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Shireioush Businesh. (Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker)

Commander / EDH



I needed to build a deck. A powerful deck. A deck not to be trifled with. A deck that meant business. Shireioush Businesh.

This deck needs Shirei to be up and alive. Constantly sacrifice and revive your creatures. You won't be killing anyone quickly, but you will have no issue keeping folk in check and plinking their health totals down.

Super fun to play and super annoying to play against. My favorite <3



So, yeah. We removed like 3 cards and dropped out total price to about 200 dollars... down from 320. Easier on the wallet.

If i ever get a damnation, I will put it in, but the budget don't allow for that right now!

Viscera Seer came back into the fold as was originally recommended by several of my peers as well as spawning pool and phyrexian altar... sac outlets are a good thing to have.

Changed the line up on a few creatures... don't remember what i took out to add, but all those creatures are cheap as balls to begin with.

Land took some tweaks, removed vesuva and urborg... no need for urborg, vesuva is useful but not really crucial. Swap for Swamp.

Added a few more enchantments and put some more card recovery in... plus a Sol Ring...

THINK THATS ALL. Seems to be testing better than before with these adjustments!

OKAY. Have a good one!


BossLeiser says... #1

This deck is built extremely intelligently. I love it. Awesome job.

July 15, 2012 3:09 a.m.

Chaosfission says... #2

I love Bitter Ordeal and am really glad to see a deck that could wreck people with it. Overall looks like a well planned deck.

July 15, 2012 6:11 a.m.

commonhumans says... #3

Thanks for the comments guys. I appreciate it it. Bitter Ordeal just had to go in, if there was any deck it was going to work well in, its this one.

I'm always open to suggestions if anyone else has any!

July 15, 2012 11:36 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #4

With all of the killing and discard have you considered Sangromancer as a way to stay in the game longer? Also, have you considered Phyrexian Altar ? Finally, there is Mikaeus, the Unhallowed . (combos with Triskelion for infinite damage.

July 15, 2012 12:51 p.m.

commonhumans says... #5

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed wont work because if hes on the board all my creatures will be to big and my recursion engine wont start. blah.

Phyrexian Altar is a good call, I almost put it in... but card:Ashnod's Altar won out the fight. (Basically because I already had one and because I get mana faster with it)

Sangromancer I'm going to have to consider this one! Its pretty great. I will see if I can find room for her. Much thanks.

July 15, 2012 1:15 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #6

There are ways to cancel it out, most notably Heartless Summoning but i see your point.

Glad i could help on the Sangromancer .

July 15, 2012 4:09 p.m.

SpammyV says... #7

If you've got some reliable life gain going on, consider Phyrexian Reclamation in the place of Haunted Crossroads so you don't have to wait to get creatures back?

July 15, 2012 7:26 p.m.

commonhumans says... #8

I do have that card as well! It's worth a sideboard at least, I'll give it a go.

July 16, 2012 9:57 p.m.

zandl says... #9

Shirei + Heartless Summoning = Combo-y goodness.

July 16, 2012 10:04 p.m.

commonhumans says... #10

I dunno, I'm not so crazy about Heartless Summoning , I have plenty of sac outlets with out it. I'm not trying to have all my dudes die as soon as I play them. It's gonna leave me wide open. I would much rather have a blocker to block/sac than to be wide open...

July 20, 2012 2:41 a.m.

Dritz says... #11

With your amazingly high number of 1/1s perhaps Sword of the Meek could lead to some potential combos if you find a reason to sacrifice the sword beyond Infernal Tribute and Reprocess .

Kudos on yet another cool name, nice stuff!

July 24, 2012 10:15 p.m.

sigh166 says... #12

That is a disgusting infinite combo with Bottle Gnomes and the Blood Artist . I love it.

July 26, 2012 12:45 a.m.

commonhumans says... #13

Well its not really infinite... but it works pretty good! Thanks!

July 26, 2012 1:14 a.m.

DRDONUTZ says... #14

Altar of Dementia + shirei + any 1 power or less creature= win

July 28, 2012 10:49 a.m.

DRDONUTZ says... #15

Also you might want to add Viscera Seer

July 28, 2012 8:04 p.m.

commonhumans says... #16

Ah! Thank you kind sir. Viscera Seer was on the list and got the choped so some other creature could exist... But thank you.

Also your user name reminds me of Dr. Andonuts from Earthbound. Awesome.

