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Alt win-cons here

Commander / EDH




Constructing a 4 colour 'special counters'+ proliferate based alt win-con deck around the newly announced Atraxa, Praetor's Voice commander.

This used to be a 5 colour deck full of nearly every alt win-con I could think of. That proved to be ineffective, inconsistent and no 5 colour commander really fit the theme of the deck and certainly didn't assist in getting to the alt win-cons going.

Since then, I have refined the win-cons to be focusing around the following win con types:

  • special counters. Any win con that says "if this card gets 'x special counters, you win the game." or "starts with X counters. Remove them all to win the game."
  • Board/hand wipeBarren Glory and several supporting cards.
  • Unblockable combat alt win cons.Cards like Vraska the Unseen's ultimate tokens or Phage the Untouchable or the commander herself with attached infect and unblockable.

Gone are all life based, creature based and unique alt win-cons (eg, Door to Nothingness and Maze's End. Now, everything is focused around special counters being added or removed with a side theme of infect on the commander. ( Special counter type alt win-con, after all ). The rest will be land ramp and support cards, especially proliferate.

To date, I haven't been clear with exactly what this deck is and is not. I'm trying to make it very succinct so others looking at this deck can better understand exactly what I'm aiming for.



Uskebasi says... #3

Why going 4 color? Add Red and add Maze's End & Door to Nothingness!!

Also if you don't wanna go Penta there's always the Triskaidekaphobia & Tree of Perdition combo.

October 25, 2016 10:17 a.m.

Uskebasi says... #4

Also Kaervek's Spite or Renounce are good with Barren Glory.

Same with Plunge into Darkness or Phyrexian Processor or everything that makes you pay X life with Near-Death Experience.

You can also add Tainted Strike to win with Infect out of nowhere.

October 25, 2016 10:20 a.m.

SaltySpecula says... #6

Thanks Uskebasi. This actually used to be a 5 colour 20 alt win-con deck, but sadly it really wasn't effective. Too many alt win cons, a commander that didn't help the deck in any way and not enough support/tutor cards.

Your Barren Glory support suggestions are solid, going to work them into it. Now, just need to work on the land base...

October 25, 2016 11:01 p.m.

RazortoothMtg says... #7

I assume you are on a budget, as you haven't just smashed every fetch/shock/dual in the manabase, so:

As for the manabase, some good options are the odyssey filter lands, checklands, etc. that are being reprinted. There are a LOT of good duals if you can find them, and finishing the alara/khans trilands is a great idea. This is a good place to start looking. Whichever ones fit your budget or supply.

Once you play a "I win" card, you are probably a target. Swiftfoot Boots/Lightning Greaves are a must. Slap them on marit lage or an Azor's Elocuters.

Whispersilk Cloak wants to be friends with Phage the Untouchable.

I think Felidar Sovereign should be maindecked. I know it doesn't involve counters, but It needs no help to just win. I'd say cut a land or Darksteel Ingot

October 27, 2016 2:35 p.m.

Anarrandir says... #8

I appreciate that you spelled "colour" right in the description. It's a rare thing in America now...

You've got Platinum Angel; Maybe you might want to try the Knowledge Pool/Rule of Law lockdown?

November 2, 2016 7:07 a.m.

Crivaro says... #9

There is a set of depleation-lands with counters. If you restock counters at end of turn, consider them. They make two mana, which is insane here... look for this stuff: Hickory Woodlot.

November 2, 2016 12:32 p.m.

Anarrandir says... #10

Yeah, I run Depletion Lands (Remote Farm, Peat Bog, Saprazzan Skerry, and Hickory Woodlot) as well as Mirrodin's Core. They are really good if you've got Atraxa out.

November 2, 2016 3:18 p.m.

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