Deck Tech: Zombies with Sam Black
Sam Black is playing a spicy one at the Legacy Open.
With the pool of Legacy-legal cards being so deep, one would think that there would be a never-ending stream of different decks from week to week. That’s partially true, but on the whole, recent months have seen the same set of decks find success in the Legacy Opens. Whether it’s Dark Ascension or some other force causing the winds of change to blow, we’ve seen new decks take home titles in the two most recent Legacy tournaments with Tom Martell’s Esper Stoneblade carrying him to the Grand Prix Indianapolis victory, and Phillip Contreras capturing the crown with Blouses—a hexproof Bant aggro deck featuring Unstable Mutation, Spectral Flight and Psionic Blast—in the Sacramento Legacy Open, and fans of the format hope the brewing doesn’t stop anytime soon.
The fevered innovation led Sam Black to get in on the act, and he brewed up a crazy zombie deck. Yes, you heard that right. Zombies. In Legacy.
“Faithless Looting, Bloodghast and Lingering Souls seemed pretty sweet,” he said as he explained the inception of his idea. “I’m 4-0 against Esper Stoneblade today because the deck is just so good against them.”
It’s an easy thing to believe if you look at the way Sam set up his deck. Between a huge suite of discard spells and a bunch of recurring creatures that can be used as machine gun fodder in the Mortarpod upgrade of Goblin Bombardment, Esper Stoneblade is stuck playing a losing game of attrition against Sam’s deck. It’s pretty unfair when Sam can play a full game with just two lands, including “Swamp with a drawback” Undiscovered Paradise not letting him get past the mark in some games.
Faithless Looting lets Sam get ridiculous value out of his Bloodghasts, Gravecrawlers, Rotting Rats (it’s a zombie) and Lingering Souls, forcing the opponent to find ways to deal with all of them while Sam applies pressure from other angles.
It’s been fun to watch Sam do work with his new deck today, leaving a trail of victims in his wake as he climbs to the top of the standings. Take a look and let us know what you think!