ast week, we took a look at Gerry Thompson's take on BG Zombies. One of the defining cards in that particular list was Lotleth Troll. As a cheap threat that grows as the game goes on, he is already pretty scary, but once you also factor in that he can regenerate through a Supreme Verdict or Bonfire of the Damned, his stock rises even higher. But Lotleth Troll can do a lot more than just attack—he can also be an enabler.
Christopher Murray played the following innovative list in the Manitoba 2012s. It has many of the same features as Gerry's aggressive Zombies list, but it also plays much of the shell of a Rites deck, able to reanimate crazy big guys like Griselbrand or Angel of Serenity. Early on, the deck can come out like any traditional Zombie deck. Gravecrawler into Lotleth Troll followed by Dreg Mangler might have you thinking this is just the BG Zombies list. But as the game grinds on and your Zombies get weaker, Plan B kicks into gear.
At this point, Unburial Rites can bring back some giant flying monster that can just take over the game, or you could just get value off of Thragtusk a bunch of times. This deck is hard to hate out because traditional aggro hate only takes care of half of the deck, while traditional reanimator hate only takes care of the other half. Even if your opponent happens to have both of those things in the sideboard, the demand to take out ten or twelve cards is probably too big of a strain on his or her core game plan, allowing you to pick up some nice wins off of surprise alone.
Christopher Murray's Junk Rites
Standard – Top 8, 2012 States: Manitoba