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Hazezon, House Atreides: Dune-Inspired EDH

Commander / EDH

VietMoneys


Description

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

This deck is inspired by a story near and dear to my heart. While Herbert fans may recognize some specific nods to the books (religious autocrats, personal force-fields, man-eating wolves, etc.), the deck is really designed to represent Dune more thematically: Politics, Power, Prescience, Natural Order, The March of Time, The Limits of Human Ability. In his best moments, Hazezon plays the role of Paul, rising from the desert with a fearsome army at his back, crushing his enemies then disappearing back into the sands. In other words: ramp, cast, sacrifice, smash. Not the most competitive strategy in the world, but I always have a blast manning this gem of my collection. Old border pimpage for life.

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Delta-117 says... #1

I liked the Dune books, I have read and own nearly all of them. +1 from me on the deck.

December 18, 2016 2:21 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #2

Thanks Delta-117!

I suppose there's a fair amount of mental gymnastics involved, but I've really tried to fit almost every card into the flavor of the books.

December 19, 2016 10:56 a.m.

Let me respond to your generous comments on my deck by saying this is amazing and beautiful! I love Dune and think it is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, stories of all time. I have been considering building a deck with Hazezon for this exact same purpose for a long time. If you're interested in more flavor of Dune in the deck it would be cool to run a Desert, and two of the vehicles from the Kaladesh and Aether Revolt sets, Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and Heart of Kirran (which isn't in the database yet) as they remind me of the ships from the books and movies. Also, you have no wurms! And you're in Wurm colors! Idk how flavorful you want to be or if you're even looking for suggestions. The deck is pretty fantastic already. Well done. Too bad you don't have blue from Grand Arbiter Augustin IV to be the Baron Harkonen.

January 12, 2017 9:37 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #4

EternalBrewmaster, cutting Desert from this list was one of the most painful Magic moments I've ever had, ha ha.

All of your suggestions hit the flavor of Dune right on the nose. No kidding on the Grand Arbiter Harkonen! One benefit of Dune's incredible scope is a huge palette to paint from in this kind of endeavor! Unfortunately, this is one of only two decks I own, so I have to balance the flavor (which I DO take seriously, as this deck is what got me into the game!) with the efficiency of the deck. Hazezon is powerful, but the strategy is limited. So much of it has to be devoted to "Terraforming Arrakis" (ramping) to keep up with the nasty Krenko deck this so often faces off against.

I definitely appreciate suggestions, for both theme and strategy. As I mentioned, I'm new to Magic and am missing the encyclopedic card knowledge of more experienced brewers. Perhaps I can keep a 15-card "flavorboard" sleeved up for when I'm sitting across the table from another Dune fan!

January 12, 2017 11:31 a.m.

I love the idea of a flavorboard! That's genius because it allows you to throttle the deck up or down depending on who you're playing against. So my only suggestion wurm-wise then for flavor and main strategy reasons would be Ulvenwald Hydra which ironically isn't actually a wurm but it looks a lot like my memories of them from the movies and it get's your utility lands out. Furthermore, it has the flavor of being as powerful as the land itself. I feel like Blind Obedience would be some awesome flavor like what the Bene Gesserit require and also it would serve the double purpose of letting you drain your enemies of their water (life). haha the possibilities are endless but I'm so happy to be talking about them.

January 12, 2017 11:59 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #6

Oh man, that Hydra is super spicy! I'm looking for a spot, as I like that a lot.

I believe Blind Obedience has black color identity because of the extort cost? Too bad too, as cards so blatantly thematic (Treachery, etc.) are perfect for this deck.

January 12, 2017 12:28 p.m.

Yeah I hope you can get the hydra in because it's perfect. Maybe cut Enlightened Tutor. Idk what that's specifically supposed to reference in the story but I'm not a huge fan of tutors personally. And extort doesn't actually affect the card's color identity for EDH as it is in reminder text for the ability and not actually in the rules text. It's a well known case that you can probably find any number of people concur on in a quick google search.

January 12, 2017 1:03 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #8

Oh man. Enlightened tutor is such a workhorse; that'd be a tough one to cut.

Obviously snatching up Sol Ring or Skullclamp on turn one is super clutch, but I also love grabbing Sad Robot, High Market, Courser, or Cursed Totem with her. I understand the aversion to tutors, but unfortunately no one in my playgroup shares that opinion...

