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Sleazebag yes however the final +1/+1 is an "aura" from Mikaeus isn't it? Since it is not technically a counter, it cannot remove it itself therefore it can't die and come back to life under Mikaeus using its own ability, right?
January 19, 2017 12:13 a.m.
Cradum Walking Ballista can shoot things. By removing a counter from it, target the 1/1 creature called Walking Ballista.
January 19, 2017 2:11 a.m.
January 20, 2017 12:21 a.m.
Well damn, I really didn't expect Walking Ballista to spike up to $16 out of nowhere. Probably going to take months for it to settle down again.
Midn8: Hope you went through with that preorder and got it cheap!
January 23, 2017 4:14 a.m.
Have you considered adding cards that get stronger as creatures die like Ob Nixilis, Unshackled?
January 28, 2017 9:58 a.m.
The goal of this deck is to go infinite. If I had to choose between an infinitely big creature with no protections or making all of my opponents lose infinite life, I would most definitely pick the latter.
January 28, 2017 10:28 p.m.
I'm building this deck and recently got a Fourth Bridge Prowler from a Aether Revolt Booster. It costs only 1 mana and works as a Sac Fodder. Very cheap card.
January 30, 2017 1:43 p.m.
+1/+1 and -1/-1 counters negate each other, so a creature entering with a -1/-1 counter will remove the +1/+1 counter, allowing Undying to trigger again. Fourth Bridge Prowler will just give itself -1/-1, while still having the +1/+1 counter on it, meaning Undying can't trigger.
January 30, 2017 2:17 p.m.
Sleazebag Oh, pardon my newbieness I'm starting to play MTG, thank you for the knowledge!
January 30, 2017 2:59 p.m.
How good is the deck vs Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Leyline of the Void, Anafenza, the Foremost and other replacement effects of the sort ? i really like the deck and would like to build it but my meta has all kinds of baaaaaad thing to play against.
February 8, 2017 6:56 a.m.
Vexilte: There hasn't really been any cards in the new sets worth adding that are cheap enough, if I see one it will be added. Mostly I'm just hoping for a Mikaeus reprint sometime, maybe in a Modern Masters set as a rare or something, or in a commander precon, that would be great!
Ze_Geuse81: Goes without saying that you can't win while those cards are in play. Kalitas and Anafenza aren't that big of a problem since you can kill them before going off, although it does make it harder, if it's a common problem you may want to add more targeted removal to the list.
February 8, 2017 8:07 a.m.
February 11, 2017 8:48 p.m.
Vexilte: Haunted Cloak and Zulaport Cutthroat are both viable options. Zulaport is in fact great, but it's $0.5! Haunted was also a bit too expensive on release I felt, but it seems like it has gone down enough by now that I could use it.
February 12, 2017 5:46 a.m.
I am so building this deck, it's cheap and efficient.
My playgroup is pretty strong, how do you keep Mikaeus alive?
February 12, 2017 10:46 p.m.
Black is not renowned for its ability to play counterspells, nor is it good at playing instant speed protection spells. No blink effects either. The only thing you can do is get equipment such as Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots to protect it.
You can also rely on the stax enchantments (Contamination and Infernal Darkness) to keep your opponents off relevant mana, though black is a removal heavy color. Finally, you can use Cavern of Souls to make sure Mikaeus cannot be countered.
The main weakness of this deck is that you are reliant on a high CMC commander with no innate protections. Unless you draw extremely well, there isn't much you can do about it
February 13, 2017 2:23 a.m.
I wonder if Mikaeus, the Unhallowed will ever reach above $20 on TCGLow by himself (making the deck goal explicitly impossible).
February 21, 2017 4:30 p.m.
February 21, 2017 8:48 p.m.
Daedalus19876: My hope is that Mikaeus gets a reprint soon! Until then, the $20 budget is unfeasable. I intend to keep the deck as it is now though, as it is still a super budget and high power deck, but it's not $20 anymore :(
droslag: Geralf's Messenger has anti-synergy with Mikaeus though? Cauldron of Souls is fine, but it can only be used once per turn, so it's great in a value Mikaeus deck and not in an infinite combo version.
February 22, 2017 8:39 a.m.
Fuck yes, 1900 milestone reached!
