EDH Deck Time: Xantcha

She’s from Phyrexia? Ok. Missed that part of the lore.

What do we do with something like this? Pressure lifetotals. All of them. (Pressuring our own is just a side effect, but still, we are Rakdos, and Rakdos doesn’t care. Some of these also have the side effect of gaining life, so it should balance out nicely.) Our plan is to sit back, preferably not even attack that much, and just kill everyone slowly and painfully.

[draft]Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Seizan, Perverter of Truth
Angrath, the Flame-Chained
Cut // Ribbons
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Zulaport Cutthroat
Blood Artist
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Palace Siege
Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
Servant of Tymaret
Twilight Prophet
Death Cloud
Fraying Omnipotence
Neheb, the Eternal
Zo-Zu the Punisher
Chandra’s Ignition
Fiery Confluence
Grenzo’s Ruffians
Harsh Mentor
Hazoret the Fervent
Scab-Clan Berserker
Price of Progress
Ashcloud Phoenix
Indulgent Tormentor
Painful Quandary[/draft]

Okay, we could play [card]Exsanguinate[/card] and [card]Torment of Hailfire[/card], but won’t, because they are just what we Finns would call “mauton” (tasteless). Gary sort of belongs to the same group, although it actually require set-up, which makes me like it quite a bit more. [card]Loyal Subordinate[/card] (from the new set) would work… except we can never actually control our own Commander.

Part of me would like to play a Pirate theme here as well, because [card]Forerunner of the Coalition[/card] would work as well. Then again, who’s going to stop me? Playing them will help the curve quite a bit as well.

[draft]Forerunner of the Coalition
Captain Lannery Storm
Captivating Crew
Deadeye Tracker
Dire Fleet Daredevil
Dire Fleet Poisoner
Dire Fleet Ravager
Fathom Fleet Captain
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
Rowdy Crew
Ruin Raider[/draft]

That’s not exactly a great selection, but it’s something. And I just like them. You can figure out what you like and replace these with that selection of cards.

I won’t put much card draw into the deck, as there’s always Xantcha herself to handle that. I’ll put in some, though, with the goal of smoothing out land drops.

[draft]Read the Bones
Sign in Blood
Night’s Whisper[/draft]

Otherwise, we just want to make attacking us difficult.

[draft]No Mercy

Otherwise, just some removal, and some other pre-emptive measures.

[draft]Syphon Mind
Syphon Flesh
Go for the Throat
Doom Blade
Cast Down
Malicious Affliction
Murderous Cut
Hero’s Downfall
Ultimate Price[/draft]

Depending on your meta, you might want various ways to prevent lifegain, but I don’t usually bother with that.

All this leaves us with room for 47 sources of mana. I know many of you want put that many into your deck, but I would. Around 40 lands and seven artifact sources or artifacts that find them.

1 thought on “EDH Deck Time: Xantcha

  1. I managed to put [card]Spiteflame Witch[/card] and [card]Suffer the Past[/card] into another article which I was working on at the same time instead of this one, so those are two cards I was definitely looking at when researching this deck. Just something you might want to keep in mind.

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