Monday, February 15, 2016

Standard Commander: Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

Welcome to Commander Month everyone! Every Monday this month, you'll get to see an EDH deck featuring cards legal in Standard. Each deck will utilize one of the three-color "Khans" from Khans of Tarkir as its Commander and all the cards will come from Standard sets, from Khans of Tarkir to Oath of the Gatewatch.

This week, I present to you a deck featuring Sidisi, Brood Tyrant.

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant


x1 Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

Legendary Creatures (8)

x1 Dragonlord Silumgar
x1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
x1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
x1 Liliana, Heretical Healer
x1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
x1 Sidisi, Undead Vizier
x1 Silumgar, the Drifting Death
x1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Creatures (21)

x1 Baloth Null
x1 Bloodsoaked Champion
x1 Deathmist Raptor
x1 Den Protector
x1 Greenwarden of Murasa
x1 Grim Haruspex
x1 Hangarback Walker
x1 Inverter of Truth
x1 Kheru Dreadmaw
x1 Kheru Lich Lord
x1 Living Lore
x1 Marang River Prowler
x1 Monastery Loremaster
x1 Nantuko Husk
x1 Necromaster Dragon
x1 Possessed Skaab
x1 Rakshasa Gravecaller
x1 Risen Executioner
x1 Shambling Attendants
x1 Voracious Null
x1 Zulaport Cutthroat

Instants (10)

x1 Complete Disregard
x1 Empty the Pits
x1 Foul Renewal
x1 Gravepurge
x1 Murderous Cut
x1 Reclaim
x1 Rite of Undoing
x1 Scatter to the Winds
x1 Sultai Charm
x1 Silumgar's Command

Sorceries (9)

x1 Dead Drop
x1 Dutiful Return
x1 Necromantic Summons
x1 Ruinous Path
x1 See the Unwritten
x1 Talent of the Telepath
x1 Tasigur's Cruelty
x1 Temporal Trespass
x1 Transgress the Mind

Enchantments (4)

x1 Monastery Siege
x1 Palace Siege
x1 Retreat to Hagra
x1 Retreat to Kazandu

Artifacts (8)

x1 Alchemist's Vial
x1 Chitinous Cloak
x1 Hero's Blade
x1 Meteorite
x1 Prism Ring
x1 Silumgar Monument
x1 Sultai Banner
x1 Vial of Dragonfire

Planeswalkers (4)

x1 Kiora, Master of Depths
x1 Nissa, Worldwaker
x1 Ob Nixilis, Reignited
x1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Lands (35)

x1 Blighted Cataract
x1 Blighted Fen
x1 Blighted Woodland
x1 Dismal Backwater
x1 Evolving Wilds
x1 Hissing Quagmire
x1 Jungle Hollow
x1 Llanowar Wastes
x1 Lumbering Falls
x1 Mortuary Mire
x1 Opulent Palace
x1 Polluted Delta
x1 Rogue's Passage
x1 Submerged Boneyard
x1 Sunken Hollow
x1 Thornwood Walls
x1 Unknown Shores
x1 Yavimaya Coast
5x Island
6x Swamp
6x Forest

Dutiful Return  Reclaim  Rite of Undoing

I was looking at options for how to build a deck around Sidisi, and I basically began my focus on one thing: returning cards from the graveyard to the battlefield. We want Sidisi involved in the game and she's a heavy hitter. She makes zombie tokens, she's relatively cheap, and she's a 3/3. Sure it may take 7 turns for commander damage to take effect, but the zombies add up after a while. With so much self-milling going on here, it's almost impossible not to need ways to bring cards back. That was my primary goal.

Empty the Pits  Rakshasa Gravecaller  Risen Executioner

My secondary goal was to make zombies and help zombies. If Sidisi can feasibly make a token each turn, let's make more. If nothing else, a ton of zombies makes for a fantastic defense or an even better offense. Either way, zombies are needed.

Murderous Cut  Ruinous Path  Scatter to the Winds

That leaves my third objective: include some aspects of a decent Standard deck already out there. Sure we can't do multiple copies of a card, but we can at least include the cards. Basically this means Sultai Megamorph which at this point, I already had Tasigur, Deathmist Raptor, and even Den Protector. I had also included the planeswalkers matching the deck's color identity as well as Sultai Charm already, so that left me with the removal necessary to help us along.

That's really all there is to it. Honestly this took me less time than all the other decks because this time I spent more time on the commander than utilizing the popular cards already used in Standard for a deck with the same color identity. Sure all the other decks worked and had a basic goal, but breaking Sidisi into her two basic parts (self mill and zombie tokens) helped build the deck.

Well, we'll build another deck for next week. You can probably guess the next commander, but SPOILERS: It's Zurgo. He'll be fun for sure.

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