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!Edit Article
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.
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 But an all-Zombie deck hasn't been used on Pauper for many years, and it has never been a Tier One deck, but I must say it can be fun if you know how to play zombies well. In tournaments here on CardsRealm, on the free circuit, there are always decks with zombies and recently the player Grantfly took a risk in a Challenge playing with Zombies, getting into the top 32.
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: Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis. Even though it was a small tournament in Sweden, the Hogaak list of the top 8 player, Gustaf Lindgren, is worth mentioning:
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
Betão, professor of Physics, enthusiast of all formats, has dedicated himself solely and exclusively to Pauper since 2019 and recently to the PDH.