Creature — Zombie Horror
When Laboratory Brute enters the battlefield, put the top four cards of your library into your graveyard.
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Eldritch Moon (EMN)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Laboratory Brute Discussion
3 months ago
if this deck is for casual then i'd say its pretty alright for a fun break from the norm. Only 10 cards short of a commander deck too if you want to go that route. But if you're looking for more competitiveness, I'd say to do the following:
The first thing we need to do before anything, is to figure out the strategy we're going for. Obviously a token based liliana deck is way out of reasonable budgets. The blue you added does give me an idea for a control based zombie deck.
So the first thing to do is remove the cards above 60 that we wouldn't need, along with cards that will don't either assist or protect our strategies. I would start by removing the following: 2 - Advanced Stitchwing. 2 - Certain Death. 1 - Collective Brutality. 1 - Corrupt. 1 - Corrupted Roots. 2 - Disentomb. 1 - Doom Blade. 1 - Essence Harvest. 1 - Gnawing Zombie. 1 - Grixis Slavedriver. 1 - Grixis Grimblade. 1 - Hunted Ghoul. 1 - Haunted Dead. 3 - Ingenious Skaab. 4 - Laboratory Brute. 1 - Lamplighter of Selhoff. 1 - Maalfeld Twins. 2 - Macabre Waltz. 2 - Midnight Recovery. 1 - Mistvein Borderpost. 1 - Moan of the Unhallowed. 2 - Paranoid Delusions. 1 - Polluted Dead. 2 - Psychic Strike. 1 - Recover. 1 - Rise from the Grave. 1 - Scrapskin Drake. 1 - Shambling Attendants. 1 - Sibsig Host. 1 - Sibsig Muckdraggers. 1 - Sidisi's Pet. 1 - Sip of Hemlock. 1 - Skinrender. 1 - Spineless Thug. 1 - Stitched Mangler. 2 - Thraben Foulbloods. 1 - Strange Augmentation. 1 - Undead Executioner. 1 - Zombie Outlander. 15 - Swamp. 10 - Island.
It IS Quite a lot, but it's because we need to make room for the cards that'll make the bulk of our strategy, not to mention there are cheaper, better alternatives to most of these cards (lands were removed because the mana base will be changed later). With these cards taken out, that leaves us with the following: 3 - Cemetery Recruitment. 1 - Ghastly Conscription. 1 - Sign in Blood. 1 - Graf Harvest. 1 - Rooftop Storm. 2 - Gavony Unhallowed. 1 - Jhessian Zombies. 1 - Vedalken Ghoul.
these are pretty linearly focused for an effective strategy. to fluff out the rest of the cards for the deck, I'd recommend:
+1 - Cemetery Recruitment. +3 - Sign in Blood. +4 - Mana Leak. +3 - Duress. +3 - Vedalken Ghoul. +3 - Jhessian Zombies. +1 - Rooftop Storm. +4 - Go for the Throat. +4 - Rotting Rats. +3 - Claim / Fame.
1 year ago
This is what I'm thinking: The Armored Skaab , Dimir Informant , Homarid Explorer , Laboratory Brute and the Mulldrifter All have ETB triggers which you can benefit from again if you flicker them. If you flicker after a block it keeps your crit from dying and you net the ETB gain. I Would find a spot for a Mnemonic Wall (Maybe out (1) more petitioner). This way you can flicker the wall and get your flicker back and do it continually. It's essentially a continuous mill (Using your crits that have the mill ETB) and card draw if you use it with Mulldrifter . You'll always have the flicker if you bounce the wall and another crit. You can also run a Radiant Fountain in lieu of of Island and flicker it and the wall to gain life over and over. It's a combo that gets used in my blue decks on a reg basis. I'm going to build my version and I'll link you to it. I have been looking into building this deck since I saw Petitioner and I guess it's time to actually get to it. I'm glad you had the same idea. Keep me posted. =]
3 years ago
3 years ago
You can't build a consistent Standard deck with only one copy of so many cards.
To start with, I would remove:
Try to add:
4x Sunken Hollow if you have the cash
Have a good look at this deck, as it's basically the best way to build Zombies at the moment, and should give you a few tips.
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3 years ago
I've played a more creature-based version of this commander, so while my suggestions may be skewed towards creatures, I hope they'll be helpful at the very least.
- Prized Amalgam
- Necromancer's Stockpile
- Vengeful Pharaoh
- Noosegraf Mob
- Dark Salvation
3 years ago
Nice deck :)
I'd suggest more cards similar to Frantic Search that will filter through your deck and dump zombies into your graveyard.
Hope this helps!
3 years ago
Oh wow. So many great suggestions! You rock dude! Awesome!
Nightscape Familiar looks like it would fit in here perfect. Especially since he has regen. Very nice.
I was gonna run Undead Warchief but I was trying to keep the deck cheap enough I can buy it and my Vampire cards next week. So instead of him I have Diregraf Captain and Gisa and Geralf(bomb card btw). As for his cost lowering I'm trying to set it up where I can bring Rooftop Storm out early an cast creatures for free.
You're spot on about needing some drawing spells. No idea how I missed that! Rush of Knowledge looks good. Also considering Pilfered Plans or Whispering Madness since I could cast it more than once with it's cipher ability. But I think Rush of Knowledge would get the most results.
For some early milling the cards you recommended look great! I had Screeching Skaab on my list. I liked Returned Reveler better, cause he mills both players. But you're right I could drop Laboratory Brute and run both! Necromancer's Assistant also looks good!
Liliana being my favorite Planeswalker, naturally she was my first choice. But my friend I play with has a habit of going after planeswalkers before anything else. So I would have to chance her not getting killed. Although, just thought of this, her second ability could replace Diabolic Tutor and she can mill. Hmmm need to consider that one for sure!
One question though, if she got milled what could I use to get her out?
And yep your beast deck is a beast! You have so many good decks I still haven't looked through them All. I'm gonna start on my green deck later tonight, after I decide which tribe for sure.
Glad I'm not bugging you bro. Have a great day and have a gummy worm! (Sour ones are bomb!)And if you have nothing better to do you can look at my demon deck I made the other day. ("Triple six Clubhouse") like most of my decks the name is hip-hop inspired.
Btw, you have no idea how much I appreciate your help man!
3 years ago
Looks very solid, dude!Blue dark ritual? can't help you there... but! Nightscape Familiar makes your blue spells cheaper :DIf you're doing zombie-mill, Lich Lord of Unx is a must have, in my book at least :)If you can afford an Undead Warchief or two, your entire army will thank you - and the tokens that your Undead Alchemist produces will be massive threats!Rooftop Storm is magnificent, but you'll get soooo much more out of it if you have some massive drawpoer at hand. Distant Melody is real good, but Rush of Knowledge is a bit more reliable, since having the rooftop storm in play means a guaranteed six-card-draw.If you wan't your creatures to mill you early, might I suggest Screeching Skaab or Armored Skaab instead of Laboratory Brute. If you dare use him, Dralnu, Lich Lord can give your instants and sorceries in your GY soe extra bang for the buck.Those were my two cents, i think.this looks great, and I love the focus and purpose of the milling! you might like Liliana Vess in here too, her ultimate is Rise of the dark realms on a stick :)
I'm so happy you like my beast deck, and I'm thrilled you ask me for advice. You're no where near "bugging" me. I'm highly narcissistic, so any questions or comments fill me with great glee. keep 'em comming ;)