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.
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|Masters Edition III (ME3)||Uncommon|
|Portal Three Kingdoms (PTK)||Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Discussion
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1 month ago
Board wipes that seem "on theme" and white "ramp" to consider. Kaya's Wrath Fumigate Retaliate Austere Command Decree of Pain Martial Coup Merciless Eviction Descent of Dragons Angel of the Dire Hour Magister of Worth Sunblast Angel Boreas Charger Oreskos Explorer Surveyor's Scope Solemn Simulacrum Sword of the Animist Verge Rangers Smothering Tithe Sword of Feast and Famine Dowsing Dagger Flip
Queen Marchesa doesn't have a clear single way to build so you have lots of options. However, I feel like said you want to play her like the Kween she is and create a royal court full of politicin' and group interaction to make all the boys whine. I don't think you want to discourgage people from taking the monarch from you, more encourage them to swing others IE: NO Ghostly Prisons, YES Teysa effects. Punish the ones who swing you only after the fact and reward the ones who swing others. There is a lot listed!
You will also want to get retake the throne each turn and lets face it, the Assasin's won't always get through Dauthi Embrace Dauthi Trapper Nether Shadow Nether Traitor Soltari Visionary Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul Break Through the Line Ferropede Gingerbrute Key to the City Whispersilk Cloak Trailblazer's Boots Zhang He, Wei General Yellow Scarves Cavalry Wei Night Raiders Wei Scout Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior Shadow Alley Denizen
Finally here are some other fun interactions befitting the royal court. Crown of Doom Kor Haven Cathars' Crusade Electropotence + Pandemonium (Nasty with deathtouch) Field of the Dead Mentor of the Meek In the Web of War Mace of the Valiant Ogre Battledriver Orc Sureshot Mathas, Fiend Seeker Master of Cruelties Anya, Merciless Angel Tree of Perdition Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Ashling, the Extinguisher Azra Oddsmaker Aurification Bloodforged Battle-Axe Contested War Zone Thaumatic Compass Flip Dread Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip Iroas, God of Victory Aurelia, the Warleader Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Five-Alarm Fire Hellrider Hixus, Prison Warden Larceny Necropolis Regent No Mercy Phage the Untouchable Quietus Spike Skeleton Key Throat Slitter Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Vraska, Scheming Gorgon Scourge of the Throne Akroan Horse Captive Audience Goblin Spymaster Forbidden Orchard Clackbridge Troll Hunted Dragon Hunted Lammasu Hunted Horror
Theme directions to explore? Lifegain to stay above the swings? Angelic Chorus Answered Prayers Anointer Priest Authority of the Consuls Ayara, First of Locthwain Daxos, Blessed by the Sun Healer of the Pride Impassioned Orator Pious Evangel Flip Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Archangel of Thune Suture Priest Ajani's Welcome Dawn of Hope Deathgreeter Exquisite Blood Epicure of Blood Falkenrath Noble Karlov of the Ghost Council Noble Purpose Righteous Cause Sanguine Bond Searing Meditation Seraph Sanctuary Serene Steward Shattered Angel Spirit Loop Sun Droplet Vizkopa Guildmage Well of Lost Dreams Alhammarret's Archive Licia, Sanguine Tribune Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Eternity Vessel Chalice of Life Flip Resolute Archangel Storm Herd Felidar Sovereign Divinity of Pride Serra Ascendant
Aristocrats of the Court (slow life drain strategy)? Bastion of Remembrance Corpse Knight Impact Tremors Purphoros, God of the Forge Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Outpost Siege Bontu's Monument Brutal Hordechief Campaign of Vengeance Cliffhaven Vampire Cruel Celebrant Kambal, Consul of Allocation Polluted Bonds Retreat to Hagra Vindictive Vampire revenge Sorin, Grim Nemesis Judith, the Scourge Diva Stalking Vengeance Syr Konrad, the Grim
1 month ago
@Yellowcandy To be honest with you it has been a LONG time since I first built this deck. Years ago when I had first assembled it, it was actually pretty competitive. EDH wasn't a very researched format yet and there has been a slight power creep in the effectiveness of generals. Its still a lot of fun and I am always going to come back to the game and keep optimizing Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed to find the optimal version of an EDH deck featuring him as the general. That being said, however, I have taken this deck (about a year ago) into very competitive environments (facing decks like Zur the Enchanter, The Gitrog Monster, and Brago, King Eternal. It holds its own pretty well against tier 2 decks because of the lack of suspicion generated from playing a "low tier" commander (Xiahou being as low as Tier 4 on the EDH tier list by thegigibeast, ShaperSavant, and LabManiac_Sigi is something I do have to disagree with). Mono gives us a lot of ways to abuse Xiahou and use him significantly more effectively than other tier 4 generals.
