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Version 1.6 - - - 6/14/20


The Timmy in me loves Rooftop Storm so much!

That's the deck theme! Not exactly exotic (no shortage of Dimir zombie decks out there) but Mono-black zombies isn't as fun to build. I love the inclusion of Blue to add more utility and variety. My goal is to have an aggro deck that can slide into a Rooftop Storm-combo when necessary/available. Not going full combo, as many Gisa and Geralf decks tend to do.

As an aggro deck I was aiming for at least 30 Zombies. Many Gisa and Geralf decks go heavier on the combo aspect but I don't have the cash to get all the good tutors so budget-ish aggro plan has worked well enough and is great in my playgroups.


The original idea for this deck was a heavy mill theme (self and opponent) and lots of cards that take advantage of other peoples' graveyards--cards like Fated Return, Ashen Powder, Sepulchral Primordial, Puppeteer Clique, Chainer, Dementia Master, Consuming Aberration, etc. After much soul-searching I felt that it didn't take advantage of Gisa and Geralf as much as I thought (compared to just a bit of self-mill). I also felt that having too much opponent-mill and reanimation cards diluted the actual zombie-tribal aspect. Nekusar, the Mindrazer, Teneb, the Harvester, Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Wrexial, the Risen Deep, and especially Lazav, Dimir Mastermind do "opponent's graveyard" sooo much better. After all, the goal of this deck is supposed to be Rooftop Storm and "true" zombie tribal.

I used to have almost all the self-mill zombies (Laboratory Brute, etc.) but they kept getting bumped for clearly-superior zombies. I still think they're good in a more budgeted Gisa and Geralf deck. It's a shame though, as I wanted to include as many blue zombies and I could.


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Cards with an SL are cards I own. Cards with an MP are potential cuts.

Audited 5/29/18

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Added Diabolic Intent, Deadly Tempest, Pull from Tomorrow, Altar of Dementia, Diabolic Revelation, Keep Watch, Vengeful Dead, Kindred Dominance, Black Market, and Unstable Obelisk.

Took out Cabal Interrogator, Dread Summons, Geralf's Masterpiece, fatesticher, Graf Harvest, Devastation Tide, Stronghold Assassin, Traumatize, Monastery Siege, and Geralf's Mindcrusher

Slightly more card draw and ramp, trimmed a bit of cute stuff and added more/better boardwipes. A few more tutors too.

I'm not trying to go full combo but I thought it would be good to lean into them more. Probably a bit folly with only one counterspell but the aggro plan is still mostly the plan.

Still need a Phyrexian Altar!

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Date added 4 years
Last updated 1 week
Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

3 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

25 - 0 Uncommons

12 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.34
Tokens 1/1 Zombie Wizard, 2/2 Zombie, Monarch
Folders +1 Non-Budget, Mill, Interesting Commander Decks, Uncategorized, Budget, Black EDH, EDH Idea, Gisa and Geralf, Commander
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+1 Death Baron maybe
+2 Fabricate maybe
+1 Phyrexian Arena maybe
-1 Toxic Deluge maybe
+1 Watery Grave maybe