June 13, 2016

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Commander Mondays: Lim-Dûl the Necromancer

Lim Dul and His Undead Nulls

Hey all, for this week I’ve taken in a request from a reader and member of my local play group. My buddy Greg asked me to throw together a list for how I would build Lim-Dûl the Necromancer. Now, bearing in mind that this list is for a more budget and casual player, I will not be trying to maximize this deck’s efficiency at all cost, but the deck will still require a few pricier black staples.

Lim-Dul seems pretty costly for his abilities, is he really that good?

In my opinion, he is fun but a tad mediocre. In a completely casual setting of good friends hanging out and eating pizza he can be a lot of fun, possibly even with a few games with some absurd plays. By all means, mediocrity does not make a commander bad or unplayable. I’ve played with worse commanders and had a complete blast. That is what makes EDH such an amazing format.

I maximize his use by making him the leader of a zombie tribal deck. Featuring all of the good lords, such as Death Baron or Undead Warchief and the new Diregraf Colossus. The deck can win by going wide with zombie tokens and Lim-Duls reanimated buddies, or by simply throwing a freight-train sized Diregraf Colossus or Nirkana Revenant at somebody.

Things to Note

The deck needs notably more ramp than other black decks, due to the seven-mana and no immediate impact general.

Your best effects are the ones that can repeatedly kill your opponents creatures to full Lim-Dul. Sheoldred, Whispering One and Call to the Grave do this very efficiently.

Your opponents’ jaws may drop when you cast Feeding Frenzy as odds are in favour of them having never heard of the card before.

The Deck List

Army of the Damned Flavour Text

Commander (1)
Lim-Dûl the Necromancer

Creatures (26)
Cemetery Reaper
Corpse Harvester
Crypt Ghast
Death Baron
Diregraf Colossus
Gempalm Polluter
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Grave Defiler
Grave Titan
Graveborn Muse
Gravecrawler
Gravespawn Sovereign
Liliana, Heretical Healer
Lord of the Undead
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Nirkana Revenant
Noxious Ghoul
Overseer of the Damned
Relentless Dead
Risen Executioner
Sheoldred, Whispering One
Shepherd of Rot
Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Skinrender
Undead Warchief
Zombie Master

Spells (25)
Army of the Damned
Dark Petition
Decree of Pain
Demonic Tutor
Dread Summons
Ever After
From Under the Floorboards
Increasing Ambition
Necromantic Selection
Night’s Whisper
Reanimate
Sign in Blood
Toxic Deluge
Zombie Apocalypse
Cabal Ritual
Cruel Revival
Dark Ritual
Dismember
Feeding Frenzy
Go for the Throat
Hero’s Downfall
Snuff Out
Sudden Death
Sudden Spoiling
Victim of Night

Artifact (6)
Charcoal Diamond
Commander’s Sphere
Jet Medallion
Mana Vault
Mind Stone
Sol Ring

Enchantment (6)
Animate Dead
Call to the Grave
Endless Ranks of the Dead
Grave Betrayal
Necropotence
Phyrexian Arena

Planeswalker (1)
Liliana of the Dark Realms

Land (35)
Ancient Tomb
Barren Moor
Bojuka Bog
Cabal Coffers
Myriad Landscape
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
29 Swamp

I hope you all enjoy this deck list.  If any readers ever wish to request that a commander be built, feel free to comment on an article! Until next week, thanks for reading!