Welcome to Back In Black !

You are looking at a mono-black, forced-sacrifice, infinite combo deck. Its commander, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , is a 5/5 legendary zombie cleric with ' Intimidate. Whenever a Human deals damage to you, destroy it. Other non-Human creatures you control get +1/+1 and have undying. ’.

Recursion can be pretty spectacular. Automatic recursion even more so; the undying- and persist mechanics almost seem meant to be abused in a number of ways. Especially by a commander like this. Add creatures that he can return whenever needed, a couple of sacrificial engines and cards that benefit from ETB/XTB effects, and we have a deck that is really a force to be reckoned with. We greatly appreciate feedback to any of our decks, including this one. Before you give any however, please take note of the following:

  1. Having fun at MTG, is more important to us than winning games. We want our opponents to have a fun time playing against us too. That makes it more likely people will want to play against us again. This attitude is reflected in the way in which we build decks. They do not need to be invincible; not even competitive. We are ok with decks containing infinite combos though, as they can produce some hilarious results. So well done if you can pull one off; especially if it is original.
  2. We no longer buy cards, but in cases that we feel a card really adds to our collection, we still trade them. This means that whenever you are suggesting a card we do not own, chances are slim it is going to end up in our deck. Please do not take this personally. Also, please do not let this stop you from making suggestions. Suggestions that do not make it into this deck, will still be mentioned on this page and might be used by others.
  3. Please do not forget to include the card(s) you would remove to make room for your recommended card(s).
  4. Please do not recommend any cards with infect or cards whose sole purpose is to destroy basic lands (non-basic lands are fair game). Our playgroup has banned them.

With that being said, thank you for all your support and if you should decide to use our ideas, have lots of fun with them.

This is one of the very few decks we have created that is really meant to combo-off. For a very large part, its power relies on the presence of Mikaeus, the Unhallowed . Our playgroup has become aware of that, so we usually do not let him appear until we have prepared everything for the final play. This reduces the risk of countering and allows us to find protection for him first.

We begin by ramping up. Rocks like Leaden Myr , Mana Vault , Sol Ring will do well in this phase, although Jet Medallion can be even more useful. Meanwhile, we are also on the lookout for the means to get our combo pieces. Some early sorting options like Sensei's Divining Top or Scroll Rack will be cast early. Also, early tutoring cards like Burnished Hart , Demonic Tutor or Vampiric Tutor allow us to make a decent start. Cards we usually search for in this phase are protection for Mikaeus, in the form of Lightning Greaves , Swiftfoot Boots or Cavern of Souls .

After a few turns of build-up, it's time to assemble one of the many combo's within this deck. For most of them, we will need a creature to sacrifice (like Lingering Tormentor and Spincrusher ) combined with a sacrifice outlet. There are outlets that grow stronger because of sacrifices (like Nantuko Husk and Fallen Angel ), outlets that damage others (like Blasting Station ) and outlets that allow us to mill (like Altar of the Brood and Grinding Station ).

Once a (or multiple) combo('s) is/has been assembled, we can either focus on getting Mikaeus on the field, or we solidify our position even more by adding dimensions to the built up combo cards. Examples of that would be cards that will allow us to ping and/or gain life (like Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat ), cards that force our opponents to sacrifice too (like Grave Pact ) or cards that allow us to draw cards whenever something dies (like Grim Haruspex and Harvester of Souls ).

Due to Mikaeus' fantastic ability to give every non-human +1/+1 and 'undying', he is the mainstay in a lot of infinite combo's within this deck:

To any of these combo's one can add:


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

7 - 0 Mythic Rares

27 - 0 Rares

23 - 0 Uncommons

17 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.66
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, 2/2 Morph
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