"I'm not looking forward to my draw phase..." Said no one ever. Until they faced this deck.

This deck was initially purchased as an official 2013 Commander Deck (Mind Seize) and has received about ~50% of the deck changed from the store bought version, and will continue to be changed as I acquire better cards.

The purpose of this deck is to focus around forcing other players to draw cards and deal infect damage, and with cards such as Nekusar, the Mindrazer, Underworld Dreams, Kederekt Parasite and infect cards like Glistening Oil, Corrupted Conscience and others, each card drawn means at least 1 damage, if not a poison counter. 10 poison counters means death, even in Commander. With spell cloning and discard/redraw abilities, it's entirely possible (and I have done) combinations forcing people to draw up to 25 cards in one combo, and at 2-4 damage per card drawn or damage + infect, thereby doing almost a hundred points of damage and more than 10 infect counters to all players besides you. This will wipe the board clean of all players except you.

The deck has undergone a few major overhauls, now lending to several different strategies, including Infect equipment and enchantments to really make things more dangerous. It now also forces discarding as well and deals damage for discarding with cards like Liliana's Caress and Megrim. The deck now has many more possibilities to play with. ;)

If all else fails, it means you force other players to chew through a large portion of their deck for a potential mill victory. And always remember the deck's motto:

"Giveth with one hand, taketh with the other."


Just decided to take the advice of a few folks here and MASSIVELY changed this deck around. Only about 50% of it is still the original storebought deck now. I added multiple enchantments and equipment cards, allowing you to semi-voltron your commander and get people to draw 10 cards, which makes them take poison counters instead of damage.

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Renfield286 says... #1

Had an 8 player game the other day that lasted about 30 mins, there were 2 grixis control and a rackdos damage for everything deck on the table. some bright spark decided to drop a howling mine on turn 2, At one point there were two Nekusar down on the table, two spiteful visions, the howling mine and an underworld dreams iirc. it was painful.

March 4, 2014 1:36 a.m.

Renfield286 says... #2

can I suggest an Urza's Armor too?

March 4, 2014 1:54 a.m.

SaltySpecula says... #3

Prevent 1 damage for 6 mana? Uh... No thanks, I'll pass.

March 4, 2014 5:37 a.m.

Boza says... #4

Here are some suggestions:

Anvil of Bogardan - sometimes sucks that there is no discard phase, but hey.

Bloodchief Ascension - with 4 players this will be active with just nekusar out by the time it is your turn again. it makes things like Barbed Shocker much more painful.

In general, try to lower your mana costs and not have effects that target only 1 player. For having nekusar in play and relying on enchanting him so much, you need a ton more protection for him. Whispersilk Cloak and Darksteel Plate jump to mind.

Paradox Haze enchanting a player you want to kill specifically or yourself can be very helpful.

March 4, 2014 6:02 a.m.

SaltySpecula says... #5

Thanks Boza. Actually, Darksteel Plate's already in the deck, just forgot to update it and add it in, And yes, I've been looking at Bloodchief Ascension too. I actually took the anvil out now because of the 'skip discard' phase which deliberately hurts several cards in this deck like Liliana's Caress and Megrim . Also, shroud's not a good idea for enchantment heavy decks. If it can't be the target of spells or abilities that anyone controls, then you can't keep any existing enchantments on it either. I will find room for the Bloodchief though. Thank you.

March 4, 2014 6:45 a.m.

fijord says... #6

Cephalid Coliseum seems pretty good here, maybe Diminishing Returns ? And Im thinking that Dragon Mage and Reforge the Soul would both be excellent cards to add. Looks like an awesome deck

March 4, 2014 12:37 p.m.

Skyl0rd says... #7

Weren't you running Teferi's Puzzle Box previously? Either way I think it's an auto-include for Nekusar...

March 4, 2014 1:26 p.m.

fijord says... #8

Oh, and if you really want to take advantage of the whole make then draw, but not allow then to hold cards, use Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur , he seems pretty amazing as is anyways

March 4, 2014 1:36 p.m.

SaltySpecula says... #9

I did at one point Skyl0rd, but I don't like the fact that it does it to me too, especially if I've got cards in my hand I want to keep.

And fijord that card is hilarious. Good, but also an immediate priority target for everyone else. Might see if I can find one locally to trade/buy.

March 4, 2014 4:16 p.m.

sqwilly says... #10

Uzra's Armor is actually not a horrible idea. With things like spiteful visions, (which you aren't running but you should be) deal damage to you, each card draw is it's own separate 1 damage trigger, and the armor prevents all of that damage. It is a complete counter for a mirror match, as well, preventing all nekusar damage.

April 7, 2014 9:12 a.m.

naynay666 says... #11

Anvil of Bogardan now reads: "Players have no maximum hand size.At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card, then discards a card."

Urza's Guilt is fun.

April 7, 2014 9:20 a.m.

Eric1827 says... #12

Browbeat sounds like a usefull card.

April 7, 2014 9:38 a.m.

tiassa says... #13

just noticed an infinite combo in Psychosis Crawler +Ophidian Eye +1 here

April 8, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Skyl0rd says... #14

tiassa actually, Psychosis Crawler reads "loses one life" not "deals one damage" the subtle difference means that the crawler can't trigger Ophidian Eye , however cards like Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind do. The same combo would work with Curiosity or Tandem Lookout .

April 8, 2014 1:19 a.m.

tiassa says... #15

same difference to me an infinite combo is what it is

April 8, 2014 7:18 p.m.

fijord says... #16

tiassa what Skylord was saying was that its not an infinite combo since Psychosis Crawler isnt dealing damage except initial combat damage to the other player. He is causing them to lose life, which is different than dealing damage.

April 8, 2014 10:57 p.m.
April 29, 2014 5:09 a.m.

Podma101 says... #18

Might I suggest Sigil of Sleep? It ends up having hilarious creature control with Nekusar. It has certainly proved useful in my Nekusar deck!

October 7, 2015 11:08 p.m.

SaltySpecula says... #19

Podma101 that's beautiful. Wouldn't work too well with infect, but without it... hilarious. :P

October 8, 2015 7:42 a.m.

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