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The Abzan House of Horrors - Anafenza EDH

Commander / EDH Aristocrats BGW (Abzan, Junk) Tokens


With the Abzan, nothing really truly stays dead. At least, that's how it is with this deck. Either build an army to overrun your enemies or strategically sacrifice your troops for bigger gains, the choice really is yours.

General Strategy: This deck has 2 possible routes to victory. Firstly is just by building a massive army of bodies and then sending them all in. The second route is much more fun. The aristocrats strategy is typically used in either Mardu or Golgari colours. However, I decided to go with Abzan, thanks in part to their innate ability to screw opposing graveyard decks. Hence, Anafenza as my general.

Wincons: The deck revolves around things dying. A lot. Guys like Falkenrath Noble, Blood Artist, Cruel Celebrant, Zulaport Cutthroat, Poison-Tip Archer, all want things to die so they can make your opponents die as well.

The new Teysa Karlov looks to amp the aristocrats strategy up to 11 with her static ability to double any triggers that happen upon the death of any other creatures. Butcher of Malakir ties in nicely with Teysa, as one creature of yours dying means that the opponents have to sack 2 creatures. Which then triggers either Poison-Tip Archer or Blood Artist, which also triggers twice.

Sac outlets:

The deck isn't a fast combo sacrifice deck. No no, this is more of a value-oriented deck. Things like Culling Dais, Grim Haruspex, and Skullclamp are all very nice card draw engines, while Anointed Procession and Oketra's Monument gives us plenty of fodder to throw into Skullclamp, Culling Dais, or Yahenni, Undying Partisan. Yahenni himself can serve as a wincon, especially when tied with Butcher of Malakir and Teysa Karlov.

Card draw/filling up the yard: From one-time use sorceries like Ransack the Lab, to repeatable effects like Grim Haruspex, Underrealm Lich, and Liliana, Death's Majesty, filling up the graveyard will take some time but it really gets going once I've set up the engine. Liliana also provides a single-use recursion every turn, provided she has enough loyalty on her.

Ramp: The usual suspects are here. Kodama's Reach, Cultivate, and Skyshroud Claim are all present, along with a suite of mana rocks that include Sol Ring, Thran Dynamo, Selesnya Signet, and Darksteel Ingot. This was another reason why I picked Abzan to make an aristocrats deck with.


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40% Casual

60% Competitive

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This deck is not Commander / EDH legal.

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Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.79
Tokens 0/1 Insect, 1/1 Spirit, 3/3 Elephant, 3/3 Beast, 3/3 Centaur, 1/1 Saproling, 1/1 Warrior, 1/1 Soldier, 2/2 Morph, */* Horror, 2/2 Zombie
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