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Today's deck brings to the table something that has always kinda frightened me. I'm not comfortable really talking about it so plainly, and the idea of having to face it head-on in this deck fix shakes me to the core to be honest. I'm talking of course about.... Vintage!
Well, Robert, I don't play much Vintage myself. I assume you mean the Vintage for which there are tournaments held, and not "Vintage" as in, you and your friends playing casually and you're allowed to use whatever cards you want. Because in Vintage, my friend? Have you ever seen someone get a Darksteel Colossus into play on Turn Two? It's a bone-chilling scenario, I assure you. Games in Vintage are usually decided by Turn Four or Five, at the latest, off the back of cards long since out of print. Vintage is the high-budget format, my friend. It's the one where the Power 9 are still legal. Y'know, Black Lotus? Yeah, that's what I mean. So what's the solution? Well, looking through your deck, the only cards in it that aren't Standard-legal are Dark Ritual, Blasting Station, and Vengeful Dead. Drop those, and you can tear up the Standard tournaments of your local FNM without shelling out for Black Lotus.
So, now that we're back in my comfort zone, what do we hook you up with to replace what we've pulled? Well, in place of Dark Ritual, I'd say plain old Swamps. Twenty is a bit too few for most decks. In exchange for Blasting Station? Well, since you seem to have a "sac 'em and bring 'em back" theme going, why not the old standby Nantuko Husk? Or RIte of Consumption, to turn your guys into life drainage. And in place of Vengeful Dead? Well, there's plenty of Zombies in Standard.
Festering Goblin is always fun, and gives your deck a one-drop. With Death Baron out, it becomes a 2/2 that's guaranteed to kill whatever it blocks or is blocked by, and will probably take down a second creature.
Stillmoon Cavalier is also a good choice. Don't let the fancy mana symbols fool you, it's a 2/1 for BB that can put any extra mana you have to excellent use. First strike and Deathtouch? Nothing lives to deal damage back!
Speaking of Deathtouch, Lorwyn is still in Standard. Moonglove Changeling is technically a Zombie, and can give itself deathtouch if the Baron isn't around. There's also Cairn Wanderer, who also appreciates a well-stocked graveyard.
Speaking of Changeling shenanigans, Lord of the Undead combos nicely with Nameless Inversion to give you a near endless stream of removal should you want it.
Which reminds me, you're all creatures and no removal. The least you could do is throw in Fleshbag Marauder. With Lord of the Undead recycling Zombies, a Marauder every turn could easily wear down your opponent. Or even better, Damnation. You have Disturbing Plot and Unearth. You'll recover. Your opponent, on the other hand....
Also, you should pull Dreg Reaver. It's a 4/3 for 5 with no abilities. Heck, in Standard, Mass of Ghouls is +1 power for the same price, and nobody plays that.
You can also do without Unholy Strength. Cheap, yes, but if you're so willing to sacrifice a body here and there, sacrificing one you enchanted is like getting a 2-for-1 against yourself. Don't dress up your Zombies just to throw them away. Dress up your opponent's creatures for their own funerals! Robert, meet Torture. Torture, meet Robert.
That just about covers a Zombie deck you can take to FNM and rip the place up with. Conflux comes out in a few weeks, and it's bound to bring with it plenty of new Grixis meat for the grindhouse. In the meantime, bring out the dead, and bring 'em back from the dead! Again, and again, and again...
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