This is my unfinished Chainer pile.

This casual deck revolves around Chainer's activated ability, which lets us bring back any creature from any graveyard under our control. We can do this at instant speed, for the low cost of 3 black and 3 life. This ability generates lots of value during the game, and even opens us up to various combos.


Chainer relies on big creatures with big ETB effects ( Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Rune-Scarred Demon , Meteor Golem ) that we can constantly recur for value. It is critical to always have an instant-speed sacrifice outlet ( Viscera Seer , Ashnod's Altar ) to get around Chainer's third ability, which will exile all of the creatures we've reanimated (just the ones on the battlefield) once he leaves the battlefield in any way. Opponents can easily exploit this weakness with instant speed removal targeting Chainer. There isn't a need for too much sacrifice payoff, as the creatures we are recurring are only valuable for their ETB effects and body, but we're running with Grim Haruspex and Skullclamp for the extra cards. With the sacrifice-heavy theme of this deck, Tergrid, God of Fright   is here as a sub-strategy to just steal everyone else's creatures. With Chainer and Tergrid on the battlefield, you can constantly recur a Plaguecrafter (or one of the two strictly-worse Plaguecrafters) if you're playing against creature-heavy decks.


To support the toolbox strategy and to help us find our combo pieces, we are running a lot of tutors. Entomb is great because it's an instant. With Chainer and 4 black, we can cheat any creature from our library onto the battlefield at instant speed. This can be used to interact with an opponent's combo with Meteor Golem , tutor that clutch boardwipe with Rune-Scarred Demon , or even just end the game with gray merchant. Buried Alive is a great combo tool, but it is a sorcery. Oriq Loremage is great if you can untap with him a couple of times, Razaketh, the Foulblooded is... Razaketh, and Corpse Connoisseur has unearth, so he can be discarded, sacrificed or milled for value and still be useful. Our targets for these tutors vary depending on the situation. K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Caged Sun , Meteor Golem , and Exsanguinate are some good go-to targets. Living Death is also great if your graveyard is full of ETBs

Life Gain

A common problem is your life total. We're running Bolas's Citadel and K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth , and Chainer's ability starts to hurt after a while. Disciple of Griselbrand , Noxious Gearhulk , and Exsanguinate are some of the cards we are running to counteract this problem.


My mana base is pitiful right now, but look to the maybeboard to see what I'm planning on adding once I find a job. All pretty standard mono-black stuff.


K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth + Gray Merchant of Asphodel + Viscera Seer + Chainer, Dementia Master is the easiest combo to pull off as you can find all the pieces with Buried Alive . Kokusho, the Evening Star works in place of Gray Merchant of Asphodel , and you can use any sac outlet. K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth allows us to pay 9 life to activate Chainer's ability, instead of the normal 3 black and 3 life. This makes K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth one of the strongest cards in our deck, even if he's not being used as a combo piece.

Pitiless Plunderer + Ashnod's Altar + Reassembling Skeleton + Zulaport Cutthroat is harder to get all the pieces for, but it doesn't require a lot of mana.

A lot of the cards I didn't mention are insignificant and will be cut once I get cards from my wish list, which is listed in the maybeboard.

I'm looking for any criticism or ideas, so feel free to comment your thoughts


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92% Casual


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

4 - 0 Mythic Rares

28 - 0 Rares

25 - 0 Uncommons

15 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.56
Tokens Treasure, 2/2 C Creature Morph
Folders Combo Decks
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