Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is the greatest indictment of my literacy in all of recorded history.

Years ago I decided I should foray into more "casual" commander landscapes, so I scoured the internet for a general that would tickle my fancy. 

"Choose a creature card at random from target opponent's graveyard. Put that card onto the battlefield under your control."

Aw hell yea, that sounded good. I mean, it costs seven mana. For that much of an investment it seemed like a bargain. I'll gladly drop money for this deck! In 2012 this meant $60 dual lands and $10 fetch lands. Oh, what a world to live in again. I dropped an easy thousand dollars to flush this deck out. 

Euro lands? Check.
Foil Japanese cards? Check.
Hard to find variants? Check and check.

I even rolled this deck into a GP pod for the first game I was ever going to play with it. I knew it would be good. With acceleration out there like Grim Monolith I could power out Tariel, Reckoner of Souls as early as turn three or four. Then it would be smooth sailing from there on out. After casting a board wipe with a Lightning Greaves in play it was almost too easy. I cast Tariel, equipped the Greaves, and activated them. My god, how was this commander not broken? "I'll take your Yosei, the Morning Star" I stated smugly. 

"It puts a creature card at random into play."

I picked up Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, put on my reading glasses, and gave it the ole' once over. 

"Come again?" I wheezed.

"At random, Mark."

I could feel the room spinning. Mark, you idiot, you built an entire Commander deck without reading the fudging general. You literally handed people hundreds of dollars, put cards in sleeves, thought about what would go in the deck, worked out a list, and then you didn't read the commander. You just didn't. Read. The. Commander. 

Ok.

So, I took a creature at random. Got Yosei, the Morning Star. EZClap.

Won the pod. 

Best day of my life, barely edging out my wedding and the birth of my only son. 

"You know how good casting a Living Death with a Flayer of the Hatebound is?" I laughed.

"Not good because it exiles the creatures in your graveyard and puts them into play. They aren't entering from your graveyard. You can't do that," my friend said. 

Twice in one day? How bad at Magic was I? I couldn't read! This is fundamental to the game! Mark! You built the deck on a lie!

It was over. My spirit left my body and began floating above the clouds. Every game I played with Tariel, Reckoner of Souls after that was a reminder of my own stupidity. I took her apart weeks later. I flushed money down the drain. I went to my doctor's office and got a stronger prescription for my glasses. This was, in fact, the worst timeline. 

But that won't stop me. 

I was waxing poetic about my pet Azusa, Lost but Seeking deck a few weeks ago and I remembered that Tariel, Reckoner of Souls was built right after her, so why not give this deck the chance it deserves? Now we're building it as adults that don't need purple dinosaurs on television to teach us words. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Tariel, Reckoner of Souls by Mark Nestico

'Tariel, Reckoner of Souls' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Mark Nestico

Event:

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Commander

Market Price: $1011.09

Cards

Reya Dawnbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.15

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Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Whip of Erebos

Color Identity:B

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Creatures you control have lifelink.
{2}{B}{B}, {T}: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Ob Nixilis Reignited

Color Identity:B

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+1: You draw a card and you lose 1 life.
−3: Destroy target creature.
−8: Target opponent gets an emblem with "Whenever a player draws a card, you lose 2 life."

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Urabrask the Hidden

Color Identity:R

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Creatures you control have haste.
Creatures your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Color Identity:B,W

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+1: Reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. Each opponent loses life equal to its mana value.
−X: Sorin, Grim Nemesis deals X damage to target creature or planeswalker and you gain X life.
−9: Create a number of 1/1 black Vampire Knight creature tokens with lifelink equal to the highest life total among all players.

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Noxious Gearhulk

Color Identity:B

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Menace
When Noxious Gearhulk enters the battlefield, you may destroy another target creature. If a creature is destroyed this way, you gain life equal to its toughness.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Geth, Lord of the Vault

Color Identity:B

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Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)
{X}{B}: Put target artifact or creature card with mana value X from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control tapped. Then that player mills X cards.

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Graven Cairns

Color Identity:B,R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{B/R}, {T}: Add {B}{B}, {B}{R}, or {R}{R}.

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Wrath of God

Color Identity:W

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Reanimate

Color Identity:B

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Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. You lose life equal to its mana value.

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Read the Bones

Color Identity:B

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Scry 2, then draw two cards. You lose 2 life.

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Solemn Simulacrum

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When Solemn Simulacrum enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.

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Caves of Koilos

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.

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Clifftop Retreat

Color Identity:R,W

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Clifftop Retreat enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Plains.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Unburial Rites

Color Identity:B,W

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Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Flashback {3}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Palace Siege

Color Identity:B

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As Palace Siege enters the battlefield, choose Khans or Dragons.
• Khans — At the beginning of your upkeep, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Dragons — At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Terminate

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Indulgent Tormentor

Color Identity:B

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Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, draw a card unless target opponent sacrifices a creature or pays 3 life.

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Bloodstained Mire

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Dragonskull Summit

Color Identity:B,R

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Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Tormenting Voice

Color Identity:R

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards.

