“I choose death...I can destroy your kingdom, Bane, by murdering your subjects, and I can starve your kingdom, Myrkul, by staying my hand.” — Bhaal

Bhaal, the God of Murder, only lived to hunt and kill, the presence of the living instilling in him an overpowering desire for death and destruction. He was at all times a cruel, violent and hateful being, though his behavior could vary from cold and calculating ruthlessness to a savage thirst for blood.

This Deck is designed as an attempt to sate the blood lust of such a destructive being. The Priests of Bhaal frequently hold sacrifices to the God of Murder, whom then curses the world with his own blood lust.

Recursion is the name of the game in this deck. Creatures with Persist can be used twice, or even more if you get Grumgully, Mikeaus, Rhythm of the Wild or Master Chef out.

There is a lot that can happen with this deck. In theory, you could easily gain tons of life, drain opponents of a lot of life, draw tons of cards and get loads of mana...and have the sacrifices your priests need continually coming back to do what needs to be done and get murdered.

But really, we all have a little of the Lord of Murder in us, we all want to see the world burn, and this deck can supply it. You can goad as many creatures as you want so long as you have sacrifice fodder, you have means to prevent life gain for opponents so everyone dies...Just the way Bhaal wants things to be.

Most of the removal is spot removal due to the simple fact that if the opposing creatures are dead, you can't Goad them.


Updates Add

Further tuning has happened. I've dropped a couple things that, while admittedly cool to have around (Persisting Kardur seemed like a funny concept!) and removing some of the life gain denial cards (No one will trade me tainted remedy in my area), I've been trying to go more...all-in on recursive abuses of a few different abilities.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest in on the 'to get' list at this point. I sac a persist creature, put a +1/+1 counter on all my creatures? Smell that? Smells like redundancy with Master Chef Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Grumgully, the Generous as well as Rhythm of the Wild. I'm getting enough of these effects I will have to add another category on the list to put these under!

The addition of Goblin Bombardment and Carrion Feeder, as I really need to draw free sacrifice outlets more often.

Considering adding Evolutionary Leap, as I can sacrifice a creature that has Persist to get it back, trigger Bhaal, Lord of Murder, as well as dig for another creature to my hand. Gotta love that card advantage.

Going to print up some proxies of the missing cards (Boo!) as I don't have these cards and no one in my playgroup is replying to messages with inquiries. Seriously, most of these cards are under 50 cents! Proxies will be all the Persist creatures I am missing, Mazirek, Rhythm of the Wild, Uncivil Unrest. I have already put in other card draw to test and a bit more ramp to try to get things rolling given the higher CMC/MV of the persist creatures I am missing.

I've seen a lot of good suggestions in the comments so far that I've added to the deck, so many thanks to those that offer such assistance!


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

2 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

23 - 0 Uncommons

21 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.98
Tokens Beast 3/3 G, Morph 2/2 C, Treasure
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