"I think... What happens when you die? Well, you don't really die. You come to a place like this. Except it doesn't really feel like a place... It feels more like a memory." - Jackie Estacado

The Darkness is an ancient living power dating well beyond human history; in fact it can be traced to the beginning of the Universe itself.

Its power is incomprehensible to some and to others its only limit is the extent of their imagination. The Darkness as an entity bestows itself unto chosen hosts, where it lays dormant until they come of age. Chainer, Dementia Master or "Jackie" is the current host of The Darkness, and with it he has been given access to an otherworldly dimension, along with telepathic control of the Nightmares and Demons that dwell there.

Torn by the murder of his companion, Jackie sought revenge on his adopted Father/Uncle who orchestrated the hit. Luring him to an abandoned warehouse soaked in gasoline, Jackie danced with the devil and burned both himself and his lover's killer to death. His spirit lost in Purgatory for a mere two days, but felt like an eternity. It was there where Jackie was encountered by The Darkness, which gave him new life, and purpose. Now it's time for all who stand in his way to get a glimpse of the Nightmares that consume him, and let them feel The Darkness.

What happens when you die? Well, you don't really die.

Jackie's words could never be more on point with what he does in the world of EDH. Jackie has a number of effects; some come with the terrible price of abusing the dark arts. For starters, the Nightmares we share get a buff of +1/+1. This is nifty, albeit inconsequential.

His last effect falls under Black's traditional "Power at a Cost" philosophy: If Jackie were to leave play, all other Nightmares are exiled. This places an emphasis on using traditional sacrificial outlets to our advantage, so that the effect is minimized. Alternatively, it may also help control another Reanimator deck to a certain extent, which brings us to the reason he's so powerful:

For the mere cost of , and 3 Life, we can return a creature card from any graveyard to the battlefield under our control. They become Nightmares in addition to their other typing.

At instant speed, this general provides a hard reanimate for any creature. Not only is our graveyard an extension of our hand, but our opponent's graveyards are included. Going back to my previous point, suppose someone has another deck like Mimeoplasm where they try to pitch menacingly large creatures into the grave - they're now Nightmares for us to unleash. And if our commander were to die, it gets exiled, never to reanimate for opponents.

With this in mind, Jackie is very much on board with a Mono-Black Control/Reanimator shell.

Granted, Chainer's power level compared to other generals in the format, even other Mono-Black generals, may seem lower, but it's my job to convince you it's worthwhile.

Growing tired of the endless uphill battle that is designing Tier 1 decks, I instead deliberately looked for underpowered Generals with inherently great abilities, to see if we can use or abuse this.

Combo decks' greatest foes are the fragility of said combos; relying on a multitude of cards pits you as a player at a bit of a disadvantage, as you're now needed to maintain control of all the pieces for at least a turn before going off.

With Chainer, the most useful way to go off, is recur creatures like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Kokusho, Evening Star. Both will offer tremendous life gain and drain. The trick is to have enough mana to pull it off consecutively. With Kokusho in a 4-player setting, sacrificing him even once to something simple like Visera Seer gives you +15 life, 3 of which could be used to reanimate it once again. Gary on the other hand is more useful given our Devotion to black. So a conscious effort is needed to include staples like Grave Pact or Necropotence, just to keep that devotion count high.

By abusing Sac Outlets, we essentially negate the last damning text on Chainer's abilities. Of course, the biggest weakness here is someone casting Cyclonic Rift or any removal spell on the stack as we activate his reanimate so there may be cases where you may need to willingly wipe your own board to ensure none are exiled. Graveyard hate decks will also be another nuisance.

This is where Chainer's power begins to rise, as we have a working way to reanimate these "fragile" nightmare creatures; with this in mind, we're also looking to abuse ETB triggers. Massacre Wurm, Rune-Scarred Demon, Solemn Simulacrum and Sidisi, Undead Vizier are creatures to recur for their Enter the Battlefield effects.

Black is a strong colour to tutor for anything we need.

Without going extremely over budget, included are the staple tutors:- Demonic Tutor

Some may notice from my other decks, but due to a meta-arranged agreement of conserving our power levels, the following cards will not be considered:- Mana Crypt

It was a conscious effort to promote equal acceleration for those who may not be able to afford the cards, and also aided in prolonging matches so they don't always devolve into turns 1-4 wins.

I'm well aware that the deck would be significatly better should these be included.

I hope you enjoy my take on Chainer, Dementia Master!



Casey4321 says... #1

+1 for the darkness!

April 20, 2017 12:48 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #2

This is more of a general comment, but I've been thinking that you might want to leave the commander's name on your alter. It's really hard to figure out who the commander is otherwise, because it's not extremely prominent in the description. (Actually tagging Chainer, Dementia Master in your description could also help, lol.)

Overall though the deck looks good? I'll try and take a look at it soon but my time is very tight for the next few weeks...

April 20, 2017 1:04 p.m.

n0bunga says... #3

Daedalus19876 hahah if you check Breya or Gitrog they all have alters with the name of the card! These are stock photos until an alter becomes available.

April 20, 2017 1:35 p.m.

n0bunga says... #4

Daedalus19876 just updated the description :)

April 20, 2017 2:43 p.m.

illumfolly says... #5

this deck is fucking metal

April 21, 2017 10:01 p.m.

scorpion9 says... #6

+1 for correct usage of "its."

April 22, 2017 3:03 p.m.

n0bunga says... #7

Lilbrudder thoughts on this? Super janky General but I want to make something of him.

April 23, 2017 7:37 p.m.

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