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By: MTGOrzo, Sam Hardin
Jul 27 2017 12:00pm
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 Sedris, the Traitor King

It's no secret that Sedris, the Traitor King is one of, if not my absolute favorite Commander. I've played several different iterations of this deck at various different times. However, for this series, this is a super budget version - less than 10 tickets! If reading lists of cards and card prices does not interest you, scroll down to the bottom and check out a video deck tech.

So without further ado, I present the decklist:

A Traitor for the King
1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
1 Bogardan Hellkite
1 Duplicant
1 Dack's Duplicate
1 Crater Hellion
1 Diluvian Primordial
1 Disciple of Bolas
1 Molten Primordial
1 Sepulchral Primordial
1 Bone Shredder
1 Flametongue Kavu
1 Fleshwrither
1 Ingot Chewer
1 Man-o'-War
1 Manic Vandal
1 Merfolk Looter
1 Academy Raider
1 Geralf's Mindcrusher
1 Sphinx of Lost Truths
1 Deranged Assistant
1 Wolf of Devil's Breach
1 (Chaos Maw)
1 Combustible Gearhulk
1 Noxious Gearhulk
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
1 Heart-Piercer Manticore
20 cards

Other Spells
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Phyrexian Ingester
1 Rite of Replication
1 Sidisi, Undead Vizier
1 Sudden Spoiling
1 Unfulfilled Desires
1 Whip of Erebos
1 Animate Dead
1 Buried Alive
1 Compulsion
1 Rakdos Charm
1 Reanimate
1 Shriekmaw
1 Talisman of Dominance
1 Talisman of Indulgence
1 Bloodfell Caves
1 Cathartic Reunion
1 Compulsive Research
1 Dismal Backwater
1 Dimir Signet
1 Faithless Looting
1 Forbidden Alchemy
1 Izzet Signet
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Mulldrifter
1 Read the Bones
1 Ponder
1 Rakdos Signet
1 Swiftwater Cliffs
1 Terminate
1 Tormenting Voice
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Mind Stone
1 Chromatic Lantern
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Worn Powerstone
1 Darksteel Ingot
1 Fellwar Stone
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Planar Bridge
38 cards
1 Sunken Ruins
1 Akoum Refuge
1 Dragonskull Summit
1 Drowned Catacomb
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Exotic Orchard
1 Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace
1 Nephalia Drownyard
1 Cascade Bluffs
1 Graven Cairns
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Rakdos Carnarium
1 Temple of the False God
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Command Tower
5 Island
5 Mountain
3 Swamp
1 Crumbling Necropolis
1 Geier Reach Sanitarium
32 cards

1 Sedris, the Traitor King
1 cards
Sedris, the Traitor King


First up, let's go over the changes to the manabase; we've added some new lands to the 300 card base we purchased last time. Feel free to ignore the new lands if you want to keep it even cheaper. Each new land can be substituted for any other land in Sedris' color identity.

New Lands

Drowned CatacombDragonskull SummitSulfur Falls

These checklands are, at worst, taplands, however, with the correct basic land type on your side of the field, they become dual lands.

All three lands together will run you about 1.30 tix.

Running Total: 1.30 Tix

Sunken RuinsGraven CairnsCascade Bluffs

The Filter Lands vary wildly in price, however, the three Grixis ones are relatively affordable. They provide excellent fixing and come into play untapped. With the relative cheapness of the nonland portion of the deck, we can afford all three. 

The cycle will run you about 3.75 tix. Fun fact: Cascade Bluffs is the single most expensive card in the deck at around 2.75 tix. Neat! 

Running Total: 5.05 Tix

Exotic Orchard

Exotic Orchard allows you to produce mana of a color and opponent's land could produce. This is a bit awkward in 1v1, but in multiplayer, you're almost sure to get at least two of your colors.

The Orchard costs about 0.70 tix.

Running Total: 5.75 Tix

(pic=Geier Reach Sanitarium)Nephalia DrownyardRix Maadi, Dungeon Palace

These three utility lands facilitate putting nerds in the graveyard. YMMV on how much you like them in three color decks, but the amount of mana rocks in the deck, I feel, makes up for some potentially awkward draws.

The three of these costs about 0.35 tix.

Running Total: 6.10 Tix

New Artifact Ramp

Only two new ones today, a pair of stones. They are:

Fellwar Stone

Fellwar Stone, like Exotic Orchard fills a similar role. It comes into play untapped like Mind Stone and Prismatic Lens, but has the potential to tap for any mana you might need.

The stone will cost a paltry 0.05 tix.

Worn Powerstone

Worn Powerstone is a love hate mana rock. We have a bit of a larger back end of the curve as a reanimator deck, so the powerstone allows us to more easily hit our big monsters.

The powerstone sits comfortably at 0.05 tix as well.

Running Total: 6.20 Tix

Card Draw, Card Advantage, and the Enablers

Unfulfilled Desires

Putting things in our graveyards is what we're all about. These cards are what will enable us to put things in our graveyard. Incidentally, many of them draw cards.

Running Total: 7.38 Tix

Removal, Creature or Otherwise


Grixis has almost Mardu levels of removal. This deck packs lots of spot removal in the form of Creature and Non-Creature cards. Our Non-Creature suite is cheap and efficient, and our Creature suite gets added value out of Sedris.

Running Total: 9.36 Tix

Reanimation; It's Alive!


Sometimes we don't always have our commander; sometimes we want our fatty to stick around. These cards will do both.

Running Total: 9.55 Tix

The Rest, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Bombs

Diluvian Primordial

These cards fill out the rest of our deck. They are either good tempo, beat face, offer utility, or end the game.

Final Total: 9.93 Tix, Final Total without manabase upgrade: 3.73 Tix

To me, this deck is equal parts "competitive" (as in it won't fold in on itself after a stiff breeze) and "fun" (as in it won't draw undue hate simply for existing). Sedris, the Traitor King is a commander that can lend itself to either all-in reanimation or Grixis control. This deck espouses a synthesis of these two archetypes, allowing the pilot to diversify their lines and plays.

In essence, this deck is the first building blocks ontop of our foundation of lands and mana rocks. Going forward, we'll take a look at a game with Sedris, and branch out with a second commander.

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