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(Make sure to optimize your cart with 'heavily played' included. By default, slamming all the cards in your cart via 40+ sellers will leave you with a total of around $50-$60. Nobody has money for that!)

The Machine

Inspired by the concept of the Mikaeus Sub-$20 Combo Deck and other decks alike, I wanted to take a shot at crafting an extremely cheap, but still relatively powerful deck. I also wanted to find a use for Selenia, Dark Angel , but I had no clue on what to build outside of some kind of janky voltron setup.

And then it hit me.

You can activate Selenia's ability in response to itself, activating the ability repeatedly before it fully resolves. What does this mean? You can effectively drain your life to nothing! ...but why would you want to do that?

Using a variety of cards (explained below) you can manipulate your opponent's life totals, shifting your drained life total to another unfortunate soul. Sounds fun, eh?

This deck is an attempt to create a relatively fun, viable and overall cheap setup. The budget is set to a hard $20. The cart estimate above is what I end up with after inputting the deck and optimizing the cart. Your total may vary slightly!

In any case, this deck is still a work in progress. Any suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks for reading!

Win Conditions

The objective is to suck the life out of your opponents using a variety of methods. Here are the various ways to go about it:

  • Drain your life via Selenia, Dark Angel (or Wall of Blood/ Hex Parasite /etc), and exchange life totals with another player via Soul Conduit , Magus of the Mirror , or Reverse the Sands. Cause your opponent(s) to lose 1 life via extort, Underworld Coinsmith , Pestilence, etc.
  • Drain your life and cast Repay in Kind. Drain your opponents for 1.
  • Drain your life to 1 and have Near-Death Experience in play.
  • Drain your life and sacrifice Tainted Sigil / Children of Korlis while Vizkopa Guildmage/Sanguine Bond is in play.
  • Otherwise, cast life drain spells and bleed your opponents dry.
  • Supporting Cards

    There are several methods of tutoring, draw, ramp, removal and recursion that are both consistent and cost effective. There are a number of budget options that still include powerful cards like Merciless Eviction, Profane Command and such.

  • Normal - Diabolic Tutor, Increasing Ambition, Demonic Collusion
  • Transmute - Shred Memory (CMC 2), Dimir House Guard (CMC 4), Brainspoil (CMC 5), Netherborn Phalanx (CMC 6)
  • Draw:
  • Bloodgift Demon, Greed, Skeletal Scrying , Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Read the Bones, Sign in Blood, Underworld Connections , Damnable Pact
  • Ramp/Fixing:
  • Everflowing Chalice, Orzhov Signet, Star Compass, Unstable Obelisk, Vessel of Endless Rest, Mind Stone, Burnished Hart, Armillary Sphere, Temple of the False God
  • Removal:
  • Creatures [Permanent] - Devour in Shadow , Mortify, Orzhov Charm , Victim of Night, Brainspoil
  • Creatures [Passive] - One Thousand Lashes , Pillory of the Sleepless , Darksteel Mutation
  • Artifacts/Enchantments - Disenchant, Mortify, Fate Forgotten , Merciless Eviction
  • Wipe - Divine Reckoning , Merciless Eviction, Pestilence
  • Other - Unstable Obelisk, Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light
  • Recursion:
  • Creatures - Treasury Thrull, Palace Siege, Obzedat's Aid , Phyrexian Reclamation, Profane Command
  • Artifacts - Trading Post, Treasury Thrull, Obzedat's Aid , Mine Excavation
  • Enchantments - Treasury Thrull, Obzedat's Aid , Mine Excavation
  • Other - Vessel of Endless Rest, Codex Shredder
  • Suggestions

    I appreciate every suggestion given for my decks, to spend 5 seconds giving your input is more than I could expect or ask for. That's why I wish to warn you guys in advance. If your suggested card is more than $1.00, it's most likely over budget. The most expensive card in this deck currently is Sanguine Bond, sitting at a mighty ~$2.20. (Cards tend to inflate in value as well, so Exsanguinate and company usually get the chopping block as values rise) Keep this in mind when providing input! Thank you for reading, and once again, I greatly appreciate your suggestions.


