---Marath, Will of the Wild Blood Pod---

Combo/Stax deck with Marath, set up to abuse:

Birthing Pod/Yisan, the Wanderer Bard/Eldritch Evolution/Survival of the Fittest, which not only allow us to play Blood Pod with numerous answers and stax, but can also tutor for many combo pieces off of Marath. We use this for a game-ending Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker/Felidar Guardian/Karmic Guide combo, while giving access to strong toolbox/hatebear creatures to keep our opponents in check until we can fire off our combos


a land package including Crop Rotation, Lotus Cobra, Horizon Canopy, Fetchlands, and Ramunap Excavator, which gives us a toolbox with cards such as Cavern of Souls, Gaea's Cradle, and Wasteland.

Our primary kill-conditions are Kiki-Jiki + Felidar Guardian/Village Bell-Ringer + Splinter Twin, with Ashnod's Altar + Earthcraft + Hardened Scales and Marath to kill with Marath's pinging/tokens as a backup combo.

The primary combo uses Birthing Pod (hence the archetype name, Pod. The "Blood" part of Blood Pod comes from Blood Moon, or in this case Magus of the Moon, commonly played with Pod), with any 3-cmc creature in play (conveniently, Marath is such a creature) and 3 mana available. You begin the chain by:

  1. Sacrifice the 3-cmc creature to Birthing Pod. Search for Felidar Guardian, flicker Birthing Pod with Guardian to have it return to play untapped.

  2. Sacrifice Guardian to Pod to search up Karmic Guide. When Guide enters the battlefield. Have it target Guardian in the graveyard to return it to the battlefield. Flicker the Pod again to reset it.

  3. Sacrifice Guardian again to search up Kiki-Jiki. Use Kiki-Jiki to copy Karmic Guide, returning Guardian to the battlefield.

  4. Flicker Kiki-Jiki to begin the infinite Guardian loop and win!

A similar line can be performed with Survival of the Fittest. Discard any creature to chain-discard through Guardian, Kiki-Jiki, and optionally Village Bell-Ringer (who also goes infinite with Kiki-Jiki), until you have them all in your graveyard and Karmic Guide in hand. Cast Karmic Guide, return Kiki-Jiki, copy Guide, return Guardian, reset Kiki-Jiki, go infinite.

Splinter Twin is used on Village Bell Ringer as an alternate infinite combo, as each copy untaps the enchanted Bell Ringer, making infinite copies with haste. This can be tutored directly into play with Academy Rector.

Now, let's suppose Kiki-Jiki and Splinter Twin both get exiled, and beatdown is not a viable option. How do we win? Our backup combo of Earthcraft, Ashnod's Altar, and Marath himself can finish the job!

The only stipulation is needing one of each of the three basics. Assuming we have Altar, Earthcraft, and Marath (for this example he has been cast once and is a 3/3. For a bigger than 3/3 Marath, skip to step 2) in play, and are either tapped out or have at least one mana available with one of each Basic, the combo can be executed as follows:

  1. We either use the one mana, or tap Marath with Earthcraft to untap a Basic for mana, to remove a +1/+1 counter from Marath to make a 1/1 token. We then use Earthcraft with the token to untap the Basic again.

  2. Once Marath has two +1/1 counters on it (or is an X/2), sac the token to Altar to make another two mana, and remove the other two counters from Marath, making two more tokens and sending him back to the Command zone. Untap the other two Basics with those two tokens. Sac the requisite number of tokens to the Altar and tap all three Basics in order to repeatedly recast Marath. Start again at step 1.

  3. Each time we loop steps 1 and 2, we end up with exponentially more tokens and an ever-increasing in size Marath. Once he has enough +1/+1 counters to activate the damage-mode of his ability to kill the table, we sac the tokens to make the requisite mana we need to win!

This deck uses powerful tutors to find the combo pieces you need, with plenty of ramp to run them.


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

8 - 0 Mythic Rares

55 - 0 Rares

17 - 0 Uncommons

13 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.15
Tokens 3/3 Elephant, None Treasure, None Copy Clone, 1/1 Elemental, 3/3 Beast
Folders "Come not within the measure of Marath." - Shakespear, Combo Deck, Marath Counter
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