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Elenda, the Dusk Rose.

I've been thinking about Elenda ever since she came out. I couldn't quite wrap my head around her... couldn't quite find my unique vision. Until now. Now I am sure.

Notes about the deck

First, this is a restrained combo list. You will see infinite mana. You will see infinite tokens. You will see infinite +1/+1s. But you will not see the normal finishers.

You will not see black X-spells, draw, lifegain, Aristocrats, mill/ping ETBs, or haste enablers. This is intentional.

I want this deck to be at a certain power level, where I can combo, but give my opponents a chance to respond.

I also want to focus more on synergy and clever interactions, that you will see soon.

Lastly, I want this to be somewhat budget. I might actually buy this after testing.

Combos

Elenda, the Dusk Rose + one creature + Animation Module + Phyrexian Altar / Ashnod's Altar : An infinitely large Elenda and infinite mana with Ashnod's. Sacking a creature puts a counter on Elenda, pay for the Module, which gives you another creature to sac. This can be done with any creature substituting for Elenda with Blade of the Bloodchief .

Elenda, the Dusk Rose (unbuffed) + Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar + one creature(or two mana): Infinite tokens. Sac the extra creature(or float 2 mana) and Elenda for the 4 mana for Deathmantle to catch Elenda. This creates two 1/1 vampires and brings Elenda back so you can continue the loop. This is easier if Elenda is already buffed.

For the above combo, Elenda can be replaced by any creature like Weaponcraft Enthusiast or Ministrant of Obligation for infinite tokens.

Elenda, the Dusk Rose (unbuffed) + Nim Deathmantle + Phyrexian Altar + 3 creatures(or 6 mana): Infinite tokens. Same concept as above, just requires more set-up. Much easier and immediately infinite if Elenda is a 6/6 or bigger.

Sun Titan + Gift of Immortality / Shade's Form + Sac outlet = Infite ETB/death triggers. Can be combined with Elenda and other pieces for infinte mana, creature destruction, draw, +1/+1 counters, tokens, etc.

Animation Module + Cathars' Crusade + Ashnod's Altar + A few creatures and/or some mana = Infinite big infinite tokens. Play a creature, it gets a +1/+1 counter, pay 1 to create a servo, they all get counters, pay for as much as you can, using the Altar to go positive on mana and tokens each time.

ON THE SIDEBOARD

Combos and cards I've tested and like, and might go back to someday:

Decaying Soil (with threshold) + Deathrender + Phyrexian Altar / Ashnod's Altar : Infinite ETB/LBF triggers. Sac the creature, Deathrender triggers first and Decaying Soil resolves first, puting the creature you sacked back into your hand for deathrender. This can be combined with many of my creatures for infinite mana, tokens, or +1/+1s.

Deathrender + Together Forever + Elenda, the Dusk Rose + Altar: Infinite tokens and ETBs. This one is tricky to set up. To start, you need a counter on Elenda(which isn't too hard) and Deathrender equipped to her. Sac Elenda to get one or two mana depending on the Altar, stack the Together Forever trigger over the Deathrender trigger, use the mana to pay 1 so Elenda returns to your hand, put her onto the battlefield with Deathrender. Repeat for infinite tokens and mana.

The Deathrender + Together Forever + Altar can be achieved with any other creature and Cathars' Crusade for infinite ETB/LBFs. It can also work with Unspeakable Symbol but the life loss prevents it from becoming infinite.

Deathrender + Razaketh, the Foulblooded + one creature to sac + one creature in hand: Not exactly infinite, but at the cost of 2 life I can cycle through all the creatures in my deck until victory is achieved by any number of different ways.

Hernando Cortez, Spanish Conquistador

Now, to introduce Cortez himself, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge . I see a great lack of Haakon in Elenda lists, perhaps because he is so hard to set up. But the payoff is worth it, and the respect you gain from your opponents is gravy.

