It's time for an ooky, spooky, and downright creepy series of decks for this month's host of articles. From Apparitions to Werewolves, we will tackle it all! There will be no bloody stone left unturned, and one particular tribe in Magic has been calling my name for weeks now.

This week, we bludgeon Zombies! (And no, I don't mean Walkers.) This week we sneak a glimpse into the Zombie Apocalypse, with our undead army by our side. This deck has one rule and one rule alone: don't get bit.

When you think about Zombies, Mono-Black tends to come to mind first, and for the most part, you'd be correct. They're practically stitched together! However, there are Zombies that exist in other colors. Innistrad made blue Zombies a reality and with Amonkhet came white Zombies. Suddenly the Zombie color pie was expanded! Unfortunately, there was no way to incorporate them all.

Then in 2018, Varina, Lich Queen shambled her way into the game. Suddenly Esper Zombies became viable in Commander. Varina certainly has a bite to her as well. She's a tribal commander that incorporates card draw, lifelink, and token generation! That's certainly a lot, given her converted mana cost of four.

With Varina, Lich Queen at the helm, the options for Zombie tribal expand into many different avenues. However, we want this deck to be like people (that is, flavorful), so we decided to take the road paved with human flesh and stick to a true Zombie tribal.

Lords

Every tribe is only as good as their lords, and Zombies are so full of them it's sickening. While we normally enjoy redundancy for the sake of redundancy, we don't want to overload the deck with TOO many lords. However, this doesn't mean we won't run the best of them.

To start us off, we have Cemetery Reaper. While this card does the typical lord thing and buffs our rotting riot, it also has the added bonus of token generation. While Lord of the Undead may not make tokens, he still allows us to raise one of our Zombies from the dead and to our hand! How kind of him!

Let's face it. A lot of our Zombies are small. Even with the buffs lords give to them, they can still easily be dealt with, right? Well, Lord of the Accursed says "UGGGHHHHH," which is Zombie for "Wrong!" This Zombie lord allows us to buff our decaying dudes while also giving them menace until end of turn. This can be pretty daunting when a board of 20+ Zombies shamble their way across the battlefield.

Lastly we have one of Zombies' most beloved Lords: Undead Warchief. This card is prized for many reasons. While most lords buff +1/+1, he gives out Zombies an extra point of power while simultaneously reducing their converted mana costs by 1 colorless. This can be extremely helpful when we are just one mana short of casting Grave Titan or Rot Hulk, two of our deck's beefiest biters.

Tokens

Lords are made to buff, and what is better to buff than some of our deck's weakest creatures: tokens. Tokens in tribal are always a welcome sight; unfortunately for Zombies, they cannot be recurred. However, tokens still greatly impact the deck's synergies. I's important to buff them and use them for what they're worth before they're eventually sent to the shadow realm.

Grave Titan is an incredibly potent Zombie spell that generates 2/2 Zombie tokens when it enters the battlefield or attacks. While this may seem slow to begin with, these tokens eventually add up to be a rather intimidating horde. Diregraf Colossus is another quick way to generate tokens in this brew. When paired with Rooftop Storm, he essentially becomes a free token generator. Despite requiring discard, Cryptbreaker is another great way to create tokens, especially when in a bind.

One of the deck's newest and strongest token generators happens to be a white card: God-Eternal Oketra. This card shines in a creature-heavy deck, and with our deck running 31 Zombies, the power of this card skyrockets. This particular brew also happens to run two X spells that generate a rather nasty amount of tokens: Dark Salvation and From Under the Floorboards. The cost of X dictates the amount of Zombies with the added bonus of life gain and single target removal.

The final piece of token generation is a personal favorite, and it just so happens to be one of the most powerful cards within this deck: Endless Ranks of the Dead. This enchantment is an all-out powerhouse in Zombie tribal. At the beginning of each upkeep our army of the dead grows exponentially, making cards like Soulless One and Shepherd of Rot incredibly lethal.

Zombie Guts

This is where we get into the nitty gritty of it all: The Zombie Guts or Zombie Good Stuff! Sometimes in the Zombie Apocalypse you gotta get your hands dirty and get elbow deep in some guts. One of the few blue cards in this deck just so happens to be part of the Zombie Guts: Rooftop Storm.

