Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Moxes vs. Zombies

Another zombie deck, but this time with a twist... but who will win when moxes attack? The moxes or the zombies?

Moxes vs. Zombies

Creatures (13)
3 Glissa, the Traitor
4 Phylactery Lich
2 Armored Skaab
3 Noxious Ghoul
1 Gempalm Polluter

Control (12)
3 Aether Spellbomb
3 Pyrite Spellbomb
2 Engineered Plague
4 Maelstrom Pulse

Other (10)
2 Zombie Infestation
3 Life from the Loam
3 Unearth
1 Army of the Damned

Mana (26)
4 Dark Ritual
4 Mox Diamond
4 Mox Opal
2 Unholy Grotto
4 Forbidden Orchard
4 Vault of Whispers
4 Tree of Tales

How does the deck work?

Glissa, the Traitor and Phylactery Lich are both beatings in their own right, but Zombie Infestation is the long-term win condition for the deck. The idea is that Glissa recycles your artifacts and Life from the Loam recycles your lands as you constantly discard them to the Zombie Infestation, growing your zombie horde in the process. Forbidden Orchard makes sure your opponent is never lacking in fresh creatures and Noxious Ghoul makes sure they die quickly. If Noxious Ghoul is being denied you by your opponent or the shuffler, a single Maelstrom Pulse will wipe the battlefield of the spirit tokens. (When all else fails, Unholy Grotto + Gempalm Polluter can also end the game.)

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

I originally wanted to include four copies of all three Legacy moxes, but I just couldn't make the Chrome Mox work. Instead, the deck is left with Mox Diamond and Mox Opal. A couple things to note about the moxes:
  • Mox Diamond - Lots of decks use the synergy between the mox and Life from the Loam and this deck is no different.
  • Mox Opal - Excess moxes can always be discarded to the Zombie Infestation.
Either way, once the deck gets going, all of the moxes will just become Zombie Infestation fodder in the end.

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

I like moxes. I like zombies. What else is there to say?

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