Step one: get Haakon into the yard to cast him: Entomb , Final Parting , Tortured Existence , Slate of Ancestry , Liliana, Defiant Necromancer , or Key to the City .

Sun Titan or Deathrender can cheat him into play immediately from the yard or your hand.

Now we can cast Elenda from the graveyard. Beyond awesome.

But Cortez isn't done there. Oh no. He wants you to cast Ashes of the Fallen so now you can cast every creature from your graveyard. Surprise bitch! This is a Knight tribal deck!

No creatures in your graveyard? That is what the sac outlets and discard effects are for.

With Haakon out, you could cast Nameless Inversion as many times as you have mana. Trying to find room for Crib Swap to do the same thing.

Teysa & Elenda, Not-So-Secret Lovers

Teysa Karlov and Elenda, the Dusk Rose . No two cards have ever loved each other more and not gone infinite with each other, and no two women have ever loved each other more. She doubles the counters Elenda gets. She doubles the tokens Elenda gives. And she gives those tokens vigilance. She is Elenda's lesbian lover, and their secret love is romantic perfection.

She also doubles all my other death triggers to boot. Midnight Reaper , Ministrant of Obligation , Pitiless Plunderer , Skullclamp , Blade of the Bloodchief , and Dictate of Erebos .

Other Key Interactions and Card Choices

Animation Module is great with both of my planeswalkers, able to add loyalty counters on them for a surprise ultimate. It's also with Unspeakable Symbol , letting me pay 3 life and for a token and a +1/+1 COUNTER. Animation Module is even better with Cathars' Crusade , as I can make as many tokens as I have mana and buff them all in the process. As mentioned this is infinite with Ashnod's Altar .

Animation Module with Krav, the Unredeemed is a sweet draw engine. to sac a creature, draw a card, but a counter on him, to make a new creature. Repeat as many times as I have the mana. Krav and my life total get bigger each time.

Deathrender is good for cheating out Sun Titan , Krav, the Unredeemed , or Razaketh, the Foulblooded a few turns early. It can also cheat Haakon, Stromgald Scourge out from my hand, saving me some steps in getting him online.

Hatred - An Elenda Staple. One shot someone, gain the life back, and buff Elenda for a huge sac.

Krav, the Unredeemed Is a very versatile card and one of the few ways to outright win with infinite tokens. With infinite tokens and a few black mana I can sac tokens and draw each other player out. Otherwise He's a great draw engine, a great late game beater, and a good source of life gain.

Nameless Inversion - Besides it's synergy with Haakon, a great removal spell(fueling Elenda) or a way to buff and maybe sac Elenda in a pinch.

Burnished Hart goes well with any cheap recursion, but especially Sun Titan .

Strip Mine is also very good when used in conjunction with Sun Titan , especially if one is looping Sun Titan in and out of the battlefield.

Unspeakable Symbol - Lots of lifegain in the deck. Take advantage of it.

Together Forever - Synergies nicely with Unspeakable Symbol for any creature and easily catches Elenda.

Westvale Abbey  Flip - Going wide not working? Go tall.

Razaketh, the Foulblooded is a game ending powerhouse. With Elenda at even low power and a few creatures he can win the game.

Reanimate , besides being a great recursion spells, goes very well with Entomb and Final Parting as a cheap way to sneak Razaketh, Haakon, Krav, or Sun Titan onto the battlefield.

Inspiration

This deck is inspired by these awesome decks from builders and podcasts I really respect:

Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH [PRIMER] by Daedalus19876.

Rainbow in the Dark: Haakon&Korlash (Cleganebowl) by FenIsABasicSwamp.

Kyle's Teysa or Krav/Regna Switch Commanders Deck by LegendaryCreature-Podcast.

JLK's Elenda l Game Knights #14 by CommandCast

Check out their stuff!

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Theme of the conquistadors:

Note: the score, and thus the deck name, is called "Cortez Cowboys" by Hans Zimmer and John Powell. Original video was deleted.

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