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.

Luke Oram's Dune

This deck is inspired by a story near and dear to my heart. While Herbert fans may recognize some specific nods to the books, 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. However, this deck can run completely without Hazezon, choking opponents for resources and accruing value with its other token generators.

This was the deck the got me into Magic, and I put a lot of love and attention into the details of its aesthetic. In honor of the Reserved List general, I defer to the old card frame wherever possible, otherwise it's foil all the way!

Thanks for the love on this deck; she's my baby. One of these days I'm going to get around to a full card-by-card breakdown of the list and give you all a window into the mental gymnastics that keep the flavor of this deck on point even as it grows more potent.

Sallamaka al-lahu wa-nasaraka!


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VietMoneys says... #1

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... #3

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... #5

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... #7

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... #9

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... #10

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... #12

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... #13

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

January 22, 2017 1:19 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #14

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... #16

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

January 31, 2017 2:11 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #17

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

January 31, 2017 2:15 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #18

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... #20

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... #22

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... #24

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

March 29, 2017 2:45 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #25


March 29, 2017 7:14 p.m.

March 29, 2017 9:12 p.m.

elpokitolama says... #27

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... #28

He ain't wrong.

March 30, 2017 12:30 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #29

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

Come on sand worms!

April 2, 2017 2:53 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #30


April 13, 2017 3:15 p.m.

DRmagic2017 says... #31

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

April 16, 2017 2:07 p.m.

Delta-117 says... #32

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... #33

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... #34

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... #35

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... #37

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... #38

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... #39

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

May 4, 2017 12:20 p.m.

eyes2sky says... #40

May 4, 2017 10:15 p.m.

Myr_Mythic says... #41

I'm surprised you aren't running anything that can capitalize on triggers from your tokens leaving the battlefield. I'd use an Outpost Siege and perhaps consider Fresh Meat?

June 30, 2017 7:32 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #42

Myr_Mythic, ideally they never do! The idea behind this deck is to sacrifice Hazezon before the delayed trigger can resolve, meaning my Sand Warriors are on the board to stay! That said, with another board wipe or two, Fresh Meat could be very nasty!

June 30, 2017 1:49 p.m.

VietMoneys I'm almost ready (after a little cleanup of my magic area) to start building my four color non- Dune deck. I think I'm going to make another mono deck too with Blind Seer as Paul Atreides post-blinding. But the non-blue versioni is going to have every desert possible and all of the flavor cards like Desert Twister and Razia's Purification along with all the wurms possible.

June 30, 2017 7:45 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #44

Yeeeeesssss, can't wait to see it EternalBrewmaster! Take a look at the list here and see if there's anything I can send you!

July 4, 2017 2:56 p.m.

Thanks VietMoneys, I think I have almost everything I need rn except for the deserts coming out in the new set. I'm also planning on getting a lot of the cards for this deck altered over the next year to update their art and names to match Dune better. Have you considered the interaction between Endless Sands and Hazezon?

July 5, 2017 3:37 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #46

Absolutely! I too have been watching these developments closely. Endless Sands and the three cycling deserts will be going in, as well as the so-called Magus of the Crucible. I haven't been too thrilled with the Desert Synergies so far though; maybe the two-land tutor?

July 5, 2017 6:20 p.m.

Yeah the desert subtype is mostly just flavor I think. They really failed at making it relevant, which is a shame. But endless sands specifically is really cool because you can put Hazezon on layaway with it before his trigger can remove the tokens. It'll be better in my deck where he's not the general because you'd probably rather just put him in the command zone.

July 5, 2017 7:25 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #48

Yeah, I'm wondering about that. It'd certainly be sweet to cash in the first round of tokens then pop him back out on the cheap, but I'm unclear on whether or not you have the opportunity to put him back in the zone if he's exiled and the land is destroyed/exiled.

July 5, 2017 9:17 p.m.

Yeah you couldn't move him from exile into the command zone. You can only choose to apply the replacement effect to move him to the command zone when he would change zones. So if you send him to exile then that's where he is unless you Pull from Eternity, which actually seems like cool flavor for the deck.

July 6, 2017 1:30 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #50

Alright, I've finally got a reason to put my beloved but estranged Desert back into this deck! EternalBrewmaster, when do you plan on pulling the trigger on all your HOU cards? Think they'll drop in price any time soon?

July 13, 2017 10:37 a.m.

I got sidetracked by Neheb, the Eternal because I've always wanted to build a burn deck and here it is. I'm refining it over the next few weeks and have to post it on TO. I'll try and get to my Dune deck next probably. The HOU cards should probably bottom out next weekend while they're in standard. Nothing is too expensive I don't think.

July 13, 2017 4:42 p.m.

Are you going to add the other color-producing utility deserts from HOU?

July 13, 2017 11:51 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #53

What I've got here so far is as many as I think I'll possibly put in. The Red and Green ones seem much less useful in this deck. Maaaaybe the Man-land one, but I also want to make room for Dust Bowl and Flagstones of Trokair... I need to start playing 150-card commander.

July 14, 2017 9:21 a.m.

I feel you. 150 cards is what I want to play too.

July 14, 2017 9:34 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #55

Rolling Back the Deserts :(

I'm keeping just a few with the most overt Dune imagery, but in the end, the desert experiment hurt the 3-color mana base too much for my liking.

Taking out Hour of Promise as well, putting in Containment Priest. A flavor upgrade and a return to the theme of resource denial and oppression that this deck inflicts upon folks.

August 23, 2017 2:45 a.m.

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