Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oh Zombies, Where Art Thou?

There was a lot of hype around zombies in Return to Ravnica standard, but no version of the deck has won a Star City Games Open tournament yet. Instead, bigger decks are rising to the top, winning with planeswalkers, reanimation targets, and miracles. I don't like the slow grindy game plan of the planeswalker decks or the crazy unpredictability of the miracle decks. I also don't like the narrow focus of the reanimator (or frites) strategies.

Personally, I've been playing this:

Land
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Temple Garden
4 Woodland Cemetery
4 Sunpetal Grove
2 Cavern of Souls
2 Gavony Township
1 Vault of the Archangel
2 Forest
1 Swamp
1 Plains

Creatures

Strangleroot Geist
Knight of Glory
Centaur Healer
Dreg Mangler
Thragtusk
Angel of Serenity


Other
3 Tragic Slip
4 Mulch
2 Oblivion Ring
3 Garruk Relentless


No reanimation here, but plenty of beefy creatures that are really efficient and do a great job of fighting the zombie decks that people claim will be so rampant. I haven't listed a sideboard because I'm currently just playing a hodgepodge of cards that I wanted in the maindeck but couldn't decide what to swap out for them. I love the hasty green guys, and Angel of Serenity provides a powerful late game that is hard to overcome.

I've only played on tournament with this, but I'm currently undefeated (even winning the "for fun" match against my last-round opponent after agreeing to an intentional draw). I'm going to keep running it until it starts losing...
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