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TINYBONES: TINY PUNISHER (Mono-Black Stax)

Commander / EDH Competitive Control Discard Group Slug Mono-Black Stax

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Tinybones, Trinket Thief is the TINY PUNISHER, and he never forgives...

OVERVIEW

This is my Mono-Black Discard-Stax-Control build featuring my new favorite commander Tinybones. I’m trying to make this as competitive as possible at the cEDH level.

The objective is to lockdown your opponents with discard spells, destroy or stall their creatures, develop your mana base, tutor for key cards, and when the time is ready...punish them.

STRATEGY AND CARD CHOICES

Mulligan unless you begin the game with at least 1-2 discard spells and at least 2 lands and/or mana sources. Play the Tiny Punisher as early as possible and time your discard spells carefully to draw as many cards as possible.

Your opponents will expect you to play creatures and focus on reanimation. However, this deck runs very few creatures and almost entirely ignores graveyard abilities because of the prevalence of Rest in Peace and similar graveyard hate, which is very common in most White, Black, and Green decks. Instead, this build focuses on discard abilities and control.

Discard spells together with Planar Void, Leyline of the Void, Nihil Spellbomb, Relic of Progenitus, Soul-Guide Lantern, Bojuka Bog, and Scavenger Grounds ensure that the opponents’ discarded cards are exiled, shutting down most decks utilizing graveyard manipulation.

Against The Gitrog Monster and other combo-heavy decks, target their combo pieces with discard spells with a Void in play to remove those cards forever, then target their most important card from their library with Praetor's Grasp.

This deck runs very few creatures and punishes opponents with creature-heavy strategies via No Mercy, Noetic Scales, Night of Souls' Betrayal, and numerous area removal spells. It is inexpensive to repeatedly cast the Tiny Punisher from the Command Zone, so you can wipe the board often, especially if the Tiny Punisher is stolen by another player.

At first I was hesitant to run Bob (Dark Confidant), but the life loss he generates can be controlled. If he gets out of hand, wipe the board or cast Night of Souls' Betrayal.

Library of Leng is very useful because it allows you to save all the cards you would discard with Necropotence, Bottomless Pit, Liliana of the Veil, etc. The Library bypasses Planar Void and the opponents’ graveyard hate as well.

Words of Waste together with Geth's Grimoire and/or Waste Not is a powerful discard engine which you can trigger during your draw step every turn to reduce your opponent’s hand to 0 cards. If you have a way to draw a card at instant speed like Sensei's Divining Top, you can trigger Words of Waste after your opponent draws during their Draw Phase to force the opponent to discard their only card.

WIN-CONS

Besides the Tiny Punisher going solo, there are other Win-Cons in this build. Aetherflux Reservoir mitigates the continuous life-loss from the Tiny Punisher and his war buddy Bob, and it is also a secondary win-con if you can reach 50 life. Bolas's Citadel always allows you to play a card if you have none in hand and can turn your multitude of cheap artifacts and enchantments into timebombs. You can also use it with Sensei's Divining Top to continuously dig through your library. If you also have Aetherflux Reservoir in play, you can repeatedly cast the Top from the top of your library to generate as much life and draws as you want (the life loss from the Citadel will be offset by the life gain from the Resevoir), then channel the life into the Resevoir to kill every player.

As a backup strategy, if you have either Leyline of the Void in play, you can cast Helm of Obedience, tap it for X=1, and immediately kill an opponent by milling their library into oblivion. This 2-card combo is more reliable than the infinite mana strategy I describe below, and does not rely on a creature or number of lands to pull it off. Unfortunately, this combo doesn’t work with Planar Void, since the latter is a triggered ability, as opposed to a replacement ability like the Leyline.

The following is another combo I am considering, but it has too many moving parts to execute reliably:

If you control at least 4 swamps, generate infinite mana with Cabal Coffers + Deserted Temple + Rings of Brighthearth (first use the Coffers, then use the untap ability of Deserted Temple to untap the Coffers, then in response to the Temple’s ability, use the Rings to untap the Temple, use the Temple to untap the Coffers, and so on, forever). Once you have infinite mana, channel it into Torment of Hailfire, or Tinybones, Trinket Thief (if opponents have no cards in hand) to kill all opponents simultaneously. Rings of Brighthearth is also useful for doubling the Tiny Punisher’s damage ability for only two additional mana (pay 8 mana to do 20 damage).

EXCLUSIONS

This strategy forgoes Rack spells like The Rack and Shrieking Affliction, because those cards do not further the main goal of the deck, which is to reduce opponents to 0 cards and use the Tiny Punisher’s ability.

I have also excluded numerous creatures to focus more on control.

I don’t like Bag of Holding because if it’s destroyed, all the cards you exiled with it are gone forever.

This is a work in progress! I would like to make this as competitive as possible. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated!

Suggestions

Updates Add

After doing some research, I have significantly revamped the deck to be more competitive. I reduced the number of cards focusing on Swamps and shifted the focus more towards control. There are now additional win-cons and less potential for dead draws.

If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! :)

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

10 - 0 Mythic Rares

46 - 0 Rares

17 - 0 Uncommons

13 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.21
Tokens 2/2 Zombie
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