B/W Zombies by gattaca on MtGO

Creatures (24)
4 Binding Mummy
4 Cryptbreaker
4 Diregraf Colossus
4 Dread Wanderer
4 Lord of the Accursed
4 Wayward Servant

Non-Creature Spells (12)
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Dark Salvation
4 Fatal Push
2 Liliana’s Mastery

Lands (24)
4 Concealed Courtyard
7 Plains
4 Shambling Vent
9 Swamp

Sideboard (13)
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Liliana’s Mastery
2 Anguished Unmaking
2 Declaration in Stone
3 Scrapheap Scrounger
3 Transgress the Mind

Summary

Much of the hype leading up to Pro Tour Amonkhet this weekend has been surrounding what new and exciting strategies will emerge in Standard after the banning of Felidar Guardian and the release of Amonkhet. One of the archetypes that many players believe has gained the most from these changes is Zombies, an aggressive tribal-focused deck that looks to beat down with black creatures and take advantage of powerful and cost-effective removal spells. Most lists showing up on MtGO are Mono-Black, but this deck uses white for what many players consider to be the best card in the format.

The core of these style of decks is the creature base. Cryptbreaker and Dread Wanderer are the 1 mana creatures in this deck. Cryptbreaker is a one card engine that demands an answer every time it is played. As the saying goes, “if it’s good early and good late, it might just be good,” and it certainly applies to Cryptbreaker. Dread Wanderer is a solid aggressive card that has positive synergies with the rest of this deck that wants to dump its hand. It forces a permanent answer more often than not from the opponent, and that’s very powerful for a 1 mana creature.

The rest of the creatures facilitate the aggressive zombie-focused strategy. Binding Mummy keeps the beatdowns flowing, Wayward Servant offers reach and tempo, and Diregraf Colossus and Lord of the Accursed offer an impressive amount of power for just 3 mana. Late in the game, both of these cards are excellent and can win any game on their own.

Outside of the creatures, the mainboard white splash is for Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. The powerful 4 mana planeswalker offers a stream of creatures, the most efficient beatdowns in the format, and a permanent pump effect, making your zombies even more intimidating than before. All 3 of Gideon’s abilities are excellent in this deck, and I think its inclusion raises the power level of this deck significantly. Dark Salvation and Fatal Push are the removal spells in this deck, and both are very mana-efficient, which is an area where this deck gains a lot of its value.

White also facilitates a powerful sideboard. More copies of Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Anguished Unmaking, and Declaration in Stone all take advantage of the white splash in this deck. Transgress the Mind offers some necessary hand interaction that prevents your slower opponents from having time to cast their important cards.

Note: this sideboard only had 13 cards for some reason, so there will be more cards being added to the sideboard than being taken out.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Liliana’s Mastery

+1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Sideboard

-2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

+2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

+2 Liliana, the Last Hope

This is day 132 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 131 here, where we featured a Legacy control deck that’s looking to take advantage of the big changes in the format.

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