An Esper control deck for commander with Ertai, the Corrupted at the helm.

This deck is my attempt at a control deck for EDH that isn't as oppressive as stax, but can hopefully still police the board and keep threats from hitting the board with Ertai's ability and fodder to sac to his ability like Hatching Plans , Bitterblossom , Luminarch Ascension , Curse of Disturbance and Ophiomancer .

Baral, Chief of Compliance is an allstar in this deck because you still get the looting ability from countering spells with our commander. People get scared of counters so support cards like Mind Over Matter and Thornbite Staff keep untapping Ertai to not be limited to one counter per turn cycle.

The rest of the deck is mostly goodstuff that coincidentally combos when we assemble some pieces and finally end the game. Included in the deck are Grave Titan + Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar which is a classic combo that gives infinite colorless mana and tokens which also works with Geist-Honored Monk .

The good part is that each individual card offers value in this deck, so I'm not wasting slots on dedicated combo pieces that don't synergize with anything else in the deck.

Mind Over Matter works great with the commander and enough sac fodder to be able to counter the most important spells each turn and combos with Temple Bell or Azami, Lady of Scrolls to either deck everyone or draw enough cards to find Laboratory Maniac for the win.


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