Tuesday Night Takeover

Brewed CEDH:Abaddon the Despoiler

Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn’t you tell the world, EH?

Art: Abaddon the Despoiler by Johan Grenier

Welcome to another installment of Brewed CEDH:

Abaddon the Despoiler is one of the Warhammer 40k commanders and he is a ton of fun. Any commander that allows us to cascade is always a good time. Though Abaddon is constantly compared to yidris, which is a rightful comparison as they do a lot of the same things. Abaddon is a still a fun grixis spellpile commander.

The Deck:

Abaddon's Doomsday Pile

Commander (1)
Abaddon the Despoiler

Creatures (7)
Dragon’s Rage Channeler
Dockside Extortionist
Faerie Mastermind
Thassa’s Oracle
Birgi, God of Storytelling
Simian Spirit Guide
Imperial Recruiter

Planeswalkers (1)
Narset, Parter of Veils

Spells (45)
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Profane Tutor
Alchemist’s Retrieval
An Offer You Can’t Refuse
Chain of Vapor
End the Festivities
Dark Ritual
Demonic Consultation
Faithless Looting
Gitaxian Probe
Flame Rift
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Price of Progress
Rain of Filth
Swan Song
Vampiric Tutor
Brain Freeze
Cabal Ritual
Demonic Tutor
Diabolic Intent
Dramatic Reversal
Final Fortune
Mana Drain
Tainted Pact
Deflecting Swat
Fierce Guardianship
Force of Negation
Frantic Search
Jeska’s Will
Praetor’s Grasp
Toxic Deluge
Wheel of Fortune
Yawgmoth’s Will
Deadly Rollick
Ad Nauseam
Force of Will

Artifacts (16)
Chrome Mox
Jeweled Lotus
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lotus Bloom
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mox Diamond
Mox Opal
Mana Vault
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Arcane Signet
Grim Monolith
Wishclaw Talisman
Aetherflux Reservoir
Bolas’s Citadel

Enchantments (3)
Mystic Remora
Underworld Breach
Rhystic Study
Lands (28)
Ancient Tomb
Arid Mesa
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
City of Brass
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Flooded Strand
Forbidden Orchard
Gemstone Caverns
Gemstone Mine
Luxury Suite
Mana Confluence
Marsh Flats
Morphic Pool
Otawara, Soaring City
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Spire of Industry
Steam Vents
Sulfurous Springs
Training Center
Underground River
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Watery Grave
Xander’s Lounge

Why Abaddon the Despoiler?

There are many great explosive spellpile commanders in CEDH, we chose Abaddon for two main reasons he is in grixis and he can give us free spells. Even with something as simple with a lightning bolt we can cast nearly our entire deck with so many low costed spells we can hit with Cascade. While Abaddon may not be Yidris he is still a fun and well positioned CEDH commander.

Deck Overview:

This deck really has two plans of attack one with Abaddon / without Abaddon, in games where we have him we can utilize cards like Lightning Bolt and Flame Rift to be able to hit most of our cascade combos in our deck. Without him we are a straight grixis doomsday deck with the usual suspects such as Demonic Consultation Thassa's Oracle as well as Tainted Pact. Our secondary combo is Bolas's Citadel with Aetherflux Reservoir and Sensei's Divining Top. Our last possible combo is Lion's Eye Diamond and Brain Freeze plus Underworld Breach. Other than that since this cedh we have a lot of ways to stop our opponents from comboing off and doing broken combos. We have the expected counterspells like Force of Will and Fierce Guardianship. But we also have a few targeted like Pyroblast and An Offer You Can't Refuse. We have a massive artifact base which we mostly utilize for mana but can help us get out and early and win very quickly. Overall I think Abaddon may not be the most explosive CEDH commander but still think he is a lot of fun as a doomsday pile!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Can win between turns 1-4
  • Cheap costs means cascades always hit
  • Large amount of protection against spells

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Other CEDH decks are more explosive
  • Abaddon is not always needed

Deck Stats:

Sample hands:

Main Win Conditions:

Tainted Pact and Thassa's Oracle

Demonic Consultation and Thassa's Oracle

Bolas's Citadel and Aetherflux Reservoir Sensei's Divining Top

Lion's Eye Diamond and Brain Freeze Underworld Breach


In conclusion I think Abaddon may not be the best CEDH commander but he is still fringe-positined and a lot of fun, he is often compared as Yidris without Green and that is very true. I think this deck is high powered and can hang with the top decks in the format. We have great combo potential with our ability to get it done quite early in the game as well as have some great mid – late game combo setups with Abaddon’s cascade ability allowing us to cast most cards in our deck!

Thanks for reading to the end!

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