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Heartless Hidetsugu Hates EDH (EDH)

Commander / EDH Combo Mono-Red



Mostly a mono-red combo deck I put together because I had so many cards I wasn't using. I try and one shot the table and keep myself alive.

Some fun things to do: Knollspine Dragon can draw a ton of cards. War Elemental gets stupid huge if need be. Impact Resonance will be doing a lot. You can't go wrong with this in here.

Since I don't NORMALLY try to get there with damage from creatures, I have some things like Platinum Emperion to keep my life total safe from Hidetsugu.
Vulshok Refugee, Darksteel Myr, Darksteel Sentinel, Darksteel Plate are burn proof and can have General's Regalia or Pariah's Shield redirect Hidetsugu's (or whatever) damage to them.

Pentagram of the Ages, Loxodon Warhammer , Dark Sphere, Basilisk Collar, and Glacial Chasm keep me from dying.

Menacing Ogre is there just for fun. I got one in an Onslaught draft a long time ago because the table "force drafted" me into it. His only REAL purpose is to put me at an odd life total for Heartless Hidetsugu. But good times are had whenever he drops.

Smoke is an old classic. Since I only care about untapping Hidetsugu, hey great, everyone else is slowed. Paired with Icy Manipulator and Urabrask the Hidden, it gets pretty annoying.

Kumano, Master Yamabushi is someone you shouldn't sleep on. He is super dangerous with stuff like Basilisk Collar. If he's not exiling creatures, he's pinging players down to even life totals.

Lich's Mirror is a new addition to the deck since sometimes I lack a way to survive a "heartless attack". But...I never quite realized you got an "extra life" as it were. So with the mirror, a Furnace of Rath , and Heartless Hidetsugu, you actually straight up win. Well...provided everyone has an even life total. It's even thrown a few 'one trick pony' decks off track.
Normally it would shuffle away Heartless Hidetsugu but with the new "tuck commander" rule it seems like you can choose to put him back in the command zone. Neat.

Everything else should be straight forward with the burn spells and what not.

*Special Note: Grafted Exoskeleton is not in the deck by choice because I like having friends.



Somehow I completely overlooked Malignus for this deck as SORT of a back up plan. Basically since I have all these damage doublers, I couldn't see a reason to NOT include him for a one hit knock out (provided they have an even life total). Whoops!

Deck now has 100% less Alpha Brawl and good riddance. Also cut Adamaro, First to Desire since he was just "good stuff".


MagicBlake says... #1


I like this deck it is well rounded I can imagine that this would work well. It does several different things but it must be difficult keeping enough cards in your hand in longer duels and especially in a multiplayer setting. I would recommend some drawing effects such as Wheel of Fortune and Reforge the Soul .

Come check out my Heartless Hidetsugu / Ashling the Pilgrim Burn Deck (I switch between the two as generals from time to time).


August 28, 2012 11:26 p.m.

Hey thanks for the reply.

I'm cutting Alpha Brawl because that card has been HORRIBLE for me. I'm not saying it's a bad card, but it always boils down to:

A)Never having the mana to cast it

B)Maybe have 2 things to hit

C)Have nothing good to hit

D)First card I draw to stare at for the rest of the game

Adamaro, First to Desire is super awesome and actually inspired me to build his own deck, but in here he was just "good stuff". So he could go for a Reforge the Soul or other "Wheel" effect.

I may be the only person to say this, but Obsidian Fireheart has been very disappointing. That 3 mana to "burn someone's land" is actually a lot for me and I always think I'm better off with something stupid like a Copper Tablet instead. Whenever I draw him I wish it was anything else.

August 29, 2012 5:22 p.m.

doc_cthulhu says... #3

Hilarious deck! Might whip up something similar one of these days.

June 13, 2014 2:11 p.m.

NoobusMagnus says... #4

Just a thought, won't Lich's Mirror tuck Heartless Hidetsugu ? I guess at that point it wouldn't matter much to you, just thought I would bring it up in case the situation arose where it mattered.

August 18, 2014 2:30 a.m.

Orbrunner says... #5

It would, but for the vast majority of cases, if it went off, then every opponent is now either dead or at 1 life, and the Lich has a full hand of 7 to work with.

August 18, 2014 5:51 a.m.

tman007 says... #6

Gut Shot is a great way to switch someone fr odd to even. If you pay phyrexian and direct the damage to an opponent, you stay either odd or even and they switch. If you pay the phyrexian and deal the 1 to yourself, it is a good way to switch yourself to odd.

October 8, 2014 11:12 p.m.

RazortoothMtg says... #7

February 20, 2016 10:19 p.m.


Platinum Angel has been on the maybeboard. I didn't include it in the deck for numerous reasons I won't go into, but mostly because I don't want anyone to clone/gain control of it. It's not a fun card to be staring across at.

February 23, 2016 2:33 a.m.

JAGossett says... #9

Lol prepare to add a card to the deck that no one has ever heard of: Goblin Game. You're welcome xD

February 26, 2016 8:51 p.m.

davidaboden says... #10

I think with the damage redirect you have going on Stuffy Doll would be a great addition. Especially 1v1.

March 16, 2016 2:33 a.m.

smack80 says... #11

April 25, 2016 4:51 p.m.

Exquisite Firecraft and Skullcrack could be helpful. Pyromancer's Goggles might also be fun. Cool deck, +1

May 18, 2016 4:20 a.m.

HappyPappy says... #13

Repercussion seems like it my fit.

September 27, 2016 8:37 a.m.

Illusionist's Bracers for killing everyone at once.

October 18, 2016 8:24 p.m.


Illusionist's Bracers is pretty cool but it really just puts everyone down to 10 if they are all at 40 life. If damage doublers are out it's kinda just "win more".

Although I guess it does help War Elemental get that much bigger and lets Knollspine Dragon draw even more. It also does put people within burn range without damage doublers.

I'll think about it.

November 3, 2016 6:38 p.m.
January 1, 2017 9:15 p.m.

OMG, someone else using War Elemental! I love that card. had an old deck based around it - turn 1 Seal of Fire, turn 2 Lightning Greaves, turn 3 OMG roflstomp (etb trigger on stack, sac seal, get damage for trigger, and counters, equip boots, swing for 3, 6/6 shroud)

June 23, 2017 midnight

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