My name is Kain. Born a nobleman of an arostocratic family, I was then oblivious of my woven fate with the desolate world of Nosgoth.enter image description hereIt was on one fateful day, when I went about one of my many journeys. Seeking a bed at a local tavern, I was forced to the road. It was there where I was ambushed, and met my demise...enter image description here

I later emerged, trapped in the Underworld, where m soul was offered a chance for vengeance by th Necromancer Mortanius.

He guaranteed me "the blood I hungered for".

Tormented, desperate, and (at the time) heedless of my benefactor's ulterior motives, I recklessly accepted the offer without a second thought...

I awakened to a new existence of pain when I had realized that I had been resurrected as a Vampire. Undeterred by hunger and weakness I sought out my assailants, killing each one with pleasure and sating in their blood.

Mortanius had me on a long, enduring quest to restore balance in the fabled Nine Pillars of Nosgoth, with the promise of a cure for my vampiric affliction.enter image description here

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Each Pillar represented the fundamental elements of Nosgoth and each had an ascribed guardian:

  • Balance
  • Mind
  • Nature
  • Energy
  • Conflict
  • Dimension
  • Time
  • States
  • Death
Mortanius congratulated me upon what I thought was my succession of the task, and summoned me to the pillars. When I arrived I witnessed a confrontation between last two Guardians of the Pillars - the Guardian of the States, Anarcrothe, and Mortanius, the Guardian of Death. Anarcrothe revealed that it was Mortanius who orchestrated my own death.

Enraged by thought of being nothing more than a puppet, I summoned all of my strength to destroy Mortanius, which unleashed 'The Dark Entity' - the true poison that spread the madness throughout Nosgoth.enter image description here

Having felled the Dark Entity, balance was finally restored between the Pillars and the Guardians.

However I was faced with a moral dilemma; I myself was poisoned by the same insanities that corrupted the other Guardians, however I was the last surviving Vampire. And so I was left with the choice of sacrificing myself to restore pure balance for Nosgoth, or to reject it, prolonging my life and ensuring the survival of the Vampire race.

Throughout my journey it had been more than clear that Vampires were the "dark gods" and our duties were "to thin the herd." With that in mind, I established the unrestored Pillar of Balance as my throne; the seat of my new empire.enter image description here

Over time, I had the means of creating a cadre of Vampires. And even further still, my powers increased exponentially. But my thirst for blood will never be quenched.

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This is my first time brewing a Duel Commander list and there is a lot to consider regarding the vastly different banlist. Much of the cEDH mana accelerants are banned as are many of the tutors. On top of that, lifetotals are also reduced.

How Edgar Markov excels as a competitive 1v1 general is by his Eminence ability. With that in mind, the creature base is kept fairly low to the ground, so that on T1 we will not only play our creature but get an Eminence trigger.

This strategy poses an immediate threat and board presence, as we ought to consistently be ahead of the curve with every passing turn.

Complimenting our board presence are our array of burn and drain spells to continuously put pressure on our opponents to act fast or consequently die quicker.

If you dig the Vamp Tribe, the deck itself or are a fan of the Legacy of Kain Franchise, as always your support is greatly appreciated! +1enter image description here


After delving deeper into what is and isn't allowed for French Commander's Banlist compared to cEDH/multiplayer, it occurred to me that many spells I thought would be banned are not! This allowed me to trim down on some slots and make room for an additional wincon.

Ad Nauseam + Sickening Dreams with Angel's Grace and Silence as added protection. You draw your deck, pitch your hand and deal lethal while not losing. Additionally this can for all intents and purposes be of some use should you wish to take this to a multiplayer setting. However I would highly advise more restructuring if that were the case.

The slots "taken out" were essentially all the new Ixalan cards since I obviously cannot own those in paper.

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Lythia says... #1

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the description though you should know you have a typo under An impossible decision. It says "than clear that Vampires were thd "dark gods" and our duties." I think it's supposed to be a the :P

September 22, 2017 6:37 a.m.

n0bunga says... #2

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Hahaha thanks for pointing that out! Glad you enjoyed the description, I really enjoyed this franchise growing up! :)

September 22, 2017 6:43 a.m.

Lythia says... #3

Lol np :) Same, I've only been at it for a year or two but I'm pretty hooked!

September 22, 2017 6:44 a.m.

dsagent says... #4

I upvoted for the reference.

September 25, 2017 10:10 p.m.

n0bunga says... #5

dsagent thank you!! Glad you appreciate it!

September 25, 2017 10:17 p.m.

Homelessguy says... #6

I hope I'm wrong about this,Pretty sure you're Commander just got banned in duel Commander or at least that's what the duel Commander Facebook pages is saying

September 26, 2017 6:24 p.m.

KailDaemon says... #7

Rip dude, just read an article saying Edgar is now banned as a commander only for DC

September 26, 2017 6:25 p.m.

n0bunga says... #8

Daaaamn only a matter of time ;_;

September 26, 2017 6:27 p.m.

UnleashedHavok says... #9

Great deck man! So I know that this is geared for 1v1... Do you think it would do well at all in multiplayer? I ask because your creature base is very similar to what I am considering doing to my pre-built I just purchased

October 12, 2017 2:20 p.m.

n0bunga says... #10

UnleashedHavok Thank you! Your question has a couple of answers; if you plan on going about this competitively I would advise against it. cEDH has Edgar placed in a T3 setting, and this is by-and-large not a T3 build. I believe there is talk of a more stax/hatebear variant for that meta.

However with friends, depending on your decklist, I can vouch for it; I've played this in my small meta with decks like Maelstrom Wanderer, Atraxa, Purphoros, and with someone piloting my Neheb: the Eternal deck. This deck a very good job at keeping pressure consistent and maintaining constant board presence.

Alas, Edgar has been banned as a 1v1. Eminence was just a broken mechanic for him. But I don't have the heart to get rid of the deck.

October 12, 2017 2:42 p.m.

TheRedKnight says... #11

Huge fan of the LoK franchise!!! +1! Pity about the banning...

November 1, 2017 11:03 a.m.

n0bunga says... #12

TheRedKnight Thanks mate, glad to see another fan! I know ;-; it was such a shame; literally the week after I built this on paper, too.

November 1, 2017 11:30 a.m.

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This deck is Duel Commander legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.13
Tokens 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 1/1 Human Cleric, 2/2 Vampire
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+1 Dark Ritual main
-1 Legion's Landing  Flip main
+1 Silence main
+1 Diabolic Intent main
+1 Blackcleave Cliffs main
+1 Anointed Procession main
-1 Unclaimed Territory main
-1 Fire Covenant main
-1 Swamp main
+1 Lotus Petal main
+1 Angel's Grace main
-1 Sanctum Seeker main
-1 Last-Ditch Effort main
+1 Ad Nauseam main
+1 Sickening Dreams main
-1 Pillar of Origins main
-1 Tithe Drinker main
+1 Canyon Slough main
-1 Vicious Conquistador main