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

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Annihilation (V14) Mythic Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a soot counter on Smokestack.

At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a permanent for each soot counter on Smokestack.

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Smokestack Discussion

ChaosClaws on Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

5 days ago

Hey Podkomorka, Yes, actually. The term stax came from an old vintage artifact deck that used old tax cards like Sphere of Resistance and Smokestack. The actual name comes from the nickname of the deck $T4KS (The Four Thousand Dollar Solution).

Junk_Heap on Emblematic Experiences

1 week ago


  • Thanks for the vote! To optimize the deck you could add some cheaper and/or more versatile tutors, like Imperial Seal, and take out some of the general good stuff cards for dedicated stax pieces. Both Smokestack and Tangle Wire work really well with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice. Anything to lock your opponents down while you use your Planeswalker cards would tune the deck more. Some of the basic lands could also be swapped out for other lands that produce two or more colors.

Podkomorka on Building Perfection (EDH Stax Primer)

1 week ago

Actually your history on Stax is incorrect. The stax archetype is not named after the card Smokestack at all. The true orgins of the name came from an acronym for "The 4 thousand dollar solutions" or also $t4ks, which was reworked to be written Stax also.

Kylesafgt on Until the Lambs Have Become Lions: Meren

2 weeks ago

Hey mate,

Great deck! Reminds me alot of how mine once looked.

Cards that I can see that I would consider subpar/not synergistic enough, if I were to run them myself:

  • Pathbreaker Ibex: Great card, I think it could gain an immense amount of power if you ran Lord of Extinction

  • Wall of Blossom: Personally I'd run Vulturous Aven over this, lets you get an experience counter too and you can target itself. I never had a problem with it being 4 cmc as Meren can easily rack up counters.

  • Mazirek: The counters can pile up quickly and he can get out of control, but the problem is that Meren wants your creatures dying so those counters won't be sticking around for long. You could replace him with Victimize?

  • Champion of Lambholt: You're probably better off running something that'll really give your deck a kick. For example, from your sideboard I can see Shriekmaw in there, WHY? I'd slot this back in your deck asap as he's an absolutely abusable monster in mine.

Cards you should add:

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip!!!!!!!Liliana is an absolute monster in this deck and there's alot of factors I'll need to cover to get this point across. Firstly, she's a creature to start off with and Meren adores creatures being in her graveyard. Therefore Liliana is a very easy card to get back to the field especially due to her low cmc. Secondly, the way she flips to her Planeswalker side is hilariously easy (Have I mentioned that Meren loves things dying?). Once you flip her with easy you gain a 2/2 zombie which you can easily just use as sacrifice fodder or a nifty little attacker. Her first ability (+2) is one sided, everyone chucks a card into the graveyard. But you don't care about cards going to the graveyard, that's just a second hand to you because of all your reanimation effects. Her second ability (-X) allows you to reanimate any non-legendary creature that you have in your graveyard. Just another big stupid reanimation effect that can grab almost any creature is just great. Her third ability (-8) is potentially game winning in almost every deck, especially this one. You see, we want things to be constantly dying and once she has this emblem, every time something dies it just comes back to the field under our control. Now we run alot of destruction effects such as removal, gravepacts and stax effects so we'll be constantly forcing our opponents to sacrifice things (which will in turn come back under our control). I just cannot stress enough how great of a card Liliana, Heretical Healer is in this deck

  • Perilous Forays: Great card to help you ramp and gain experience counters, note that it can grab cards such as Overgrown Tomb etc

  • Protean Hulk: Even if you're not trying to combo off, this large toad,frog,thing is pure valuetown.

  • Dawntreader Elk: Such an amazing ramp card for Meren

  • Archfiend of Depravity & Smokestack: If you really want to make your opponent never have creatures (or permanents).

  • From Beyond: Just another great Awakening Zone effect

  • Sheoldred, Whispering One: I can't believe that she hasn't been considered, she gives you everything Meren has ever wanted.

  • Dread Return: Great reanimation card for Meren

For any more ideas or suggestions on stuff to shove into your deck to make it synergise better or be more powerful check out my old Meren deck: ended up changing it to the Karador deck you commented on, but I'm planning on rebuilding her so that I'll be running her + Karador

Spazik008 on Psychic Allergy Combo question

2 weeks ago

Gibbering Descent is also good with Smokestack for similar reasons.

Lucasfairweather on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH (Modular)

2 weeks ago

I like it. I would recommend a few things:

  1. Mark of Mutiny isn't thematically a modular thing, but goes so well with marchesa you might consider it.
  2. Krark-Clan Ironworks is another ashnods alter, which is insanely valuble in a deck with built in recursion like yours.
  3. Scrap Mastery = Awesome board wipe for you. Your stuck comes back, and the things perma gone also come back. Win/win.
  4. All Is Dust = Also awesome board wipe for you. You don't have many colored permanents.
  5. Smokestack. Why not. Your going to gain more value from it then they are. But I understand that its a iffy choice.
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