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Zombie Infestation
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Zombie Infestation
M12

Reviewed September 16, 2011

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 2.13
Multiplayer: 2.90

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Zombie Infestation

Premiering in Odyssey block, Zombie Infestation was a popular way to trigger Madness, achieve threshold, store flashback cards where they won't count against your maximum hand size, and... oh yeah, get a 2/2 Zombie. In Magic 2012, its Zombie tokens are now the most attractive thing about it, and its discard requirements are suddenly serious downsides. Two cards for a single 2/2 is a steep price unless you've got some other reason to want to discard cards, or a 2/2 Zombie is of increased value to you. Fortunately Innistrad should make both those things happen, but it still remains to be seen how good Zombie Infestation will be this time around.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 1.5
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Zombie Infestation
 
A classic combination card, Zombie Infestation is sure to be as much of a hit in its second rotation as it was at the turn of the century. M12 has Cemetery Reaper and Vengeful Pharaoh carrying the Zombie tribal banner; Innistrad will add to the tribe, and also care about the graveyard in general. It'll no doubt be, for many people who missed the Odyssey block, a gateway to the world of reanimation decks. And last but not least, a whole new generation of casual players is going to love figuring out what crazy things they can do with it. Doubling Season, anyone? 
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Zombie Infestation an interesting discard outlet and token producer. In standard this card has obvious applications with Treasure Hunt and a deck filled with lands but aside from that interesting deck it could be used in reanimation or graveyard based decks although as of now it is not the most powerful card but has room to grow with the graveyard theme of Innistrad. In modern and eternal formats the same criticisms apply and as of now it is not getting a large amount of play. In casual and multiplayer it allows you to dump your hand for shenanigans and makes a decent amount of tokens to either attack players or play some defense.  With zombie tribal becoming more pronounced with Innistrad making this an interesting choice for deck builders who favor the undead. In limited its pretty horrid although if you draft Vengeful Pharoh it could have its uses, it is normally an unplayable draft card. Overall an interesting discard engine that may see some play with graveyard cards from Innistrad.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer:  2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Zombie Infestation which is a two mana Black enchantment that allows you to discard two cards and play a 2/2 zombie token.  Both effects are useful for Black and the low cost of the card allows it to be played early, when cards will be readily available. 
There are a variety of themes that can benefit from discarding, both in color and paired with another, which allows for quite a few builds to be based around this.  Anything that has an effect that allows it to return from the graveyard is an opportunity and combos should be seen in Casual and possibly a few competitive designs.
 
For Limited the lack of card advantage and fewer options for cards that combo well with this make it a very poor choice in the format.  It can potentially turn two late game lands into a 2/2 token, but even that is slow and inefficient.  The card just isn't worth drafting in Booster and generally not worth playing in Sealed either as again three for one should not be an intentional design of your deck in the format.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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