Welcome to my Deck Tech!

Hello my names Ethan and I've been a commander player for over 6 years or so. I've played on and off throughout the years from playing Cedh combo decks such as The Gitrog Monster to my janky Silas Renn, Seeker Adept + Vial Smasher the Fierce surprise bolas artifact deck, its weird but works. Over the years my play group has simmered down from Cedh and now we are way more causal. I still like to build tuned decks that are fun and intresting. Yet not oppressive.

The sideboard are cards I am ordering and the may board is cards I have and am considering adding.

My first deck I ever made was a Athreos, God of Passage Extort deck. Loved playing this deck early on with friends chipping away at their life totals. Then winning the game with Debt of the Deathless and Vizkopa Guildmage was a blast for my first deck commander. Building Dina, Soul Steeper is a lot like that and has been a joy playing her and finding what works.

If you have any ideas or improve the deck please leave a comment or an upvote!

Originally this started out with the Willowdusk, Essence Seer pre-con and with some play testing I found her lacking. So I started play testing Dina, Soul Steeper I like how synergist the deck was and over time and play testing I have been enjoying finding out how to best make her work. So this guide should help you understand why I find that some cards work and why some don't.
1. Do you like building value engines? 2. Do you like slowly gridding your opponents down? 3. Do you like win options? 4. Do you like to suddenly go off and kill the board?

Dina, Soul Steeper pretty much does all of that and more. Reason being life gain has so much interlocking synergies. That such make the deck a joy to play.

Theirs also synergies and other way to play this deck.

Why you may not like this deck? You may not like this deck as it tends to not attack a lot as you want to protect your engine. Though you can pivot to attacking with the right cards in synergies the main win con is life drain.

Ultimately Dina, Soul Steeper is a unique life gain and life drain deck that are in . This type has quickly become one of my favorite decks.

The decks main goal are to run low costing creatures that synergies and play off each other. The first way we win is through single instant triggered life gain. Slowly over time we wither away our opponents. For example cards like Dina, Soul Steeper + Sun Droplet is a nice value engine that ticks our opponents down. We then build on this by adding other cards such as Marauding Blight-Priest . As we add these effects we start to build out are game winning life gain engine.

The next way is through combat damage. I love when this way. Its not offten or the main way, but none the less still a blast. Lets say we play Whip of Erebos or a Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper these are way we can swing out trigger our commander and if we have a large enough board we win.

Finally is with the combo's Dina, Soul Steeper + Exquisite Blood makes for a incredibly strong win combo. Also the reason I do not run tutor. I will add this when I have the money to.

Pestilent Cauldron   This is a value engine you mill cards and late game you can turn unused lands unto pest. Also pairs well with Pontiff of Blight to mill a ton.

Crypt Ghast + Pontiff of Blight + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth I think extort in under rated in commander. The ability to get more life gain trigger as well as drain life from your opponents is pure gold.

Beledros Witherbloom + Wolverine Riders another value engine. You get creatures one triggers life gain the other makes pest one of the best tokens in the deck.

Disciple of Griselbrand pairs fantastic with pest tokens. You now gain 2 life gain triggers. Which synergies with Dina, Soul Steeper .

First up the card I am most sad that I am not running Deathrite Shaman for the simple reason is my playground is newer and don't run fetches so he looses out.

Next up Blossoming Bogbeast I really want to like this card, and if you want to run a more aggressive agro deck it is a must.

One card I am having a tough time debating is Savra, Queen of the Golgari I may change my mind on her, but as it stand the fact you are required to sac just so she triggers is not worth adding in my mind. It also does not synergies with skull clamp.

Aetherflux Reservoir + Bolas's Citadel I love this combo. I will not run it as it is currently a combo in my artifact deck.

Bontu's Monument This card is very close to making it to the list and I may just add it. It fits well with the deck and thanks to Ayara, First of Locthwain I already run a large amount of black creatures in the deck.

The Great Henge This card is insane, just too expensive.

Blunt the Assault triggers life gain and protection. Good if your meta is combat focus.

Grim Feast This card was hard to find but kind of good.

Canopy Stalker Low key value engine. Sack 5 pest to Disciple of Griselbrand gain 15?? Seem solid needs testing.

If you want to make an elf tribal version of the deck Elvish Eulogist + Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen . Wellwisher I think How this card is worded triggers 1 life for each elf.

Spike Feeder Need to test this first. Seems solid paired with Valentin, Dean of the Vein   green side.

Thoughtleech Another weird old card but if your meta runs a lot of islands this is a must add!

Abhorrent Overlord Pairs well with Ayara, First of Locthwain as a finisher. Plus more free bodies.

Accomplished Alchemist the problem with this card and why I want to cut is the fact its expensive. it an expensive mana dork and it may not get back its cost. Recently cut Accomplished Alchemist for my foiled Fiend Artisan as I find it fits the deck more.

From Beyond First of the cost is only 1.00 for this card making it a great budget option. later on I will swap it out for Bitter Blossom the black creatures synergies very well with Ayara, First of Locthwain .

Read the Bones great card and I had a bunch, will cut it for Plumb the Forbidden its overall a better card draw deck and plays well with what the deck wants to do.

Ob Nixilis Reignited will be replaced for Savra, Queen of the Golgari the +1 alone pairs great with the deck and add card draw. Sangromancer Needs a bit too much set up to really shine. Replaced with Witch of the Moors she in general tends to do more. Fyndhorn Elves Honestly I think the art is booty. Replaced with Courser of Kruphix as he helps with ramp and life gain.

Dina, Soul Steeper + Exquisite Blood this combo ends the game.

Bloodchief Ascension + Pestilent Cauldron This is a mean combo gain even some life mill your opponents and deal the death blow.

Dina, Soul Steeper + Sun Droplet technically a combo. You never loose counters on Sun Droplet.


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

7 - 4 Mythic Rares

36 - 9 Rares

19 - 6 Uncommons

11 - 4 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.45
Tokens 2/2 Morph, 1/1 Elf Warrior, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 1/1 Human Soldier, 0/1 Thrull
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