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Darien, King of Kjeldor Token/Lifegain EDH

Commander / EDH Lifegain Mono-White



This was my first commander deck that I put together when I started playing magic. Six years ago I had a son whose name is Darian. When I found out that there was a commander of the same name (almost) I had to build a deck around him. The deck has been a joy to play ever since in respect to both how fun it is to pilot and its special meaning to me.

It is not the most powerful deck, but it's been very consistent for me. The deck is built specifically to be able to handle many different situations and board states. I am aware that there are plenty of infinite combos that work with Darien. I tend to shy away from those when possible. His unique combos are pretty neat, but I am not running anything other than Heliod/Walking Balista at the moment. I do not particularly like to win with that combo. But it is a way to win in a pinch or in a game that is getting long and drawn out. I almost never tutor for either.

I have recently cut my maybeboard by over half. What is left still gets slotted in occasionally to mix it up. The deck as it is listed is how I primarily play it though. Darien is really flexible and swapping out often keeps things fresh and my opponents from knowing what might be slotted in any given week.

I removed Karma, Kormus Bell, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Stern Judge, and Royal Decree altogether from the main list and maybeboard. It felt like I had to get most of them out to make them worth running which detracted from the core values of the deck. Funny way to build, but too janky for me.

If you are interested in building Darien on a budget, here is a pretty good intro point for about a tenth of the price of this deck. Please note that I have not kept up on this deck in quite a while. It should still be good though.

Of course any suggestions or feedback are appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to read this and check out the deck.


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Quick Update - My playgroup has taken a break from organized play for quite a while now. I have maybe played this deck a few times over the last year. Updates and testing of new cards has not been happening. With that said we are starting up regular weekly game nights starting this month! In the meantime if anyone has found some fun new cards that have come out in the last year or so and you think it might be a good fit for Darien I am all ears. Appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read this!

Also, almost 160 upvotes and over 20k views. Holy moly! I remember first posting this decklist being super nervous that it would get ripped apart as I was a new player at the time. The community was (and still is) so nice and offered lots of great advice. All of which have helped shape the deck into what it is today. Thank you so much everyone! I look forward to continue to discuss, play test, and upgrade this deck for many years to come.

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Top Ranked
Date added 5 years
Last updated 1 week

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

19 - 0 Mythic Rares

47 - 0 Rares

15 - 0 Uncommons

2 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.94
Tokens Angel 4/4 W, Angel 4/4 W w/ Vigilance, Cat Soldier 1/1 W, Elephant 3-3 G, Soldier, Soldier 1/1 W, Treasure, Warrior 1/1 W w/ Vigilance
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