Friday, December 16, 2011

BUG Zombies

I've had so much fun with my [ISD] BUG Zombies that I had to go ahead and create a Legacy version of the same deck... a.k.a. the most fun Zombie deck I've ever made.

BUG Zombies

Creatures (17)
3 Diregraf Ghoul
4 Withered Wretch
2 Zombie Trailblazer
1 Skaab Ruinator
3 Undead Alchemist
3 Vulturous Zombie
1 Gempalm Polluter

Control (8)
4 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Duress

Other (10)
4 Dream Twist
4 Unearth
2 Strength of Night

Mana (25)
4 Dark Ritual
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Svogthos, the Restless Tomb
2 Unholy Grotto
4 Underground Sea
4 Bayou
4 Polluted Delta
5 Swamp

How does the deck work?

The idea is pretty simple, the Undead Alchemist mills your opponent's deck while growing an army and the Vulturous Zombie brings death from above. The Withered Wretches nuke their graveyards just in case and the Zombie Trailblazer ensures that Undead Alchemist, Vulturous Zombie, and Svogthos get in when they need to most. (The Trailblazers are even better with the Tomb of Yawgmoth in play.) And the single Gempalm Polluter is always good to have around for endless recyling with Unholy Grotto.

Dream Twists can be used both as early self-mill or in a pinch, they can be used as offensive mill when either an Undead Alchemist or Vulturous Zombie hits the battlefield. Unearth can bypass the Skaab Ruinator's additional cost, but they can also bring back into play a very important Trailblazer.

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

Almost every other zombie deck I've ever seen relies on the likes of Lord of the Undead, Undead Warchief, and all the other zombie lords. I've done the same in the past many times, but I'm always looking for something new. Instead, this deck focuses on card advantage and takes it to a ridiculous degree.

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

I always try to make decks that are somewhat unique. And even though tribal decks are historically the most "cookie cutter" of all the archetypes in all of Magic, "zombies" have been so numerous and so many for so long, that unique variations are still possible (I think). I've put together a few zombie decks together in the past, but this one might be my favorite.

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