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Champion of the Perished
Creature — Zombie
Whenever another Zombie enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on this.
wallisface on Budget Zombies help!
18 hours ago
your mana curve looks fairly steep, in that you’re running a TON of 3-mana cards. Having soo much weight on such a high mana cost will lead to the deck running very slowly/clumsily, as you’ll often only be able to do one thing per turn. I’d suggest removing some of these 3-drops and finding room for the 1-mana zombies: Carrion Feeder, Gravecrawler, Champion of the Perished, and maybe Shambling Ghast or Cryptbreaker. Those first 3 cards mentioned form the backbone of most zombie decks.
your lands are going to make it really unwieldy trying to run 2 colours. Personally i’d suggest just going mono-black to give you better consistency.
20 lands is too few to be playing any high-mana cards - i’d suggest ditching all the cards costing 4-or-more mana, and limiting the number of 3-mana cards you run to 8.
depending on how “budget” you budget is, you may like this list here - it’s $100 but very strong, and went 5-0 at a mtgo modern league, beating $1000 decks (further down the page he also lists a $50 version, which looks pretty decent for the cost also).
Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Jimbo's Jumbo Zombos
1 month ago
I like the creature and removal package here. Have you considered Fiend Artisan or Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia as a one of? Though the Fiend isn't a zombie itself, it works well with zombie tokens to cheat out other zombies and progressively gets bigger as the game goes on. Jadar is pretty good at making expendable zombies to pair up with Death Baron, Cryptbreaker, and Champion of the Perished. Hope this helps.
multimedia on Gisa, Zom Zom Queen *Work In Progress*
2 months ago
Hey, well done so far, but I think you overestimate needing so many buffs (anthems).
All the artifacts for anthem effects is overkill, you have tutors that can get the better anthem. Adding more repeatable draw sources can do more for gameplay than anthems because more reliable draw helps to draw the better anthems. Coat of Arms, Eldrazi Monument and The Immortal Sun are much better than the other artifact anthems here.
In my opinion anthem effects to be worth playing need to also have card quality for the mana cost. Instruments of War and Hall of Triumph are bad cards, only providing a small anthem effect nothing else for their mana cost isn't good enough to take deck spots. Obelisk of Urd is subpar, but at least it can be mana cost reduced even to 0 with Zombies. Bad Moon is only 2 mana, but there's greater two drops that have much better card quality. Heraldic Banner can be a mana rock, but even so you can do better for a three drop.
Adaptive Automaton is a creature who Gisa can sac and who can be a Zombie lord (anthem), but it's a bad card compared to all other Zombie lords who provide another good repeatable effect. Icon of Ancestry and Vanquisher's Banner aren't worth it since there's too many nonZombie creatures here. You can get more reliable repeatable draw from other sources.
You have Crypt Ghast, Cabal Coffers and tutors to get them, you don't need Caged Sun and Gauntlet of Power mana effects. These cards are better in mono white, red or blue because these colors can really use the mana ramp. Liliana's Mastery is a very low budget five drop for Zombies, not needed here.
There's several cards in the maybeboard to consider adding main deck if you have them. Areas to focus on improving with cards from the maybeboard are early game ramp, repeatable draw for only you, reanimation and more Zombie evasion.
- Dark Ritual, Ashnod's Altar
- Braids, Arisen Nightmare, Species Specialist
- Reanimate, Animate Dead, Altar of Bhaal
- Zombie Master
Other cards to consider adding from the maybeboard.
- Champion of the Perished, Plague Belcher
- Phyrexian Dreadnought
- Zulaport Cutthroat
- Pitiless Plunderer
- Grave Pact
- Dreadhorde Invasion, Grave Titan
Some cards to consider cutting:
- Instruments of War, Hall of Triumph, Obelisk of Urd, Bad Moon
- Adaptive Automaton, Icon of Ancestry, Liliana's Mastery, Vanquisher's Banner
- Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power
- Temple Bell, Howling Mine
- Yargle, Glutton of Urborg
- Death-Priest of Myrkul
Good luck with your deck.
Xalor90 on Fully Loaded Zombie Throwing Caution to the Wind
2 months ago
God-Eternal-Magic-Player Definitely the zombies I’m after. Things like Champion of the Perished and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet rely on zombies for their abilities.
thefiresoflurve on Grimgrin - Needs your Help
2 months ago
Yylon Thanks for the info, graveyard dimir zombies sounds fun.
