Fully optimized competitive EDH deck for Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest. Let me know if I missed anything!



This a fully optimized Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest deck for cEDH, which focuses on the card Tooth and Nail as the primary enabler for game-winning combos. Note that I did not include a budget limit due to this deck not having any budget constraints, so suggest your hearts out!


Mazirek is a mid-tier commander that can have many decks built around him, such as counter-synergy, stax, aristocrats and combo. This deck is the combo-control version, as Mazirek himself is a very nice combo piece in the command zone with Persist creatures. This deck in particular is a Tooth and Nail .dec, as mentioned above, with TaN fetching all the game-winning combos. This means our wincon is usually 1-2 cards that are very easily accessible (TaN and the commander).

Why no "x" card?


So as you can tell by this list, it is far from your average Mazirek list. First off, the card ratios are very different from an average list due to focusing on a select amount of combos that work with other combo pieces. Mazirek is a primary combo piece in this deck, but it can win without him with ease.

As far as suggestions go, I am mainly looking for either cards to protect the combos, cheap tutors or swapping in for more stronger combo pieces. However, if there are any cards that are very optimal for this deck that should be in it, let me know and I will consider adding it in!



As there is only one card we need in hand in order to win, there are some flex slots in the deck that can be used as other means of winning.

These are the primary combos to go to via Tooth and Nail :

Playing this Deck


Starting Hand

You will want ideally two lands, two ramp cards and a tutor in any starting hand. It is rather beneficial to have a combo piece in hand because you can either cast Tooth and Nail for cheap or throw in Eternal Witness in case you need to fall back if a combo gets disrupted


If you wind up drawing Tooth and Nail , then you can use tutors to search for a utility card rather than a combo piece. They are usually used if you have nine or more mana and no Tooth and Nail to go for a game-winning combo next turn.


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Triton says... #1

Emzed made changes as I saw fit keeping your suggestions in mind. Quick question: what is your opinion on Contamination? It's a tutorable soft lock with the Scion/Spawn producers (great standalone cards). I feel as though Bitterblossom is a bit lacking compared to the former two in this deck (great card, but not in this deck).

January 22, 2017 1:07 a.m.

Emzed says... #2

I don't have much experience with Contamination. Isn't there a high risk that you cut yourself off of green mana? You only have 8 nonland green sources. Of course you can always just decide to sacrifice it in your upkeep once you are ready to combo.
Your deck can indeed feed Contamination well if you have either of the Eldrazi enchantments, but otherwise you don't have all that many creatures that you don't care to sacrifice. Commanders like Meren of Clan Nel Toth, Nath of the Guilt Leaf, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Prossh, Skyraider of Kher or Ghave, Guru of Spores are a lot better at constantly producing creatures to sacrifice.
One more aspect of Contamination to consider: You don't interact much with mana rocks such as Coalition Relic or Mox Diamond. If your opponents have those, the soft lock isn't working.
I have some more ideas for you in the ramp section: Frontier Siege (2 mana twice each turn), Rain of Filth, Cadaverous Bloom, Culling the Weak, Bubbling Muck.

January 22, 2017 6:01 a.m.

Emzed says... #3

Btw, the new Walking Ballista can function like a Triskelion with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. I don't know of that changes anything, it might not even be playable since it doesn't work great with Tooth and Nail (you need a sac outlet to start the combo). Still, a card to keep in mind, especially because it can be a solid play for 2 or 4 mana to interact with cards like Aven Mindcensor, Containment Priest or Hermit Druid.

January 25, 2017 9:24 a.m.

WrathofCod says... #4

What do you think about Altar of Dementia for an additional sac outlet and redundancy? In addition to being another sac outlet, it can replace Viscera Seer in the combos mentioned in "wincons" to infinitely mill your opponents out! Other cards to consider might be Gaea's Herald and Riftsweeper. Gaea's Herald prevents your combo pieces from being countered and Riftsweeper can return a creature in exile to your hand after a Path to Exile or Merciless Eviction! Just my 2 cents, overall a great deck, so a definite +1 from me!

March 31, 2017 11:05 p.m.

Emzed says... #5

Riftsweeper doesn't return the card to hand. It gets shuffled into the library.

April 1, 2017 4:13 a.m.

WrathofCod says... #6

Good catch, I must have misread it then! Even so, I think it is still worth looking at because he runs so many tutors and should be able to find the returned card fairly easily!

April 1, 2017 9:12 a.m.

Triton says... #7

WrathofCod I added in Altar of Dementia and Riftsweeper, since I agree that they are very good in this deck. The only problem I have with Gaea's Herald is that I do not want to hard-cast the creatures, and instead I want to cheat them out with Tooth and Nail, which is a sorcery. Nevertheless, I appreciate the considerations!

Thanks for the suggestions and +1!

April 1, 2017 11:31 a.m.

Emzed says... #8

I have tested Riftsweeper some (in a couple of different decks) and found it really unexciting most of the time, especially when drawn early on. Unless someone has a suspended card or a Chrome Mox, it does absolutely nothing. I imagine having a random 2cmc creature gets a little more interesting once you have cards like Diabolic Intent, Eldritch Evolution, Birthing Pod or Survival of the Fittest to make use of it. Still, Riftsweeper felt too situational to me, and even if the time was right for it, it was merely okay and not great.

April 1, 2017 1 p.m.

WrathofCod says... #9

@ Emzed While most of criticisms are valid, Riftsweeper is still a card I would add into the deck. Even though in 9/1o games it won't do much, in that game that it will, it has a good chance of being a lifesaver and allowing you to pull off a clutch win! If you don't have one (or more) of your combo pieces, and you go to Tooth and Nail or play an important (potentially game-winning) creature and it gets exiled, you are pretty screwed. Even though this deck does have a few different combos, if a crucial piece is exiled late in the game, it usually takes too much time to assemble another combo, thus losing you the match. With Riftsweeper, that previously unwinnable game is now winnable. Even if that scenario doesn't present itself, like you mentioned, it is still useful fodder for a Diabolic Intent or a Survival of the Fittest trigger! In conclusion, the risk is extremely low, and the potential for reward is very high! This is just my opinion, and I don't want this to come off as rude or confrontational :)

April 1, 2017 6:53 p.m.

Airdraken says... #10

Have you considered Swarmyard Not sure you need to protect your commander too much though?

July 9, 2017 9:08 a.m.

Triton says... #11

Airdraken I forgot the name of Swarmyard. I'll take out Tabernacle because the latter doesn't help the strategy. Thanks for the suggestion!

July 9, 2017 11:30 a.m.

Airdraken says... #12

Inspiring Call Can be useful, wont get around something like toxic deluge. but card draw works too.

I dont know how many +1/1 counters this type of mazirek deck gets. It's definitely more powerful in other playlists

July 9, 2017 6:20 p.m.

Triton says... #13

Airdraken Inspiring Call is meh in this list because you have Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, and other non-destruction removal. It's very good in a more casual table, however!

July 9, 2017 6:31 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.45
Tokens 0/1 Plant, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn
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