Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BUG Zombies

My previous build of BUG Zombies was fun to play, but it wasn't very competitive. I spent some time in the Tournament Practice room on MTGO and I won a few games... but I definitely won more than I lost. But that was an Innistrad only deck. Now that Dark Ascension is finally out, I took the time to update that 3 month old deck and with the little testing I've done, I think it works great. After a little more testing I'm probably going to try my hand at a Innistrad Block Constructed Daily once they get those up and running. I don't expect to win the entire thing, but I bet it'll be a lot of fun.

BUG Zombies
Innistrad Block Constructed

Creatures (17)
4 Gravecrawler
4 Black Cat
2 Armored Skaab
3 Diregraf Captain
1 Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
1 Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
2 Ghoultree

Draw/Combo (16)
4 Thought Scour
4 Mulch
1 Memory's Journey
1 Runic Repetition
1 Gnaw to the Bone
2 Creeping Renaissance
3 Rooftop Storm

Control (5)
4 Tragic Slip
1 Sever the Bloodline

Land (22)
2 Grim Backwoods
4 Woodland Cemetery
4 Hinterland Harbor
2 Evolving Wilds
5 Swamp
4 Island
1 Forest

How does this deck work?

This deck wants to dump as many creatures into your graveyard as fast as possible, get a Rooftop Storm into play, and then cast Creeping Renaissance naming 'creatures.' You then cast all the zombies in your hand for free and ride the zombie wave to victory.

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

This deck is a strict upgrade from my old BUG Zombies deck. If you look back at all of my first impressions from the Dark Ascension spoilers, I knew that the deck was going to get a severe overhaul. This deck is faster, it has more efficient creatures, and most importantly, it always threatens your opponent with an instant win condition. If you ever get a Gravecrawler, Diregraf Captain, Grimgrin, and a Rooftop Storm into play at the same time, you win the game. The crawlers are sac'd to Grimgrin, the captain pings them for 1, the crawlers come back into play for free, and the cycle continues. Even if you don't have Rooftop Storm, every black mana you have represents 1 life loss for every captain you have in play.

Mikaeus in an interesting card that just keeps the beats coming and saves you from a well timed Blasphemous Act. He works particularly well with Black Cat. And speaking of the cats, with the instant re-usable sac effects from both Grimgrin and Grim Backwoods, you can force instant discard, locking your opponent from all future draws.

And then there's Ghoultree which is just a straight upgrade from Unbreathing Horde from the old deck. It's the only non-blue, non-black zombie in the set and it just happens to fit perfectly with this deck.

***A notable omission is the lack of Havengul Lich. The lich just doesn't fit with the deck, ironically enough, considering this is a graveyard based deck. It doesn't work with Creeping Renaissance, it doesn't work with Ghoultree, and if you have 5 mana available, Grimgrin is superior in every way. The lich doesn't work with this deck on many levels.

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

Long live zombies. Down with humans.

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