Overall, these days, the deck is just tons of fun while still not immediately comboing off. It takes some time to achieve, but playing politically is definitely a strength in this deck!
4 months ago
And for a specific list of when you could activate Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed 's ability, you can activate it during your upkeep, draw step, precombat main phase, and beginning of combat step. The only one of these where you could also use Living Death is your precombat main phase.
As mentioned, the game will not automatically move you on to the next step or phase just for activating Xiahou Dun's ability. The game only advances steps and phases when all players pass priority on an empty stack.
4 months ago
Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed 's activation ability has a very specific timing restriction:
Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
My question is if the timing restriction is essentially "pre-combat main phase" or "before I declare combat phase"? Let's say I have infinite mana, can I form an infinite loop with Xiahou + Living Death ? Or is the timing restriction limiting me to only recur the spell back and I'll go right into my combat phase?
5 months ago
Profet93 Whoa! Good call. Totally spaced out on my artifact and enchantment removal. I'll definitely try some of these out. I haven't even seen the Gate to Phyrexia , or Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed before! Thanks so much the suggestions. All would fit perfectly
5 months ago
Thanks for checking out the deck and for the comments. I greatly appreciate it! I'll start from the top:
Imp's Mischief - The card is great without question and can be game winning in the right situation, however, I think it's a much better fit in a Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed control deck, which can easily recur it every turn. As I have to rely on XHD being in the 99, the value of Imp's Mischief is lower for Chainer. I'll never tutor for it and end up having to draw into it. I've also had situations where it sat in my hand being unable to cast because people are casting non target sorceries/instants or taking non targetable extra turns XD. Another aspect is that the card became fairly infamous in my meta and people were aware of the tricks I could do with Imp's Mischief or Sudden Spoiling . When I was leaving 2-3 mana open it was fairly telegraphed. Over time I may add it back in as I love the tricky unexpected stuff in black (Imps, Sudden Spoiling, Darkness )
In regards to Grave Titan , the slot was contested by three cards. Originally I was running Sengir Autocrat , which in my opinion is superior to both Grave Titan and Wurmcoil Engine . I figured I needed some additional lifegain as I encountered some life issues in the previous game sessions. Wurmcoil Engine fits the similar niche as Grave Titan and with Nim Deathmantle Zombie clause, allows for Gravecrawler loops. Wurmcoil containing Lifelink was what made me choose it over Grave Titan. With Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Ashnod's Altar , we could make infinite deathtouch or lifelink tokens + infinite mana. I've spent most of the day today thinking about this slot and ultimately I think I'm going back to Sengir Autocrat . It has better synergy with Skullclamp and Razaketh, the Foulblooded AND most importantly breaks parity on Chainer/Altars/Aristocrats/ETC. We end up netting and 1 life as opposed to Grave Titan or Wurmcoil Engine .
About Artifact/Enchantment hate: I chose Oblivion Stone over Nevinyrral's Disk due to how many mana doubling cards I'm running. This allows me to play and active O-stone on the same turn, which is less telegraphed than NDisk. Also it doesn't suffer requiring to untap+survive a turn on a table to use, which makes it superior in my eyes. If I had to add another card it would be All Is Dust most likely cutting Sheoldred, Whispering One . Time will tell if this is required but at this state I'm unsure yet. In a dreamland we can 'theoretically' deal all perms with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Meteor Golem + Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle .
Necropotence is there :). I do like Syphon Mind but I'm running Night's Whisper + Sign in Blood as they're cheaper to use. I'd rather be developing/Controling board w/ 4cmc cards. Nights Whisper+Sign in Blood could be subbed for something else. I'll test em as is for now.
The three lands that I removed could be detrimental but I'm not sure. I'll need to test it live, but I've been goldfishing for hours every day throughout the week. 30 lands seems fine with the recent minor rebuild.
5 months ago
Where is your artifact and enchantment hate? Without, you will find yourself shit out of luck in many matchups as you can't always rely on politics. Yes you can use chainer to recur something to destroy them, but thats not always reliable and you want something more consistent.
Imp's Mischief - Redirects extra turns, removal, counter counterspells, all for the low price of 2 mana.
Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed - Recursion in black that is recurrable with commander.
Infernal Darkness - Similar to contamination but without the need for creatures.
Necropotence - Do I really need to explain this one?
Phyrexian Arena - Slow and steady card draw
Syphon Mind - Even more card draw! Bonus if they discard a high CMC creature they can't cast but you can recur
Murderous Rider - Planeswalker removal