Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition III Uncommon
Portal Three Kingdoms Rare
Promo Set 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.

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Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Discussion

sonnet666 on The Everflowing Wound

3 days ago

thegigibeast, I mean, I don't see anything wrong with adding an infinite mana gameplan to Grenzo, but the question is more: How is it better than Doomsday? Y'know?

Part of the appeal of Doomsday Grenzo is that it's super difficult to interact with once Doomsday resolves, since you're only activating abilities after that.

Compare that with Worldgorger combo where it's so fragile a Swords to Plowshares sets you back to having no permanents. For Grenzo at least, it might be better to go with some "safer" infinite mana combos, especially since Grenzo doesn't need mana of any color the way Lyzolda does. Stuff like: Basalt+Rings combo, Nooze+Palladium Myr+Pili-Pala, Rings+Voltaic Key, ... Yeah, there aren't a lot of infinite mana combos in Black/Red, are there?

That said, I don't think they're incompatible, since infinite activations of Grenzo make a lot of plays that already use the cards in the Doomsday pile. For example:

Yawgmoth's Will-->Lotus Petal-->Dark Ritual-->Doomsday--> the usual stack.

  • Or if you don't have access to Doomsday:

Yawgmoth's Will-->Reito Lantern--> the usual stack.

  • Or if you don't have access to Kiki+Conscripts:

Yawgmoth's Will--> infinite Walking Ballista

  • If you get an infinite combo before casting Grenzo you can also put infinite counters on him, and just get every creature out of your deck.

Even still though, infinite mana combos are always going to be 2 to 3 cards, while Doomsday is a single card. This gives Doomsday a much lower threshold of necessary tutors and set-up, and means that Doomsday should probably remain plan A for the deck.

Winterblast on Best Commander Designs

1 week ago

I've come to like Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed a lot. He let's you reuse your tutors over and over again, which is perfect for commander...although that format didn't exist when the card was designed

Big-Foot on LTmiller

2 weeks ago

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed is the judge promo

Winterblast on Maralen or Xiahou Dun?

2 weeks ago

I've always used Maralen in this build, but now I'm thinking about using Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed instead.

Mornsong Suicide

Both have their values in the same list, but the playing style is very different. I'd like to hear some opinions on the matter...the tutor ability is really cool if it can be used correctly (see description and decklist) but always available graveyard recursion is also interesting

TheRealPeaches on KIngWiggins

2 weeks ago

I'd value the Nissa at ~$30 (value I traded for it, TCG Mid), which would make us square on the True-Name Nemesis if that works for you (presuming the TNN and the Verdant Catacombs are all in the same trade, which is what I'm going for. The Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed would make it very easy, but I understand if it's a low priority).

Metroid_Hybrid on Need a new Mono-Black Commander..

1 month ago

So, a while back I had built my first EDH deck around Horobi, Death's Wail.. As I expected, if left alone I could take over the game, but instead I seem to only draw hate.. So now I'm looking to switch Horobi out for something a little less "cute", and hopefully without having to completely change my current list (aside from Horobi-specific tech, of course)..

Here the deck I'm working with..

Darth Horobi, Sith Lord

Commander / EDH Metroid_Hybrid


Here's the list of potential Mono-Black Commanders that I currently own, and therefore to choose from.. My "Top-3" are listed first, the rest are in no particular order..

The general goal here is to have a definitive Mono-Black deck that can survive at least a moderate amount of hate, and without being too cheesy in the process..

illumfolly on

1 month ago

Life's Finale, Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Extraplanar Lens, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed, Undercity Informer (potentially risky, but a lot of targets put into grave)

Sicohippy on X Gon Give It To Ya (Xiahou-Dun T1 Prison Control)

1 month ago


I didn't realize that EDH had to have exactly 100. I've been playing this format for years and didn't know that. I do overflow a little bit from time to time going with 100 cards in the 99 or 101, but I never knew it was an actually enforced rule that it was to be exactly 100 cards. That's crazy I never knew that, haha.

I have to disagree with you on Soul Conduit. This deck can be very taxing to myself for lifepoints, and considering I don't have any creatures to block with, I often times win games either around 10 life or with less than 10 life. Given this circumstance I love keeping Soul Conduit in my deck as an option to keep myself alive, especially when I have so many options between different players in a multi-way format. I think this deck definitely calls for Soul Conduit. Esepcially considering I can use it multiple times and that games can end up going a long time with this deck, being a prison control, that is.

Mycosynth Lattice is counterproductive to me a lot of times, because my general, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed, clearly only recurs cards... This means that with everything being colourless (even in my graveyard), I'm not actually able to recur anything from my grave anymore.

That being said, however, its usually a late game card that I end up using when I pull off an infinite mana combo so I can play my whole hand. (I often times have a large hand even in the end game with the deck). But I can appreciate how unnecessary it can be.

I will play test without the Lattice, but I firmly think that Soul Conduit is too useful to me in a deck as taxing on life total as this one is.

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