Don't let the converted mana cost intimidate you! This enchantment really puts in the work, reducing all of our Zombie spells to 0. This can help us save our mana for our X spells like Dark Salvation or From Under the Floorboards. Casting our creatures for free is certainly amazing, but what if we can't find that one Zombie spell we need? This deck certainly has its share of tutors, however having a repeatable Zombie-specific tutor definitely doesn't hurt our cause. Corpse Harvester is one such tutor. Not only does this card allow us to search for a Zombie card, but it also allows us to tutor for a Swamp as well! Who says ramp doesn't exist in Black?

What if we could make our hordes unblockable? Well... unblockable is a strong word. However, we can make them incredibly difficult to block. Enter Zombie Master. This beautiful creature allows us to regenerate other Zombies we control; however, its true strength lies in its first ability. That's right: all of our Zombies gain swampwalk! Now I know what you're going to say: "Not all decks are going to run swamps, Chase." You're 100% correct. However, we have a trick up our sleeves: Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. Now everyone has Swamps and all of our Zombies are now rendered unblockable!

Card draw can be rather difficult, especially in black. Sure, Varina, Lich Queen makes up for this, but we have to act like we won't always have our Commander out. Thankfully we have a Zombie that helps us with card draw: Liliana's Standard Bearer. While we have to have things die in order to draw cards, this is still an incredibly potent piece that allows us to build our hand back up when needed most.

While our next Zombie creates tokens, its most powerful function relies on one thing blue does best: mill. Introducing Lich Lord of Unx. This card's true power lies in its second ability. Not only is it targeted mass damage, but targeted mass mill. When paired with Endless Ranks of the Dead, this can be an incredibly lethal four mana.

The last of the deck's Zombie Guts is a card I had never heard of until chat told me on stream: Gravespawn Sovereign. This desiccated deviant allows us to do the unthinkable: steal any creature card from any graveyard! The caveat? Tap five Zombies we control!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Night of the Living Deck by Chase Carroll

'Night of the Living Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Cards

From Under the Floorboards

Color Identity:B

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Madness {X}{B}{B} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)
Create three tapped 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens and you gain 3 life. If this spell's madness cost was paid, instead create X of those tokens and you gain X life.

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Havengul Lich

Color Identity:B,U

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{1}: You may cast target creature card in a graveyard this turn. When you cast it this turn, Havengul Lich gains all activated abilities of that card until end of turn.

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Rooftop Storm

Color Identity:U

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You may pay {0} rather than pay the mana cost for Zombie creature spells you cast.

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Zombie Apocalypse

Color Identity:B

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Return all Zombie creature cards from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped, then destroy all Humans.

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Silent Clearing

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {W} or {B}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Silent Clearing: Draw a card.

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Wayward Servant

Color Identity:B,W

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Whenever another Zombie enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Death Baron

Color Identity:B

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Skeletons you control and other Zombies you control get +1/+1 and have deathtouch.

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Morphic Pool

Color Identity:B,U

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Morphic Pool enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Phyrexian Reclamation

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Dark Salvation

Color Identity:B

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Target player creates X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens, then up to one target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn for each Zombie that player controls.

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Sea of Clouds

Color Identity:U,W

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Sea of Clouds enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Gravespawn Sovereign

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Tap five untapped Zombies you control: Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Unclaimed Territory

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As Unclaimed Territory enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type.

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Tainted Isle

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}. Activate only if you control a Swamp.

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Anointed Procession

Color Identity:W

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If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead.

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Zombie Master

Color Identity:B

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Other Zombie creatures have swampwalk. (They can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Other Zombies have "{B}: Regenerate this permanent."

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Vanquisher's Banner

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As Vanquisher's Banner enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1.
Whenever you cast a creature spell of the chosen type, draw a card.

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Azorius Signet

Color Identity:U,W

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{1}, {T}: Add {W}{U}.

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Carrion Feeder

Color Identity:B

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Carrion Feeder can't block.
Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on Carrion Feeder.

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Rise of the Dark Realms

Color Identity:B

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Put all creature cards from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control.

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Vengeful Dead

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Whenever Vengeful Dead or another Zombie dies, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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High Market

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 1 life.

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Gravecrawler

Color Identity:B

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Gravecrawler can't block.
You may cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard as long as you control a Zombie.

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Prismatic Vista

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Corpse Harvester

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a Zombie card and a Swamp card, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Dictate of Erebos

Color Identity:B

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Flash
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.

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Exotic Orchard

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{T}: Add one mana of any color that a land an opponent controls could produce.

