Jon Irenicus offers a pretty incredible effect. Giving your opponents free creatures doesn’t sound all that good, but goading them so they can’t attack you means you probably won’t suffer for it – and when you look at some of the creatures you can give away, oh my goodness, your opponents won’t be happy with you. From costing them tons of life to making them sacrifice permanents to preventing them from casting spells, there are so many juicy creatures to give away with Jon Irenicus.
Most of them can be found in this week’s list, put together by KingMuffinTop. This deck is overloaded with drawback-heavy creatures that are perfect for offloading onto an unsuspecting opponent, leaving them to deal with the problems you give them while you sit back and draw a bunch of cards, laughing villainously.
Commander: Jon Irenicus, Shattered One Creatures 1 Baleful Strix 1 Blighted Agent 1 Flesh Reaver 1 Gilded Drake 1 Sygg, River Cutthroat 1 Aboleth Spawn 1 Demonic Taskmaster 1 Drinker of Sorrow 1 Ebon Drake 1 Ebonblade Reaper 1 Fleshbag Marauder 1 Master of the Feast 1 Phyrexian Negator 1 Phyrexian Soulgorger 1 Plaguecrafter 1 Rotting Regisaur 1 Steel Golem 1 Abyssal Persecutor 1 Desecration Elemental 1 Grid Monitor 1 Mocking Doppelganger 1 Rust Elemental 1 Stunt Double 1 Greater Harvester 1 Painwracker Oni 1 Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon 1 Taniwha 1 Tergrid, God of Fright 1 Hellcarver Demon Noncreature spells 1 Killing Wave 1 Reanimate 1 Serum Visions 1 Curse of the Swine 1 Demonic Tutor 1 Feed the Swarm 1 Night's Whisper 1 Torment of Hailfire 1 Modify Memory 1 All Is Dust 1 An Offer You Can't Refuse 1 Vampiric Tutor 1 Counterspell 1 Mana Drain 1 Negate 1 Reality Shift 1 Resculpt 1 Fierce Guardianship 1 Pharika's Libation 1 Thirst for Discovery 1 Jeweled Lotus 1 Mox Diamond 1 Dimir Signet 1 Lightning Greaves 1 Mind Stone 1 Swiftfoot Boots 1 Thought Vessel 1 Assault Suit 1 Animate Dead 1 Heartless Summoning 1 Imprisoned in the Moon 1 Parasitic Impetus 1 Propaganda 1 Public Enemy 1 Rhystic Study Land 1 Clearwater Pathway 1 Drowned Catacomb 1 Emergence Zone 9 Island 1 Morphic Pool 1 Otawara, Soaring City 1 Polluted Delta 1 Prismatic Vista 1 Reflecting Pool 1 Riptide Laboratory 1 Rogue's Passage 1 Shipwreck Marsh 1 Sunken Hollow 1 Sunken Ruins 9 Swamp 1 Temple of Deceit 1 Underground River 1 Underground Sea 1 Watery Grave
Just have a look at some of the creatures you can give away. It starts at two mana, with Flesh Reaver, and continues all the way up to Hellcarver Demon at the top of the curve. Steel Golem stops them from casting creatures. Phyrexian Negator makes them sacrifice permanents – but not the Negator, as it can’t be sacrificed. Ebonblade Reaper costs your opponent half their life total when they attack – which, don’t forget, they’re forced to thanks to goad!
The list goes on. Taniwha phases out their lands, Master of the Feast draws you extra cards, Hellcarver Demon costs them their entire board every time it connects (although this might backfire if they draw a juicy six off its trigger!). Best of all, however, is the fact that if you give an opponent an Abyssal Persecutor and no-one else at the table helps to remove it, they just can’t win the game!
All this is just so nasty, but it gets worse. You might have noticed the deck has sacrifice effects in it, with things like Plaguecrafter and Fleshbag Marauder. Well, as they can’t sacrifice the stuff you gave them, they instead have to sacrifice their good stuff – which is perfect when you play your Tergrid, God of Fright, and steal it off them! Tergrid also synergizes amazingly well with cards like Rust Elemental, Rotting Regisaur and Demonic Taskmaster – and if you give away a Greater Harvester, you’ll be rolling in sacrificed permanents!
As you’d expect of any self-respecting Dimir list, there’s a solid disruption suite here with plenty of counterspells and removal, and even a few classic finishers like Torment of Hailfire. Aside from this, I really love the inclusion of Heartless Summoning in this deck, as most of the creatures you’re playing are enormous 8/8s or whatever and you definitely want to make sure you’re giving something away every turn.
This deck is so nasty and I absolutely love it – if you want to be the villain at your EDH table, I can’t recommend Jon Irenicus enough.