Only 100 more and we will reach the legendary 2000 point mark! Hopefully we will reach it before the Islands "deck", but it doesn't seem like it at this point. Still gaining on it though.
February 26, 2017 12:19 p.m.
I think it's the budget. I built the Islands deck for almost free, but I had to spend money on this deck
February 26, 2017 1:05 p.m.
Just an FYI, the first proxy video link is to an unavailable video.
February 28, 2017 11:20 a.m.
beninator: Thanks for the info, removed the link! WotC REALLY dislikes people making their own proxies, even websites that let you copy-paste lists for printing so you can playtest decks with bad paper proxies get taken down.
Fortunately the second link still works.
March 4, 2017 11:43 a.m.
Damn, 20 votes in roughly one week. At this rate I will pass the Islands deck before reaching 2000! Keep it up!
March 5, 2017 2:45 p.m.
Can I ask what your train of thought was for these artifacts? Looking to tune the deck and I'm trying to figure out if these are my best bet to remove or I'm missing something:
By the way, I love the deck. I'm taking cards from your non-budget version I already have and placing them in as well as making some tweaks to the land base. This is where I seem to have the most trouble.
March 9, 2017 10:06 a.m.
Suppose he has an infinite sacrifice combo: ex Mikaeus, Viscera Seer, Tatterkite.
This means that he has infinite ETB triggers and dies triggers.
Infinite ETBs + Altar of the Brood = all opponent get milled to deckless
Grinding Station does the same thing, but it also serves as the sacrifice outlet
Jeweled Amulet allows you to store your floating mana for the next turn
March 9, 2017 3:46 p.m.
chosenone124 is too fast for me. All the stuff he said is right.
March 9, 2017 4:09 p.m.
Shadows of the Past could work really well in this deck for an infinite scry into your other win cons
March 14, 2017 11:57 a.m.
March 16, 2017 10:30 a.m.
yeah back when Exquisite Blood was under a dollar rare. glad i got my mikaeus and all my other innistrad rares when i picked up dollar rares just cause they were cool af
March 16, 2017 12:05 p.m.
No. Stop. This deck is stupid. Like the most overpowered "I don't care about that combo piece, I have 2 more in my hand an 20 more in my deck" deck I've ever witnessed. This is the dumbest combo deck ever. I hate it so much. I will now begin building this deck and Upvoting this list every day for the next two months. I hate how much I secretly admire this deck. Mad props for the serious power on a serious budget, though.
March 23, 2017 9:34 p.m.
Ah... if i could upvote this deck twice just for the budget and proxies explanation...
March 30, 2017 8:22 a.m.
Wow, I sure like this theme of cards that enter the battlefield to put 3 -1/-1 counters on a creature. Let's hope it's in black too.
April 4, 2017 11:40 a.m.
What you think about adding Nest of Scarabs in this deck?
April 7, 2017 12:15 p.m.
thiagodfsz: Seems like a pretty decent token generator in this deck, good for keeping yourself alive before you combo off (just playing a sac fodder on an empty board with this and you will get 1-3 free scarabs to chump with) and also good for infinite tokens to swing with.
Also, we are now officially the SECOND highest rated deck on tappedout! Holy shit! Thanks for all the support, glad to see so many enjoy the power of Mikaeus.
April 7, 2017 10:46 p.m.
OBDog11: Nope, not even close. Been steadily passing other decks ever since it was made. "The #1 top deck on X day X month" is just a measure of the fastest climbing deck (I think). If you were the fastest climbing deck that day, you become the #1 deck of that date.That still doesn't mean you have a higher rating than other decks that have been here for years.
Now the deck is in second place, rising at ~3 times the speed of the third place deck, unfortunately the first place deck is not only around 800 votes ahead of me, but it is growing at a FAR faster rate as well, so second place is probably where this deck will stay for the foreseeable future (Like... until they reprint Mikaeus!)
Also hope to become the second deck on tappedout to reach 2000!
April 8, 2017 10:26 a.m.
Plague Belcher has been spoiled. One more infinite sac outlet for the Mikaeus pain train
April 12, 2017 1:59 a.m.
chosenone124: Oh yes! Unfortunately it's a rare, but if it sees zero play it may be cheap enough. Which I really doubt, it looks awesome.