July 28, 2012 8:17 p.m.

DRDONUTZ says... #17

Gotta love Earthbound.

July 29, 2012 11:10 a.m.

charsula says... #18

Deck is cool and looks awesome wish i was this good at EDH deck building :<

August 1, 2012 12:14 a.m.

commonhumans says... #19

Thanks yo! It not hard to build a deck man. You can find any card you need to do anything... just use the MTG Gatherer page. Thats what I used to build this!

August 2, 2012 8:41 p.m.

saints4774 says... #20

A deck that uses Chimney Imp to about as full of potential as it will ever have. You are a true genius. I'm not sure if there is a greater feat in life.

February 9, 2013 9:45 p.m.

cwizard says... #21

November 15, 2013 7:29 p.m.

TehRazorBack says... #22

May I recommend Solemn Simulacrum from my own experience with my Shirei deck. Even though it's 2 power, it's still great when you run things like Myr Retriever , or Plagued Rusalka and Phyrexian Plaguelord to lower it's power. Junk Diver is another good Artifact retreiver to get him back too.

I also cannot recommend Harvester of Souls enough, the card draw is insane.

Altar of Dementia is a card I have never heard of before, but it looks great as an infinite sac outlet. Shall maybe consider for my deck :)

January 9, 2014 11:20 p.m.

Domhnall says... #23

Though Living Death is a fantastic card, it doesn't combo with Shirei, given that you kill Shirei in the process, thus the creatures you've sacrificed won't come back. It does however set off every death effect you have, which is awesome, even if it does run the risk of helping your opponents with all of those creatures you've been killing and forcing discards.

Just making sure you know that tokens don't work with Shirei, since they're destroyed upon entering the graveyard.

Aside from all of that, good job on the deck. +1

August 20, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Domhnall says... #24

As for suggestions

Black Sun's Zenith - Choose 1 for X and you've got some fun effects. Plus it brings Solemn Simulacrum and Shirei down to one. Play it for full price and you can exploit Necroskitter.

Spawning Pool - A land that can regenerate and can combo with Shirei? Why not.

Screams from Within - Put this on Shirei and he works with his own combo. With the added benefit of being able to bounce it around your creatures. Doesn't work as well as I'd like since Shirei won't be back until after it stops moving, but at least he's back.

Nim Deathmantle - Shirei being alive is important.

Dark Prophecy - It's definitely risky given the life loss, but the card draw is wonderful.


Ogre Slumlord - Gives you some nice chump blockers and combos with the rats you already have.

Necroskitter - If you have this guy out with Corrosive Mentor...

Eater of Hope - He regenerates himself using your undying army. Plus he can kill things.

Dusk Urchins - It's definitely a maybe, but if you can succeed in landing a few hits at the right time, or if you cast Black Sun's Zenith, you're guaranteed not only some card draw, but a returning Dusk Urchins to boot.

Drainpipe Vermin - It's card advantage. Totally up to you if you want it or not.

Demon of Death's Gate - Same here. You can add it, but it's definitely up to you. Given the nature of your creatures to come back from sacrificing, this guy packs a big punch.

Cadaver Imp - The recursion that also gets recurred.

Bone Shredder - ADD IT. You can get repeated Go for the Throats by refusing to play his Echo, or alternatively use one of your many sac outlets and get him back next turn to kill something else.

Skullclamp - Having three 1/1's is easily achieved in this deck Spend 3 mana to draw 6 cards EVERY TURN. If that's not fantastic then what is?

August 20, 2014 1:30 p.m.

Domhnall says... #25

Last suggestion is Stronghold Overseer . He's an unblockable demonic rage machine with a strictly worse version of firebreathing and an exploitable method of making all of your other creatures work with Shirei. Plus he makes your opponents' creatures become wimps.

August 20, 2014 1:36 p.m.

TehRazorBack says... #26

I'm afraid to say that Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker cannot bring itself back with it's own ability; "if Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker is still on the battlefield". Shirei has to be on the feild when the creature dies, up until end of turn as the ability resolves. As such cards like Screams from Within or getting Shirei's power to 1 or less by other means is not worthwhile.

I would not recommend Dark Prophecy . Yes, it get's you card draw, but if it get's out of hand and threatens to kill you with the life loss black has no enchantment removal to get rid of it (there is nothing worse then getting killed off by your own cards). Board wipes will also severely damage your life total, especially if you have lots of tokens out. I would just stick with Phyrexian Arena ; It can kill you, but slowly, and other players can't abuse it to kill you off.

