- 1x Blood Bairn
- 1x Bloodthrone Vampire
- 1x Burnished Hart
- 1x Chainbreaker
- 1x Devouring Swarm
- 1x Dimir House Guard
- 1x Fallen Angel
- 1x Flesh-Eater Imp
- 1x Gray Merchant of Asphodel
- 1x Grim Haruspex
- 1x Leaden Myr
- 1x Lingering Tormentor
- 1x Merciless Executioner
- 1x Nantuko Husk
- 1x Netherborn Phalanx
- 1x Phyrexian Ghoul
- 1x Pith Driller
- 1x Skinrender
- 1x Spincrusher
- 1x Tatterkite
- 1x Triskelion
- 1x Wingrattle Scarecrow
- 1x Zulaport Cutthroat
- 1x Altar of the Brood
- 1x Charcoal Diamond
- 1x Chariot of Victory
- 1x Commander's Sphere
- 1x Everflowing Chalice
- 1x Eye of Doom
- 1x Fleetfeather Sandals
- 1x Fractured Powerstone
- 1x Grinding Station
- 1x Guardian Idol
- 1x Jeweled Amulet
- 1x Mind Stone
- 1x Nevinyrral's Disk
- 1x Phyrexian Totem
- 1x Skull of Ramos
- 1x Swiftfoot Boots
- 1x Unstable Obelisk
- 1x Wayfarer's Bauble
- 1x Worn Powerstone
- 1x Culling the Weak
- 1x Rend Flesh
- 1x Scour from Existence
- 1x Shred Memory
- 1x Snuff Out
- 1x Succumb to Temptation
- 1x Vendetta
- 1x Victim of Night
- 1x Bojuka Bog
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- 32x Swamp
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Wartwolf: As everything in commander, it depends on your meta, but generally: NO!
Commander is usually played as a casual and fun format between friends, where the singleton rule and 40 health allows for longer and splashier games with more variation. Generally you want a deck that you can play with often while still keeping variation and fun high.This deck is not made for fun, or for variation. It's made to kill players, preferably as consistently and with as little variation as possible.
Now, if you happen to have an extremely small budget and your meta is really high power, then building this can be fine. Overall I recommend building this as your second commander deck, so you can take it out when you mean business.
Next week the new commander preconstructed decks are coming out, so check out those! They look great!
October 29, 2016 11:52 a.m.
I will post again. I love stomping face with this deck. For the price it can sit in a box and be brought out on special occasions. You have a friend that brings that 1 douche bag player, they thing they are an EDH master, Good luck sucker!!! I have brought this deck out many times against high powered decks, and have come out on top. I've even loaned out decks from my own personal collection and stomped them too.
October 29, 2016 1:35 p.m.
Sleazebag Oh I get it I think. So basicly commander is just casual gameplay where you play the cards that are fun and not really focus on winning but just to play a casual game
October 29, 2016 5:56 p.m.
Wartwolf: It depends on playgroups, but yeah that's usually the plan. Some find most of their enjoyment from playing super serious and cutthroat, some enjoy really long and whacky games. This deck fits with the prior but not with the latter.
Fortunately, as DasTree mentioned, this deck is so cheap that it doesn't really take that much of an investment to get, so I can easily recommend it as your deck number 2. Even if it ends up not being your cup of tea, you haven't wasted that much money.
October 29, 2016 8:30 p.m.
You will most likely not respond, but what do you think of this build?http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/mikaeus-not-so-extreme-sub-200-budget-edh/
October 29, 2016 10:58 p.m.
Sleazebag I bought the forged in stone commander deck from 2014 I'm going to add some cards from my collection into it. I started in SOI but I have a some cards from 2011-2013 for some reason so some of them can finally be used I'll post my deck once I get it all fixed up thanks a lot for the help!
October 30, 2016 1:29 p.m.
spudman3d: That link doesn't work.
Wartwolf: I hope you have a lot of good equipments! Mono white is a tough color to play in commander, due to a low amount of card draw. But it can definitely be made to work, just remember to add card draw like Puresteel Paladin, Mentor of the Meek and cards like Mind's Eye.
October 30, 2016 11:31 p.m.
Colorless has a decent amount of card draw. You could just run the usual mono color mega ramp cards (Caged Sun, Extraplanar Lens) combined with an artifact subtheme
October 31, 2016 12:19 a.m.
smackder: Sorry, but 60 islands isn't a deck. I have already won the moral victory, and at this rate my true victory is right around the corner.
October 31, 2016 12:40 p.m.
October 31, 2016 10:02 p.m.
This deck is simply great. I could never get around to buying it though. That is, until the great and powerful Mikaeus, the Unhallowed was what I received in exchange for one of the two Verdurous Gearhulks I pulled in the SAME FAT PACK (sorry, "bundle") in between rounds at FNM. Anyway, I put all the cards into a TCGplayer cart... and without mikaeus the deck costs $21. I don't really care, and I'll probably end up making a hybrid of this and the non-budget version, but I just wanted to point that out. Is low price on TCG THAT much cheaper with mikaeus costing ~$15? Really though, nice deck. I'll let you know how it goes.
November 2, 2016 9:18 p.m.
Using tcg and optimizing your cart puts the issue of having to pay for shipping. In an ideal world every card would be available from 1 seller at free shipping. Also as the buyer it wouldn't matter the condition of the cards. Damaged cards can still be used and that would keep the cost even lower. Even at a full price with Mikaeus being $15 this deck is well under the $40 of a precon. And without any tinkering, hands down a better deck.
November 3, 2016 7:36 a.m.
