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Xiahou Dun - Your friendly stax deck!

Commander / EDH



We aim to slow the game down with our array of boardwipes, sacrifice spells, targeted removal and our stax strategy.

Our primary win condition

While our opponent is grinding trough all the slug we put in their way, we aim to build up 24 mana, cast Exsanguinate from a Boseiju, Who Shelters All 2 turns in a row, faciliated by our commander, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed or better yet, 42 mana, wrapping it up in 1 big uncounterable spell.

Of cause in reality, this never really happens this smoothly, yet we have no reason to worry, our stax strategy and Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed will secure us huge amounts of advantage, hopefully enough to deal with being archenemy in most games!

Secondary win conditions are:

  • Lashwrithe going for commander damage wins from horseback.
  • Sadistic Sacrament for a mill strategy which doesn't put us at peril against graveyard decks.
  • Profane Command similar to our original strategy, just much slower, but with the added benefit of providing some removal / recursion along the way.

Our stax package

The opening turns

Turn 1-4 are usually quiet, typically we will be casting a mana rock and a tutor or a draw spell in the opening turns, the tutor will nearly always fetch, either Crypt Ghast or Gauntlet of Might depending on what kind of removal we suspect our opponent is fielding.

One notable exception, if we have either Rings of Brighthearth or Myriad Landscape we will want to tutor for the other part.

Example from a mediocre starting hand:

Starting hand: Myriad Landscape, Swamp, Swamp, Swamp, Jet Medallion, Diabolic Tutor and Go for the Throat.

This is a slow start, which enables us to go into a strong midgame, lets look at turn 5-7

Our commander is in the command zone, castable for mana, the Diabolic Tutor is retrieveable and can be cast for .

Not only do we have 5 cards in hand, we have the opportunity to play any single card in our library aswell.




Profet93 says... #1

Hey! I always love seeing another Xiahou Dun player. +1 from me!

A few suggestions...

Vesuva to act as another coffers

Mirage Mirror for the same reason as above + versatility

You have like no way kill planeswalkers except hero's downfall. Never//Return helps with that, as well as providing some gravehate.

You already run Bitterblossom, why not run Contamination. Also seeing how artifacts make up almost 1/5th of your deck, a way to get them back would be useful. Trading Post helps with that and also works with contamination and helps you sacrifice Spine of Ish Piss

Soul Conduit seems funny with Necropotence ;)

Wound Reflection works well with Temporal Extortion

Some fetchlands would work nicely with crucible and even better with rings

Reassembling Skeleton for redundancy with contamination and smokestack

If you want some more ideas, feel free to check out my deck The Descent Into Darkness

October 26, 2017 4:24 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.33
Tokens 0/0 Germ, Liliana, 1/1 Faerie Rogue, Nixilis
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+1 Petrified Field main
+1 Sudden Death main
+1 Sadistic Sacrament main
+1 Diabolic Edict main
+1 Dimir House Guard main
+1 Bitterblossom main
+1 Rings of Brighthearth main
+1 Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed main
+1 Decree of Pain main
+1 Smokestack main
+1 Temple of the False God main
+1 Shred Memory main
+1 Wasteland main
+1 Spine of Ish Sah main
+1 Crypt Ghast main
+1 Polluted Delta main
+1 Sign in Blood main
+1 Gauntlet of Power main
+1 Underworld Dreams main
+1 Slaughter Pact main
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