Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cube Blog: Mono Black Control

I would count Zombies as the 3rd or 4th best tribe in The Mighty Morphin' Cube, but I wouldn't consider "Zombie Tribal" as the best black archetype in the Cube. And that distinction starts with these three black, non-zombie creatures:

Undying Evil loves these guys.

This archetype has access to a number of discard, spot removal, board sweepers, and finishers -- everything a traditional mono black control deck needs.

Discard:
Spot Removal:
Board Sweepers:
I know I label this archetype "mono black control" but you're likely going to have to splash another color. Good news for this Cube is that there are plenty of good splash options on top of additional colorless removal:
Take all of that and add it to a few very good zombies (Gravecrawler, Wretched Anurid, Rotlung Reanimator, Twisted Abomination, etc.). Not to mention many good sliver splash options (Mindwhip Sliver, Necrotic Sliver). This deck is more than a "zombie deck with a couple of morphs" because you almost always end up with much more discard and spot removal than zombies. This archetype is something that's not normally possible in a traditional Tribal Cube and it's another example of why I consider "morph" as the main theme of this Cube and "tribal" as just a sub-theme.

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