This is my current version of Xenagos facebeating. My build features an obscene amount of ramp with 20 cards dedicated to accelerating my mana output (counting Zendikar Resurgent and Mina and Denn, Wildborn as 1/2 ramp each due to their slow nature).

I do have the classic red combo of Kiki-Jiki+Zealous Conscripts with a few tutors to pull it out if I want but I prefer to win through one massive creature. I am aware of the Aggravated Assault combo with Savage Ventmaw, and of the existence of other extra combat phase cards. Unfortunately college has left me in the financial position where I am electing to not use those cards despite their power.

I would love suggestions on what to add to my list but keep in mind that I am extremely limited by my budget.

Suggestions on what to remove are even more important than things to add. If you have tested a card extensively and know that it isn't effective I would love to use your experience.

my notes for updating

Out:Heroes' Bane, Eldritch Evolution, Wood Elves

In:Chandra's Ignition, O-Naginata , Prowling Serpopard



raphton says... #1

Great deck! Love to see some Gruul

I've been playing Xenagos as my commander a long time and while my build is not a budget one, it has some nice cheap gems you should consider.

Xenagod, Wrecker of Face

I think that you should in particular look into

Rapacious One

Crazy ramp dude, if this guy connects you get so much mana (and tokens for various Diabolic Edict-effects and such). It also has a decent power and trample and will cost you less than a dollar to acquire.

Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

You like playing creatures (Gruul yeah!) why not punishing everybody else? This guy is awesome since he has reach and vigilance he can block flyers all day. The "downside" of attacking each turn is already a part of the strategy here so that is hardly a problem.


Or 1-hit-KO-elemental as I like to call him. Do you ever play against pesky blue mages? Those "control players" that never play creatures? BOOM drop this guy and give him Xena-power and you will take out a player per turn if they don't get blockers out.

Grafted Exoskeleton

This card goes with basically any creature in your deck and just makes every creature into 1-hit-KO-dude. This card is especially fun with Ruric Thar, the Unbowed since it basically reads everybody gets to play ONE non-creature spell then its over for that player.

Chandra's Ignition

Goes very well with Grafted Exoskeleton since you usually just win by targeting a pumped creature with the exoskeleton. Also inst-win with a pumped Malignus. This card is great even without instant wins though, its a boardwipe where you get to keep your big creature and also deal A LOT of damage to everybody.

Budget for this upgrade is less than 5 USD

April 10, 2017 2:52 a.m.

Salmonman1064 says... #2

Thanks for the great ideas! I'm hesitant to use infect just because I'm not sure I'm ready to be "that guy" but those are some really strong interactions. Definitely gonna keep those cards in the running though, awesome budget suggestions man.

April 10, 2017 3:05 a.m.

Krob86 says... #3

Lurking Predators Hoard-Smelter Dragon and Clan Defiance are all great cheap adds that can make for some fun on a budget in a deck like this.

April 17, 2017 6:28 p.m.

Salmonman1064 says... #4

Awesome suggestions, thanks for the look. I had forgotten about Lurking Predators and Hoard-Smelter Dragon.

April 17, 2017 11:12 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

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