A few potential cuts, subject to your playtesting experience:
Dread Summons - sorcery speed, and the zombies come in tapped, so right away I'm not horribly impressed. I'd cut this unless your table runs incredibly heavy creature decks and you get upwards of 6 zombies from it consistently.
Similarly, Dark Salvation seems a bit too mana intensive for what it does, although I will admit I am biased because I like board wipes more than targeted removal (Esper gang).
All of your enchantments look really amazing. Open the Graves may be able to be cut, since it's a strictly worse version of Headless Rider in this deck.
Endless Ranks of the Dead is another maybe-cut, crazy as it sounds. I think this card is a bit win-more. It is really fun, though...
Similarly, Empty the Laboratory. If you have enough zombies on the field to make it impactful, you're probably already winning. It's also sorcery speed in a deck that sucks at giving haste.
Champion of the Perished can be cut. It isn't bad, but a vanilla 110/110 is just as easy to block as a 2/2.
All of this is, of course, barring any idiosyncrasies of your playgroups - maybe Champion of the Perished singlehandedly wins games for you. I think you have a really solid deck here, and just need to play some more and figure out what works in practice and what doesn't.
TheOfficialCreator on Undead Augur or Relentless Dead?
6 months ago
Dead_Blue_ I'm deciding between the two as they're both 2-drop zombies that give me some kind of digging advantage, but one is direct card draw and the other is a bit more tribal leaning.
The decklist is very tight, so I'm essentially agonizing over every single card slot and trying to streamline the deck for at most an average win turn of 5.
And honestly, with Undead Augur, Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, or even Champion of the Perished in play I never really struggle to get a win once I hit the combo.
legendofa on I'm gonna cleave you
6 months ago
Maybe some more big mana enhancements, like Crypt Ghast, High Tide, Dark Ritual, or Burnt Offering. You have a lot of 5-7 mana spells, and Rise of the Dark Realms is up at 9 mana. TheJerryCan's suggestion of Ashnod's Altar is solid.
Right now, this deck has only nine permanents below 3 mana. This might be contributing to the feeling of having no board presence; I would expect this deck to start establishing a solid board at turn 4 at the earliest. Gravecrawler, Champion of the Perished, Bladestitched Skaab, Nightscape Familiar, Stitcher's Supplier, Mire Triton, and Undead Butler are all low-mana options, and the last three help kickstart your milling.
Zarthalius on Zombo-Combo
7 months ago
I love zombie decks! It’s one of my favorite themes but I stayed mono-black with mine. But I know there are good black/blue zombie cards like one that will give all zombie tokens Hexproof I believe or another that gives them flying. Just use an Advanced Search on Scryfall.com to find them. When it comes to non-mono black, I just don’t prefer the “mill” theme that comes with blue; I love the reanimated swarm theme black focuses on. Anyways, here is the "zombie" I know:
For added consistency with Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver, you could consider Diregraf Colossus and Headless Rider. I know they don’t work nicely with the Death Tyrant + Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver combo but here is how all 3 of them are really nice:
- Sac Gravecrawler to Phyrexian Altar with Diregraf Colossus, Headless Rider, and/or Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver = Infinite Zombie Tokens
- In that combo, subing Phyrexian Altar out with cards like Carrion Feeder = 1Zombie per 1Swamp And Carrion Feeder Gets Big
As a Rooftop Storm backup, you may want to consider Liliana, Untouched By Death (-3 ability). Her with Shambling Ghast (Search the Body) plus a sac outlet; or, Her with Phyrexian Altar and any 1 drop zombie make a 1 turn infinite cycle fueling any ETB and death triggers. Liliana, Untouched By Death's -3 ability effectively turns any 1 drop zombie like Shambling Ghast, Carrion Feeder, Champion of the Perished, and Cryptbreaker -into- Gravecrawlers for 1 turn. Basically, she'll increase your consistency getting your combos rolling.
- Champion of the Perished is really good when your constantly making zombies ETB.
- Consider using Blasting Station as a sac outlet too. For example, any time you sac with the station during a combo, the combo will also do 1-dmg per cycle. And, if the combo is making zombies, the station will untap too.
- Black Market can also get out of hand when doing sac combos. It can really help when the combo is not infinite. It also makes people think harder about the cost of boardwiping.
Anyways cool seeing the Death Tyrant + Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver combo; I hadn’t seen that one yet!
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