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A Deal With the Devil EDH ⫸PRIMER⫷

Commander / EDH* Combo Demons RBW (Mardu) Tribal



Hello everyone... and welcome to... A Deal with the Devil! insert evil cackling noises. This is one of my first ever EDH decks, and it has come a LONG way over the past year. There are many new components in the deck, a good many fun synergies, much better cards, and a whole lot more! But before all of that, thank YOU for reading this! Everyone counts, and I do really appreciate it. Another of my developed decks is Double Trouble EDH ⫸PRIMER⫷, so feel free to check that out as well afterwards! Anyway though- enough talk! Welcome to A Deal with the Devil!
So before we get into the specifics, how does this deck work? What's its goal? Well, it wins using Liliana's Contract- hence the name A Deal with the Devil. You get a lot of demons out using the commander, Kaalia of the Vast, (and fake demons too but more on that later), protect them, and win on upkeep! Yup- simple as that. Except its not. This deck is much more complex then meets the eye, so let's get into those juicy specifics!
MWHAHAHAHA the most evil part of the deck! Demons! There are thirteen of them in total, (it's scary that the scary part of the deck has a scary number...) and they have some crazy power levels! Archfiend of Depravity, Overseer of the Damned, Reaper from the Abyss, Demon of Loathing, Demon of Wailing Agonies, and Archfiend of Depravity all destroy your opponents stuff, helping you clear up the board and delay your opponents gameplan which is very very needed in this deck. A couple of them are also doing this on damage triggers, which is great because Kaalia puts them in tapped and attacking, getting you those triggers almost instantly! How fun! Doom Whisperer, Razaketh, the Foulblooded and Rune-Scarred Demon also can help you find the contract ON TOP of them being demons themselves, which is extremely helpful in almost all situations! The other demons just have VERY powerful effects. Take a look at Lord of the Void! This guy can come out turn FOUR with Kaalia, allowing you to play a crazy amount of creatures from your opponents library, not only screwing up their gameplan, possibly taking out combo pieces, but also taking them for yourself! Now that is a great ability, especially so early on in the game! Master of Cruelties is also a godly card, giving you an INSTANT WIN. Attack with Kaalia, put this bugger out, and their lifetotal becomes one, and then Kaalia deals damage killing them. Two words. Your. Dead. Crazy right? There's also Archfiend of Despair, Sower of Discord, and Ob Nixilis, Unshackled which aren't as powerful, but still pretty fun demons! Now that is all the demons of the deck, so you may be asking yourself, how does this idiot think he can win with the contract if he only has 13 demons in his deck?!?!?! Well, there are actually more! Changelings! Changelings are considered demons too, except they cost WAYYYYYYY less in mana! This allows you to put them out even before Kaalia, and counts toward the contract, so you don't have to just wait to attack with Kaalia every single time which can be pretty annoying! Changeling Outcast and Universal Automaton are both very cheap in mana and very helpful. Metallic Mimic can also make all the demons bigger while counting as a demon itself for only which is great! Taurean Mauler can get pretty huge in multiplayer games as well, so it's very important to keep that in mind as well. Irregular Cohort is one of the best, as it will create TWO changelings, itself and the token, which is literally half of what the contract requires. Now that's value if you ask me! The others are just the typical changelings, but feel free to check them out up on the decklist, marked under "Changelings/Cheap"! The Cheap part used to apply to demons that are cheap in mana, but since they were all taken out besides Baleful Ammit, feel free to ignore it. The question is now- how do you get the contract? What cards help make this game so much faster and make this deck so great? Well! Read on to find out!
The answer is... Tutors! (Duh). There are 10 nondemon tutors in the deck to help you get the contract nice and fast. There isn't too much to talk about here, they are pretty simple as tutors go, so feel free to go check them out under the category marked "Tutors." The only thing to really note regards Brainspoil. Using the transmute ability, you can get Liliana's Contract since it is five mana right into your hand at no other cost, which is very great in my opinion. Some of the best of these tutors are Enlightened Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Imperial Seal, etc, and the worst are probably card:Beesech the Queen and Doomsday, since beseech is conditional and doomsday is literally doomsday- very risky. Then again, this deck is about risk and dealing with the devil, so yup doomsday holds a spot in this deck! However any other tutor recommendations would be greatly appreciated! If you can't get ahold of any tutors this deck aims to just control and wreck your opponent with the power of demons, delaying your death until you can get the contract and win, and belive it or not this process is quite reliable! However, don't stop yet- the best synergies and cards are yet to come!
Alas, on to ramp, lands and disruption; some of the key parts of this deck. Lets tackle the mana base first. I have the three shock lands: Sacred Foundry, Blood Crypt, and Godless Shrine, the three true duals, Badlands, Scrubland and Plateau, the three filter lands Graven Cairns, Rugged Prairie, and Fetid Heath, the three horizon/pain lands, Sunbaked Canyon, Sulfurous Springs and of course Silent Clearing, the three fast lands, Blackcleave Cliffs, Concealed Courtyard, and Inspiring Vantage- coughs that was a mouthful. And I'm not even done. Great. There are some other single lands, like City of Brass, Tarnished Citadel, etc, but I'm going to go easy on my fingers and just let you scroll up to see them. You can find them somewhere in the category marked "Lands."

