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Sith Mind-Tricks -- (Esper Control +Theft)

Commander / EDH Aikido Casual Control Jank WUB (Esper)



Creature (61)

Artifact (15)

Enchantment (63)

Land (33)

- - - Version 2.0 - - - 12/30/18

I love old legends and I love the Esper shard and I love theft. I have two theft-oriented decks already though: Roses of May -- (Marchesa Reanimator) and The Braided Siren's Song (Show n' Tell Theft). I wanted to make a control EDH deck so this is my attempt. Not the heaviest "Merieke" suite but there are some toys (untappers for extra thefts, Conjurer's Closet , Darksteel Plate , Arena of the Ancients , etc.) for her. I noticed that the previous iteration of this deck, which was more Merieke-focused and a mid-range deck, would cause board stalls all the time since nobody wanted to play a creature. I thought to myself, "how can I make this an advantage?" Then it came to me: non-creature control-finishers, particularly Approach of the Second Sun !

The game plan is to play lots of removal and keep the board as clear as I can then drop Merieke Ri Berit to scare opponents into not playing too many threats. I can then protect Merieke and my win-cons with counterspells.

The goal is to win with Revel in Riches or Approach of the Second Sun , ideally found with tutors. Grave Betrayal combined with removal/wipes as a backup. Merieke stealing creatures is a win-con too but, as I said, this deck is less Merieke-focused than many Merieke decks (as well as the previous iteration of this deck). I could probably use some more win-cons like Expropriate , torment of hailfire, Exsanguinate , and painful quandary (or Bloodchief Ascension , Baneful Omen , Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond , or mind's dilation to a lesser extent) but haven't gotten around to getting them and/or they're pricey. Starting to run out of cuts though--gotta have a baseline of control and draw cards and I still want a modest number of Merieke cards to keep her a threat.

With a much bigger budget I could run all the classic cEDH wincons, such as card:ad-nauseum or Isochron Scepter stuff along with better tutors and some other bigtime heavy-hitter cards but that's a colossal financial investment for me only to make an unplayable deck--my groups and LGS are pretty casual and if I wanted to be that competitive I'd invest in Modern or Standard (or Arena!). My friends groan enough when I whip Merieke out!

Cards to maybe add: Show

Newish cards to consider/remember: Show

I feel like I need to up the proportion of counterspells slightly. I feel like I need more everything though--more removal, more draw, more win-cons, more protection. maybe that means the ratios are fine? Probably means I need a bit more card draw. Cuts are so hard at this point.

Like most of my decks, the land base could use more money thrown at it but I don't like spending that much on lands--I'd rather make a whole new budget deck!

Cards with an SL in the Maybeboard are cards I own. Cards with an MP are cards on the chopping block.

Audited 12/30/18 -- Audit needed


Updates Add

Deck is pretty different now. Slightly fewer untappers for Merieke. More control cards and added Revel in Riches and Approach of the Second Sun as win-cons, as well as some tutors to find them.


42% Casual

58% Competitive

Date added 3 years
Last updated 2 weeks
Exclude colors RG

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.50
Tokens None Treasure, 1/1 Spirit, 2/2 Morph
Folders +1 Non-Budget, Decks I want, EDH, Uncategorized, Decks I Want to Build, EDH decks, make it, Merieke's Many Ways
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