The first and only Haakon, Stromgald Scourge EDH deck designed seriously to contend in a strong meta. This song by Dio expresses what I've come to feel about this deck: it's a Rainbow in the DAAAAARK! Meaning, it can do so many things generally ascribed to the other colors in Magic and unlooked for in a monoblack deck: ramp, control, tempo-shifting, beatdown, combo, etc. It does it all.

Show them something they've never seen before

This is a combo deck with some extraordinarily unique combos, previously never possible in EDH. It is possible to loop some things infinitely, which is inevitable given a critical mass of cards in most decks, but many of the loops can be executed in a finite by significant number of iterations dictated by the amount of mana available. For those who aren't familiar with Haakon, there's only one way currently to play him. You need to get Command Beacon out as early as possible to get access to Haakon at all, and then discard him to any number of discard outlets like Cryptbreaker or Tortured Existence.

Note on the name: Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is like a secondary or alternate commander for this deck. Together Haakon and Korlash remind me of Gregor "The Mountain that Rides" and his brother Sandor "The Hound" Clegane from Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, respectively. The Mountain actually dies in the story and is reanimated as a zombie knight (Haakon is a Zombie Knight), and the Hound is a warrior whose fate is unknown in the books, but nearly dies in the show and looks pretty rough anyways from having most of his face burned off as a child (Korlash is a Zombie Warrior). Furthermore, The Mountain is literally a scourge on the Riverlands where he raids and pillages, sowing destruction and chaos in his wake. So I had the idea that this deck would sort of thematically reflect what is known amongst fan conspiracy theorists as


What is hype may never die!

Why play Haakon, Stromgald Scourge over Korlash, Heir to Blackblade as the commander?

Honestly, I'm testing both as the general for this deck and haven't decided on which to make the final commander. Haakon enables permanent recursion late game once you can get him out which is really nice to have, in addition to enabling combos involving playing and killing creatures repeatedly. Korlash, is mainly here for the one awesome combo below to ramp the deck really hard and get into the late game as fast as possible and then be a huge beater. In short, either one could be a great general for this deck, but currently I find Haakon's long-game possibilities more attractive.

Key combos

  • Korlash, Heir to Blackblade +Mirage Mirror + either Phyrexian Reclamation or Tortured Existence. With both Korlash and the Mirror in play, make the Mirror a copy of Korlash and put the real Korlash in the graveyard due to the Legend rule. Then return Korlash to your hand with either of the enchantments and discard him to the Grandeur ability on the Mirage Mirror copy of Korlash. Rinse and repeat for as many times as you have the resources to complete.
  • Decaying Soil + Deathrender + any sac outlet, preferably Phyrexian Altar let's you cycle a creature into play as many times as you have to pay for Decaying Soil 's trigger by sacing the creature that has Deathrender equipped, stacking the triggers from Deathrender and Decaying Soil so the same creature dies, goes back to your hand, and then back into play. You can also just put any other creature from your hand into play and cycle every creature from your hand into play, then the yard and on and on. It's only infinite if you have Phyrexian Altar, otherwise it's limited by the amount of mana you have, and of course you need Threshold. Gonti, Lord of Luxury will be able to exile each opponent's entire library with this combo and is the main wincon for the deck right now, Massacre Wurm will wipe everybody's fields, Abhorrent Overlord can make infinite creatures, and Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed can return all your black cards to your hand to be re-cast infinitely. If you use Fallen Ideal as the sac outlet enchanting Haakon, you should be able to easily get him up to lethal commander damage at instant speed.
  • Archfiend of Ifnir combos with all of the discard outlets, including the Tortured Existence+ Korlash, Heir to Blackblade Grandeur loop to drop a ton of -1/-1 counters on all your opponents' creatures.
  • Necrotic Ooze with any of the creatures in this deck with activated abilities. One of my favorite combos is Entombing Razaketh, the Foulblooded at instant speed on an opponent's endstep to then use the Necrotic Ooze to sac creatures to tutor for everything you need.
  • Currently removed from the deck for testing: Crypt Rats + Scythe of the Wretched to steal all your opponents' creatures.
  • Currently removed from the deck for testing: Nemesis Mask +Infiltration Lens lets's you draw 2 cards for every creature the defending player controls that can block. Your creatures dying is not really a huge deal as you should be able to reanimate them fairly easily or just cast them with Haakon's ability. This combo is extra amazing with a few of the creatures in this deck like Phyrexian Obliterator, Knight of Dusk , or any of the deathtouch creatures like Gonti, Lord of Luxury or Grave Titan. The Obliterator will make the blocking opponent sac permanents equal to the damage he's taking in addition to drawing all the cards from the Infiltration Lens, while Knight of Dusk will let you just straight up destroy any of the blockers.

