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Historic Zombies with Champion of the Perished – Preview Highlight

One of the exciting new cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt is Champion of the Perished. Let’s take a look at how it could fit into Historic Zombies.

 

 

 

16 Snow-Covered Swamp (KHM) 280
4 Cryptbreaker (EMN) 86
4 Champion of the Perished
4 Lord of the Accursed (AKR) 114
2 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
4 Thoughtseize (AKR) 127
4 Diregraf Ghoul (M19) 92
4 Dread Wanderer (AKR) 103
4 Faceless Haven (KHM) 255
2 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 241
3 Graveyard Marshal (M19) 99
4 Diregraf Colossus (J21) 50
3 Metallic Mimic (KLR) 251
2 Dark Salvation (J21) 48

Sideboard
3 Inquisition of Kozilek (STA) 31
1 Doom Blade (STA) 28
3 Fatal Push (KLR) 84
2 Rotting Regisaur (M20) 111
1 Doom Blade (STA) 28
2 Grafdigger's Cage (M20) 227
1 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
2 Midnight Reaper (GRN) 77

 

The one-drop slot is pretty stacked. Champion of the Perished is going to be your best play on turn one, but any of the other creatures are great to open with as well.

 

Metallic MimicGraveyard Marshal

The two-drop slot is a bit weak. Where you normally get multiple lords in other tribal decks like Merfolk, here you only have Metallic Mimic. Graveyard Marshal also seems solid because it has three power and does something in the late game, but after that the options start to dry out. Putrid Goblin and Lazotep Reaver seem somewhat playable, but they’re going to be pretty weak on their own compared to what’s possible in this format. Wight also seems somewhat underwhelming, though at least it has three power and you can cast it with a Faceless Haven in play on turn two.

 

Lord of the AccursedDiregraf Colossus

Lord of the Accursed and Diregraf Colossus round out the creature package on the three-drop slot. There are more options like Death Baron and Midnight Reaper, but I would suggest keeping the curve low so you can take full advantage of Faceless Haven

 

Thoughtseize (Timeshifted)Murderous Rider // Swift End

The rest of the deck are the usual cards that black offers: discard and removal. Thoughtseize seems great currently in a field full of Jeskai and Murderous Rider will be able to kill Serra’s Emissary or Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

 

Gate to the AfterlifeGod-Pharaoh's Gift

There are many directions you can currently take with this archetype. For example Stitcher’s Supplier, Mire Triton and Tymaret Calls the Dead let you mill yourself, which works well with Gate to the Afterlife and God-Pharaoh’s Gift

 

Liliana's MasteryDark Salvation

You can also go wide with Liliana’s Mastery and Dark Salvation, although you would probably need to play a couple more lands. Five-mana spells also don’t combine super well in one deck with this many one-drops, and Historic is a pretty fast format, so I would rather start with a lower curve. 

 

Corpse KnightWayward Servant

You could try a more budget-friendly version white with Corpse Knight and Wayward Servant, though you’ll probably have to invest heavily into rare dual lands.

 

Dreadhorde ButcherDreadhorde Arcanist (Timeshifted)

Red offers Dreadhorde Butcher and Dreadhorde Arcanist, which could be another interesting way to build this deck if you wanted to run more discard spells and more instant speed removal or potentially some burn. 

 

RealmwalkerCollected Company

Green only really offers Realmwalker as far as Zombies go, but it’s a pretty good one. Collected Company also usually works pretty well in aggressive tribal decks with multiple lords, so this could be worth a try as well. 

The biggest downside of playing another color is losing Faceless Haven, which is huge. Until Mutavault makes it onto Magic Arena, I think it’s probably best to stick to mono-black. 

I’m not sure if this deck is going to be better than a regular Mono-Black Aggro where you don’t have to stick to one creature type, but if you’re a fan of Zombies, this deck is going to be solid. 

 

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