As for the flavor, she's all Bene Gesserit to me. Although the Enlightened Tutor name also applies to Duncan Idaho, the Spice Agony, and Prescience in general.

January 12, 2017 5:03 p.m.

Yeah I definitely get the flavor from it and if it's necessary for your mets then definitely keep it. I'll leave the choice to include the hydra and cut to you then. I wish you could add Chaos Moon too just because it looks like Dune sort of.

January 12, 2017 5:19 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #10

Ha ha, so true! What a ridiculous card. Maybe I can squeeze it into my Krenko deck.

January 17, 2017 6:29 p.m.

Yeah I'm slotting it into my Kiki-Jiki deck because Kiki can easily control the number of permanents in play by making tokens. Elixir of Immortality would be a cool facsimile for the Water of Life too!

January 17, 2017 6:36 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #12

Trying to squeeze in Tooth and Nail and Hull Breach. Might be time to lose Trading Post? I hate my life. Help me, internet!

January 20, 2017 9:09 p.m.

Trading Post is too much flavor and too useful to cut IMO. Why play Heroic Intervention? I can see cutting that for Hull Breach. Martyr's Bond underwhelms me typically, so that seems like the best cut for T&N.

January 21, 2017 12:20 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #14

Heroic Intervention is sort of a "things aren't going well" card. I put it in to replace the slightly clumsier and totally-unflavorful Dauntless Escort. Sometimes you gotta cast Hazezon without the Sac Outlet, ya know? Hull breach is going in the Flavorboard, ha ha.

January 21, 2017 5:40 p.m.

elpokitolama says... #15

What would Dune be without any Desert and its Worldspine Wurms?

If you want to do a full Dune themed deck, I think the Time Spiral/Planar Chaos block is what you need: Desert, sand warriors, wurms and futuristic artifacts everywhere. ;)

[edit] I mean, look at this flavor!

January 21, 2017 7:33 p.m.

Haha yeah, VietMoneys and I have discussed both those cards before. Like I said on my deck, at some point you have to sacrifice flavor for playability. Also, he gets the wurms from Garruk's ultimate in this deck.

[edit myself] Holy shit though, you're right, like every card in planar chaos is perfectly on-point for Dune flavor. Dust Elemental and Magus of the Tabernacle, it's like he's wearing a freaking stillsuit!

January 21, 2017 8 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #17

Wow, this flavor is out of control. Thanks, Lama!

Indeed, I am limited by my efforts to keep this deck reasonably competitive, but I'm going to at least include a few of these in the "Flavorboard", a sideboard kept with my tokens for nerfing the deck a bit and providing a full-value Dune experience!

January 22, 2017 1:08 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #18

I mean, what is The Ghola Miles Teg if not a Ghost Tactician???

January 22, 2017 1:19 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #19

Alright, EternalBrewmaster, the Hydra is IN! Testing seems to prove it effective, but I'm gonna hop into some multiplayer games tonight and try it out for real. Fear Shai-Halud!

January 26, 2017 3:36 p.m.

Good luck bud, look forward to hearing some sweet stories from your wars on Arrakis!

January 26, 2017 3:46 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #21

Going to try Sylvan Library instead of Top for a bit...

January 31, 2017 2:11 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #22

The top will go in here for the mean time ;) Benko, Krob Moss

January 31, 2017 2:15 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #23

EternalBrewmaster, it took me long enough, but I've slotted in Blind Obedience. Getting to pimp out my Gonti deck and experiment with cards there has given me some mental leeway to swing things back more in the direction of flavor. Magus of the Tabernacle is working really nicely as a mild control piece that can Sac himself and Hazezon the upkeep that the tokens drop. I also dropped Courser of Kruphix in favor of getting Top back in the mix, and added Elspeth. Her less popular art is actually super on point with the Dune flavor and matches my new playmat nicely. Now to decide if the new Lovisa art should make the cut!

March 21, 2017 1:12 p.m.

Loving the changes man!

March 21, 2017 1:34 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #25

Thanks, man! Have you had many chances to play your Dune deck yet? How's he performing for you?

March 21, 2017 2:40 p.m.

