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Heart of Black Coal - Ayara ETB trigger EDH

Commander / EDH Aristocrats Mono-Black Reanimator Suicide Black



I love my Purphoros ETB damage deck, The Fat Red Line - Purphoros EDH. It runs super smooth and at this point, its getting tough to make changes to it - and when i do make changes they are usually small changes that only lower the CMC of a card or 2.

When I saw Ayara, First of Locthwain I thought it would be great to build a version of that deck. She comes with the additional draw ability, which is nice when you are dealing with a bunch of small recurring zombies, skeletons and spirits (ohh my).

It also allows me to take full advantage of K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth who I got from the Madness Deck, but quickly removed.

I think I am going to face 2 big problems with this deck that I don't face with Purphy:

  • 1 damage vs 2 means that this deck will take twice as long to kill all my opponents.

  • Purphy is indestructible, and not generally a creature, while Ayara is a small squishy body who may be hard to keep alive

I think the key to solving the second of these problems is going to be to add some indestructible or hexproof equipment. (I will be adding some when I figure out what cards dont work)

The first problem is going to be harder to solve, but I hope that extra life I will be gaining every time an ETB occurs will keep me afloat long enough to kill my opponents.

This is a very early draft of this deck, and my Purphy went through multiple changes, and is in-fact still changing with every release, so I am confident that this will require rebuilds before it gets were I want it.

If you have any suggestions on creatures to add, that would be great. Looking for ones that come in with friends, like Abhorrent Overlord and Sengir Autocrat, or ones that generate pretty consistently like Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder or Ophiomancer


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So I have had a chance to play this deck a couple times.

On one game i had Scourge of Nel Toth in my hand right from my opening hand, and never played it. Either because i didnt have enough mana, or simply had other things in my hand that were better options.

I think i am going to re-evaluate some of the higher cost cards in this deck: Sepulchral Primordial Scourge of Nel Toth Grave Titan Command the Dreadhorde

All of these seem too high. On a good note, I never found I was card dead or without anything to do, there was always something i could play (either from my hand or from the graveyard).


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Date added 6 months
Last updated 1 month

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

5 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

18 - 0 Uncommons

8 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.38
Tokens 0/0 Zombie Army, None Treasure, 1/1 Harpy, 1/1 Bat, Food, 0/1 Serf, 1/1 Faerie Rogue, 1/1 Human Cleric, 1/1 Thrull, 1/1 Rat, 2/2 Zombie
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+1 Massacre Wurm maybe