Haakon + Changeling Tribal Instant + Edgar Markov

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Posted on Oct. 23, 2021, 12:48 a.m. by GrimlockVIII

I'll never use this combo myself because Ill probably never use Edgar Markov, but I realized you could make a shitload of 1/1 vampires in an Edgar Markov deck with Haakon, Stromgald Scourge in play and any of the on-color changeling tribal instants like Nameless Inversion.

I know similar combos with Haakon have been used in Zombie and Knight commander decks, but Ive never seen this in Edgar decks considering you don't actually need Edgar in play for it to go off.

Just thought Id throw this out there in case anyone was curious.

shadow63 says... #2

So how does the combo work?

October 23, 2021 10:31 a.m.

legendofa says... #3

shadow63 As I see it, it's not an infinite combo, but more like synergy for value. With Haakon, Stromgald Scourge in the graveyard, you can cast any Knight spell, not just Knight creatures, from the graveyard. Edgar Markov creates a token whenever you cast any Vampire spell, not just Vampire creatures.

So, because all instants and sorceries with Changeling are considered Vampire Zombie spells, you can repeatedly cast one from the graveyard, getting a token each time you do.

October 23, 2021 11:36 a.m.

GrimlockVIII says... #4

Ah, oh shoot, forgot to explain the specifics.

Basically with Haakon out, you can repeatedly spam any of the Changeling instants from your graveyard over and over again provided they don't get exiled or anything. While Nameless Inversion and Crib Swap both provide tangible utility in the form of removal, you also have stuff like Shields of Velis Vel and Blades of Velis Vel at your disposal.

While you're spamming these tribal instants from the grave, you end up triggering Edgar Markov's trigger effect from the Command Zone, creating a 1/1 vampire token every time you do it. Find a way to give yourself infinite mana and a win condition like Goblin Bombardment or Impact Tremors, and now you can use that combo as a viable means to take out your opponents.

October 23, 2021 11:44 a.m.

shadow63 says... #5

Interesting combo but it doesn't seem worth it. Haakon is almost useless outside the combo

October 23, 2021 11:49 a.m.

GrimlockVIII says... #6


While that is a fair point, I would argue that there are enough good Vampire Knights in the game to actually use Haakon as decent recursion outside of the combo.

So, like, Haakon is still useful provided you're using vampire knights in your Edgar Markov deck.

October 23, 2021 11:52 a.m.

RambIe says... #7

Haakons combo: Ashnod's Altar + Buried Alive
Haakon, Stromgald Scourge + Corpse Knight +Universal Automaton

I've seen it in knight tribals but I guess it could work in edgar.

October 25, 2021 7:07 a.m. Edited.

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