Tuesday Night Takeover

Brewed CEDH: Archelos Stax Hybrid

In the Race of CEDH the tortoise beats the Hare every time, well probably not every time but at least sometimes.

Art: Archelos, Lagoon Mystic by Dan Scott

Please note: Since this is a CEDH deck no budget considerations have been made

Welcome to another installment of Brewed CEDH

Today’s deck is Archelos Stax utilizing, Archelos, Lagoon Mystic is a Stax machine, his ability to tap all incoming permanents when he is tapped, we can use this as one of our built-in Stax pieces. We can use cards like Springleaf Drum to force tap our Archelos to stop our opponents. We are in every way a combo deck with Stax elements, but Archelos fits nicely into this role. As always Stax might not make you the most popular at the table but it can be fun if you enjoy the playstyle!

The Deck:

Archelos Stax Combo

Commander (1)
Archelos, Lagoon Mystic

Creatures (15)
Arbor Elf
Birds of Paradise
Deathrite Shaman
Elves of Deep Shadow
Jaspera Sentinel
Llanowar Elves
Bloom Tender
Dauthi Voidwalker
Dark Confidant
Gilded Drake
Phantasmal Image
Thassa’s Oracle
Opposition Agent
Notion Thief

Planeswalkers (1)
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

Spells (32)
Pact of Negation
Chain of Vapor
Dark Ritual
Demonic Consultation
Gitaxian Probe
Imperial Seal
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Nature’s Claim
Noxious Revival
Swan Song
Veil of Summer
Worldly Tutor
Force of Vigor
Assassins Trophy
Cyclonic Rift
Demonic Tutor
Dramatic Reversal
Mana Drain
Muddle the Mixture
Tainted Pact
Fierce Guardianship
Force of Negation
Ad Nauseam

Artifacts (14)
Chrome Mox
Jeweled Lotus
Mana Crypt
Mox Diamond
Amulet of Vigor
Grafdigger’s Cage
Sol Ring
Arcane Signet
Staff of Domination
Sphere of Resistance
Thorn of Amethyst
Winter Orb
Tangle Wire

Enchantments (7)
Carpet of Flowers
Mystic Remora
Sylvan Library
Back to Basics
Rhystic Study
Lands (30)
Bloodstained Mire
City of Brass
Command Tower
Flooded Strand
Forbidden Orchard
Gemstone Caverns
Mana Confluence
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Morphic Pool
Mystic Sanctuary
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Rejuvenating Springs
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Tarnished Citadel
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Undergrowth Stadium
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Why Archelos, Lagoon Mystic?

There are two main reasons to chose Archelos as a Stax option. The first being that he is a built in Stax style effect forcing all permanents to come in tapped when he is tapped. Additionally Archelos is in some of the best CEDH colors being {B}{U}{G}, this allows us to play most of the best cards in the format. Archelos is great at resource denial as well as having large combo capability.

Deck Overview:

Since we are a stax /combo hybrid deck there are a lot of cards that benefit both. Since we are in {B}{U}{G} we have access to a ton of low costed draw spells so that we can cycle through our deck quickly even with limited resources. We can utilize Tainted Pact and Demonic Consultation combined with Thassa's Oracle as our main win conditions. The main stax pieces in our deck are Sphere of Resistance, Thorn of Amethyst and Back to Basics. Carpet of Flowers is also quite strong in this deck with many CEDH decks utilizing islands. Another card to highlight is Earthcraft tapping Archelos and untapping a basic is a great trade for only two mana. One of the best artifacts in our deck is Amulet of Vigor Allowing us to negate Archelos effect for our board. We are very strong against combo style decks since we have access to many destruction / counterspells. We can assemble our combo quite early or force our opponents to play at the speed we want.

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Strong against combo decks
  • Our deck allows us to negate Archelos effect against us
  • Strong combo package allowing for quick wins

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Not great in counterspell wars
  • Stax mirror match can be difficult

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

Our main win con’s are Demonic Consultation and Thassa's Oracle. As well as Tainted Pact and Thassa's Oracle. If our Thassa’s Oracle is destroyed or countered we also have a backup Jace, Wielder of Mysteries.


In conclusion I think that Archelos is a great CEDH commander, the only complaint I have is it feels like a lot of other CEDH Combo decks. Overall though the Stax package changes the deck enough to make it intreseting. I think Archelos is a great CEDH commander and although he may not be tier 1 I think he is a well positioned and fun tier 2 commander.

Thanks for reading to the end!