I would definately agree that Scarecrone , Ogre Slumlord , Cadaver Imp , Bone Shredder and Skullclamp are highly recommended for this deck. Although Skullclamp doesn't bring your creatures back, the card draw is incredibly good. Even better if you can use it on tokens.

I know you removed Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , but I would still recommend putting it back in. It turns your 8 non-swamp lands to work with Cabal Coffers , including the Coffers itself. What was the reason behind removing it?

Expedition Map is great to tutor up Cabal Coffers with, and can be recurred with Junk Diver or Myr Retriever .

August 20, 2014 8:13 p.m.

Domhnall says... #27

I agree with everything TehRazorBack said. I hadn't noticed that Shirei can't bring himself back, and as I said, Dark Prophecy is a risky choice. I see no reason why Skullclamp doesn't trigger Shirei? Most creatures are 1/1, so putting Skullclamp on them kills them, which then triggers Shirei.

August 20, 2014 10:05 p.m.

Domhnall says... #28

Disregard that, I see my mistake with Skullclamp .

August 20, 2014 10:09 p.m.

SmokeyBear15 says... #29

I run a Shirei deck too (Let 'em Die).

Wouldn't Living Death be a big problem for you too, since you'd have no way to Keep Shirei out on the battlefied?

I guess if you sacrifice all your stuff, you could use this to get all of them back out, and then just pay to put Shirei out again that way. I feel it might backfire on you. High risk but maybe worth it?

Same thing for Life's Finale too. Unless you happen to have Darksteel Plate out and equiped that is.

And call me silly, but is it really necessary to have 5 tutors? I find Jar of Eyeballs to be a much cheaper and a very effect reusable quasi-tutor.

If you're still wanting to improve this deck, I might suggest something like Scour from Existence or Unstable Obelisk to remove pesky enchantments or artifacts that can really ruin your day (Nevermore, for example).

November 6, 2015 2:50 p.m.

bhc.000 says... #30

Have you considered a draining suite? Blood Artist Falkenrath Noble Zulaport Cutthroat, all can get pretty obscene when you're sacrificing 5 creatures on each player's turn to recurr them with Shirei.

April 23, 2016 9:14 a.m.

SmokeyBear15 says... #31

I have often won with Blood Artist and friends. Even though Falkenrath Noble is 2/2 he's worth it because of the powerhouse all that draining does. Zulaport Cutthroat is the best of these in multi-player.

Better than Dark Prophecy is Grim Haruspex. It's potentially recurable, more so than an enchantment (just not with Shirei)

Other win cons I've often used in my deck are Scavenger Drake getting huge, Skirsdag High Priest making lots of tokens, any discard effect and Thoughtpicker Witch giving you perfect black control (by making sure they never draw a useful card).

Also, I managed to trade for a Westvale Abbey  Flip. It's as nice as you can imagine in Shirei. :)

April 23, 2016 9:43 a.m.

tiassa says... #32

just to add that extra level of meaness I'd like to suggest Snow-Covered Swamps rather then your regular Swamps, hit it with the lens and only the other mono-black players who do this themselves have the mana double

June 20, 2016 11:41 p.m.

Dpooser says... #33

With as much discard effects as you have, I'd consider a waste not. And definitely agree with the snow lands. Also the shrine to nyx is a great land in mono color decks. +1

September 2, 2016 12:11 a.m.

Lutachris23 says... #34

September 18, 2016 2:24 a.m.

SmokeyBear15 says... #35

@Lutachris23 so he gets a failed rating because he doesn't entirely restructure his deck? :/ That's kinda silly. That's not the only way to build a deck with Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker.

September 18, 2016 4:25 p.m.

Lutachris23 says... #36

SmokeyBear15 it's... a joke...

September 19, 2016 2:25 p.m.

Lord-Tony says... #37

Yeah I got a question, you have extraplanar lens but why not have snow covered swamps?

That's what I did.

September 24, 2016 6 p.m.

Xynarth says... #38

I wish I would've stumbled on this sooner! It looks like so much fun to play. Awesome job :)

With all the recursion, I couldn't help but wonder where Altar of the Brood is. I know it doesn't have that much synergy with the deck, but considering you already run Bitter Ordeal, why not?

February 9, 2017 11:27 p.m.

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