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Damnation

Color Identity:B

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Tariel, Reckoner of Souls

Color Identity:B,R,W

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Flying, vigilance
{T}: Choose a creature card at random from target opponent's graveyard. Put that card onto the battlefield under your control.

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Chromatic Lantern

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Lands you control have "{T}: Add one mana of any color."
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Angel of Despair

Color Identity:B,W

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Flying
When Angel of Despair enters the battlefield, destroy target permanent.

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Dragonlord Kolaghan

Color Identity:B,R

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Flying, haste
Other creatures you control have haste.
Whenever an opponent casts a creature or planeswalker spell with the same name as a card in their graveyard, that player loses 10 life.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Sign in Blood

Color Identity:B

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Target player draws two cards and loses 2 life.

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Animate Dead

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature card in a graveyard
When Animate Dead enters the battlefield, if it's on the battlefield, it loses "enchant creature card in a graveyard" and gains "enchant creature put onto the battlefield with Animate Dead." Return enchanted creature card to the battlefield under your control and attach Animate Dead to it. When Animate Dead leaves the battlefield, that creature's controller sacrifices it.
Enchanted creature gets -1/-0.

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Merciless Eviction

Color Identity:B,W

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Choose one —
• Exile all artifacts.
• Exile all creatures.
• Exile all enchantments.
• Exile all planeswalkers.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Phyrexian Arena

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Nahiri, the Harbinger

Color Identity:R,W

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+2: You may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.
−2: Exile target enchantment, tapped artifact, or tapped creature.
−8: Search your library for an artifact or creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle. It gains haste. Return it to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.

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Cast Down

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target nonlegendary creature.

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Crackling Doom

Color Identity:B,R,W

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Crackling Doom deals 2 damage to each opponent. Each opponent sacrifices a creature with the greatest power among creatures that player controls.

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Magister of Worth

Color Identity:B,W

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Flying
Will of the council — When Magister of Worth enters the battlefield, starting with you, each player votes for grace or condemnation. If grace gets more votes, each player returns each creature card from their graveyard to the battlefield. If condemnation gets more votes or the vote is tied, destroy all creatures other than Magister of Worth.

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Ever After

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

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Return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to the battlefield. Each of those creatures is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types. Put Ever After on the bottom of its owner's library.

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Gilded Lotus

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{T}: Add three mana of any one color.

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Sheoldred, Whispering One

Color Identity:B

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player sacrifices a creature.

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Grave Betrayal

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature you don't control dies, return it to the battlefield under your control with an additional +1/+1 counter on it at the beginning of the next end step. That creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.

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Bloodgift Demon

Color Identity:B

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Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, target player draws a card and loses 1 life.

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Nomad Outpost

Color Identity:B,R,W

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Nomad Outpost enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}, {W}, or {B}.

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Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

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Temple of Malice enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malice enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Choose a color. Add an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

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Black Market

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature dies, put a charge counter on Black Market.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add {B} for each charge counter on Black Market.

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Badlands

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)

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Utter End

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent.

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Smoldering Marsh

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
Smoldering Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Debtors' Knell

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.34

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({W/B} can be paid with either {W} or {B}.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Sun Titan

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.48

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Vigilance
Whenever Sun Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, you may return target permanent card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Beacon of Unrest

Color Identity:B

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Put target artifact or creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. Shuffle Beacon of Unrest into its owner's library.

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Marsh Flats

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Marsh Flats: Search your library for a Plains or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Thrill of Possibility

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards.

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Ashen Rider

Color Identity:B,W

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Flying
When Ashen Rider enters the battlefield or dies, exile target permanent.

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Profane Procession

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.92

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{3}{W}{B}: Exile target creature. Then if there are three or more cards exiled with Profane Procession, transform it.

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Oblivion Ring

Color Identity:W

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When Oblivion Ring enters the battlefield, exile another target nonland permanent.
When Oblivion Ring leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Day of Judgment

Color Identity:W

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Destroy all creatures.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Living Death

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.50

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Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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Needle Spires

Color Identity:R,W

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Needle Spires enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.
{2}{R}{W}: Needle Spires becomes a 2/1 red and white Elemental creature with double strike until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Commander's Sphere

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.
Sacrifice Commander's Sphere: Draw a card.

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Sepulchral Primordial

Color Identity:B

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Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)
When Sepulchral Primordial enters the battlefield, for each opponent, you may put up to one target creature card from that player's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Black Sun's Zenith

Color Identity:B

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Put X -1/-1 counters on each creature. Shuffle Black Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

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Combustible Gearhulk

Color Identity:R

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First strike
When Combustible Gearhulk enters the battlefield, target opponent may have you draw three cards. If the player doesn't, you mill three cards, then Combustible Gearhulk deals damage to that player equal to the total mana value of those cards.

