EDH Deck Time: Shirei

One of the reasons to play Commander is to get to play cards you otherwise wouldn’t.

[draft]Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker[/draft]

Here’s one reason to do just that.

I started to brew this after I somehow stumbled on the idea that [card]Pitiless Plunderer[/card] might be great here. Apparently, I wasn’t the first to have this idea, as it’s the top card for Shirei on EDHREC, somehow beating out [card]Viscera Seer[/card], which is actually only eighth. I’m guessing the algorithm takes into account how often a certain card is played in other decks as well, and Plunderer might not see that much play outside of very specific commanders.

But, as I was reading through all the creatures applicable to Shirei, I came across this one:

[draft]Shadowborn Apostle[/draft]

Of course, once I came up with this idea, I went back to EDHREC to see that, of course, I wasn’t the first to come up with this idea either, as it was the top creature for the commander. Still, supposing this is where we want to be, how many Apostles do we need? Probably around 50, but that wouldn’t leave much room for anything else, so I’ll go with 40. We also need around 40 mana sources to be able to cast our commander at some point, so that leaves us with room for 19 other spells. Mostly demons.

However, before we get to the demons, we’ll put in these:

[draft]Blood Artist
Falkenrath Noble
Zulaport Cutthroat
Butcher of Malakir
Dark Prophecy
Grim Haruspex[/draft]

That leaves us with room for 13 different demons.

[draft]Harvester of Souls
Rune-Scarred Demon
Demon of Dark Schemes
Reaper from the Abyss
Lord of the Void
Archfiend of Depravity
Bloodgift Demon
Eater of Hope
Kothophed, Soul Hoarder
Overseer of the Damned
Pestilence Demon[/draft]

Okay, that’s 11. So, we’ll put in two extra Apostles. Meaning that we’re done here. That was easy. It won’t do much and is easily disrupted, as well as way too consistent for my tastes (the games would be quite similar from this decks point of view, which shouldn’t be your goal with Commander).

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