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Vengeful Dead 
Scourge Common

Reviewed January 9, 2004

Constructed: 2.43
Limited: 2.8

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* game store owner (Shuffle and Cut Games,CA)

Trying to look past his blasé 3/2 for 4 exterior, we find... more blasé. There are better fits for Zombie decks, imho, and certainly there are more interesting Zombies roaming the m:tg planet. I suppose if I was short on funds and had to find a filler for my Zombie deck, this guy might work.

In limited, he's not great, but he's not horrible either. You'd most likely take him at face value as a 3/2. Though in anything involving Onslaught block, I'd rather have a 2/3 any day because of 2/2 morphs.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 2.5
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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Not as effective as he can be in duels. Where he really shines is team multiplayer, where you can coordinate decks to use this to maximal effect. This can also be brutal in FFA multiplayers. But again, this is definately not for duels - it's too slow.
In limited, it is an average body. Playability would depend on what else I had. I wouldn't necessarily want to play this, but wouldn't be too sad if I had to.
Constructed: 1.25
Multiplayer: 4
Limited: 2.75


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Vengeful Dead
The verdict is still out on this guy.  He shows up in some versions of zombie decks and not in others.  I think it just comes down to strategy.  If you are making him one of the centerpieces where the ability is used a lot, it is probably pretty good.  However, if you are trying to concentrate more on the creature attacking element, then he may not be your guy. 
A 3/2 creature definitely isn't bad to have on your side in limited play, so I can see this guy making into a lot of decks.  It's not stellar, but definitely better than your average draft creature.  Again, this card becomes even better if yo make him part of your draft strategy.
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 3.5

 Van Zandt

Vengeful Dead
I liked this guy in the block zombie decks,  but aside from that, he's just
kind of "meh".  Still a body, and sometimes he can get in the last few
points for you with his ability.

constructed 2.8
limited 3

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Vengeful Dead


This slightly overpriced zombie is another multiplayer maniac with the great text of "each opponent" on its ability. At 4 mana, a 3/2 on its own is worth playing in a limited environment. His additional ability, though not used too often, was just icing on the cake. In constructed, decks built correctly could use him to do ridiculous amounts of damage to all of their enemies. In short, a solid, but not amazing creature to have.


Constructed:            3

Limited:            4



* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Vengeful Dead

Vengeful Dead interesting because even if your losing creatures in your zombie deck your still able to deplete your opponents life total. If your worried about your opponent playing a circle of protection: black against you this guy gets around that too. If you start to run out of pressure you can always just sacrifice all your zombies to say a Nantuko Husk or Carrion Feeder and make your opponent lose, lose, and lose. In limited I don’t place a huge value on him as his ability can be irrelevant if you don’t get enough zombies to support him.

Constructed 3.25

Limited 2.25


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Vengeful Dead

I’m not sure if I can accurately express my feeling of boredom at Zombie decks. They pretty much seem to amount to, “Play dudes, swing with dudes, and hope you don’t do a whole lot about it.” At least the Goblin decks get to do exciting things like “Hammer you! Play hammer gud and you win!” Or something like that…

Anyway, if you’re playing this guy in constructed, you’re trying to make a combo-ish version of Zombies work out for you, a la Patriarch’s Bidding. I can’t say that it sounds terribly exciting to me, but it works occasionally.

In limited, he’s a 3/2 for 4 mana. His ability is able to sneak in a few points of damage, but the best you can probably manage in ONS-block draft is to trade him with a morph that is simply worse than he is. Some people really liked him; I never was one of them.

Constructed: 2.0

Limited: 2.5

Jeff Zand

4 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Vengeful Dead

This card became constructed-worthy in the Onslaught block season, although casual Zombie decks might include it as well. In block decks, this card was actually used as a kill mechanism sometimes. In limited, the card was less powerful. Black was SO GOOD in Onslaught block that this card could easily be left out of draft and sealed decks.



Chase Vengeful Dead

The set of overcosted cards now brings us a decent card in multiplayer. Combine this with recursive spells such as Unholy Grotto, and you could have a scary (no pun intended) deck.

In serious constructed, it isn’t too bad but it is slow.

In Limited, you might be able to pull a few solid zombies and some removal, but in O/L/S, there’s always going to be someone playing elves or some fast deck that will crush zombies. Plus most of the good zombies are rare.

Constructed (serious): 2

Limited: 2

Jason Chapman Vengful Dead is interesting in theme decks and casual decks. At 4 mana a 3/2 isn't the best but many decks will find a way to take advantage of the loss of life effect. Throwing him in with Carrion Feeder or Claws of Gix or even in a Zombie Suicide Black deck with Nevinyrral's Disk are all ways to put pressure on opponents and graveyard recurrsion just adds to the fun.

Constructed - Not tournament worthy many casual decks can be built to abuse this beastie - 3.00

Limited - Too few Zombies and not enough effects to combo with - 2.30

Pez - Many of the abusive decks can be built in this format and he may be a good pick - 3.00

Danny Tatro
Vengeful Dead
This was played in zombie bidding back in onslaught block. Not a bad card overall, butit will probably never see serious play again. Zombie Bidding wasn't exactly the best deck in OLS block anyways.
In limited its a solid creature with an awesome ability. This card can be used to put the hurt on your opponent, and at times lock him out from killing your creatures. In the right deck hes a very key card. Thumbs up all around!
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 3

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