Description

Everyone loves a good combo, right? Here's a casual mono-black deck of mine designed to remove an opponent's library from the game.

How it works...

Haakon, Stromgald Scourge - The enabler. Allows me to play knights or in this case changelings from my graveyard.

Skeletal Changeling - The 2nd combo piece. Can be recurred as often as I can afford to pay for it while Haakon's in play.

Basal Sliver - The trifecta is complete. Lets me sacrifice the Changeling infinitely to pay its own mana cost.

Bitter Ordeal - The finisher. Sacrifice the Changeling and bring it back as often as you like. It's gravestorm time. "I'll remove your library from the game. Go."

Stuff that helps it go...

Beseech the Queen - Grabs whatever I need for 3 mana.

Inquisition of Kozilek - Helps make sure the combo goes off without a hitch.

Korlash, Heir to Blackblade - A good alternate win condition and mana acceleration.

Mindlash Sliver - More discarding fun. Can also be used with its sliver friend as a mana producer.

Nameless Inversion - Creature kill with infinite flashback when Haakon's on the field.

Oona's Prowler - Discard outlet for Haakon and a nice early game threat.

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Updates

Just removing all comments from the game to clean things up for new discussion. Here goes!

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megawurmple says... #1

Holy crap! This is just far too awesome. This is an easy win on turn 3/4 with a variant of mill. I like it.

October 10, 2013 5:35 p.m.

Nigeltastic says... #2

While I wanted to leave the upvotes at 69 (teehee), this deck is too awesome.

October 10, 2013 6:57 p.m.

Emrakool says... #3

Thanks Nigeltastic! I guess this deck would be fitting to stay at 69 upvotes, but if you leave a good thing go too long it might get stale.

@TitansFTW: It's turn 4 at the earliest, under ideal conditions. Would have to go something like...

1 - Land, Inquisition of Kozilek on self, discard Haakon, Stromgald Scourge

2 - Land, Skeletal Changeling

3 - Land, Basal Sliver from the hand or Haakon from the grave

4 - Land, Sliver or Haakon, initiate gravestorm sequence, end with BB floating and tap the open land for Bitter Ordeal

What really appeals to me with this deck is its resilience to control. Unless someone's playing Syncopate or the like all they get out of countering me or killing off my combo pieces is stalling for a turn. Of course Basal Sliver 's the weakest of those links.

Fortunately my playgroup hasn't gone the way of Surgical Extraction , etc. to hose Haakon although I can always turn the discarding against them if need be. Mostly I don't see much graveyard hate from them although things changed a bit when I started playing a 4c Rites deck.

October 10, 2013 7:36 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #4

I was gonna say, it would be pretty easy to Relic of Progenitus everything away. (A common Modern SB card.)

October 10, 2013 7:43 p.m.

Emrakool says... #5

This is true. I guess it'd be worth considering maybe AEther Vial or Engineered Explosives or the like for competitive play?

October 11, 2013 7:40 a.m.

Mayonnaze says... #6

You could make a really cool legacy version of this deck. You could pimp it out with Entomb , Dark Ritual , Cabal Ritual , Cabal Therapy (targeting yourself, if need be), and maybe even Tendrils of Agony as a win con instead of Bitter Ordeal .

Cool deck, +1 from me

November 11, 2013 12:20 a.m.

Emrakool says... #7

Thanks! I doubt it'd be faster than the ANT decks running Tendrils, though I suppose it could work with enough Rituals in my opening hand. This build has been a ton of fun for me though, and Bitter Ordeal always gets people more riled up than dying by life loss.

November 12, 2013 12:42 a.m.

tragic_64 says... #8

after 3 hits of your combo someone could blow up your graveyard with Ravenous Trap for free :/ i'm not entirely sure if that will freeze your combo-ing that being said this is an awesome cheap combo and i really like it +1 from meeeee

November 14, 2013 7:24 p.m.

Dorotheus says... #9

I really like this... like... I've never seen this tried before in modern or competitively. I love changelings, I love black, and I love combos.

If I were to recreate this deck, I'd probably add some combination of 3x Bitterblossom with 1-2x Viscera Seer , then 4x Gitaxian Probe , 1-2x Noxious Revival , 2-3x Pact of Negation , and 3-4x Simian Spirit Guide all just to make the deck faster.

If you add Heartless Summoning , Blood Funnel , or Frogtosser Banneret to your combo, you now have infinite mana. ABOVE ALL THAT, I'd add 4x Cavern of Souls , since you only have 2 choices for the combo and either choice makes changelings uncounterable! :D

The only reason I'm suggesting so many things is because I feel like a couple of these cards were just put in here either because you had them laying around or didn't know what to put. I do love this deck though!

March 16, 2014 3:40 a.m.

Emrakool says... #10

I think Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is the only real oddball choice, but in a deck sporting 18 Swamps he can become a powerhouse on his own. Everything else generally meshes together.

First off, I'm looking at a 3 card combo with a 4th card as the main win condition. With Haakon, Stromgald Scourge being the centerpiece of the combo, unless I find ways to cheat him onto the battlefield from my hand I'm going to have to concentrate on finding ways to discard him. Hence the reason for Inquisition of Kozilek , Mindlash Sliver , and Oona's Prowler . The first two also work for disrupting opponents, the Sliver interacts with 2 of the combo pieces, and nobody wants to be dealing with a 3/1 flying creature on Turn 2.

