Monday, March 16, 2015

Modern Mondays: B/W Zombie Midrange

Hello everyone, Shawn here from Red Battle Games LLC in Danville, Virginia and today, I'll be sharing a deck tech of a deck made by Stephen Fowler and Dylan Spence. It was put together for Stephen to pilot at Friday Night Magic.

Gravecrawler  Geralf's Messenger  Cemetery Reaper

B/W Zombie Midrange


x3 Gravecrawler
x3 Bloodghast
x3 Tidehollow Sculler
x3 Geralf’s Messenger
x2 Cemetery Reaper
x2 Restoration Angel


x4 Godless Shrine
x2 Isolated Chapel
x2 Flooded Strand
x4 Marsh Flats
x2 Polluted Delta
x3 Mutavault
x2 Ghost Quarter
x1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
x1 Plains
x1 Swamp


x2 Lilliana Of the Veil
x2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor

Other Spells

x2 Duress
x2 Inquistion of Kozilek
x4 Path to Exile
x3 Thoughtseize
x1 Victim of the Night
x2 Dismember
x3 Lingering Souls


x3 Deathmark
x2 Disenchant
x2 Smother
x3 Surgical Extraction
x3 Zealous Persecution
x2 Wrath of God

As you can see, the deck is a type of midrange deck. It primarily runs a slew of hand disruption and creatures, but these creatures never want to die. With just a single land, you'll either get a zombie on the field or take a card from your opponent. With Gravecrawler, Cemetary Reaper, and Geralf’s Messenger, you'll have no problem with getting creatures onto the battlefield. Bloodghast is just as easy with resurrecting from just playing a land. Restoration Angel is here to simply replay Geralf's Messenger and put some more pressure on your opponent.

Bloodghast  Restoration Angel  Tidehollow Sculler

Tidehollow Sculler is here for the hand disruption which there already is a slew of cards that can easily pick a hand apart piece by piece to just leave an opponent with nothing. Between your Thoughtseize, Duress, and Inquisition, the opponent will have a hard time The kill spells are simple and help deal with aggro decks during the early game along with any pesky cards that are just ravaging the already hurt life total from all of the fetch and shocklands.

Thoughtseize  Duress  Inquisition of Kozilek

With regard to the planeswalkers, I have never seen such a perfect couple. In this deck list, Sorin and Liliana might as well be husband and wife with how well they are in sync. Sorin’s +1 ability is just phenomenal with life gain and +1/+0 to your creatures. Liliana helps out with the opponent's hand or a pesky creature or two on your opponent's side. The synchronicity of the creatures and planeswalkers just show how Modern is always going to have new ideas and brutal decks that will always be changing.

Sorin, Solemn Visitor  Liliana of the Veil

The sideboard is primarily made to go against aggro decks and decks with graveyard hate. This deck relies on the graveyard to get creatures back and discard spells targeting your opponent, so a Leyline of Sanctity or Grafdigger's Cage could simply put this deck at a stand still. Luckily, the Disenchants and such are for those specific cards that just hurt it.


My final note about this deck is that I completely love it. The synergy of the cards are such that you really can’t change one thing without doing a complete revision of the deck. You could change it and go full control with just Restoration Angel and Geralf's Messenger. I agree with Stephen's assessment that it is missing a huge piece: draw power. If you have any ideas, perhaps you could tell me in the comments below what to exchange for draw in order to give this deck some major tempo.

Thank you again for your time. Please give me your insider views on this so I can bring you better sources or actually some video deck techs instead. Please visit check out some of my other articles here at Monday Morning MTG to see more of my friends and my deck ideas. Also, be sure to check out our sponsor Red Battle Games, LLC.

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