Welcome to the third Historic theorycrafting session – we’ve done Goblins and Soul Sisters so far, so be sure to check them out first if you have not already! Historic Anthology 1 brings more tribal cards for us to build around and today we will be starting off with Zombies.
Black has seen some great cards added to its ranks in recent times, from Knight of the Ebon Legion to Murderous Rider. It also happens to be that a lot of them are creatures and some of them are even conveniently zombies. We will explore a mono black zombie deck.
This is an aggressive zombie deck supported by strong zombies such as Rotting Regisaur and Murderous Rider. Cryptbreaker is an awesome one drop that can take over games on its own and Midnight Reaper also helps you refuel your hand. Phyrexian Arena was considered, but we have enough cards that draw us cards anyway.
We can consider adding cards like Ayara, First of Locthwain that rewards us by just playing creatures and Command the Dreadhorde as a fantastic late game card that brings back all the zombies again.
Another strategy is adding green primarily for Mulderhulk and disruption cards such as Assassin’s Trophy. We can turn it into a more midrange deck that makes use of the graveyard as we are discarding them or milling them with Stitcher’s Supplier anyway. Lotleth Giant is also a decent finisher if we are going this route.
We’re getting three elves in Historic Anthology 1, and they are interesting choices. In tabletop Magic, elf decks have more tools such as [c]Shaman of the Pack[/c] as a payoff card, [c]Chord of Calling[/c] and [c]Collected Company[/c] to get more creatures and [c]Dryad Arbor[/c]. In Historic we don’t quite have cards like that yet, so we have to go for a typical creature based tribal deck.
We can consider splashing white for token generators like Emmara, Soul of the Accord and Woodland Champion (both nice elves) to go even more wide and use something like March of the Multitudes as well.
Zombies and elves look like they are missing a few pieces to become a top tier deck, but look very fun to play in more casual events. As always, let us know what you think, join our Discord server to discuss Historic and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with our updates!