Counterspells haven't been a major concern because with the exception of Basal Sliver , having the rest of my combo pieces in the graveyard means I can just cast them from there whenever I have the available mana. That leaves me with Beseech the Queen and Nameless Inversion left, which a 3 mana tutor is hard to argue with as is reusable creature control. I could try out Cavern of Souls , but if Skeletal Changeling gets countered it'd likely be to stop me from comboing out so the mana used would be the BB coming from Basal Sliver 's ability in the first place. Which of course means if I have untapped lands I can just cast it again from my graveyard and get the combo rolling again.

March 16, 2014 8:13 a.m.

DH_Cell says... #11

great combo! +1

March 28, 2014 5:41 p.m.

Emrakool says... #12

Thanks DH_Cell!

March 29, 2014 12:39 a.m.

BobTheFarmer says... #13

What about Buried Alive ? It lets you put the Skeletal Changeling or Haakon, Stromgald Scourge into your graveyard so you can play it from there. Perhaps that instead of Beseech the Queen ? Anyways, this is an AWESOME deck! +1!

June 7, 2014 1:50 p.m.

Emrakool says... #14

Thanks! Buried Alive isn't Modern legal so I'm forced to find my combo pieces and discard them as necessary. I do miss the old days of mass reanimating multiple Laquatus's Champion and killing people in Standard though. :)

June 8, 2014 11:58 a.m.

Kaweiwu says... #15

Sorry to bust the Party, but this doesnt work the way you imagine it to... Regenerate means, that if it WOULD be DESTROYED it INSTEAD gets tapped and all damage is removed from it. Sooo... The changeling doesnt enter your graveyard and neither can it be regenerated after being SACRIFICED. Wrote that in caps to emphasize the important parts :P

September 23, 2014 4:16 a.m.

Kaweiwu says... #16

ist funny how 90 ppl upvoted this without understanding the game btw

September 23, 2014 4:22 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #17

Kaweiwu firstly, you can't regenerate a sacrifice. Ever. I mean you could try but it wouldn't do anything as the creature will STILL go to the graveyard.

Second, you are missing how this combo works. Skeletal Changeling is a knight and a sliver, Basal Sliver let's you sacrifice Skeletal Changeling to add to your mana pool. Then you use that to recast Skeletal Changeling from the graveyard (not regenerate it) because of Mr. Knightypants' text. (Haakon, Stromgald Scourge )

You rinse and repeat until you have done this 60 times, sac one final time and use a land for the third mana and cast Bitter Ordeal

Again, he isn't saccing and regenerating, he's saccing and recasting.

It's funny how you made two comments without understanding how the combo works. ;)

September 23, 2014 10:25 a.m.

Kaweiwu says... #18

oh shame on me xD and why the heck are you repeating what i said in the first part of your comment :')

September 23, 2014 11:11 a.m.

Emrakool says... #19

Ohthenoises is correct. The Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.) ability allows me to sacrifice Skeletal Changeling as a Sliver using Basal Sliver 's ability. Since being every creature type at all times includes zones other than the battlefield, I can then use the BB to cast it from the graveyard using Haakon, Stromgald Scourge .

Plus all the other stuff mentioned, thus using Bitter Ordeal to exile the opponent's entire library.

September 24, 2014 8:37 a.m.

Kaweiwu says... #20

Ya, not properly reading the description led me to my 2 stupid comments :P Which i would delete in shame if i could xD Soz

September 24, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Emrakool says... #21

No worries, mate. Been mostly into EDH of late but this deck always brings a smile to my face whenever I get to mess with it. :)

September 24, 2014 8:50 a.m.

TMBRLZ says... #22

Guess what my next deck on XMage is!?!? Love Infinite Combos. This deck is sweet! Nice work man.

December 8, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Emrakool says... #23

Thank you! I've been pretty inactive lately, but I still play this every once in awhile. Only recently did I start trying out Raven's Crime and cut a few Mindlash Sliver from the deck, so I'm still getting used to it.

December 11, 2015 11:50 a.m.

Nisoth says... #24

After I read the first two sentences in the description, I looked for the combo for myself. I got a good chuckle when I found it! Using Basal Sliver with Haakon, Stromgald Scourge to cast Skeletal Changeling any number of times. And then, of course, Bitter Ordeal. Bravo! Your abuse of cross-creature types is impeccable! Speaking of which, there was an interaction that I had missed but was pointed out in comment #10. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge is the core, but take a close look at Nameless Inversion. What? It's a Knight?
Mind.
Blown.
I might contest that Gravecrawler is just as valid a pick as Korlash, Heir to Blackblade. Even with Tendrils of Corruption in the sideboard.
It's a tight deck. I can imagine Wizards printing something to hard-replace Korlash eventually. Otherwise, it's unchangeable. Very well done! +1!
Anybody reading this may also enjoy Full Automatic. : )

June 1, 2016 8:47 p.m.

Jewishman says... #25

Considering your deck works around generating infinite spells cast why not add some more storm cards to the deck considering the win already requires 4 cards, better yet, if you want the mill win you can do the same with two cards Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank .I'd almost consider some more artifact removal, Grafdigger's Cage has been in every sideboard ive seen this year

September 19, 2016 10:29 p.m.

Gakros says... #26

Cool strat,
running and irl Haakon Deck also but i play it more dredgey,liked your idea a lot +1.

February 7, 2017 9:01 a.m.

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