Magic: the Gathering
DECK GOALAbzan Rallystocrats is a deck with several ways to win. You can combo or focus on assaulting your opponent with your creatures, using sacrifice to both fill the battlefield with zombie tokens and power some creatures so to close out the game! In a last stand scenario, you can bring back your graveyard creatures to start it all over again.
DECK BUILDINGThis deck is built entirely around the instant
Rally the Ancestors, in which with only 4 lands we can almost bring all of our graveyard creatures into play. With 5 lands, all graveyard creatures return to the game to finish our combo. It also has many creatures with a high level of synergy. Let's talk about them and what their function is.
Cartel Aristocratis our main sacrifice card, as we can play it for only 2 mana cost, while
Nantuko Huskcost 3. These creatures are important for the deck, as they have a "free" sacrifice effect, and in our combo we need to sacrifice various creatures to bring the opponent's life to 0. We sacrifice our creatures to deal damage and gain life with
Cruel Celebrant. We'll use 4 copies of
Zulaport Cutthroatas it goes well with
Xathrid Necromancer, increasing the number of zombie tokens we produce. Another card that deals damage to opponents is
Corpse Knight. Each opponent loses 1 life whenever another creature enters the battlefield under our control, so when we bring back creatures from our graveyard with
Rally the Ancestors, it will deal a lot of damage. There are 3 cards in our deck that increase the power of
Rally the Ancestorsby filling the graveyard with creatures:
Stitcher's Supplierputs 3 cards from the top of the deck into the graveyard when it enters the battlefield or dies, costing only 1 mana.
Satyr Wayfindercost 2 mana, and when it enters the battlefield, we look at the top 4 cards of the deck, we then may pick a land to put it in our hand and the rest goes into the graveyard.
Nyx Weaverhas reach, cost 3 mana and at each upkeep step we put the top 2 cards of our deck into the graveyard. However, its main ability is that if
Rally the Ancestorsends up into the graveyard, we can bring it back by paying 3 mana and exiling
Nyx Weaver. As many of our creatures put the top library cards into the graveyard, the chance of doing it so with
Rally the Ancestorsis big. We also need to draw a lot - so we can guarantee
Rally the Ancestorsis in our hand for the combo - and some cards help us with that.
Elvish Visionarymakes us draw a card when entering the battlefield and
Grim Haruspexuses creature sacrifice on our behalf: whenever a nontoken creature we control dies, we draw a card.
Grim Haruspexis great on this list because it is a Human, so it synergizes well with
Collected Companyincreases the number of combo pieces in the game, either to deal damage, have free sacrifices, or to draw cards. With the ban of
Veil of Summer, the deck ended up having more difficulty against Control decks, but we have
Silenceto protect our combo (or at least, try to). Closing out our list,
Catacomb Sifterallows us to scry 1 every time another creature we control dies, helping us dig the deck for
Rally the Ancestors. With that, we have the following deck:
CARD SUBSTITUTIONTo make this deck cheaper, we have to start with the mana base. We reduced the number of Shock lands and put in
Fortified Villageas to build a better mana curve. We put in
Dusk Legion Zealotto have more draws and we swap
Return to the Ranks, helping us bringing back some of our graveyard creatures.
CONCLUSIONThis deck has a lot of synergy, we can get the graveyard creatures back into the game to start our strategy all over again, we can even create an army of zombies! It also has answers to main difficulties on the sideboard. This deck is a lot of fun and I think you will enjoy it. That's all for today, I hope you enjoyed the article and that you understood the deck. Please leave your feedback for improvement. See you guys later!