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June 27, 2016

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Commander Mondays: Competitive Mono-Black Control

For this week’s article, I’ve decided to bring another one of my old favourites out of the cupboard. This week I’m discussing my old deck list for Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed.

The title basically explains how the deck plays, it uses hand hate, creature removal, and “stax” effects to make the game miserably unplayable for the opponent. Xiahou Dun was chosen as the general for this deck due to his ability to recycle any useful card you need. Another common choice is Sidisi, Undead Vizier, though I have not tried her out yet myself.

The Game Plan

This deck practically plays itself, throwing hate card after hate card at the opponent as fast as you can tap your lands. It’s meant for a one-on-one setting however, so I can’t say this build will be as effective in multiplayer.

Your opening hand should consist of at least two lands (or one and some mana rocks), a hand hate spell or Sinkhole and some sort of card draw. Having Necropotence or a tutor in hand usually is enough to secure the game. With Xiahou Dun being used to recur tutors, you can usually play around any sort of problems your opponents throw at you.

Some of the trickier cards to play with properly are Nether Void and Ad Nauseum. But in the case other Nether Void, you can use Cavern of Souls or Boseiju, Who Shelters All to get around the tax effect.

Last thing to note, Smokestack and Liliana of the Dark Realms are best friends.

After all is said and done, you can win the game with a hefty Consume Spirit, or with beatdown from Faerie tokens or Xiahou Dun.

The Deck List

An Eye for an Eye

Commander (1)
Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed

Creature (3)
Bloodghast
Crypt Ghast
Nirkana Revenant

Spells (34)
Blackmail
Chainer’s Edict
Consume Spirit
Damnation
Death Cloud
Decree of Pain
Demonic Tutor
Drain Life
Duress
Grim Tutor
Hymn to Tourach
Imperial Seal
Increasing Ambition
Inquisition of Kozilek
Mind Twist
Mutilate
Night’s Whisper
Read the Bones
Sign in Blood
Sinkhole
Smallpox
Stupor
Thoughtseize
Toxic Deluge
Unmask
Yawgmoth’s Will
Cabal Ritual
Dark Ritual
Diabolic Edict
Dismember
Hero’s Downfall
Imp’s Mischief
Vampiric Tutor
Ad Nauseum

Artifact (17)
Chrome Mox
Crucible of Worlds
Defense Grid
Expedition Map
Helm of Obedience
Icy Manipulator
Jet Medallion
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mox Diamond
Oblivion Stone
Skullclamp
Smokestack
Sol Ring
Static Orb
Trinisphere
Winter Orb

Enchantment (7)
Bitterblossom
Contamination
Infernal Darkness
Leyline of the Void
Necropotence
Nether Void
Phyrexian Arena

Planeswalker (3)
Karn Liberated
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Veil

Land (35)
Ancient Tomb
Bojuka Bog
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Buried Ruin
Cabal Coffers
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Reliquary Tower
Strip Mine
25 Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Wasteland

Thanks for reading, and have a great week. Next week I’m going to start cooking something up with Eldritch Moon spoilers!