Sadly this deck does not have my favorite two colors, so ramping is not too easy of a thing to do- but it is doable so here we are. There are nine ramp spells in this deck, under the ramp category, and most of them are the usual suspects so I won't go over them. However I do have Mana Echoes, because of demon tribal, which can help produce some colorless mana to maybe put out more changelings or even play the contract itself, which is always helpful! There is also Jet Medallion, but not its brethren Pearl Medallion and Ruby Medallion since there aren't TOO many red and white spells in the deck that they were needed. Instead, black dominates here, and thus black got its medallion.

My removal and disruption category is very lazy because I couldn't find any cards I was willing to cut for some more. cries. I have Path to Exile, Anguished Unmaking, Teferi's Protection and-. Nope, that's it. Yeah pretty sad I know, but this deck needs as many slots for the other categories as possible, and I couldn't donate many slots for removal, though any suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated!

But there's also all the other cards that don't really have a category! There are many of these that are EXTREMELY helpful in this deck, so let's go over some of those! Giver of Runes, Reconnaissance, Lightning Greaves, and Spirit Mantle all help protect Kaalia, since she needs to attack for the trigger and we can't afford her dying. Spirit mantle pretty much makes it unblockable, Recon can give the trigger and still protect it, lightning greaves can let her attack sooner and protect her, while giver of runes can protect her from damage, let her attack, and a bunch of other things! Speaking of attacking, there are extra combat steps! Aurelia, the Warleader, Seize the Day, Last Chance, and Final Fortune, are both double edged swords. You can attack with Kaalia and get another trigger, or, if you have the contract out, they can give you the extra turn upkeep you need to win, rather than waiting a whole turn cycle! (For Final and Last) How useful! Now all of that aside, there are also the helpful cards that you just want to include in every deck! Dark Confidant, Necropotence, and Phyrexian Arena help you draw, which can get you the contract faster, find you a tutor, or maybe give you an extra powerful demon! Who knows! They were must includes and are very good, so here they are! There is also card:Veldalken Orrery, and it has a more specific purpose. If you have it out and are going to play the contract, you can play the contract at the end of your opponents turn so they can't respond to it as easily, and then on your upkeep win right away if you have enough demons which is always a very fun surprise win!

In the end, this deck works pretty well, giving a win that by the time your opponent sees it coming, it will be too late. And if anything happens to Liliana's contract, simply control the board with Demons! If you like the deck upvote it (I'd appreciate it!) and leave a comment if you have any suggestions. I'd really appreciate any support! Also, make sure to check out any of my other decks, I put a lot of work into them! My primer, Double Trouble EDH ⫸PRIMER⫷ has recently been decked out with a HUGE description, and CSS, so be sure to check that out- I'd appreciate it! If anyone needs any help with their deck also feel free to comment it here or on my wall, I'd love to help! Thanks, congrats for reading this far, and have a nice day! Happy tapping!


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This deck is not Commander / EDH legal.

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13 - 0 Mythic Rares

54 - 0 Rares

10 - 0 Uncommons

15 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.35
Tokens 1/1 Spirit, 2/2 Zombie, 2/2 Shapeshifter
Folders Red white green, My Decks, Interesting Decks, Playtest Decks, i like dat, Fun Commander Decks to Try
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