Magic: the Gathering
Zombies on Magic: History, Lore and Decks
Let's get to know a little more about the Zombies, a remarkable Magic tribe, which has a history inside the game and outside it too!
Zombies, a creature type that fascinates many people around the world, and which is the subject of books, several movies and even TV shows, and, not least, my favorite tribe!
Zombies on Magic
Zombies in the Lore
Virot Maglan, a human who lived about 256 years and who was also the first patriarch, a position he held for many years due to that long lifespan. The Cabal existed on the continent of Ontario, in Dominaria, and in it many Mages, sorcerers and Clerics of the time created zombies from Beasts, Birds, Dwarves, Dragons and with these zombies, attacked several villages, using their powers to be feared, gaining influence and money.
Zombies in the Formats
ModernThere are 353 legal zombie creatures in Modern, in addition to cards that mention zombies in their effects. On top of the current Metagame, Zombies don't have a dedicated deck, but some players try to run some lists in several tournaments, as we can see in the deck below, where the user Stuto made a 5-0 on February 16th in a Modern League.
PauperFor Pauper, 234 cards are legal, and over the years, some decks have used some zombie cards, such as Gurmag Angler, present in the format's MBC, UB, BG. We also see Carrion Feeder that is usually present in aristocrats decks, which have a game plan focused on sacrificing creatures, and in BG combos
LegacyTribal zombie decks started appearing in the metagame in 2012, ranking among the best decks in 2013 and 2014, and even in 2012, a Zombies Bombardment list reached the Top 8 of the Atlanta GP, with the American pro-player Samuel Black:
CommanderBasically, all existing zombie cards are legal in Commander. The format is one of the gateways to the game, especially for those who played in the past and are now coming back. In the past, it was common for casual players to cling to a tribe or some color, and build a deck based on that chosen theme. This allowed people to always identify with a tribe, and there was quite a bit of everything. Zombies have a lot of good stuff for this format since its inception. Ever since EDH, Elder Dragon Highlander, when only the legendary dragons were used, with Bladewing the Risen. Of course, since then, many other decks have appeared and evolved every year, after all, Commander is the most played format in the world. Let's look at some examples of Zombies that can make good commanders:
Zombies at Standard