It Was A Graveyard Smash!

Ah, Sidisi. The first time I saw you, I thought it was to good to be true. A commander that fuels your graveyard, rewards you for a creature-heavy build, and is in the best colors in Magic? My dreams had come true!

This deck has evolved from a pile of Sultai rares into the deck you see before you. It is built to be piloted in casual-competitive environments, and is simply a blast to play. With this deck, you want to dump things into the graveyard and squeeze every last drop of value from them. Wait until you've created a butt-ton of zombies, and begin the face-smashing! One quick disclaimer: This deck is not built to combo off super quickly, but it is by no means casual. If you want a more cEDH style type of Sidisi deck, check out some of these wonderful decks:

You might like this deck if you:

  • Like playing around with graveyards
  • Enjoy comboing off from out of nowhere
  • Love to turn creatures sideways
  • Want to see the look on your opponent's face when you flashback that Dread Return that they forgot about targeting Thassa's Oracle FtW

You might not like this deck if you:

  • Want to ramp into big creatures
  • Want to play politics and manipulate your friends
  • Have Kinemortophobia (Fear of the dead)

If this deck interests you, let's dive into the primer!

Why Sidisi instead of the other BUG commanders?

Why does Sidisi pilot this deck, instead of the other on-color commanders? Let's compare her to the other commanders in her beautiful BUG colors:

  • Damia, Sage of Stone: Damia is undeniably strong (I run her as a reanimation target in this very deck), but she lends to a different strategy of discard synergies and control as she continually refills your hand with gas, while Sidisi is more explosive.

  • Tasigur, the Golden Fang: Tasigur is a great choice for a graveyard deck, but his style of play is less creature-heavy and more control-y. I've toyed with putting him in the deck, but ultimately cut him because I only run a couple delve spells, and he didn't make the cut.
  • Yarok, the Desecrated:There simply aren't enough etb triggers for Yarok to be worth it, although he is a very good card.
  • Muldrotha, the Gravetide:This is the card that's the closest to what we want to be doing, with reanimation stapled onto a body, and I'm running him in the 99, but he lends himself to a more grindy strategy, and while our deck can grind, we want to explode in a couple of turns, instead of getting repeated triggers from Spore Frog and co.

How to Pilot this Deck

  • Late Game: By now, you've probably amassed a board state to be proud of.If you're surrounded by a pillowfort or stax player and can't force that damage through, you should start to focus on getting your combos online. Buried Alive and Scheming Symmetry cards to the grave until you flashback Dread Return targeting Necrotic Ooze or Thassa's Oracle FtW!

Combos and Synergies

And now, we get to our combos. These are what make this deck tick. One of the best part of these combos are that we run almost no dead cards. Almost every card in the combos are good draws outside of them.


  • The Gitrog Monster + Underrealm Lich: Personally my favorite combo, because both of the pieces are great inclusions in the deck anyway. It just happens that they'll combo off together. Remember, this combo won't necessarily win you the game, but it will net you 5+ cards and stock your graveyard with combo pieces and reanimation targets.

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Budget Restrictions and Inclusions

This deck isn't super expensive, but its also not budget. Here, I'll be going over some budget replacements for all cards over 10 dollars.

  • Mesmeric Orb. This card is probably the MVP of the deck. It will almost always get you 15+ zombies over the course of the game, and is aggressively costed. Oh, you still want a replacement? Well, Satyr Wayfinder or Nyx Weaver are infinitely worse, but they'll do in a pinch.
  • Phenax, God of Deception: Phenax is great in this deck, but not irreplaceable. He's a great self-miller, but some cards that can replace him are Grisly Salvage or just a good old-fashioned land.
  • Walking Ballista: There is no replacing this card. It's an integral part of the deck, and if you can't pick it up, proxy it.


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

9 - 0 Mythic Rares

35 - 0 Rares

22 - 0 Uncommons

13 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.09
Tokens 0/0 Zombie Army, 2/2 Zombie
Folders Uncategorized, Commander decks
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