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The Combo:

Doomsday is a powerful 1-card combo that tutors for 5 different cards. Ideally, you should try to win the turn you cast this spell, so here is a line-up of some of the most efficient 5-card piles (Top to Bottom):


, Ponder effect, 2 Islands in play

Pile: Gush, Lion's Eye Diamond, Gitaxian Probe, Yawgmoth's Will, Thassa's Oracle

Draw Gush with Ponder

Cast Gush returning 2 Islands to hand, draw Gitaxian Probe and Lion's Eye Diamond

Cast Lion's Eye Diamond, cast Gitaxian Probe holding priority, crack for drawing Yawgmoth's Will

Cast Yawgmoth's Will, then cast Lion's Eye Diamond from the graveyard and crack for

Cast either Ponder or Gitaxian Probe from the graveyard, drawing Thassa's Oracle with floating

Cast Thassa's Oracle with an empty library

, Ponder effect, 2 Islands in play, NO GRAVEYARD

Pile: Gush, Mana Crypt, Frantic Search, Pact of Negation, Thassa's Oracle

Draw Gush with Ponder

Cast Gush returning 2 Islands to hand, draw Mana Crypt and Frantic Search

Replay Island, cast Mana Crypt, cast Frantic Search drawing Pact of Negation and Thassa's Oracle

Using the untapped lands from Frantic Search, cast Thassa's Oracle.

Note: Mana Crypt and Pact of Negation can be swapped for other cards like Silence as needed.

, Necropotence in play, no Ponder effect

Pile: Thassa's Oracle, Force of Will, Pact of Negation, Silence, Dovin's Veto

Pay 5 to Necropotence and pass the turn

On your opponent's upkeep, cast Silence

Go to your turn and play Thassa's Oracle with triple counterspell backup.

This pile is extremely customizable. Swap out interaction and fast mana as needed.

, Necropotence in play, Ponder effect, 2 Islands

Pile: Laboratory Maniac, Gush, Swan Song, Pact of Negation, Force of Will

Draw Laboratory Maniac with Ponder and cast it

Activate Necropotence 4 times

On your end step, before cleanup, cast Gush with 3 counters for backup.

This pile is also easily customized depending on mana avaliability

, Sensei's Divining Top in play, 2 Islands in play

Pile: Gush, Gitaxian Probe, Lion's Eye Diamond, Thassa's Oracle, Anything

Activate Sensei's Divining Top to get Gush

Cast Gush, drawing Sensei's Divining Top and Gitaxian Probe

Replay Sensei's Divining Top, cast Gitaxian Probe for Lion's Eye Diamond

Cast Lion's Eye Diamond, crack for holding priority, draw Thassa's Oracle off Sensei's Divining Top

Cast Thassa's Oracle with your library as Sensei's Divining Top, Anything

Note: Yawgmoth's Will can be put to good use here if you have 4 Islands for Gush, or a lot of mana. That pile might look like: Gush, Gitaxian Probe, Lion's Eye Diamond, Yawgmoth's Will, Thassa's Oracle

The Combo:

Ad Nauseam combined with Angel's Grace or Phyrexian Unlife (which can be searched up with Zur the Enchanter) allows you to put your entire library into your hand. Your life total will become -100 or so, so make sure you win that turn!

Ad Naus

After your library is in your hand:

Cast any fast mana such as Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, and Mana Crypt

Cast Thassa's Oracle or Laboratory Maniac + draw spell

If you don't have Laboratory Maniac or Thassa's Oracle:

Casting Windfall twice will deck your opponents.

Cast any fast mana such as Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, and Mana Crypt

Start with Silence and Angel's Grace to stay alive if you haven't already

Brainstorm putting Yawgmoth's Will and Lion's Eye Diamond on top

Cast Windfall from your hand, opponents draw ~70 cards, you draw Yawgmoth's Will and Lion's Eye Diamond, staying alive because of Angel's Grace

Cast Lion's Eye Diamond, then Yawgmoth's Will holding priority. Crack LED for

Cast Windfall from your graveyard, opponents will draw ~70 more.

The Combo:

With a Rest in Peace in play, Helm of Obedience reads: ": Exile target opponent's library"


Rest in Peace creates a replacement effect that causes the cards milled by Helm of Obedience to never hit the graveyard. Even when activated for , the condition on Helm of Obedience will never be satisfied.

RULES NOTE: If the opponent has a card like Blightsteel Colossus in their deck, the game does NOT end in a draw. 104.4b of the Comprehensive rules states "Loops that contain an optional action don't result in a draw". Since your opponent has the choice of either putting Blightsteel Colossus into exile, stopping the loop, or shuffling it back into their library, causeing Helm of Obedience to continue looping. Eventually, the opponent MUST choose to put Blightsteel Colossus into exile to break the loop.

The Combo:

Casting Demonic Consultation naming a card that is not in your deck will exile your own library.


Demonic Consultation + Thassa's Oracle or Laboratory Maniac is an easy way to sneak in a quick win. It can also be used as a tutor in a pinch, but don't use it to find Ad Nauseam or Doomsday; you'll end up exiling a combo piece.

Demonic Consultation for a Helm of Obedience or Rest in Peace with the other in hand is a fine tutor, since the combo doesn't need any other cards to work.

Card Choices

The number of lands in this version of Doomsday Zur is higher than you normally see. This is due to my own meta containing a lot of heavy Land Destruction decks like The Gitrog Monster.

Wishclaw Talisman: The flex slot for this deck. Don't ever use this unless you can win on the spot before your opponent gets a chance to tutor.

Phyrexian Unlife: Some versions of the build have utilized Angel's Grace as the only combo piece for Ad Nauseam. In my own experience, having a redundant piece that can be tutored with Zur the Enchanter is incredibly valuable in multiplayer games.

Helm of Obedience: This back-up win condition takes up only a single slot, since Rest in Peace is a card you would likely run even without the combo potential.

Tezzeret the Seeker: Another copy of Helm of Obedience and something to do if the game goes long.

My version of Zur the Enchanter is more controlling than the other versions of the deck. As such, some fast mana cards you'd typically see are absent.

Helm of Awakening: I have found this card unnecessary to win with Ad Nauseam and not very good outside it

High Tide: Also unnecessary, and again, Land Destruction-heavy meta

Notion Thief: Could be swapped in at some point, but Necropotence usually draws you more than enough cards. Frequently this card only nabs a single draw off a Ponder as opponents looking to win by drawing their library usually have Counterspell backup.

Prismatic Vista: This deck is too hungry for Underground Sea and Watery Grave.

Grim Monolith: The colorless mana is great for casting mana rocks, but not much else.


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

5 - 0 Mythic Rares

56 - 0 Rares

17 - 0 Uncommons

15 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 1.84
Tokens Jace, 1/1 Bird
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