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Elenda, the Dusk Rose.

I've been thinking about Elenda ever since she came out. I couldn't quite wrap my head around her... couldn't quite find my unique vision. Until now. Now I am sure.

Notes about the deck

First, this is a restrained combo list. You will see infinite mana. You will see infinite tokens. You will see infinite +1/+1s. But you will not see the normal finishers.

You will not see black X-spells, draw, lifegain, Aristocrats, mill/ping ETBs, or haste enablers. This is intentional.

I want this deck to be at a certain power level, where I can combo, but give my opponents a chance to respond.

I also want to focus more on synergy and clever interactions, that you will see soon.

Lastly, I want this to be somewhat budget. I might actually buy this after testing.

Combos

Elenda, the Dusk Rose + one creature + Animation Module + Phyrexian Altar / Ashnod's Altar : An infinitely large Elenda and infinite mana with Ashnod's. Sacking a creature puts a counter on Elenda, pay for the Module, which gives you another creature to sac.

Elenda, the Dusk Rose (unbuffed) + Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar + one creature(or two mana): Infinite tokens. Sac the extra creature(or float 2 mana) and Elenda for the 4 mana for Deathmantle to catch Elenda. This creates two 1/1 vampires and brings Elenda back so you can continue the loop. This is easier if Elenda is already buffed.

For the above combo, Elenda can be replaced by any creature like Weaponcraft Enthusiast or Ministrant of Obligation for infinite tokens.

Elenda, the Dusk Rose (unbuffed) + Nim Deathmantle + Phyrexian Altar + 3 creatures(or 6 mana): Infinite tokens. Same concept as above, just requires more set-up. Much easier and immediately infinite if Elenda is a 6/6 or bigger.

Deathrender + Together Forever + Elenda, the Dusk Rose + Altar: Infinite tokens and ETBs. This one is tricky to set up. To start, you need a counter on Elenda(which isn't too hard) and Deathrender equipped to her. Sac Elenda to get one or two mana depending on the Altar, stack the Together Forever trigger over the Deathrender trigger, use the mana to pay 1 so Elenda returns to your hand, put her onto the battlefield with Deathrender. Repeat for infinite tokens and mana.

Deathrender + Razaketh, the Foulblooded + one creature to sac + one creature in hand: Not exactly infinite, but at the cost of 2 life I can cycle through all the creatures in my deck until victory is achieved by any number of different ways.

Sun Titan + Gift of Immortality / Shade's Form + Sac outlet = Infite ETB/death triggers. Can be combined with Elenda and other pieces for infinte mana, creature destruction, draw, +1/+1 counters, tokens, etc.

Animation Module + Cathars' Crusade + Ashnod's Altar + A few creatures and/or some mana = Infinite big infinite tokens. Play a creature, it gets a +1/+1 counter, pay 1 to create a servo, they all get counters, pay for as much as you can, using the Altar to go positive on mana and tokens each time.

ON THE SIDEBOARD

Decaying Soil (with threshold) + Deathrender + Phyrexian Altar / Ashnod's Altar : Infinite ETB/LBF triggers. Sac the creature, Deathrender triggers first and Decaying Soil resolves first, puting the creature you sacked back into your hand for deathrender. This can be combined with many of my creatures for infinite mana, tokens, or +1/+1s.

Hernando Cortez, Spanish Conquistador

Now, to introduce Cortez himself, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge . I see a great lack of Haakon in Elenda lists, perhaps because he is so hard to set up. But the payoff is worth it, and the respect you gain from your opponents is gravy.

Step one: get Haakon into the yard to cast him: Entomb , Final Parting , Tortured Existence , Slate of Ancestry , Liliana, Defiant Necromancer , or Key to the City .

Sun Titan or Deathrender can cheat him into play immediately from the yard or your hand.

Now we can cast Elenda from the graveyard. Beyond awesome.

But Cortez isn't done there. Oh no. He wants you to cast Ashes of the Fallen so now you can cast every creature from your graveyard. Surprise bitch! This is a Knight tribal deck!

No creatures in your graveyard? That is what the sac outlets and discard effects are for.

With Haakon out, you could cast Nameless Inversion as many times as you have mana. Trying to find room for Crib Swap to do the same thing.

Teysa & Elenda, Not-So-Secret Lovers

Teysa Karlov and Elenda, the Dusk Rose . No two cards have ever loved each other more and not gone infinite with each other, and no two women have ever loved each other more. She doubles the counters Elenda gets. She doubles the tokens Elenda gives. And she gives those tokens vigilance. She is Elenda's lesbian lover, and their secret love is romantic perfection.

