Haakon, Stromgald Scourge
Legendary Creature — Zombie Knight
You may play Haakon, Stromgald Scourge from your graveyard, but not from anywhere else.
As long as Haakon is in play, you may play Knight cards from your graveyard.
When Haakon is put into a graveyard from play, you lose 2 life.
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Haakon, Stromgald Scourge Discussion
3 weeks ago
At first glance I thought this was lovely jank, but this is actually kinda crazy with all the lords and anthems. It's like slivers without the slivers (and it's actually the Gemhide Sliver you have that made me realize that lol). It would definitely be fun to pilot, and it's pretty fair to boot so no complaining when you win. ;^)
One thing I would recommend is adding in a lot more ramp through rocks. Your lands are good, but you really need to be able accelerate your mana in order to be able to consistently put your lads out on the field. Perhaps you could take out some of your more innocuous changelings like Impostor of the Sixth Pride, Universal Automaton, and Woodland Changeling in favor of more mana rocks, because realistically you probably don't want to be drawing a basic changeling that doesn't do much on its own. You'd probably much rather draw something like a Sol Ring, or even a Fellwar Stone since you're running 5 colors anyway (you would still need more than just these 2). You'll also probably want more stack interaction through counterspells or cards like Veil of Summer just to make sure your important spells and your commander actually make it onto the field. You might get one game where people underestimate the value you can get out of your commander, but after that people probably aren't going to let you play him without some resistance.
Also, allow me to introduce something potentially degenerate yet fair into this deck that might make it pretty fun if you can build around it. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge, if you were to somehow work out a way of consistently finding him, discarding him, and then protecting him, could make this deck very silly lol. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge + Nameless Inversion itself is a pretty good combo, but imagine recurring everything in your deck constantly with a bunch of ETB lol triggers going off every time you do it. If you could streamline that and protect your important combo pieces people wouldn't know if they should hate you because of the unfair value you're getting, or love you because of the nonsense you've managed to pull off. JUST an idea.
I really do love this deck. I had never considered changelings with Reaper King, I don't know why. You've inspired me. :^)
3 weeks ago
Creature - Ape
, Exile Leyline Climber: Add to your mana pool and draw a card.
Definitely would be mythic. Probably OP, but definitely mythic.
4 weeks ago
Very interesting! At first I was confused by Call the Bloodline since knights don't have a lot of card draw potential, but Haakon, Stromgald Scourge makes it an absolute win! I would suggest 4 Murderous Rider since you don't have any removal otherwise. Also I would suggest going up to 4 Call the Bloodline. You want to have this at all times and if you have more than one in your hand you can discard it or save it incase of enchantment removal. Also I would suggest History of Benalia over Sigiled Sword of Valeron. You have to have 6 mana to have it effective, while Benalia creates 2 knights and boosts for only 3.
2 months ago
Not every card is meant to be for commander. There are a lot of hoops to jump through to make make his ability moderately relevant but in black there are much better options if you just care about colors. It would probably play out very similar to Haakon, Stromgald Scourge or a Phage the Untouchable deck. Command Beacon and Netherborn Altar become your bread and butter and everything else is generic black value.
2 months ago
I hope You don't mind me putting in but a card you might like is Crib Swap instead of Swords to Plowshares or Path to Exile. Both are great cards no argument here but Crip can Combo very well with Haakon, Stromgald Scourge for repeat exile does it cost one extra and give them a creature, yes I admit to that but it is a 1/1 which only serves as a chump blocker at the best of times and it permanently removes problem creatures.
2 months ago
This seems pretty well built, but I think Grimoire of the Dead would be good here.
I don't have much to add except that with Haakon, Stromgald Scourge out, you can cast Blades of Velis Vel, Crib Swap, Nameless Inversion, and Shields of Velis Vel from your graveyard as many times as you like. This is mostly just a silly interaction that I like, but it could be useful.
2 months ago
Have you thought about a side-business of using Haakon, Stromgald Scourge and some of the non-garbage zombie knights to recycle? Buried Alive can set you up with Haakon, Foulmire Knight, and Midnight Reaper, which would be probably be viable if you ever want another backup. All 3 are still zombies, and Haakon lets you use Nameless Inversion as repeated removal, since it's a knight.
3 months ago
Hey there! Just read your Split Second article, very cool! Cool to see someone with similar thoughts of initially building Elenda as a challenge, but I love the change as it opens up more possibilities too!
I've been looking at ways for new win conditions with the death trigger changes, and aside from the ones you've listed, Elenda, the Dusk Rose can go infinite with Phyrexian Altar + Blade of the Bloodchief, provided she has sufficient counters to start with to offset her commander tax. Similarly the combination of Cordial Vampire + Anointed Procession = Teysa Karlov, which can go infinite with Phyrexian Altar.