Existential Dread

Where will you be when the Eldrazi attack? When Kozilek warps your reality, Ulamog destroys your world, and Emrakul twists your mind?


Existential Dread is a deck that revolves around beating people down and keeping their boards suppressed, hence the name. One fun part about this deck is that there's no wrong answer for your commander; I find a counterspell on a stick that refills your hand to be the best option, but have fun with it! Want to play someone that's just a big attacker? Use Rise of the Eldrazi Kozilek or Ulamog! Want your opponents to hate every fiber of your being the moment you cast Geode Golem or tap out for mana? Oath of the Gatewatch Ulamog or Emrakul can do just that!

Regardless of the chosen commander, commander damage is a great option if combat damage would take too long. If you choose Emrakul or Kozilek, Eldrazi Conscription is a fantastic option for one-shot commander damage KOs, and at most two-shot KOs if you choose to run Ulamog.

How it Works:

The early game of the deck is to focus on getting land drops and ramping as quickly as possible, taking advantage of lower-CMC cards like Lux Cannon as diplomatic pieces as well as later tools. Cards like Scroll Rack and Sensei's Divining Top are meant to help even out the early game and make sure you hit the land drops as often as possible, as well as potentially fish for answers as a last resort or trade out an unfortunate hand in the later game. Silent Arbiter makes for great early-game protection if an aggro deck is getting a bit too aggro and can also serve as a means to make Kozilek, the Great Distortion unblockable, just be careful with it and Darksteel Forge if you're wanting to swing out after an explosive turn.

Later in the game, the Planar Portal could serve a powerful purpose: in certain situations if you've got a potent board presence or plenty of mana floating, you might have to find a card with a certain CMC just to discard for Kozilek's counterspell, using the Portal to make Kozilek a more potent counterspelling tool. Pulling off an infinite mana combo can potentially spell immediate doom for opponents, since the deck runs so many repeatable utility combos.

It's important to keep in mind that this deck functions similarly to an artifact deck: with a limited number of Eldrazi available, the next best option is a plethora of artifacts and artifact creatures to support your board. Cards like Karn, the Great Creator, Inventors' Fair, and Buried Ruin are great options to grab important artifacts from any zone, while Soul of New Phyrexia and Darksteel Forge are means to keep your precious board as safe as possible.

Notable Combos:

P.S.: This decklist has no sideboard sideboard intentionally. This is a deck I play in-person, and as far as I know my local LGS doesn't support the 10-card sideboard for Commander, so I haven't put one together. Spawnsire of Ulamog is primarily used for generating Eldrazi Spawn with the way I play the deck, but anyone is welcome to use this decklist for themselves and make their own sideboard.

P.P.S.: It's worth noting that TappedOut shows the incorrect Spirit token on the deck preview page. It displays a 1/1 White Spirit token with Flying, while this deck actually creates 2/2 Colorless Spirits without Flying thanks to Ugin, the Ineffable (since wipes like All Is Dust and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon will spare the colorless Spirit tokens).

P.P.P.S: R.I.P. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, gone but not forgotten.


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74% Casual

26% Competitive

Top Ranked
Date added 4 months
Last updated 1 week
Key combos

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

17 - 0 Mythic Rares

56 - 0 Rares

21 - 0 Uncommons

3 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 5.00
Tokens 1/1 Spirit, 10/10 Eldrazi, None Copy Clone, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 1/1 Myr
Folders Fun Decks, Commander, drazi, EDH Wishlist
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