She also doubles all my other death triggers to boot. Midnight Reaper , Ministrant of Obligation , Pitiless Plunderer , Skullclamp , Blade of the Bloodchief , and Dictate of Erebos .

Other Key Interactions and Card Choices

Animation Module is great with both of my planeswalkers, able to add loyalty counters on them for a surprise ultimate. It's also with Unspeakable Symbol , letting me pay 3 life and for a token and a +1/+1 COUNTER. Animation Module is even better with Cathars' Crusade , as I can make as many tokens as I have mana and buff them all in the process. As mentioned this is infinite with Ashnod's Altar .

Animation Module with Krav, the Unredeemed is a sweet draw engine. to sac a creature, draw a card, but a counter on him, to make a new creature. Repeat as many times as I have the mana. Krav and my life total get bigger each time.

Deathrender is good for cheating out Sun Titan , Krav, the Unredeemed , or Razaketh, the Foulblooded a few turns early. It can also cheat Haakon, Stromgald Scourge out from my hand, saving me some steps in getting him online.

Hatred - An Elenda Staple. One shot someone, gain the life back, and buff Elenda for a huge sac.

Krav, the Unredeemed Is a very versatile card and one of the few ways to outright win with infinite tokens. With infinite tokens and a few black mana I can sac tokens and draw each other player out. Otherwise He's a great draw engine, a great late game beater, and a good source of life gain.

Nameless Inversion - Besides it's synergy with Haakon, a great removal spell(fueling Elenda) or a way to buff and maybe sac Elenda in a pinch.

Unspeakable Symbol - Lots of lifegain in the deck. Take advantage of it.

Together Forever - Synergies nicely with Unspeakable Symbol for any creature and easily catches Elenda.

Fallen Ideal - An interesting Sac outlet that you put on Elenda. Insane buff.

Krav, the Unredeemed - Sac, Draw, Lifegain, Counters.

Slate of Ancestry - draw all the cards after Elenda dies.

Westvale Abbey  Flip - Going wide not working? Go tall.

Razaketh, the Foulblooded is a game ending powerhouse. With Elenda at even low power and a few creatures he can win the game.

Inspiration

This deck is inspired by these awesome decks from builders and podcasts I really respect:

Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER* by Daedalus19876.

deck:rainbow-in-the-dark-haakon-korlashcleganebowl by FenIsABasicSwamp.

Kyle's Teysa or Krav/Regna Switch Commanders Deck by LegendaryCreature-Podcast.

JLK's Elenda l Game Knights #14 by CommandCast

Check out their stuff!

Theme of the conquistadors:

Note: the score, and thus the deck name, is called "Cortez Cowboys" by Hans Zimmer and John Powell. Original video was deleted.

Suggestions

Updates Add

A little sneak peak at the Vorthos that will be eventually added to the description ;)

There's been a million swaps in the last week, but I wanted to highlight the most recent to display the direction I'm taking the deck currently.

First, cuts.

After dozens and dozens of test hands and what I believe the kids call, "goldfishing," I've decided to cut the following cards:

I have put the Decaying Soil + Deathrender combo aside for now. While it is a great combo that I want to work, the threshold was too difficult to activate without carving a section of the deck for a self mill/dredge package. I hated seeing Soil in my opening hand, and death render was becoming too expensive.

Mirage Mirror and Sidisi, Undead Vizier were both lackluster/not vocused enough. Better things to come.

Necropotence : While powerful, on the suggestion of user Fen, I've taken it out do to the anti synergy with my Haakon package, which as you'll see I've expanded.

Now, the adds!

Based on these you will see the direction I want to go. More Haakon synergy and discard, but also a bigger mass of creatures.

Twilight Prophet : A card I own that I've been wanting to try anyway. Lifegain and token(ascend) synergies.

Sun Titan : Another card I own, suggested by Fen. Good recursion for most of my important pieces.

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip: Does it all. Lifegain, tokens, discard(for Haakon), recursion.

Razaketh, the Foulblooded This card is just ridiculous, and with Elenda at basically any power he becomes a game finisher.

Key to the City : Discard helps Haakon, unblockable helps Voltron Elenda angle, and the card selection is nice.

Those are my thoughts for now. Thanks for reading.

Other notes:

25 upvotes! Number 1 deck on tapped out! Number 3 most upvoted Elenda deck!

Thanks for all the comments and support!

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Date added 2 weeks
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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.92
Tokens 1/1 Servo, 1/1 Spirit, 2/2 Vampire, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 City's Blessing, Liliana, 1/1 Soldier, 1/1 Human Cleric, Elspeth, None Treasure
Folders Uncategorized, Commander, Teysa 1, Decks me likey
Top rank #1 on 2019-02-03
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