    Want to venture out beyond the $20 budget? Hey, I don't blame you - here's some potential cards you can invest in with your weekly allowance:

    (Highlighted cards are highly suggested.)

    Mana Acceleration and Utility Lands

  • Sol Ring, Gilded Lotus, Mana Crypt, etc. - Somewhat straightforward upgrades for mana rocks.
  • Reliquary Tower, Boseiju, Who Shelters All, Vault of the Archangel - All lovely utility lands that boost efficiency.
  • Glacial Chasm - Cumulative life loss and temporary protection.
  • Leechridden Swamp - Can make opponents lose that 1 life needed to win.
  • Godless Shrine, Orzhov Basilica, Caves of Koilos, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Cabal Coffers, etc. - The usual manabase upgrades.
  • Crypt Ghast - Double your black mana with extort included!
  • Bojuka Bog - Graveyard hate.
  • Tutors

  • Academy Rector, Idyllic Tutor - Enchantment Tutors.
  • Enlightened Tutor - Artifact/Enchantment Tutor.
  • Liliana Vess, Demonic Tutor, Beseech the Queen - General Tutors.
  • Card Draw

  • Erebos, God of the Dead, Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena - Excellent draw engines with a life loss bonus.
  • Night's Whisper - Cheap and efficient draw spell.
  • Removal

  • Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Utter End, Unmake, Karn Liberated, Vindicate - Targeted Removal.
  • Day of Judgment, Wrath of God, Decree of Pain - General Board Wipes.
  • Toxic Deluge - An extremely effective board wipe with life loss attached.
  • Recursion

  • Replenish - Enchantment recursion.
  • Reanimate - Creature recursion.
  • Beacon of Unrest - Artifact or creature recursion.
  • Sun Titan, Yawgmoth's Will - General recursion.
  • Additional Combo Pieces and Protection

  • Vedalken Orrery - Giving flash to your spells allows for safer combo consistency.
  • Grand Abolisher - Prevents your opponents from interfering with your win condition.
  • Phyrexian Unlife - Death is more of a resource than ever, now!
  • Platinum Angel - Phyrexian Unlife effect and a general pest.
  • Exquisite Blood - Completes the infinite combo with Sanguine Bond.
  • Tainted Remedy - New card, but it seems like it would have synergy with life switching shenanigans.
  • Wound Reflection - Will most likely kill opponents after switching life totals.
  • Ad Nauseam - Controlled life loss and powerful draw engine, depending.
  • Angel's Grace - Another anti-losing effect to assist your suicidal style of play.
  • Mirror Universe - The last card that can swap around life totals, but rather expensive. ($30-$40).
  • Hatred - Controlled life loss and a potential to win via commander damage if there is an opening.
  • Nevermore - Shuts down commanders and anything that might ruin your combo (i.e. Merciless Eviction).
  • Bond of Agony - Another mass life loss card, but it requires some mana investment.
  • Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath - A general utility card that can net you life gain and loss.
  • Ob Nixilis Reignited - An all around great utility planeswalker. Draw, Removal and potential win condition built into a relatively cost-efficient form.
  • Tree of Perdition - A less-efficient, but heavily welcomed child of Sorin Markov.
  • Triskaidekaphobia - This card plays nicely in a deck already revolving around manipulation of life totals. Assuming it doesn't spike, it may be in the main list soon!
  • Sorin Markov - His second ability will almost always end the game for someone, especially in this build.
  • Suggestions

    Updates Add

    Nothing much to note here, just removing a few cards while adding a few different pieces in.

    However, if one has been keen to observe, the pieces for this deck (as well as magic cards as a whole) have been slowly rising in cost. I'm trying my best to counteract this, but there may have to be a period of update hiatus if we reach a point in which the deck starts to implode on itself due to too many cuts.

    For the moment, though, I believe we are fine.

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