Ertai, the Corrupted


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Planeshift Rare

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Ertai, the Corrupted

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

(Blue), Tap, Sacrifice a creature or enchantment: Counter target spell.

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Ertai, the Corrupted Discussion

Steelspike on Making the most out of ...

1 week ago

Decree of Silence basically becomes a giant middle finger to your opponents...

Going directly into my Ertai, the Corrupted deck, BTW...

HezTheGod on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 month ago

ajacobik, Erebos, God of the Dead is essentially just a mono-black draw commander, he really isn't that powerful as lifegain is not as important in multiplayer EDH. Ertai, the Corrupted on the other hand has access to two more colors, has an ability that can combo with dies triggers, combos with Mind Over Matter and Paradox Engine, and has built in interaction with your opponents. Ertai, the Corrupted is by far the more powerful commander between the two and deserves his spot in tier 3, the same can't be said of Erebos, God of the Dead.

On a side note I wholeheartedly believe that Arjun, the Shifting Flame is NOT a tier 4 general. He may not be as powerful as some other storm commanders but his ability is not one that can be ignored. His Mindmoil ability combos very well with Alhammarret's Archive and Thought Reflection which can be used to draw your entire deck and win with Laboratory Maniac. Having Arjun as your commander will usually let you see your entire deck just by cycling though it. This makes him one of the best commanders for a Splinter Twin/Pestermite and/or Deceiver Exarch/Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker as well as numerous other combos in izzet. Due to his cycling ability he makes an excellent storm commander because you can constantly cast the cards you need to and get rid of the leftovers.

I believe the most competitive list I have (the one I put on the cEDH subreddit) is here: Arjun, Flame on!

It operates by storming off with Alhammarret's Archive, Paradox Engine, and/or other draw or mana positive effects then win with Laboratory Maniac or Aetherflux Reservoir it can do this (with or without Arjun) as early as turn 3.

It is for this reason I believe Arjun is probably a tier 2.5 commander and if not, at least tier 3. He certainly does not deserve tier 4 because competitive builds with him are viable.

TheKingCanada on Counters Counters Counters

1 month ago

I don't know if Kiora's Follower has a good home here? It has the potential to give you a blocker back, but other than that you don't have much else for it to untap? I'd like to say you'd want to be able to abuse a card's ability instead of having it just in case.My other spot is with Ertai, the Corrupted, I can understand wanting some counterspell that doesn't sit in your hand, BUT, you would STILL have to hold back three mana, AND he is a target for removal (Which you would "just counter" yeah, but which of your big +1 +1 creatures would you be willing to give up?)

Also, maybe a draw spell or two more?Love it tho. It will be a fitting beast to take down ;)

takeaseathoney on deleted

2 months ago


Sicohippy on Help witH Esper control combos

3 months ago


I am afraid that Ertai, the Corrupted won't work for prison/stax the way I want him to either...

I was considering Sen Triplets heavily, but I'm not sure how I'd go about that build...

Do you know any esper combos that I might want to know about?

Sicohippy on Help witH Esper control combos

3 months ago

So I've been working my way back into magic after having sold my collection to overcome some financial struggles, and I have decided that I wanna make a big bad build for EDH that I can look forward to completing this summer. I used to have a fantastic Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Prison control EDH, and although there will always be a place in my heart for him as my personal favourite Stax commander, I think I am ready to move on to something beyond mono .

Infact, I think I'm finally ready to start messing with Esper (), I've never used this tri-colour combination, and I think I have found an excellent general to make a Prison control deck.

Ertai, the Corrupted has been fascinating me, but I am having a hard time playing a deck like Prison control while maintaining the creatures I need for sac outlets. I think I need more creature combos, but I do wanna stress that I want to make this deck a very combo-based lock down on all other players. I'd really appreciate some suggestions and general guidelines for building around this commander.

Do you think I should be using another commander for a Prison deck?

Do you think I should be using Ertai, the Corrupted for something other than stax/prison?

Check out My Xiahou-Dun deck if you get the chance, this will describe almost EXACTLY the type of prison deck I am looking to get out of .

I am also willing to settle for , or pretty much any other 3-colour combo that includes both and .

If anybody has decks I can use for references to check them out just let me know. General comments are appreciated.

Thanks so much guys, and Here is my Ertai Deck

VesuvanDoppelbanger on Enchanting Esper Tax

3 months ago

Ertai, the Corrupted, Faith Healer, and Hatching Plans may be worth considering. Nice deck, +1.

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