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Dec 11 2013

Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker, Queen of Mono-Black Synergy

Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker EDH Deck

Hello to all! My name is Jared Smith, and I have just been given a volunteer writing position here at mtgcasualplay and I figure my first article should be a little bit of background about myself. I am eighteen years old, still currently in high school (so I’m on a part time job budget), work at McDonalds, and love Mexican food! I first began Magic my sophomore year of high school and played kitchen table magic with my friends. Moving forward in my magic career I became obsessed with playing Standard at FNM with my Chapin inspired Grixis Control deck (think [card]Olivia Voldaren[/card], [card]Desperate Ravings[/card], and [card]Doom Blade[/card]) during Scars and Innistrad. After Rotation I began to play a four color Reanimator deck that focused on using [card]Unburial Rites[/card] to return [card]Griselbrand[/card] to the battle field after a [card]Grisly Salvage[/card]. It was around this time that I first heard of EDH and I almost instantly fell in love with it!

My first Deck was a janky [card]Bruna, Light of Alabaster[/card] deck that used [card]Traumatize[/card] to beef up Bruna for a hopeful OTK on an unsuspecting opponent. However, it was not long until Bruna and I parted ways. I then found while snooping around old Kamigawa legends a new card, [card]Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker[/card] and it was love at first site. I instantly began to look around for inspiration for a list. I found the components of the Shirei shell on a number of sites, namely Tappedout and Top and Go’s TheOther99. After I had a basic list I began to customize my list until I created the list that I have today! Like all EDH decks, it is never finished, always able to be upgraded and expanded upon as new cards come out and new combos are discovered, however; I believe for the most part that I am content with the list that I have. The only two cards that I am currently testing is the [card]Gray Merchant of Asphodel[/card] and the [card]Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx[/card]. Both of which have been phenomenal so far but only time shall tell… So without further ado! I present to you! Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker, Queen of Mono-Black Synergy!

[deck title=Shirei, Shizo’s Caretake, Queen of Mono-Black Synergy]


*1 Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker



*1 Gray Merchant of Asphodel

*1 Scarecrone

*1 Bottle Gnomes

*1 Braids, Cabal Minion

*1 Bone Shredder

*1 Reassembling Skeleton

*1 Heap Doll

*1 Disciple of Griselbrand

*1 Mortician Beetle

*1 Butcher of Malakir

*1 Mindless Automaton

*1 Death Cultist

*1 Wall of Shadows

*1 Wall of Souls

*1 Soldevi Adnate

*1 Crypt Rats

*1 Maga, Traitor to Mortals

*1 Pawn of Ulamog

*1 Viscera Seer

*1 Thoughtpicker Witch

*1 Falkenrath Noble

*1 Blood Pet

*1 Guiltfeeder

*1 Scavenger Drake

*1 Steel Hellkite

*1 Bloodflow Connoisseur

*1 Coffin Queen

*1 Gutless Ghoul

*1 Blood Artist

*1 Fleshbag Marauder

*1 Skirsdag High Priest

*1 Reaper from the Abyss

*1 Abyssal Gatekeeper

*1 Sorceress Queen

*1 Cadaver Imp

*1 Harvester of Souls

*1 Sheoldred, Whispering One



*1 Contamination

*1 Grave Pact

*1 Underworld Connections

*1 Black Market

*1 Attrition



*1 Life’s Finale

*1 Sadistic Sacrament

*1 Profane Command

*1 Diabolic Revelation

*1 Increasing Ambition

*1 Diabolic Tutor

*1 Mutilate

*1 Exsanguinate



*1 Dark Ritual



*1 Lightning Greaves

*1 Spawning Pit

*1 Swiftfoot Boots

*1 Skullclamp

*1 Mana Vault

*1 Ashnod’s Altar

*1 Crucible of Worlds

*1 Darksteel Plate

*1 Culling Dais

*1 Nim Deathmantle

*1 Sol Ring

*1 Crystal Ball



*1 Strip Mine

*1 Reliquary Tower

*1 Tectonic Edge

*1 Thespian’s Stage

*1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

*1 Ghost Quarter

*1 Cabal Coffers

*1 Temple Garden

*28 Swamp




So this is the deck as I have it so far, I am constantly adding to it, and I am always taking suggestions to improve it! This deck is a blast to play and it seems like no game is ever the same, Shirei causing creatures return always allow for new things! I hope that this won’t be the last you hear from me and I look forward to writing again! Until then, keep tapping those cards!




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