Deck Tech: Mono-Black Zombies with Chad Bass
Chad's going for the brains on SCGLive!
Dark Ascension gave Zombies enthusiasts plenty to be excited about (beyond brains) and the tribe has been tearing up Standard ever since. Sam Black made a foray into the Zombie meme at the Baltimore Legacy Open, utilizing a number of colors—Chad’s going with a simpler, more straightforward deck today that leverages many of the same threats.
The keys to the deck are the recursive power of Gravecrawler and honorary Zombie Bloodghast, in conjunction with Geralf’s Messenger and a healthy amount of disruption. The goal? An aggressive start that puts the opponent on their heels before they can even begin to get proactive on you.
Inquisition of Kozilek and Cabal Therapy offer Chad pinpoint disruption to keep his Messengers from the farm, while Smallpox and Ghastly Demise help him clear away creatures on the other side. Needless to say, flashbacking Cabal Therapy is pretty easy for this deck! On the other side of the equation, Dark Ritual and Wasteland combine to give Chad a mana advantage, which his deck can quickly take advantage of thanks to its speed.
Carrion Feeder can grow to incredible sizes, and possesses synergy with all of the other creatures. Bloodghast will turn every land that hits play into a +1/+1 counter, while Gravecrawler lets you add them for a mana. The Feeder is another key in protecting Messenger from Swords to Plowshares as well, of course; you can sacrifice it to get the undying trigger and keep your guy!
Chad’s lacking the Hymn to Tourachs that have been very conventional in mono-black disruption decks since time forgotten, but he is sideboarding a trio of them for the matchups where they really shine—I imagine he brings them in when his removal package isn’t cutting it, going straight for the hand instead. This lets him transform his deck, balancing removal and disruption as appropriate.
The rest of his sideboard is well-suited to this event; there are more than a few Goblins players in the mix, and they won’t like seeing Engineered Plague on the other side of the table. Plague has some game against Maverick and Lingering Souls decks as well, while the Deathmarks he can bring in will give Knight of the Reliquary fits! Surgical Extraction has become a popular Legacy standby as well, of course.