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Damnation

Color Identity:B

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Cemetery Reaper

Color Identity:B

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Other Zombie creatures you control get +1/+1.
{2}{B}, {T}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Westvale Abbey

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {C}.
{5}, {T}, Pay 1 life: Create a 1/1 white and black Human Cleric creature token.
{5}, {T}, Sacrifice five creatures: Transform Westvale Abbey, then untap it.

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Necromancer's Covenant

Color Identity:B,W

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When Necromancer's Covenant enters the battlefield, exile all creature cards from target player's graveyard, then create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token for each card exiled this way.
Zombies you control have lifelink.

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The Scarab God

Color Identity:B,U

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At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses X life and you scry X, where X is the number of Zombies you control.
{2}{U}{B}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Create a token that's a copy of it, except it's a 4/4 black Zombie.
When The Scarab God dies, return it to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.

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Anguished Unmaking

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent. You lose 3 life.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Cryptbreaker

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}, {T}, Discard a card: Create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
Tap three untapped Zombies you control: You draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Putrid Goblin

Color Identity:B

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Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Endless Ranks of the Dead

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, create X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens, where X is half the number of Zombies you control, rounded down.

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Smothering Tithe

Color Identity:W

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Whenever an opponent draws a card, that player may pay {2}. If the player doesn't, you create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Shepherd of Rot

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Each player loses 1 life for each Zombie on the battlefield.

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Decree of Pain

Color Identity:B

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated. Draw a card for each creature destroyed this way.
Cycling {3}{B}{B} ({3}{B}{B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Decree of Pain, all creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

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Cyclonic Rift

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent you don't control to its owner's hand.
Overload {6}{U} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Crypt of Agadeem

Color Identity:B

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Crypt of Agadeem enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each black creature card in your graveyard.

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Bojuka Bog

Color Identity:B

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Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield tapped.
When Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield, exile target player's graveyard.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Diregraf Colossus

Color Identity:B

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Diregraf Colossus enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each Zombie card in your graveyard.
Whenever you cast a Zombie spell, create a tapped 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Varina, Lich Queen

Color Identity:B,U,W

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Whenever you attack with one or more Zombies, draw that many cards, then discard that many cards. You gain that much life.
{2}, Exile two cards from your graveyard: Create a tapped 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Vault of Champions

Color Identity:B,W

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Vault of Champions enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Cavern of Souls

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As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

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Kindred Discovery

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $22.29

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As Kindred Discovery enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Whenever a creature you control of the chosen type enters the battlefield or attacks, draw a card.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Lich Lord of Unx

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $21.74

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{U}{B}, {T}: Create a 1/1 blue and black Zombie Wizard creature token.
{U}{U}{B}{B}: Target player loses X life and mills X cards, where X is the number of Zombies you control.

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Graveborn Muse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.87

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the number of Zombies you control.

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Unholy Grotto

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $26.45

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{T}: Add {C}.
{B}, {T}: Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Patriarch's Bidding

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.29

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Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from their graveyard to the battlefield.

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Phyrexian Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.98

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Ashnod's Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add {C}{C}.

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Lazotep Plating

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.61

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Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
You and permanents you control gain hexproof until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Call to the Grave

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.55

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a non-Zombie creature.
At the beginning of the end step, if no creatures are on the battlefield, sacrifice Call to the Grave.

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Dimir Signet

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $4.14

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{1}, {T}: Add {U}{B}.

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Corpse Knight

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.52

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Soulless One

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.15

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Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies on the battlefield plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.

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Cabal Coffers

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $20.88

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.66

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $11.02

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Altar of Dementia

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Sacrifice a creature: Target player mills cards equal to the sacrificed creature's power.

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Tainted Field

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.19

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Activate only if you control a Swamp.

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Undead Warchief

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $17.62

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Zombie spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Zombie creatures you control get +2/+1.

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Lord of the Accursed

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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Other Zombies you control get +1/+1.
{1}{B}, {T}: All Zombies gain menace until end of turn.

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Diabolic Intent

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $32.17

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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Plague Belcher

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.48

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Menace
When Plague Belcher enters the battlefield, put two -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
Whenever another Zombie you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Arcane Sanctum

Color Identity:B,U,W

Market Price: $0.67

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Arcane Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}, {U}, or {B}.

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Liliana's Standard Bearer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.40

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Flash
When Liliana's Standard Bearer enters the battlefield, draw X cards, where X is the number of creatures that died under your control this turn.

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Thriving Moor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.23

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Thriving Moor enters the battlefield tapped.
As Thriving Moor enters the battlefield, choose a color other than black.
{T}: Add {B} or one mana of the chosen color.