Yeah I was playing my Teferi deck a lot and it's great. I put up all my decks' win stats on my profile page if you're interested. I've been playing some of the less-used ones lately and my new mono-blue deck, Mistform Ultimus.

March 21, 2017 3:53 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #27

Wow, I can see that being a lot of fun. To bad he's not more colors! Where do you usually play EDH?

March 21, 2017 5:06 p.m.

I play at a bunch of stores in the Dayton, OH area. There's like 5+ stores around here where people play EDH.

March 21, 2017 5:15 p.m.

elpokitolama says... #29

Sand wurms have been confirmed to be in Amonkhet! Flavor hype!

March 29, 2017 2:45 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #30

DON'T LIE TO ME.

March 29, 2017 7:14 p.m.

March 29, 2017 9:12 p.m.

elpokitolama says... #32

Since Amonket is a desertic plane "owned" by a certain malevolent being, once it's out we'll HAVE to create a Nicol Harkonnen deck!

March 30, 2017 2:41 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #33

He ain't wrong.

March 30, 2017 12:30 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #34

Cycling duals are definitely finding their way into this deck though...

Come on sand worms!

April 2, 2017 2:53 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #35

SANDWURM CONVERGENCE!!!

April 13, 2017 3:15 p.m.

DRmagic2017 says... #36

+1 from another fan of Frank Herbert's legacy.

April 16, 2017 2:07 p.m.

Delta-117 says... #37

You should add Sandwurm Convergence to this :)

Just put the set name, (AKH) beside it and it should be visible.

April 16, 2017 2:19 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #38

Thanks Dr. Magic!

And yes, Delta. Sandwurm Convergence is 100% going into this deck. The 7/7 wurm is just a little too crappy to make the cut, but the Enchantment has a little bit of control and a whole lot of flavor to it. New favorite Turn 3 Academy Rector target!

April 16, 2017 9:52 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #39

After two months of play-testing, I'd feel remiss to not shout out elpokitolama and your suggestion of Magus of the Tabernacle. He went in for the flavor and he has been doing WORK as a tempo-changer and sac outlet. Never would have guessed it would have synergised so well.

Big ups to EternalBrewmaster as well. In light of Greater Sandwurm's abject shittiness, Ulvenwald Hydra continues to channel Shai Halud in the most gloriously synergistic ways. Nothing like casting him with Panharmonicon and Tireless Tracker on the 'field!

May 2, 2017 11:09 a.m.

elpokitolama says... #40

The Magus is probably my favorite white creature... Even though i can only run him in my WR LD deck, where he acts as a continuous boardwipe. Well, it's not as if the Tabernacle he got his name from was straight up one of the most powerful cards ever printed! :p

By the way, every card from both magus cycle would fit here flavorfuly speaking. And probably in terms of power. c:

For now, let's just pray that Hour of Devastation brings us real wurms...

May 2, 2017 2:54 p.m.

Looking for that legendary wurm with a name close to shai hulud out of HoD. Fingers crossed.

May 2, 2017 3:42 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #42

Four Amonkhet cards have made the cut. Sheltered Thicket and Scattered Groves for more fixing, flexibility and Crucible of Worlds synergy (and to make this deck even more bitterly vulnerable to Blood Moon/Back to Basics). Sandwurm Convergence because duh (yeah, I know it's not that good, but it's replacing Blind Obedience, which was pretty low impact in this deck). Also, Samut, Voice of Dissent came late onto my radar and goddamn what a house! The untap ability doesn't have a lot of synergy aside from combat tricks, but she's another haste enabler, a big butt, and a great analog for Siona Atreides, everyone's favorite voice of dissent!

May 4, 2017 10:10 a.m.

elpokitolama says... #43

How could I even outlook the ressemblance between Samt and Siona... I've been far too fixed on the first three books while making suggestions here. x)

And while we're talking about voices, the Baron's Tormenting Voice can fit in there too, don't you think?

May 4, 2017 11:28 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #44

Red draw spell!? Damn, how did I not know about that card?

May 4, 2017 12:20 p.m.

eyes2sky says... #45

May 4, 2017 10:15 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.47
Tokens 0/1 Plant, 5/5 Wurm, 3/3 Beast, Clue, 1/1 Warrior, 1/1 Soldier, 6/6 Dragon, Elspeth, 1/1 Sand Warrior
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