Undead Unleashed Upgrade Guide

Welcome to the Nitpicking Nerds Precon Upgrade Guide for the Undead Unleashed deck, where we cut the chaff and add synergy, power, and consistency to make a deck capable of amassing a threatening horde of zombies!

When upgrading a Commander precon, it’s important to stick to this basic checklist:

  • Focus on the strengths of your commander.
  • Stick to one main strategy to avoid having an unfocused final product.
  • Cut the cards that belong to other strategies altogether.
  • Increase the deck’s overall power by including win conditions that don’t rely solely on combat.

Wilhelt’s Undead Unleashed precon will be looking to assemble a full board of Zombies and filter them into new Zombies with Wilhelt to gain card advantage. Once you’ve accrued enough resources, use your massive stack of zombies to attack for lethal, or assemble an infinite loop of zombies with Wilhelt to drain out every opponent!

With that strategy in mind, let’s take out the cards that won’t fit in or are just plain bad.

Here are the Zombies and Zombie makers that didn’t make the cut.

Even though this is a Zombie tribal deck, some of the weaker payoffs need to be cut.

When upgrading a preconstructed deck, never forget the land base!

  • Mortuary Mire is a slow tapped land that isn’t worth your time.
  • Unclaimed Territory doesn’t grant enough upside for being in a tribe and is worse than a regular dual land.
  • 5 Swamps and 3 Islands round out the land cuts.

That’s 39 cards cut in total from the Undead Unleashed deck that are now turning into fantastic ways to advance your game plan!

Here are a few off-tribe staples that help supercharge the deck.

  • Skullclamp is one of the best cards in the entire format, and Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver can take advantage of it better than most commanders out there.
  • Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is definitely one of the best black cards in Commander, and will dominate boardstates nearly every time he is cast.
  • Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact provide one-sided board wipe opportunities with all of the decayed Zombies you’ll have laying around.

Here are a few Zombies that will carry out various utility roles in the deck.

These Zombie tribal payoffs really tie the deck together and crank up its power as well.

  • Lich Lord of Unx and Cryptbreaker become more threatening the more Zombies you put in play, and can each be activated multiple times.
  • Undead Warchief and Lord of the Undead are both anthem effects worth playing; cost reduction, an extra power boost, and recursion make them well worth it over the other mediocre lords. Relentless Dead also does a nice job of recurring threats when paired with a sac outlet, as does Rot Hulk, one of the best Zombie top-end cards ever printed.
  • Plague Belcher and Vengeful Dead punish opponents when Zombies die, which will happen about every five seconds.
  • Noxious Ghoul paired with Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver and a sac outlet gives you yet another one-sided board wipe!
  • Kindred Discovery is one of the greatest tribal payoffs ever, and is a literal auto-include in any deck that can afford it. Play it and be happy!

These next cards have special purposes in the deck: they can all achieve combo-kills out of nowhere!

Lastly, the lands and mana rocks are getting a boost.

That wraps up the Undead Unleashed Precon Upgrade Guide! Once you make these changes, you’ll be ready to continuously tear down your Zombie horde to build a stronger one in its place!

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