Several years back, Sam Black had put together a very interesting take on Zombies in Legacy. This deck played a strange combination of Bloodghasts, Gravecrawlers, and Carrion Feeder alongside Lingering Souls and Goblin Bombardment. It never looked particularly impressive in the early turns of a game, but as things dragged on Sam would incrementally pull ahead with a couple of extra points of damage here and there, and then suddenly his opponents would just die. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen that style of beatdown deck in Legacy, but maybe it’s time for it to make a comeback:
Black-Red Zombies - Legacy | RENERANDRUP, 5-0 Legacy League
- Lands (19)
- 3 Swamp
- 1 Undiscovered Paradise
- 2 Bayou
- 2 Marsh Flats
- 2 Phyrexian Tower
- 3 Badlands
- 3 Bloodstained Mire
- 3 Polluted Delta
This deck has a lot of really subtle, interesting interactions. You’ve got Cabal Therapy and Gitaxian Probe helping you keep your opponents from doing anything relevant early in the game. While they’re cantripping into things to do, you want to be applying pressure with Gravecrawler and Bloodghast. Faithless Looting is particularly good with these two threats, as you can cheat them into play while sculpting your hand.
Dark Confidant is a threat that hasn’t been seen nearly as often in recent years, but is still an incredible way to pull ahead of opponents if they’re not prepared with enough spot removal. Dark Confidant is particularly good in this deck because cards like Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile are stretched to the breaking point since so many of your threats need to be exiled if your opponent wants them to stay gone.
Perhaps the most interesting innovation in this build is the addition of Entomb and Bridge from Below. Entomb is a really interesting way to add to the consistency of this deck, since you can find cards like Bloodghast or Cabal Therapy if you want, but can also punish your opponent for playing fair by finding a Bridge from Below and comboing off with Goblin Bombardment.
If you’re looking for a wacky beatdown deck, this is a deck that has a lot of interesting interactions available to it, and will certainly catch opponents off guard. The cost that you pay is that many players are prepared to interact with graveyards, with Deathrite Shaman being ubiquitous in the format and and strategies like Snapcaster Mage and Dredge demanding that opponents be ready to fight over graveyards. That said, this is a fun and exciting deck that attacks from an angle that not all opponents will be prepared for and looks like a blast to play.