Harvest the Dead, Make them Work

As should be obvious from looking at this list and Haakon, there are not many knights in the deck; in fact there's only Knight of Dusk and she is currently in the Maybes. There are two ways to get around this: Ashes of the Fallen and Conspiracy. Since you only need your creatures to be Knights in the graveyard, the Ashes takes care of that. Conspiracy essentially does the same thing, as their creature types are less significant elsewhere, except in the case of Cryptbreaker. On the other hand, naming Knights for Conspiracy makes Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder amazing as he no longer makes thrulls, and therefore can make creatures infinitely.

The key piece of removal in this deck is the coolest (and best known) bit of tech with Haakon: Nameless Inversion. At instant speed, with Haakon on the field, you can remove all your opponents' targetable creatures according to how much mana you have. Harvest them all to make rats with Ogre Slumlord and draw cards off of Harvester of Souls.

Korlash has gotta have a Blackblade right?

Sword of Feast and Famine seems like the perfect Blackblade for Korlash (and Haakon too if you look at his art), and is an excellent addition to any EDH deck.

Please remember to upvote if you like this deck and think that cool and unique decks should get more notice! Let's spread the word that innovation in EDH is the soul of the format! Lastly, please don't add this or any of my decks to your personal folders without upvoting. This is my creation and if you can't show your appreciation for it by upvoting then you have no right to be using it for your own purposes afterwards. Always upvote before you save a deck to a folder as a courtesy to the brewer; anything else is selfish and self-absorbed.



Lilbrudder, VietMoneys, and Magnivore I'm on a roll lol. Two new decks inside a month! I haven't brewed this fast in an age. I'm really happy with this one though and haven't papered it yet. I'm going to start rooting through my collection today to see what pieces I have. Let me know what you guys think.

August 12, 2017 1:15 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #2

Looking good, amigo! You're not getting any foil Snow-Covered Swamps outta me though! Gonti's not letting go of his stockpile, ha ha.

This looks like a blast to play, and I'd love to pit it against my snow-themed mono-black deck. Speaking of, are the snow-covered lands just for flavor and to be a pest to greedy Lens players like me? No Scrying Sheets at least? Seems worthy with Dark Depths in there.

Keep up the good work, man. Check out my latest machinations here: A Rash Decision. It's been a real puzzle of a deck to brew and I think there's still a lot of work to be done, so let me know what you think!

August 12, 2017 10:28 a.m.

lol I already have a full EDH set of foil Snow-covered Swamps for my Drana deck. I'll probably end up picking up a new set for Haakon though. And yeah they're just for flavor since he's from Coldsnap and to punish greedy lens players :P I had forgotten about sorting sheets but I think this deck is going to be so greedy for black mana that I don't want to put another colorless land in rn.

August 12, 2017 11:02 a.m.

waffledevouror says... #4

You can't cast your commander.

August 12, 2017 4:29 p.m.

lolol, thanks for reading the detailed description waffledevouror. Command Beacon is the key to getting access to Haakon.

August 12, 2017 4:31 p.m.

Daedalus19876 and Ender666666 do you guys have any thoughts on this deck? I know you've both done serious work on combo decks that may be helpful here. Any feedback and support would be welcome!

August 12, 2017 4:33 p.m.

Magnivore says... #7

I don't know the deck nearly as well as you do so I feel I can't accurately evaluate it since I wasn't able to pilot it efficiently. It looks like there's a lot of different things going on underneath the overarching theme which is slightly foreign to me but it seems like it would be a lot of fun to play once one has it down.

August 13, 2017 3:39 a.m.

I understand what you mean Magnivore. It's probably the least straightforward deck I've ever designed. What you tutor for in any given situation is usually going to depend on what you already have, except for Command Beacon. And all of the deeper interactions and things like Dimir House Guard and Fleshwrither targets are non-obvious too.

August 13, 2017 8:33 a.m.

This is truly amazing. You actually made something viable off of what my friend circle considers a joke commander. +1 for you, sir

August 13, 2017 12:07 p.m.

Thanks so much Austin_Smith_of_Cards! I was really hoping people would have that exact reaction because I've felt like Haakon has so much untapped potential and nobody has really done anything with him that I've seen online or in person.

August 13, 2017 12:28 p.m.

Suns_Champion says... #11

Looks fantastic Eternal! Haakon reminds me of Phage the Untouchable in a way. Not your every-day commander. Good luck with it!

August 13, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Lol Suns_Champion Phage is actually one of my next decks :)

August 13, 2017 6:48 p.m.

Suns_Champion says... #13

EternalBrewmaster hahaha sweet! Can't wait!