Yeah, no argument there. Like I said, it doesn't bother me and it shouldn't bother anyone else. The cards are on the way, and I paid $60 (not counting mikaeus) for the hybrid of the two decks. Just a tip, instead of buying one card from each of like ten different sellers as TCG likes to try to make you do, use card kingdom for anything that isn't in the main shipment. The base costs of CK are higher, but you'll save on shipping.
November 3, 2016 10:07 p.m.
OBDog11 & DasTree: Yeah, unfortunately time has caught up to this deck and made Mikaeus so expensive that it isn't really possible to get for only $20 anymore, but I have had this deck name for so long now that the "$20 budget" theme has become a whole thing on its own, so I don't want to change it.
It should still be the cheapest deck you can find at this power, and once they reprint Mikaeus (Maybe in MM17, the next EDH set, a duel deck or something similar) the deck will go back down in price. Everything else is still really cheap!
November 4, 2016 3:39 a.m.
I prefer the idea of a pimp proxy of Mikaeus myself, but there are a few people in my playgroup who are very against that idea. The funny thing is that this anti-proxy jerk introduced me to magic with me playing a deck I crafted from one fat pack and two hours of YouTube/reading the rules and him playing an ancient ass blue deck with every possible piece of power 9 that he took from his dad's old collection. I actually managed to beat him within a week (with proxies) and he is salty to this day. In fact, I proxied flash hulk once just to piss him off. Let's say he's lucky that they were paper proxies over basic lands and nothing valuable, because he "accidentally" spilled (threw) a coke across the table after getting swept 4-0 in a "single game" which he stretched into a best 4 out of 7.
November 4, 2016 11:19 p.m.
sorry for the link not working, maybe just check my profile?
November 11, 2016 3:17 p.m.
Sachi, Extreme Sub $18 Budget EDH Thank you for the inspiration!
November 13, 2016 11:56 p.m.
I don't know if this is the right place to ask for suggestions but here is a deck that needs retuning sydri edh
November 21, 2016 10:39 p.m.
What a neat deck! It's really useful, I'm gonna be using some of these for the <15$ Decks I'm currently putting together.
The Mana rocks are really nice.
Might I suggest Blessing of Leeches ? It's a really cheap, useful instant-speed save for most destroy effects, at the cost of 1 life a turn.
December 15, 2016 11:42 a.m.
Very cool! I'm new to EDH (Haven't even played yet due to lack of deck), but I have Mikaeus due to an old sacrifice deck I had in standard during innistrad and such I BELIEVE. So, I may build this one- I like the look/how it works.
December 23, 2016 6:14 a.m.
Do you feel like it is time to increase it from a $20 budget to a $30 budget Sleazebag? Would still be ultra budget, just not quite so super, duper ultra budget.
I have played this deck a while, and my LGS banned me from commander because this deck was so unfun. Good job.
January 4, 2017 9:49 a.m.
Midn8: It's basically already turned into a $40 budget deck at the moment, due to Mikaeus' price increase. There's unfortunately not much I can do about that but hope they reprint Mikaeus sometime soon.
I'm keeping the name because it's become too iconic for the deck by now. I've added a clarification to the price description previously.
Anyways, CHECK THIS! It's not as good as Triskelion because it still requires a sac outlet, but you can cast this for ZERO mana! (It can kill itself to loop infinitely if you have a Blood Artist or similar in play though, doesn't always need a sac outlet, but then it costs 2 mana.)
January 4, 2017 2:21 p.m.
Midn8: Also, every time I hear someone say they managed to get my Mikaeus deck banned, I become positively giddy.
January 4, 2017 2:38 p.m.
Sleazebag Walking Ballista won't work. When you revive it with Mikaeus, it will have 1 +1/+1 counter and 1 toughness. If you ping an opponent it can't ping itself, and if it pings itself it can't ping an opponent.
You would need infinite mana to use it to kill someone.
January 4, 2017 6:26 p.m.
wait if you ping an opponent wouldn't it die, then come back with a 1/1 counter on it and could ping again?
January 4, 2017 6:37 p.m.
Why would it die? When it has 0 counters it is a 1/1
January 4, 2017 6:56 p.m.
If you are running Heartless Summoning it would be infinite, but that's a 2 card infinite combo. It is a good enabler when you pull out your infinite mana Ashnod's Altar combo too, but it's no Triskelion
January 4, 2017 6:59 p.m.
chosenone124: Hence I said you need a sac outlet! So that you can sacrifice it after pinging someone for 1.
Heartless Summoning would also work. Looks like a great card, but as you said, it's not a triskelion. But a triskelion at 0 mana would be ridiculous!
January 4, 2017 8:20 p.m.
Sleazebag That card looks really good, I will definitely pre-order that.
January 4, 2017 8:22 p.m.
Midn8: Never preorder! If you are going to a pre-release, I'm certain you can trade it to you for $1-2, or at least buy it for far far less than it would preorder for.
January 4, 2017 8:39 p.m.
Sleazebag: Oops my bad. I thought you said "it's as good as Triskelion for 0 mana".
It is interesting how it can function as an infinite sac outlet, a finisher with infinite mana, and a finisher with infinite sacrifice all at once though. It literally bleeds synergy
January 4, 2017 8:58 p.m.
Sleazebag I meant preorder it from my LGS, which uses the MTGgoldfish prices (release day price snapshot). Shouldn't be expensive there.
January 4, 2017 10:34 p.m.
Can someone explain to me how removing the counters works with Mikaeus?? Like with Triskelion he comes in with 3 +1/+1 counters and he can remove them. However, Mikaeus acts as an aura so does that not mean he cannot take off the final +1/+1 or am I missing something crucial here. I really like the deck, I just hope someone can clarify this for me!
January 17, 2017 11:59 p.m.
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.
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