Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Zombie Vengeance

If you were following along with my Dark Ascension first impressions & deck ideas as the spoilers were rolling out, one of the decks I was championing was a black/red Burning Vengeance & Gravecrawler deck. I played about a dozen games last night and I easily won at least 75% of my matches. Here's what I came up with:

Zombie Vengeance
Innistrad Block Constructed

Creatures (14)
4 Gravecrawler
4 Diregraf Ghoul
2 Diregraf Captain
2 Grimgrin, Corpse-Born

Control (11)
4 Burning Vengeance
2 Geistflame
4 Sever the Bloodline
1 Devil's Play

Draw (9)
4 Faithless Looting
4 Desperate Ravings
1 Forbidden Alchemy

Other (5)
3 Reap the Seagraf
1 Ghoulcaller's Chant
1 Altar of the Lost

Land (23)
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Sulfur Falls
10 Swamp
4 Mountain
1 Island

How does this deck work?

This deck is built to abuse the combo between Burning Vengeance and Gravecrawler. It hits fast and hard with 8x 1 drop zombies with 2 power each and it never runs out of fuel thanks to all the flashback, backed up by Burning Vengeance. Diregraf Captain keeps the beats coming from your early zombies, but it also brings more direct damage to the table. And if all else fails, Grimgrin is an absolute bomb in this deck.

It should also be said that Reap the Seagraf is one of the key pieces of the deck. With the reaps, you can mill through your deck liberally. You just need to get one zombie on the battlefield before all your Gravecrawlers can ride that same wave back into play. It's important to note that in this deck, Reap the Seagraf is better than Moan of the Unhallowed. You need a zombie -- any zombie -- in play to keep the Gravecrawlers coming. Reap does this for cheap and it does it without eating up black mana that you can use to get the crawlers back into play on the same turn. Getting them into play on the same turn is essential.

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

One of the decks that I beat last night was a Normal Burning Vengeance deck and this deck simply out raced it because they had to keep spending burn on my creatures. (This was only one game and requires further testing.)

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

Nothing feels better than casting a Faithless Looting, discarding a pair of Gravecrawlers, and immediately popping them into play with a Burning Vengeance on the field. Maximum value and the beats keep coming.


4 Ancient Grudge
4 Undead Alchemist
4 Witchbane Orb
2 Blasphemous Act
1 Forest


  1. I like this deck a lot. Thanks for posting!

    I'm curious though, which decks did you have trouble with since you said you won 75%?

  2. Boros owns this deck. It's the worst match-up. I'm trying some things like putting more Giestflames & Tragic Slips in the main, but not sure.

    I also think I played UG Mill twice and won 1 and lost the other. Both matches went to game 3.

    There were at least 1-2 more losses, but I can't remember off the top of my head.


  3. Also, Ghoulcaller's Bell has got to go. It's just not as good as I thought it was going to be. I might post an updated list later.


    1. Awesome. Thanks for the reply. I'm running a Boros deck atm so, I'm not surprised!

      But keep brewing, I still like the concept!

  4. Needs Deadapult to go with burning vengance and grave crawler