Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition III (ME3) Uncommon
Portal Three Kingdoms (PTK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed

Legendary Creature — Human Soldier

Horsemanship (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with horsemanship.)

Sacrifice Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed: Return target black card from your graveyard to your hand. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Discussion

Hemigidius on Yawgmoth, Father of Machines

1 week ago

I love the idea of Extraplanar Lens honestly! I am just at a loss of what to cut for it, the list feels real tight as is, I don't really want to lower my creature count much more. But I am thinking Midnight Banshee is a wee bit slow, even though it is free counters... It is still 6 mana, perhaps it can go.

I REALLY want to make room for Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed , seeing as how I have multiple ways to bring him back, and he can bring back virtually ANY card outside of artifacts in this deck. (I guess not the devoid guys, but still.) A way to recur my high threat enchantments would always be useful.

Anyone have any other suggestions? I was considering one more undying creature to potentially go infinite with Geralf's Messenger . Sadly the only card I can think of is Butcher Ghoul which is really mediocre outside of the infinite combo with Geralf's Messenger . Maybe I don't need it as I do have a few ways of creating tokens from things dying. Any thoughts on this?

Raging_Squiggle on Cards that care about graveyard ...

3 weeks ago

They’re not played a lot, but if someone is, they have to say “graveyard order matters,” whether or not it only matters to them or to all players.

One I really like playing is called Corpse Dance . It’s a strong reanimating spell if the top creature is one you want back. Pairs well with Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed effects.

Another that I play is Guiding Spirit . This one matters for all players and you cannot reorder or remove cards for Charmbreaker Devils effects at all

WhattheDeck on [[Primer]] Gonti - Night Market Shenanigans

1 month ago

I played around with a similar build in my play group and had some feedback from experience:

  1. This list runs a lot of targeted creature removal on high-cmc bodies, but lacks responses to non-creature-heavy decks. I put in Mesmeric Fiend and Thought-Knot Seer as more general removal instead of Duplicant and Ravenous Chupacabra . I usually ended up tutoring and reoccurring Meteor Golem , so even Noxious Gearhulk seemed a bit redundant. I'm considering replacing it with Brain Maggot .

  2. Vulturous Aven surprised me and actually performed really well. With a few recursions, this was reliable, under-the-radar card draw that also acted as a sac-outlet for Kokusho, the Evening Star when reanimated together. Considering adding Dusk Legion Zealot and/or Disciple of Bolas for more ETB card draw. I might also replace Phyrexian Arena for another ETB card draw creature or probably just Dark Confidant

  3. I put in Viscera Seer for the reliable, cheap sac outlet on a body (with card filtering).

  4. Added Strip Mine and Blast Zone for more removal. Took out Cabal Stronghold and a Swamp.

  5. Put in Thrilling Encore which creates a fun wincon with Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed and other creatures. Didn't get the combo off, but had a good a blowout with Thrilling Encore after a boardwipe.

  6. Conjurer's Closet was expensive, always instantly targeted and never got much value. Probably going to replace with Abnormal Endurance , because these effects are so clutch and fun.

  7. When playing opponents' cards from Gonti, they go straight to their graveyards, which often creates a powerful disincentive to using the main ability of the deck. For graveyard control, I'm looking for a place for Heap Doll and Withered Wretch . This lets me play opponents' cards with Gonti and then instantly exile them before someone drops something like Snapcaster Mage.

  8. Adjusted the land base and ramp to include Fellwar Stone , Exotic Orchard , and Mox Opal to give more options for using activated abilities of opponents' permanents. Used Gonti to steal a Deadeye Navigator , which was hilarious and awesome.

  9. Finally, the real fun/value/intrigue of Gonti from the games I played revolved around the mystery of what cards I'd exiled with Gonti, and less on what goodstuff creatures might be lurking in my graveyard. My opponents were always flipping through their decks when they tutored, looking to see if I snatched away key cards. The combo players at the table were especially anxious. I loved it. I put in Praetor's Grasp and Bitter Ordeal to play to this strength.

  10. Great deck and definitely recommend anyone checking out this list give it a shot!

Olive_pdx on Balthor Ad Naus

2 months ago

Great build! I put together a Balthor the Defiled recently but in no way a cEDH, mostly based on lots of mana and Morality Shift to dump my library in the graveyard and activating Balthor the Defiled with Grey Merchant of Asphodel to finish things off. I think I'm gonna make use of the Nether Traitor + Pawn of Ulamog + Phyrexian Altar for mana and Praetor's Grasp + Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed to finish things off. I also will likely keep those tools for a soon-to-come WUBRG hidden Commander deck!

