Some commanders are extremely specific when it comes to what sort of deck they want to lead. While there are commanders that are just generically powerful and can lead whatever kind of deck you want to play with, others are much more demanding – such as the Grixis commander Lynde, Cheerful Tormentor, who is just a four-mana 2/4 deathtouch if you don’t play by her rules and include a ton of Curses.
But if you do play by her rules, and if you do fill your deck with lots of Curses and ways to have fun with them – as Serea has with this list – my goodness me, does she repay you. Lynde not only recycles removed Curses from the bin, but also draws you extra cards as she reattaches them to your opponents. There have been some very fun Curses printed over the years, too, so Lynde is ready to help you have a great time while you curse your enemies out of the game.
Commander: Lynde, Cheerful Tormentor Creatures 1 Accursed Witch // Infectious Curse 1 Baeloth Barrityl, Entertainer 1 Bitterheart Witch 1 Clever Impersonator 1 Doomwake Giant 1 Grim Guardian 1 Kardur, Doomscourge 1 Mocking Doppelganger 1 Nightscape Familiar 1 Protean Thaumaturge 1 Silent Arbiter 1 Trinket Mage 1 Xantcha, Sleeper Agent Noncreature spells 1 Arcane Signet 1 Claws of Gix 1 Cloud Key 1 Crawlspace 1 Crystal Chimes 1 Despotic Scepter 1 Dimir Signet 1 Izzet Signet 1 Rakdos Signet 1 Sol Ring 1 Bedevil 1 Chaos Warp 1 Perilous Research 1 Pongify 1 Read the Runes 1 Reality Shift 1 Thirst for Meaning 1 Blasphemous Act 1 Last One Standing 1 Toxic Deluge 1 Curse of Bloodletting 1 Curse of Death's Hold 1 Curse of Disturbance 1 Curse of Echoes 1 Curse of Fool's Wisdom 1 Curse of Misfortunes 1 Curse of Obsession 1 Curse of Opulence 1 Curse of Shaken Faith 1 Curse of Shallow Graves 1 Curse of Surveillance 1 Curse of Thirst 1 Curse of Unbinding 1 Curse of Vengeance 1 Curse of Verbosity 1 Curse of the Pierced Heart 1 Curse of the Restless Dead 1 Estrid's Invocation 1 Maddening Hex 1 Mirrormade 1 No Mercy 1 Paradox Haze 1 Propaganda 1 Puca's Mischief 1 Torment of Scarabs 1 Trespasser's Curse 1 Geyadrone Dihada Lands 1 Bojuka Bog 1 Command Tower 1 Crumbling Necropolis 1 Dimir Aqueduct 1 Dragonskull Summit 1 Drowned Catacomb 1 Evolving Wilds 1 Fabled Passage 1 Grixis Panorama 1 Haunted Ridge 6 Island 1 Luxury Suite 1 Morphic Pool 6 Mountain 1 Myriad Landscape 1 Reliquary Tower 1 Shipwreck Marsh 1 Smoldering Marsh 1 Stormcarved Coast 1 Sulfur Falls 1 Sunken Hollow 6 Swamp 1 Terramorphic Expanse 1 Training Center
This list runs no fewer than 20 Curses (plus Accursed Witch), and most of them are pretty good. Starting with Curse of Opulence at one mana – a classic – the Curses go all the way up the curve, to Curse of Unbinding at seven. In between there’s stuff like Curse of Death’s Hold for small creatures, Curse of the Restless Dead for land-heavy decks and Curse of Echoes for the spellslinger at the table.
Even nastier are the Curses that work with other curses, too: Curse of Misfortune can tutor up and play a Curse for free, each turn cycle, while Curse of Thirst unloads more and more damage for each Curse attached to a player. There’s even Paradox Haze, which, while not a curse, gives a player two upkeep steps, so they can enjoy twice as many Curse triggers!
Despite EDH being a singleton format, this deck has a lot of different ways to have multiple copies of the same curse out at the same time. Mirrormade, Estrid’s Invocation and Clever Impersonator can all clone the Curses you’ve already played, meaning you can put multiple copies of Curse of Misfortunes on an opponent and search up even more new Curses each turn cycle.
There’s a minor constellation theme running through the deck, which makes a lot of sense given all these enchantments – Doomwake Giant can help to manage the board, while Grim Guardian can whittle away at those life totals – and there are a few prison-esque elements like Silent Arbiter, No Mercy and Crawlspace to protect yourself from being attacked.
Curses never saw much high-level play in competitive Magic and while some Curses do get played in EDH, it’s not often you come across a deck that’s looking to exploit this card type as much as possible. If you’re of a mind to curse your opponents to oblivion, however, Lynde is here to help you do it!