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Shambling Vent

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $1.17

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Shambling Vent enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.
{1}{W}{B}: Shambling Vent becomes a 2/3 white and black Elemental creature with lifelink until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Isolated Chapel

Color Identity:B,W

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Isolated Chapel enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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In Garruk's Wake

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.76

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Destroy all creatures you don't control and all planeswalkers you don't control.

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Vampiric Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, then shuffle and put that card on top. You lose 2 life.

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Ancient Tomb

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Ancient Tomb deals 2 damage to you.

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Elspeth, Sun's Champion

Color Identity:W

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+1: Create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
−3: Destroy all creatures with power 4 or greater.
−7: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have flying."

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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Lord of the Void

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.03

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Flying
Whenever Lord of the Void deals combat damage to a player, exile the top seven cards of that player's library, then put a creature card from among them onto the battlefield under your control.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.31

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Liliana Vess

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $18.18

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+1: Target player discards a card.
−2: Search your library for a card, then shuffle and put that card on top.
−8: Put all creature cards from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control.

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Rune-Scarred Demon

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Rune-Scarred Demon enters the battlefield, search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Battlefield Forge

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

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Mogis, God of Slaughter

Color Identity:B,R

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to black and red is less than seven, Mogis isn't a creature.
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, Mogis deals 2 damage to that player unless they sacrifice a creature.

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Cabal Coffers

Color Identity:B

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Faithless Looting

Color Identity:R

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards.
Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Obzedat, Ghost Council

Color Identity:B,W

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When Obzedat, Ghost Council enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
At the beginning of your end step, you may exile Obzedat. If you do, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of your next upkeep. It gains haste.

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Fetid Heath

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/B}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{B}, or {B}{B}.

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Cauldron Dance

Color Identity:B,R

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Cast this spell only during combat.
Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. That creature gains haste. Return it to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.
You may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield. That creature gains haste. Its controller sacrifices it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Mortify

Color Identity:B,W

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Destroy target creature or enchantment.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Vault of the Archangel

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{W}{B}, {T}: Creatures you control gain deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn.

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Temple of Triumph

Color Identity:R,W

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Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Staff of Nin

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At the beginning of your upkeep, draw a card.
{T}: Staff of Nin deals 1 damage to any target.

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Rise of the Dark Realms

Color Identity:B

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Put all creature cards from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control.

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Right. So there it is. This is what happens when you read your Magic cards and come to a conclusion of what a deck should look like once you've put all the pieces together.

At the surface it's any reanimator deck you've seen before, only it eschews the popular color green like you'd see in traditional Sultai or Abzan-based graveyard decks. Those usually rely on a two-pronged approach: ramping and reanimating. Blue gives you the ability to draw a lot of cards and fill up your graveyard. Green gives you all the ramp you need to actually cast the creatures if you draw them naturally. With Mardu, you have to play things a bit differently. 

I treat this variant of Tariel, Reckoner of Souls more like it's a control deck. At its core it plays card advantage engines like Faithless Looting, Phyrexian Arena and Debtors Knell. These are all in the deck because we need ways to keep up with blue decks. Where the paradigm shifts is with the removal package, which you'll see is specifically designed to combat creature-heavy decks. Wrath of God, Merciless Eviction and Crackling Doom coupled with a bevy of single-target removal spells are meant to keep the road clear for the bigger creatures in your arsenal. 

AND BOY HOWDY DO YOU HAVE SOME BIG ONES!

First and foremost, I love the Gearhulks. I think they all play a huge role in why this deck is good and they made me want to rebuild it in the first place. Cataclysmic Gearhulk is a big body for cheap that has a huge effect on a cluttered board. This will often leave you with the better state over the rest of the table, and is a clear inclusion. 

Noxious Gearhulk is two things: removal and pressure. Gaining life, while important, isn't nearly as big as unconditional removal that can kill just almost any creature in Magic. When reanimated once or twice it's always going to blow out the biggest threat and give you a 5/4 with menace to attack a newly crippled opponent. 

Combustible Gearhulk is my favorite card in the deck. Either you draw three cards and you nuke someone for a ton of damage. It's easy to see the curve in this deck lends itself to more expensive, powerful cards. When Combustible Gearhulk reveals five, six and seven-mana cards, it's absurd value tacked onto a big, first-striking body. Dealing upwards of 20 damage off of three flips happens more often than you'd think. And if they don't? Cool! Draw three cards on a red creature. Seems good to me!

The rest fills itself out quite nicely, and each creature has a purpose. You want Magister of Worth against creature centered decks. Angel of Despair will answer any permanent. Lord of the Void can be freakish value and the exiling is very relevant. Obzedat, Ghost Council gives control decks absolute fits, and sticks around to continue draining people. It's the sleeper best card in the deck, and even better when you can power it out a turn early. Sepulchral Primordial is arguably the best card in the deck to play after a sweeper, or possibly just the best period. Dragonlord Kolaghan is lethal after a Rise of the Dark Realms

This deck has immense play to it, and putting it back together has been a joy. It might not be the most powerful commander out there, but hey—at least I can read it now.