August 13, 2017 7:01 p.m.

Lilbrudder says... #14

This is spicy and on theme. I like it!

August 13, 2017 11:29 p.m.

Lilbrudder you have to come up soon so I can test out all this new hotness against your big guns. Let me know when you can get away.

August 13, 2017 11:40 p.m.

Enral says... #16

Haakon is like my favorite toy (I stuffed him into my scarab god zombie tribal) and your list did him justice. +1

August 14, 2017 12:20 p.m.

Pheardemons says... #17

I love decks with a theme! +1 They are unique and fun, which is why I love EDH. Just wanted to say that this deck is insane and I hope you don't mind if I use this as a frame for my mono-black EDH which'll be made withing the next couple decks. A lot of your combos are mana intensive, so because you play Snow-Covered Swamps is Extraplanar Lens not worthwhile? Also, how about Exquisite Blood? While I hate the combo because I feel like it's too easy, the one card can help keep you live to get some of your combos out. they seem rather card intensive (once someone knows what is going on) so would the extra life be relevant? Last question, is Necropotence too slow?

August 15, 2017 3:29 p.m.

I'm more than happy for you to use my deck as a framework! It's an honor to be an inspiration to other players, in fact. Extraplanar Lens is definitely worth it, even without the Snow-covered Swamps, and it's in my sideboard. I just put this beauty together in the last couple days and am testing it right now. With all of the tutors I haven't had much difficulty getting what I need when I need it and the Korlash combo is my non-traditional form of ramp. As I play some actual games and find out how the deck is paced against other real decks I'll probably shoe-horn more ramp in. Crypt Ghast and Nirkana Revenant are both sweet ramp too. I'm personally just not a fan of Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond as the combo is really unsatisfying to me and if you play one of them, people who know the cards will hard-focus you right away. Necropotence definitely isn't too slow, as I'm not trying to win especially fast. I just wanted to try different methods of card draw for this deck, and most importantly there's a hefty self-discard theme in this deck that Necropotence specifically shits on. I have to discard Haakon just to play him, so if I play Necro my entire strategy is hosed. Thanks a ton for the +1! Please share the deck with your friends.

August 15, 2017 3:57 p.m.

Pheardemons says... #19

Not a problem. And the fact of Necropotence makes sense. Whenever any deck can play black it's usually an auto include for me, therefore I was asking. I was wondering if you could take a look at one my decks that I'm slowly trying to tune into something worthwhile.

You shall be punished for your sins.

You're a different kind of brewer which I can definitely respect and appreciate so it would be amazing if you have any advice on this deck.

August 15, 2017 7:35 p.m.

n0bunga says... #20

Love the theme, love the deck! +1

August 16, 2017 1:20 p.m.

LVL_666 says... #21

+1 for the nice deck page. In all the games of EDH i've played, i've never seen a Black Knight deck. Usually it's Mono white. But good stuff! I'll be watching how your deck progresses!

August 16, 2017 1:24 p.m.

Thanks n0bunga and LVL_666! It takes a little work to actually make all the creatures knights in this deck haha and they're typically only going to be knights when they're dead, but it's a really fun deck so far.

August 16, 2017 1:29 p.m.

LevahnTaupe says... #23

+1 Amazing decklist

August 18, 2017 4:17 p.m.

This is awesome

August 19, 2017 10:33 a.m.

Thanks LevahnTaupe and OneShoeCharlie! Appreciate the feedback and upvote!

August 19, 2017 10:34 a.m.

+1 fo'sho! Putting this deck to paper now and am super stoked to get it up and going this weekend. EternalBrewmaster Another slam-dunk.

August 19, 2017 12:11 p.m.

Ha thanks so much OneShoeCharlie! Let me know how it goes. In my playtesting I've realized that there are a ton of decision-points that make piloting it especially difficult. Also, Stranglehold would just wreck this deck lol. I'm contemplating putting Oblivion Stone and Perilous Vault in to deal with opposing strategies that hose the deck.

August 19, 2017 1:02 p.m.

lil_cheez says... #28

I don't know if this combo will be of any use for you but it exists and it is cool:

Haakon, Stromgald Scourge + Basal Sliver + Skeletal Changeling + Bitter Ordeal. The changeling is a Sliver Knight, so you sacrifice it, getting two mana, then recast it from the grave with that mana, loop it a million times then exile everyone's libraries

August 19, 2017 1:56 p.m.

I actually considered that exact combo, which you can do with any number of other creatures too as long as you have Ashes of the Fallen, but I cut bitter ordeal because I can just do it with gonti and he's also good not as part of an infinite combo. Thanks for the cool suggestion!