April 13, 2017 8:45 p.m.
Goddamn awesome! Reaching 2000 votes and 350,000 views on the same day!
And as if to celebrate, WotC spoiled TWO playable budget Mikaeus cards!
Baleful Ammit (3 Mana infinite fodder!) and Soulstinger (Infinite fodder that also clears the board? GREAT!).
The latter is definitely going in, no questions asked. We'll see about the Hippocroc.
April 14, 2017 3:21 p.m.
What are your thoughts on Nest of Scarabs Soulstinger and Baleful Ammit? Also would you be able to stack the undying trigger with a Festering Mummy so that it could give itself the negative counter when it returns?
May 9, 2017 8:36 a.m.
Wespoint808: Nest of Scarabs has its pros and cons, it turns your infinite loop into an infinite number of creatures. Which means it will definitely block your opponents from attacking you, and definitely kill everyone through combat damage... Next turn. Your opponents get an entire turn to just stop the combo and boardwipe. While it looks great with Zulaport/Blood Artist, it offers zero synergy, as we would already drain all opponents for infinite with the same loop that makes the scarabs.
Soulstinger is now the go-to 4 mana sac fodder as it also works as a one-sided repeatable boardwipe. Play it!
Baleful Ammit has no real value beyond being a 3 mana sac fodder. It works just as well as wingrattle scarecrow for the job.
Festering Mummy doesn't work unfortunately, you would have to have two of them, even though the mummy can come back into play before the -1/-1 counter trigger resolves, you have to choose a target as soon as the trigger goes on the stack, and the mummy isn't in play at that point. With two they could target each other, but that's not really feasible in commander.
May 9, 2017 7:10 p.m.
I loathe decks like this that just infinite combo. If you were in my playgroup I'd have a deck built just to keep you shut out. Glad you can still find people willing to play though. Must not be as oppressive as you make it sound. How often does this deck win 3-4 player games?
May 9, 2017 7:24 p.m.
please tell me what printing or altered art code the commander is. i fell in love with that necromancer pic ever since i saw it, but had no reference or context to what game or site its from. any reference would be appreciated <3
May 10, 2017 8:58 p.m.
oliveoilonyaasscureshemorrhoid: I have a link to it under the image in the description,
Just changed the color scheme from red to purple to better fit the theme of a black commander.
May 10, 2017 10 p.m.
@maxon: Combo decks like this one definitely have their place in EDH but the key is to have a way to interact with combo decks so they don't work how they are supposed to. Playing Sadistic Sacrament or similar cards to shut down combo decks is fairly common. I always play multiple win conditions and I usually have a combo or two tossed in just in case. I agree to some extent though, if someone is going to combo out and win on turn 3, that's kinda cool 1 time to see a deck go off flawless but what's the point? If the game ends that fast then you're doing it wrong, EDH is a social format and it's only fun if you actually get to play more than 3-5 turns. I think the cool part about this deck is that it's meant to go head to head with the overpriced oppressive combo decks on insanely low budget. The most fun part about this deck is winning a game of commander with a bunch of really cheap cards.
May 10, 2017 10:10 p.m.
What I enjoy about this entire deck is actually your care and method for explaining ways to help players on a budget. The deck itself is well put together with a lot of consideration for the constraints of the intended budget cutoff, but the help you off to others really makes it shine. I appreciate the information, and the time it took for you to compile this list. Best of luck.
June 4, 2017 3:11 p.m.
If I may ask why the maybeboard? Are those just non budget cards you WOULD add? I want to build the deck for fun but am curious as to wether the maybeboard serves a purpose of if the decklist itself is good to go? Thanks, and truly epic budget deck!
June 11, 2017 7 p.m.
Omnom_Locus_of_Drivethrus: Yes, the deck is good to go. Most of the cards in the maybeboard are cards I have had in the deck, but had to remove due to price increases. Some are also cards I would add if they were cheaper, or as viable alternatives to cards already in the deck. They aren't needed, but they would make the deck stronger at the cost of price.
June 12, 2017 9:16 p.m.
Thats pretty rad that you made a true budget deck that can do the damn thing, grats and +1
June 12, 2017 9:23 p.m.