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Mikaeus, the Unhallowed

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $51.85

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Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)
Whenever a Human deals damage to you, destroy it.
Other non-Human creatures you control get +1/+1 and have undying. (When a creature with undying dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Field of the Dead

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Field of the Dead enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
Whenever Field of the Dead or another land enters the battlefield under your control, if you control seven or more lands with different names, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Relentless Dead

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $21.22

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Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)
When Relentless Dead dies, you may pay {B}. If you do, return it to its owner's hand.
When Relentless Dead dies, you may pay {X}. If you do, return another target Zombie creature card with mana value X from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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God-Eternal Oketra

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.33

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Double strike
Whenever you cast a creature spell, create a 4/4 black Zombie Warrior creature token with vigilance.
When God-Eternal Oketra dies or is put into exile from the battlefield, you may put it into its owner's library third from the top.

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Living Death

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.50

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Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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Thriving Isle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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Thriving Isle enters the battlefield tapped.
As Thriving Isle enters the battlefield, choose a color other than blue.
{T}: Add {U} or one mana of the chosen color.

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Thriving Heath

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.19

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Thriving Heath enters the battlefield tapped.
As Thriving Heath enters the battlefield, choose a color other than white.
{T}: Add {W} or one mana of the chosen color.

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Lord of the Undead

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $21.91

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Other Zombie creatures get +1/+1.
{1}{B}, {T}: Return target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Undead Augur

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

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Whenever Undead Augur or another Zombie you control dies, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Volrath's Stronghold

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $109.94

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{B}, {T}: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.04

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Lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
{2}{B}, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

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Generous Gift

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.18

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Elephant creature token.

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Rot Hulk

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $24.65

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Menace
When Rot Hulk enters the battlefield, return up to X target Zombie cards from your graveyard to the battlefield, where X is the number of opponents you have.

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Grave Titan

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $10.45

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Deathtouch
Whenever Grave Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, create two 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Orzhov Signet

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.59

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{1}, {T}: Add {W}{B}.

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The MVP

This deck's MVP is so powerful that it is a game-ender. Not only is it powerful, but it is also incredibly flavorful. I present to you Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. His true power lies in giving all of our Zombies undying. While this ability is definitely flavorful, there are definitely a handful of ways that we can abuse this ability to go infinite in a number of ways.

But how do we do this? Well, we're gonna need a few pieces. The first key piece is Putrid Goblin. Thanks to its persist mechanic, he will always cancel out the +1/+1 counter. But what good will that do? Well, we need a few other pieces, specifically a sac outlet and an Aristocrat effect.

For sac outlets, this deck has plenty. Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar sac outlets that give us the benefit of generating mana while Altar of Dementia allows us to mill an opponent. However, my favorite sac outlet in this deck just so happens to be Carrion Feeder. When paired with our repeatable Putrid Goblin and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, we can make it infinitely big. However this can only go so far. He can still be blocked. Damage still needs to trickle through somehow.

This is where the final piece of our combo shines through: Aristocrat effects. Normally Aristocrat effects are attributed to cards like Falkenrath Noble or Blood Artist. However, these cards aren't Zombies, and that just won't do! Thankfully there are Zombie Aristocrat effects. Neat, right?

Cards like Corpse Knight, Plague Belcher, Wayward Servant, and Vengeful Dead are Aristocrats that fit our particular expectations. When you pair these cards in with our infinite sacrifice and recursion combo of Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Putrid Goblin, you have invite pings with Aristocrats, infinite mill with Altar of Dementia, or an infinitely big Carrion Feeder. What is dead may never die, and this little Mikaeus combo is at the heart of what Zombies are all about: infecting and killing everyone in sight.

Final Thoughts

This deck is a love letter to flavor. When October approached, so did the desire to build something truly spooky, and ever since my previous article I've had Zombies on the brain. Going into this build, I wanted to stay true to the heart of Zombie tribal. However, rather than devoting this build to going wide, I also wanted to add in a bit of spice with the Mikaeus, the Unhallowed combo.

When chat and I first came to the decision to build Zombies, a lot of ideas were tossed around. Cards like Doomsday and Grave Pact effects originally had a place, but were ultimately removed when the deck's theme became more focused. I won't lie, I was incredibly hesitant to build around Zombies due to the recent happenings regarding The Walking Dead. However, the season of the dead is upon us and with it the Night of the Living Deck.