Poisoner6 on Back in Black

2 months ago

I just finished building my own Maralen/Ab Nauseam deck and I have a few cards that I feel are needed in the deck that your list is lacking. These are just a few quality of life cards making a lot more things possible in the deck. Skirge Familiar , Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed , Exsanguinate , Neverending Torment , Boseiju, Who Shelters All , Glacial Chasm , You could also put in cards such as: Walking Ballista , Hangarback Walker , To allow you to have some other win-cons besides the obvious Sickening Dreams combo that you already have in your deck. These additions would allow your deck to be a little bit more reliable and consistent. Making your games using this deck more diverse and enjoyable. These additions or changes may not be for everyone but it is what I have found to be the most fun and enjoyable for me to play and makes it not so much a glass cannon but a deck that can be played with a few different play out in mind.

TheGeneralAdvisor on Naked Lunch

3 months ago

Profet93: most of the wins are through combo or Living Death loops. While graveyard hate can tear it up sometimes, cards like Rest in Peace aren’t played often so it’s never been an issue. As for other stuff, politics gets me pretty far, and the speed and resilience of the deck gets me the rest of the way. Contamination can totally shut down decks as well since black has issues with enchantments already and locking people out of their mana tends to win.

Ragnar0k: I don’t run the monument because I don’t often cast any creatures. Most stuff comes out through recursion, and the drain creatures in the deck are recurrable so they take care of the monument’s second ability.

crackerjackz: there’s a lot of different combos. Sac outlets make up most of them, as it enables tons of shenanigans, and Pawn of Ulamog and Pitiless Plunderer help it go infinite with the drain creatures. Gravecrawler is a big enabler there for that kind of win. I can also loop Living Death with Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed and a sac outlet that nets mana. There’s more ways than that but those are main ones.

Lil_Kalki on Nightmare Zone - Chainer, Dementia Master (EDH)

3 months ago

Hey there!

I crafted a Chainer deck roughly 2 years ago with intent to continue improving it. It's now my pet deck and the one I pamper most.

Your build seems to be missing some components that would make the deck much more wonderful (though it's plenty wonderful already - I love the Platinum Angel inclusion!). I would suggest effects like Sanguine Bond or Defiant Bloodlord if you plan to keep Exquisite Blood in the mainboard. Also, one of the best pieces a Chainer deck can have (even if budget is an issue, this card is roughly only $60 in judge promo form so there's little excuse if you can manage that!) is Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed . This will allow recursion of all your tutors, X-costing sorceries, enchantments, pretty much everything that isn't an artifact (and then, you still have Noxious Gearhulk to recur as well!). I HIGHLY suggest it.

As for me, I have a request: look at my build Threnody for the Victims of Dementia, and let me know where i am lacking as well as what inspires you. I love to help aspiring Chainer players and since you're featured right now I figure this is where I'll shine for you... and others, perhaps. :D

~Lil Kalki

Dango on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

3 months ago

I've kind of been in a weird deckbuilding funk lately where I keep getting ideas to build things for my meta, but I always come to a fork in the road while I'm working on it where I tend to back out and lose interest because it starts to look like something that I wouldn't want to get on paper or if I would get it on paper, I could see myself playing a couple games with it and never touching it again.

Now I'm thinking about going back to my roots and revisiting my Toshiro Umezawa deck that I've been so afraid to touch in my meta. It just feels like he doesn't do enough now that my meta has increased in competitiveness by a considerable amount since we first started playing. I don't think any recent upgrade or change I've made with Toshiro has made an impactful enough difference because the strategy just doesn't work as well in a competitive environment. I miss piloting Toshi though, and as much as I hate to pitch him, I think I want to work on a project with another mono-black general at the helm: Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed . Xiahou seems like a lot of fun as a combo and value piece, and I see a lot of potential with him to be a potent commander in an attempt to sort of revitalize my first EDH deck I ever built. The deck will more than likely be entirely different, but I think it's the right choice for me to do.

I'll post a decklist here in the next couple days. I'm not sure whether or not I'll just update the Toshiro list with Xiahou as the new commander, or retire the list for now and start a new one. Probably the latter to be honest, Toshiro earned all of those upvotes and it's still getting a lot of attention despite me not actually doing anything with it since October. If that list is getting enough exposure and helping others brew him, I don't see why I would change that list into something completely different.

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