August 19, 2017 2:03 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #30

As someone who has never watched Game of Thrones, I am brutally confused by that video...

August 28, 2017 7:35 p.m.

Dude. Watch it.

August 28, 2017 7:43 p.m.

Pheardemons says... #32

Hey man a couple of questions for you. How do you get the background to be a picture. Also, how do you embed videos?

August 31, 2017 6:03 a.m.

Pheardemons check my profile for the tutorial on backgrounds. The video embed code is essentially just the video embed code from YouTube. Please upvote in thanks if you haven't already.

August 31, 2017 8:15 a.m.

Pheardemons says... #34

Thanks man that is definitely helpful. Oh and I upvoted this deck the first time I saw it. I usually don't care to upvote (just like I don't 'like' photos on FB) but this one was just too damn good not to make sure it gets to the top of the lists of tappedout.

August 31, 2017 9:27 a.m.

Thanks dude, I thought you had but was in a rush and couldn't check. I totally agree with your upvoting philosophy; I get asked to review and upvote people's decks all the time and I always ask, "why should I upvote your deck? What makes it worthy of attention or recognition?" Most of the time it's just a popular general and uncreative list full of staples or generic "good cards". I don't see the value in boosting the recognition of cards and concepts that already dominate the meta. So I appreciate your recognizing that I'm trying to do something different here.

August 31, 2017 12:01 p.m.

cleandeceit says... #36

Thank you, for teaching me something new.

September 1, 2017 11:27 a.m.

cleandeceit that's what I'm here for. Thanks for stopping by. If you want to learn more, look at This is What Glory Looks Like: a Savage Beating and Mistform Ultimus Tribal Tribal: The Skeleton Key.

September 1, 2017 12:16 p.m.

Pheardemons says... #38

Hey man quick question, what does mono-black have against artifacts and enchantments that may hurt us? Stuff like Rest in Peace, Leyline of the Void, Grafdigger's Cage, ect. Do we just sit and cry?

September 2, 2017 7:27 a.m.

Pheardemons says... #39

Right now I can only find/think of things like Praetor's Grasp and Lost Legacy which somewhat requires us to know their deck beforehand. We could also get lucky with cards like Thoughtseize, but that isn't a consistent thing to hope for. Was wondering if maybe you could think of some things that were more consistent.

September 2, 2017 7:34 a.m.

If you're thinking of stripping them from opponents' decks then Bitter Ordeal andCard:Sadistic sacramentare good choices. Bitter ordeal can be a wincon too. As far as removing them once they've hit the field, you're limited to colorless removal like Perilous Vault, Oblivion Stone, and All Is Dust.

September 2, 2017 9:43 a.m.

Pheardemons says... #41

Thanks. Was having trouble trying to find some ways around it. I always forget about Oblivion Stone and Perilous Vault for some reason.

September 3, 2017 6:11 a.m.

Pheardemons says... #42

Not sure if it is viable, or worthwhile in your deck, but I found Thoughtpicker Witch which may be something to think about. Stops tutors like Enlightened Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, ect. Also, granted by luck, can stop your opponents enchantments and artifacts before they hit.

September 4, 2017 6:25 a.m.

Yeah I love her and have been trying to find room for her in multiple decks. If you have infinite mana and dudes she also can exile your opponents libraries.

September 4, 2017 9:35 a.m.

Pheardemons says... #44

Fair point. I took out Viscera Seer for her, as they can both sacrifice my stuff. Granted Viscera Seer may be better at it, but I have others with a similar effect.

September 4, 2017 11:02 a.m.

I didn't have Viscera seer in my original list for this deck but I've been in a bunch of situations lately where I literally lost because I didn't have a free sac outlet. Also, the card advantage you get from him over the course of a game is unreal.

September 4, 2017 11:29 a.m.

Pheardemons says... #46

Yea I wasn't sure about taking him out, but he is one I want to make room for again. That with Exquisite Blood and Leyline of the Void

September 4, 2017 2:46 p.m.

theseax says... #47

I don't understand the Nameless Inversion combo. Could you please explain?

September 24, 2017 1:19 a.m.

Pheardemons says... #48

theseax - Nameless Inversion. This version of the card may be better to look at to understand the combo. Nameless Inversion has Changeling, which indicates it is every creature type (no matter where it is, hand, graveyard, library, ect). Haakon, Stromgald Scourge can cast knight cards out of the graveyard, so as long as he has two mana he can continuously recast Nameless Inversion from the graveyard because it is considered a Knight card due to the fact that it has changeling.

September 24, 2017 6:41 a.m.

theseax says... #49

Ohhhhhhhh thats amazing!!!!!

September 24, 2017 9:45 p.m.

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