Having a Mikaeus deck for under $20 is impossible until they reprint him. It's the first thing I have in the description.
I'm keeping the $20 name because of how iconic it has become, and because I'm holding out for that reprint.
Excluding Mikaeus himself the rest of the deck is only a few dollars.
June 23, 2017 8:54 a.m.
Proxy Mikaeus is only $5 or $6, less if you make it yourself following YouTube tutorials. Also in the description. :D
June 23, 2017 10:03 a.m.
I got my proxy even cheaper. I glued a piece of white paper onto a piece of a cardboard box, drew a stick figure on it, and wrote "michAel the unhAllowed" on the top
June 23, 2017 3:50 p.m.
I once met a guy who had my exact $20 mikaeus decklist. Was pretty funny, I traded him my Mikaeus proxy for $20. My referral link has also gotten me ~$100. My mikaeus deck cost me -$100 total, best budget deck.
June 24, 2017 8:19 a.m.
Why do you have Fractured Powerstone? Do you do planechase while playing this deck?
June 25, 2017 6:09 a.m.
Sirenfall: Nope, it's simply because it's a 2 mana rock that is dirt cheap.
June 25, 2017 7:46 a.m.
carlocki: If you are playing against tier one competitive decks (FC Tazri, Teferi, Inf Thrasios, FC Prossh etc), or don't know how to pull the combo's off, that's completely normal. However, even then this deck can still win, as your opponents will be focusing on each other, giving you the opportunity to go off.
June 26, 2017 8:48 a.m.
i ma jsut playing the just for fun section of mtgo online winning no game at all. I can do all the combo or at least the 90 per cert.like summoning the commander, or play with the fliyng equipment.
June 26, 2017 9:37 a.m.
Are you playing this deck in 1v1? This deck was not designed for 1v1 at all and will stand no chance. You'd have to add way more low CMC cards like hand disruption, discard and removal.
June 26, 2017 2:32 p.m.
I'm about to build the deck, as I managed to sneak away from a yard sale with a lightly played Mikaeus for 10$, and I was wondering about a few things. In the same yard sale I pulled Blood Artist, Geth, and a Disciple of Griselbrand and I was wondering if there's any room in the deck for any of these? If so what would you recommend replacing and why? Sorry if that's a bit demanding. :P
July 8, 2017 5:18 p.m.
Sorry for the double post, but I think I can see why most those cards aren't really included now. However, I am a little confused on Zulaport vs. Blood Artist. I see that you switched the two in your non-budget build but what makes Blood Artist better than Zulaport? Is the any creature dying trigger worth only hitting one opponent?
July 8, 2017 5:55 p.m.
Blood Artist is better outside the combo. Also, being not a human, it benefits from Mikaeus' Undying
July 8, 2017 6:21 p.m.
Yeah, it's not a human so it gets undying, when you have infinite deaths then hitting one opponent at the time is pretty irrelevant. Only relevancy is it having to target (So Leyline of Sanctity etc stops him), but the situations where undying come into play seemed more relevant. Zulaport is cheaper though, so it hits this list.
Honestly, you can just play both. Geth and Disciple don't belong in the decklist though.
July 8, 2017 7:21 p.m.
Thanks for the response, I'm trying to do a half measure with a 40$ budget not including Mikaeus, Blood Artist, and Sign in Blood (the cards I have already). So for a player that's trying to work his/her way to your non-budget list, what would you consider first-priority replacements?
July 8, 2017 11:07 p.m.
The cards in the maybeboard are cards I'd play if the budget allowed it. Start with those.Also better mana rocks.
Honestly though, Mikaeus is a very one-trick-pony, most people like it for the novelty, not for the play experience. It's extremely linear (which is a good thing when you want consistency, but not for fun). I'd recommend building the budget list and expanding on it, but building other more expensive decks later for variation.
Of course, if you enjoy Mikaeus a lot, feel free to upgrade it all the way!
July 9, 2017 5:57 a.m.
Another helpful card to help the beefy creatures win while opponents have blockers would be Altar of Dementia so you can make him strong enough to have your opponent deck out.
July 10, 2017 5:25 a.m.
I thought I gave this deck +1 years ago... Turns out I didn't. +1 good sir!
August 4, 2017 10:32 p.m.
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