Ever since I saw cplvela0811's deck DarkSong, I have wanted to build a commander deck around Maralen of the Mornsong. My problem is that using her as a commander was not going to work because there are 0 Mindlock Orb-type effects in mono-black. Then I saw that Taigam, Sidisi's Hand was going to be released in the Commander 2017 Wizards deck. That's when I knew I had found my commander.

This is a combo deck that should be played in a specific order for the best effect and to lock all your opponents out of the game as soon as possible. The first thing for this combo to work is getting Maralen of the Mornsong on the battlefield. Usually this is done with any of the 3 cmc transmute cards (Drift of Phantasms, Dimir Machinations, and Perplex). Then, on your next turn you want to search for Mindlock Orb using Maralen's ability (and maybe wait a few turns to play it so you can fetch some protection or Dark Confidant/Dark Tutelage as well), and finally you want to play Taigam. The reason you want to wait before playing taigam is that he makes you skip your draw step so until Mindlock Orb is on the battlefield to prevent your opponents from using Maralen's ability you want to keep Taigam away. However, once the combo is set up, Taigam prevents us from taking three damage every turn (on top of whatever we are taking from Dark Confidant, and Dark Tutelage etc.) while our opponents still do. If you can manage to get this combo up and running, your opponents shouldn't be able to "draw" anymore cards, so unless they have a solution ready in their hand, you should be finishing off the game alone. To make sure they have the smallest chance possible of having an answer in hand, I have added a number of discard cards to make sure the opponents' hands stay relatively empty. Advice is very appreciated.


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I found an alternative lock piece than Mindlock Orb in Ob Nixilis, Unshackled. I think he could close out the game much quicker, but there is also the fact that my opponents can just fetch removal which makes him much more fragile. I'll probably fetch him before the orb to get some fast damage in, then I'll get Mindlock Orb for when my opponents kill him. Hopefully, this should speed up the games a little bit


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.51
Tokens 1/1 Human Wizard
Folders Commander, EDH/Commander, Gave me a Boner, EDH, Commander, Potential Decks, Decks to Build, Want, The Black Commander Project
Top rank #7 on 2017-08-22
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