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By: neckfire, Eddie Davenport
Jul 25 2017 12:00pm
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 So, 1 vs 1 Commander is both awesome and one of the most infuriating formats I have ever played in my life. In the past week, I have played 5 different decks including some of the 3 and 4 colored decks that cost a fortune. Luckily I was able to borrow those cards before purchasing because during this past week I played against a Sidisi, Undead Vizier that had the (Painter’s Servant) Grindstone combo in it. Why is this important you might ask? Well to truly understand the answer to this question we need to take a trip down memory lane.

The year is 2009 and Conflux has just come out. Legacy is abuzz about Natural Order into Progenitus.  I, on the other hand, was still in love with the Painter's Servant / Grindstone combo in every variety. I mostly played Supreme Blue which was a 4-color Counterbalance deck that won with Tarmogoyf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor.  During this time StarCityGames started doing their legacy 5k’s (not opens, simply 5K’s) for one of the events in Richmond Virginia I decided I wanted to play a fun deck.  So, I brewed up a deck that played all my favorite cards at that time. It was basically Bant Painter’s. It had the Natural Order combo in the deck and it also had the (Painter’s Servant) combo in it. You haven’t lived until you sacrifice Painter's Servant for Progenitus.  The deck was a pile of fun cards with the sole purpose to have fun. I made top 16 with that pile.

The whole point of this is that I go way back with (Painter’s Servant) and there is love from me for that card. So when I saw a Sidisi, Undead Vizier deck running that combo it sparked that love affair again.

This deck really shows off the benefits of playing on Magic Online instead of paper.  Price wise as this is about 350 tix online and is $1,530 in paper. Just like last week I will be focusing on key cards instead of going over each one.

First off this is a combo deck. The combo you are trying to assemble is to have Necrotic Ooze on the battlefield and have both Walking Ballista and Phyrexian Devourer in your graveyard. If you read Necrotic Ooze it says as long as Necrotic Ooze is on the battlefield, it has all activated abilities of all creature cards in all graveyards. Phyrexian Devourer says exile the top card of your library and put X +1+1 counters on it where X is the exiled card’s converted mana cost. Walking Ballista says remove a +1+1 counter from itself to deal 1 to target creature or player. With those two cards in the graveyard Necrotic Ooze can now exile cards from your library and then deal damage to your opponent. This will win you the game 99% of the time seeing you start with 99 cards in your deck this is a lot of power to throw at your opponent.

The other combo in this deck (and the main reason I am so excited about it) is the Painter's Servant combo. Painter's Servant says when it comes into play choose a color. All cards that aren’t in play, spells, and permanents are the chosen color in addition to their other colors. If you combine this with Grindstone you have a mill combo. Grindstone in the past was just a bad mill card seeing that any land or non-colored card would stop the mill process, but with Painter's Servant in play all cards are the same color including lands so your opponent’s entire deck is just put into their graveyard. Not only is this just an awesome combo it also avoids the graveyard so it gives the mono black deck a second route to victory.

There is also the option of just hard casting Emrakul, the Promised End and messing with your opponent to the point it means victory for you.


Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Imperial Seal, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Beseech the Queen, Buried Alive, Grim Tutor, Dimir Machinations and Dark Petition.

One of the best things about playing Sidisi, Undead Vizier is she has a built-in tutor which means that for 5 mana you can find whatever you need to win the game. The rest of the tutors are some of the best tutors in the game. Buried Alive is actually perfect in this deck for trying to win with the Necrotic Ooze win as it is a 3-card combo and Buried Alive searches for all three pieces and puts them in your graveyard which this deck has plenty of ways to get them back.


Brain Maggot, Mesmeric Fiend, Liliana of the Veil, Blackmail, Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, Mire's Toll, Thoughtseize, Collective Brutality, Distress, Hymn to Tourach, Lay Bare the Heart, (Doomfall) and Stupor

Not much to say here, these are the cards you will use to stop your opponent from winning and will also protect your plans. Collective Brutality is important here because if you ever draw one of your combo creatures that you need in your graveyard you can Escalate Collective Brutality to discard it.


Bubbling Muck, Dark Ritual, Rain of Filth, Cabal Ritual, Chrome Mox, Everflowing Chalice, Fellwar Stone, Grim Monolith, Jet Medallion, Mind Stone, Ancient Tomb, Cabal Coffers and Lake of the Dead

This is a pretty healthy mix of spell based and land based ramp. Different versions play different ramp but this is pretty much a stock list of the ramp.


Reanimate, Exhume, Stitch Together, Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead and Necromancy

This is your package for cheating out your win condition. Most of your fast wins will involve one of these spells.


The cards that I will include in this list are mostly mini combos and just value cards that I have included in the deck.

Chains of Mephistopheles: Probably one of the biggest price differences between online and paper (about a $350 difference) but against any deck looking to draw multiple cards a turn this card shuts them down. Chains of Mephistopheles has been a long-time killer of blue decks in eternal formats and in commander it is no different.

Wasteland: On its own this can disrupt most opponents and give you time to win the game. Combined with Crucible of Worlds this is a combo that can straight win the game against some decks.

Ob Nixilis Reignited: Not every version of this deck you see will run this card. I chose to as it is another way to draw extra cards in a color that is hurting for those effects and its removal for problem creatures.

Toxic Deluge: Until your life total is no longer starting at 30 this is the best mass removal effect you can run in black.

All in all, this deck has been a blast to play. The combos are easy to assemble and having the Painter’s Servant combo makes you less resilient on the graveyard which is nice. So, if you are looking for an extremely powerful deck then this is the deck for you. I know that I will be running this until a better Painter’s Servant shell comes around.

Thanks again for checking out my article, as always leave comments in the comment section I always check and respond to each one.

Until next time.
Eddie Davenport.
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