When Mikaeus, the Unhallowed takes command of the undying hordes, there truly is no rest for the wicked. He takes necromancy to the next level by abused the undying and persist mechanics like few others can. As such, his level of control becomes quite cruel, and with nothing but black mana to be concerned about, he recruits only the most degenerate and exploitable of minions for his dark plans.

Even as he draws your opponents hatred, his evil plans include so much taxing and destruction that it can be more than your opponents can overcome, even if he never makes it onto the board. Thanks to numerous built in combo pieces that can quickly end the game, the initial role of cards like Contamination, Grave Pact, Toxic Deluge and Damnation aim to control the board or destroy the board, as needed. At the very least, these cards can draw out the responses your opponents are holding, and hopefully open them up for the combo threats.

Several killer combos can be accomplished quickly, including with Phyrexian Altar + Gravecrawler + either Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Plague Belcher or Falkenrath Noble, as long as you have at least one other zombie in play, except with the Belcher, who fills this role as well. This combo requires the infinite sac-cast of Gravecrawler, which is open to responses, but is often effective in ending the game none-the-less. Another combo would simply be Triskelion or Walking Ballista entering play with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed already on board, resulting in an undying loop using their counters to kill your opponents (while always saving the last two each time to kill the Triskelion itself in that combo). Finally, any of the persist-type creatures in the deck with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and a sacrifice outlet can create infinite undying loops, which could result in kills with creature death-triggers from sources like Blood Artist, infinite mana from sacrifices to artifacts like Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar, as well as other similar shenanigans like infinite mill with Altar of Dementia or even swinging with an enormously pumped sacrifice outlet creature like Phyrexian Ghoul or Nantuko Husk.

The deck still has plenty of synergy even without the killer combos, so in case the combos get hosed, the variety of creatures, spells, enchantments and artifacts can easily get you to an alternate win condition in just a few extra turns. The depth and versatility of black is obviously strong, and the mono-black mana base leaves it very consistent, and in most cases, very responsive. It also greatly improves the effectiveness of cards like Cabal Coffers and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, which also then improves the results for a card like Torment of Hailfire even without the previously noted infinite loops. The various graveyard dump and dredge spells and effects help to get to a leading board state and/or finishing combos quicker through reanimate options. Tutors, board wipes, ETB effects, sacrifice outlets, draw engines, etc. are all available in multiples, and with Mikaeus at the helm, your opponents will certainly think twice before blowing up the board with him in play.

Because black is so deep in terms of quality cards, there's a nearly endless list of additional cards that can easily make the cut in the deck as well. Give it a try and see what you think, and feel free to offer any feedback or suggestions on other strong fits to the deck. Thanks for looking.


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

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Avg. CMC 2.51
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