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Black Water - Korlash $40 Budget Voltron

Commander / EDH Artifact Budget Mono-Black Voltron Zombie





The #1 Korlash deck on TappedOut!


With regeneration, Korlash is really hard to get rid of once he hits the table so going for commander damage is the obvious play. If he gets stolen, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Nightmare, and Squelching Leeches are your backup options. My playgroup bought each other $40 commander decks and this was my choice to give to my friend.

In my ongoing endeavor to bring frugality to Commander, each card in this deck is under $2 and the whole deck is under $40 (not including the commander). If you like what you see, UPVOTE! or you can check out all my other $40 budget decks. If you see some areas of improvement, let me know what you'd change. Just make sure all suggested cards are under $2.

Step 1 = Play Korlash, Heir to Blackblade

Step 2 = Play equipment

Step 3 = Swing away

1) Commander damage

2) Big damage from pseudo-commanders

3) Big damage from Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Exsanguinate or Pestilence (if you're ahead on life)

I love the challenge of building really cheap decks. This is how the majority of my real life decks start out and then I improve them over time.




Slamduckin says... #1

Sweet deck +1 I can't wait to upgrade this deck.

September 28, 2016 10:48 p.m.

hosshughes says... #2

@Slamduckin: Thanks! With upgrades, this deck could definitely be a beast.

September 29, 2016 12:12 a.m.

Slamduckin says... #3

I'd imagine the first major upgrade would be Batterskull and Quietus Spike

September 29, 2016 8:52 p.m.

hosshughes says... #4

@Slamduckin: Yeah, I'll be putting up a upgrade list at some point, but those would be two good options. Cabal Coffers, Nirkana Revenant, Crypt Ghast, Lightning Greaves and any of the good swords will probably all be on there as well.

September 29, 2016 10:28 p.m.

Slamduckin says... #5

Nirkana Revenant looks good the ramp but I'm not sure how good it is beyond that. I had no idea Lightning Greaves was that much. I'd imagine Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth would be good in this deck. But I don't really want to have to spend $30 dollars to get one for every deck I have that plays black.The swords would also go well into this deck.

September 29, 2016 11:38 p.m.

hosshughes says... #6

@Slamduckin: Added an upgrades list...let me know if you think of anything else good to add.

October 1, 2016 10:34 a.m.

Slamduckin says... #7

@hosshughes: You missed the most obvious ones. Damnation and Oblivion Stone. Some really good utility is Kokusho, the Evening Star, especially in multiplayer. Kokusho's friend is Sheoldred, Whispering One.

October 1, 2016 12:32 p.m.

SheolZ says... #8

I think every EDH deck should have a sol ring, whether budget or not. Other than that, amazing :D

November 6, 2016 7:08 p.m.

hosshughes says... #9

@SheolZ: Thanks man, had to put some kind of arbitrary price limit on it, otherwise I agree :)

November 12, 2016 4:41 p.m.

You might consider Salvaging Station for some sick combo action with Wayfarer's Bauble, and may want to add Expedition Map too just to get more swamps and use the station. Why not Liliana of the Dark Realms too since she does the mana thing and maybe even Liliana's Shade. Since you have lots of ways to get lands into your hand I would consider Walking Atlas and Terrain Generator to dump them out. Love Korlash decks and any general that people don't think can be a commander. +1 again buddy.

January 10, 2017 1:12 p.m.

maverin116 says... #11

Do you think you could make recommendations on what to cut if we decide to upgrade the deck? Also I have noticed a sacrifice sub-theme, is the whole idea to sacrifice our commander who has been equipped up and then regen him? If so, when regenerating him I don't think that he gets re-equipped. Seems mana inefficient, some mana rocks could service the deck well.

June 6, 2017 2:47 a.m.

I think you're very confused about the rules of MtG. You can't regenerate a creature that gets sacrificed.

June 6, 2017 8:41 a.m.

hosshughes says... #13

@maverin116: EternalBrewmaster is correct. You cannot regenerate a sacrificed creature. The sac cards in the build are meant more for the zombie tokens. Also, regenerated creatures never die so the equipment never falls off them. As far as what to take out, it all depends on the cards you are planning on inserting. I think this build has a pretty good balance so if it's something like Necropotence, I'd take out a weaker draw card like Greed. If it's something like Damnation, I'd take out a weaker boardwipe like In Garruk's Wake. Thanks for the +1!

@EternalBrewmaster: I'm just now seeing your comment...sorry!! It looks like I put in Walking Atlas so good suggestion there. A lot of those other cards are nice upgrades for sure but I stick to my arbitrary $2 max rule. I also try not to put in a lot of combo cards since I don't use many tutors because of $$. Thanks for the +1!

June 6, 2017 6:50 p.m.

alicelouise58 says... #14

Liliana of the Dark Realms would be a good upgrade.

June 26, 2017 7:10 p.m.

hosshughes says... #15

@alicelouise58: Added!

June 27, 2017 8:38 a.m.

Use Mirage Mirror and Mirror of the Forebears now to copy Korlash and use his Grandeur ability by getting him back with Phyrexian Reclamation, Tortured Existence, or Palace Siege, etc.

September 5, 2017 12:11 p.m.

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