation/utility and added the following: Blood Artist to put additional threat on my opponent from killing my creatures, Think Twice for a little card advantage, and Spectral Flight in case there are any fliers (or to gain that advantage if there aren't). The new focus of the deck is to directly damage my opponent as he kills my creatures, forcing him into a defensive position as I build up.

Thinking about Altar's Reap for card advantage instead of Think Twice; it would give me another sacrifice mechanic to force loss of life (possibly for the win, if my position is good) and triggers morbid for Tragic Slip.

I usually manage to get at least one of the heavy hitters (or Rooftop Storm) out, but find myself running out of a hand and getting mana flooded. Thinking about going down to 20 land - my curve really isn't that steep, after all - but don't want to push my luck. It's also very possible that I'm bad at shuffling, try though I might to discover a better way to do it.

Suggestions for sideboard would be very much appreciated. Freshly back from sea and still getting a handle on the new set. Tried to splash in some green for Golgari goodness, but just wasn't worth it with my dearth of dual lands.

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thorton says... #1

consider adding Sheoldred, Whispering OneMTG Card: Sheoldred, Whispering One -- improves board position every turn and combos nicely with SkinrenderMTG Card: Skinrender, Grave TitanMTG Card: Grave Titan, Geralf's MessengerMTG Card: Geralf's Messenger and Grimgrin, Corpse-BornMTG Card: Grimgrin, Corpse-Born

also throwing in a couple LashwritheMTG Card: Lashwrithe couldn't hurt

February 5, 2012 1:25 a.m.

Drac07 says... #2

Thanks for the suggestions, thorton! I had considered both of those at an earlier time but ruled them out; Sheoldred because I really wanted to use Call to the GraveMTG Card: Call to the Grave and LashwritheMTG Card: Lashwrithe because I just didn't have room. I think you're right about Sheoldred, and while it would be nice to have LashwritheMTG Card: Lashwrithes in, I'm not sure that anything in particular would be worth taking out. But definitely worth another look. Thanks again!

February 6, 2012 6:59 p.m.

Ixios says... #3


I have a few ideas for you:

Highborn Ghoul really needs to be in this deck.

card:Geralf's Messenger might be tricky to play turn 3 in a dual colour deck.

I think you need to focus on whether this is a slow or fast deck. And try and shape your mana curve so that you get more consistent games.

From the looks of things it seems you would rather play a slower midrange control style to get out the lords.

If you want to use Rooftop Storm , I'd suggest cards like card:Altar's Reap, great synergy with Gravecrawler for early game, keeping your hand full of zombies which you drop when Rooftop Storm is out. Havengul Lich could then to reanimate your graveyard for cheap with Rooftop Storm .

Just a few ideas. Hope they helped!

My Zombie deck: deck:run-of-the-mill-zombies



August 16, 2012 4:54 a.m.

Drac07 says... #4

Thanks Ixios! I like your ideas quite a lot, actually. And I have a few spots opening up as the Scars and M12 blocks rotate out. My major problem - at least in my local meta - has always been speed. And my personal problem has always been focus. :P

I haven't had a problem getting turn-three Messengers, honestly. Adding the dual lands has made a world of difference. But I think your assessment that I'm looking for a midrange style is accurate. I want to be able to hit the ground running in the early game, but still have some powerful tactics in mid- and late-game stages. Is that too ambitious? Haha.

I love the suggestion of card:Altar's Reap. I should really go back through my commons and find stuff like that.

So how about: -2 Cemetery Reaper , -2 Go for the Throat , -2 Doom Blade , -1 Hunted Ghoul // +2 Highborn Ghoul , +3 card:Altar's Reap, +2 Havengul Lich . I feel like I should replace the lost spot removal with Murder , but the deck has been performing so well and I'd hate to bog it down. Though the addition of the Lich with Mikaeus and Grimgrin already in might be too much as it is...

Thanks again! I really like your deck and am heading over to comment there now. :)

August 16, 2012 1:34 p.m.

Ixios says... #5

If your playing with a lot of fast decks, I'd suggest adding some mass removal like Mutilate or Killing Wave . It'll clear the board for your mid/late game, and any zombie you lose can be just reanimated!

Another route could be Zombie Apocalypse with cards like Zombie Infestation and Forbidden Alchemy . Pump your graveyard with zombies then go so the mass reanimate!

If you wanted to go down the fast route with this deck. I'd remove all the big mana cost cards, make the zombie lords the focus with some removal cards for control.


August 17, 2012 4:41 a.m.

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