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The ability of Lazav, the Multifarious can be used at instant speed. The deck is designed to discard much of your hand and deck, increasing the amount of creatures he can become with his ability. The best discard/graveyard building cards in this deck are Mirror-Mad Phantasm , Increasing Confusion , Demonic Collusion (which will also tutor for specific creatures you want to discard), and one of my favorite cards Moonlight Bargain . You can also turn Lazav, the Multifarious into a discard/draw creature like Forgotten Creation , Jace's Archivist , or Magus of the Bazaar . Without cards in the graveyard, this deck is dead in the water, so I would advise not playing this deck against any decks with graveyard exile mechanics. When Lazav, the Multifarious is out on the battlefield, make sure you have mana enough up to protect him. If me gets too expensive, gameplay will suffer. You can have Lazav, the Multifarious become a creature that you can bounce to your hand like Cavern Harpy or Skywing Aven . Skywing Aven also has the added synergy of letting you discard a card. He can become a creature with hexproof or shroud like Cephalid Inkshrouder or Invisible Stalker . He can also become an indestructible creature like Bontu the Glorified . And as I said, he can become these creatures at instant speed. What is especially effective too is when you have an ability cost reducer like Heartstone or Training Grounds out. Oh, and did I say that his ability doesn’t care about mana color? If you have 6 black mana, he can still turn into Arcanis the Omnipotent if you wish. So gameplay is pretty straightforward: ramp, get a lot of creatures into your graveyard, cast your commander (make sure to protect him), and then turn him into a series of creatures to hit your opponents. Each creature change can happen at instant speed, but the creatures he becomes to not enter the battlefield, so there are no enter the battlefield triggers (spoiler alert: Phage the Untouchable ). Be aware though, if the previous creature has hexproof, that does not mean the next creature you turn him into will keep that status. If you give Lazav, the Multifarious a status though, he will keep it as long as he can, regardless of the creatures he becomes afterwards. Which brings you to the first wincon.
You can turn Lazav, the Multifarious into Vector Asp for 1 mana (or 0 if you have an ability cost reducer out), and then you can pay 1 black mana for Vector Asp ability, giving Lazav, the Multifarious infect til end of turn. Whatever creature you turn him into for the rest of the turn still has infect. So the combo works as such, if you have the right cards in the graveyard, and enough mana: turn Lazav, the Multifarious into Vector Asp for 1 mana, then pay 1 black to give Lazav, the Multifarious infect. Next, you can move to combat step. Keep in mind all along the way that you’ll want an out for your commander so that he is not destroyed. Next, make Lazav, the Multifarious unblockable, either by turning him into an unblockable creature like Gudul Lurker , or a creature with skulk or shadow like Wharf Infiltrator or Thalakos Scout , or a creature with menace like Bontu the Glorified or flying like Mindshrieker , or you could even give Lazav, the Multifarious fear with Shizo, Death's Storehouse , or menace/undying with Endling . Once Lazav, the Multifarious is unblockable for your opponent’s board, you can declare attackers. If Lazav, the Multifarious is still not dealt with, your opponent will not be able to declare a blocker for Lazav, the Multifarious , and so in response to the end of declaring blockers, you then turn Lazav, the Multifarious into a giant creature Phyrexian Dreadnought or Nighthowler ( Phyrexian Dreadnought is the best choice because it only costs 1!). This giant creature will still have infect from the Vector Asp and will likely hit for at least 10 infect damage, killing that opponent.
The same combo from above works with Phage the Untouchable , though at a much bigger cost. Phage the Untouchable costs 7 for Lazav, the Multifarious to become a copy. But if a big creature, or Vector Asp , isn’t available, this works for a win. So, skip the infect, move to combat, make Lazav, the Multifarious unblockable though any sort of means, and when no blockers are declared, pay 7 to turn Lazav, the Multifarious into Phage the Untouchable and hit face.
When you discard your cards, or place cards from your library into the graveyard, you will often hit spells that you wanted to play, or could be useful later. Having a counter spell in your graveyard isn’t really useful, unless you it has flashback, therefore I added Dralnu, Lich Lord to the deck. You can have Lazav, the Multifarious become Dralnu, Lich Lord so that one of those spells in your graveyard can be played. Most of what you are going to want to do though will be able to be fulfilled by turning your commander into a creature in your graveyard: draw cards with Arcanis the Omnipotent or Notion Thief , creature removal can be done with Grimgrin, Corpse-Born or Sheoldred, Whispering One , and you could even wipe the board with Crypt Rats .
Reins of Power can be a wincon if your opponents board is big enough to kill them with it. Likely the exchange will be completely one-sided, as you will more than likely only give them Lazav, the Multifarious and as whatever you have turned it into (if he is Bontu the Glorified , he will likely not be able to block, and he’ll be indestructible). Losing Lazav, the Multifarious is not so big a deal though at this point as you should be going for a kill with this card more often than not. Now, your opponent could turn Lazav, the Multifarious into a creature in their graveyard, so keep that in mind. When tutoring in this deck, you are looking to get answers into the graveyard, and not so much in your hand. So Corpse Connoisseur can often do this twice, as well as Buried Alive (which can get you the full infect combo). Demonic Collusion is great too, because you can discard a creature for the buyback, and either tutor for a card you want in hand, or a card you want to discard when you play it again. Final Parting will give you a card you want in your hand, and a card you want in your graveyard. There is no downside to most of the cards in this deck. A couple tricks I have learned while playing this deck are these. Playing Phyrexian Dreadnought to a board with no 12 power creatures will make you have to sacrifice it, thus having it end up in the graveyard, which is where you want it to be! Doing this on turn 1 is especially fun. Gudul Lurker can be played facedown for 3, and just swung with, or used as a chump blocker. There is no need to morph it because more than likely you will want it to die anyway. I will add more as I keep playing the deck.
I am looking for all kinds of feedback, but mainly cards that are strict upgrades under 50 dollars. Not really interested in perfecting the mana base at this time. And of course any feedback from people that really know what their doing when building decks. I am pretty new to magic still and my deck building could always improve.

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Date added 2 months
Last updated 3 minutes
Exclude colors WRG
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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.27
Tokens 3/3 Centaur, 1/1 City's Blessing, 3/2 Eldrazi Horror, 2/2 Morph
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