Bloodghasts for Borborygmos!

Posted in Feature on May 1, 2013

By Sam Black

Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013.

Continuing from the theme of Life from the Loam and Faithless Looting as a shell, I want to discuss a Legacy deck I built last week that I'm particularly excited about.

Borborygmos Enraged

This deck uses Faithless Looting and Entomb to enable an extremely wide variety of graveyard shenanigans with Bloodghast and Lingering Souls fueling a variety of sacrifice costs. Specifically, Cabal Therapy, Goblin Bombardment, and—most importantly—Dread Return.

Using Bloodghast with dredge to fuel Cabal Therapy and Dread Return is nothing new—Dredge has been doing it for years, but because the dredge engine is Life from the Loam, Dread Return can actually be cast (fairly easily) for four mana. Additionally, the lands allow the deck to cast other spells, allowing it to play a regular, fair game of Magic—something I always like to be able to do in case my opponent can stop my first plan.

Green Sun's Zenith helps play that fair game, offering access to a variety of creatures that are happy to be around my full graveyard—Deathrite Shaman, Tarmogoyf, and Knight of the Reliquary—as well as giving me access to Qasali Pridemage to deal with any enchantments or artifacts my opponents might play to try to remove my graveyard.

Entomb allows me to find Life from the Loam or a particular land to get back if I already have Life from the Loam, and when I'm ready, it can find a big legend or a Dread Return to let me do a Reanimator impression.

The single Gravecrawler looks particularly out of place in a deck with no other Zombies, but Mutavault is a reliable way to return Gravecrawler and can be found by Life from the Loam or Knight of the Reliquary. Gravecrawler is important because it enables Goblin Bombardment in a way other creatures don't.

The sideboard offers a full complement of Lightning Bolts to assist the Abrupt Decays in controlling the opponent's Deathrite Shaman population, which is one of the best weapons against this kind of strategy. Dark Confidant can replace the reanimation package against opponents who will be good at disrupting that plan, but it's risky to include both in the deck at the same time, as Dark Confidant could hit you for 8 at any time if they're both in the deck.

Bloody Loam

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