Tuesday Night Takeover

Kenrith, the Returned King Druid Combo Brewed CEDH

“I was born into a nation of despair and I alone am the remedy.”

Art:Kenrith, the Returned King by Kieran Yanner

Kenrith is coming at you fast as anything. This is an adaptive combo-focused deck typically focusing on Hermit Druid combos, but we do also feature classic CEDH combos like Cephalid Breakfast, Underworld Breach, and Thoracle lines. Kenrith is one of my favorite commanders in casual EDH and a card I knew was popular in CEDH but isn’t very popular or played anymore. I have been having a blast testing this with my playgroup, and it is still an extremely strong deck; while we aren’t great against Stax, graveyard hate, or long grindy strategies, we are well positioned against a number of decks in the format. I am very excited to showcase this one today; without further adieu, let’s get it!

The Deck:

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Kenrith, the Returned King Druid Combo!

Commander (1)
Kenrith, the Returned King

Creatures (18)
Allosaurus Shepherd
Arbor Elf
Birds of Paradise
Elves of Deep Shadow
Fyndhorn Elves
Ignoble Hierarch
Noble Hierarch
Nomads en-Kor
Cephalid Illusionist
Dauthi Voidwalker
Dockside Extortionist
Gilded Drake
Hermit Druid
Phantasmal Image
Thassa’s Oracle
Opposition Agent

Battles (1)
Invasion of Ikoria

Instants (29)
Abrupt Decay
Ad Nauseam
An Offer You Can’t Refuse
Angel’s Grace
Assassin’s Trophy
Autumn’s Veil
Brain Freeze
Dark Ritual
Demonic Consultation
Eladamri’s Call
Enlightened Tutor
Force of Negation
Force of Vigor
Force of Will
Memory’s Journey
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Noxious Revival
Pact of Negation
Swan Song
Tainted Pact
Vampiric Tutor
Veil of Summer
Worldly Tutor

Sorceries (11)
Dread Return
Eldritch Evolution
Finale of Devastation
Gitaxian Probe
Green Sun’s Zenith
Imperial Seal
Postmortem Lunge
Wheel of Fortune

Artifacts (8)
Chrome Mox
Jeweled Lotus
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mox Diamond
Mana Vault
Sol Ring

Enchantments (3)
Mystic Remora
Sylvan Library
Underworld Breach
Lands (29)
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Boseiju, Who Endures
Breeding Pool
Cavern of Souls
City of Brass
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Forbidden Orchard
Gemstone Caverns
Mana Confluence
Misty Rainforest
Morphic Pool
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs
Volrath’s Stronghold
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

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Why Kenrith, The Returned King?

Outside of grindy games, we almost never cast Kenrith; they are primarily here for the five-color identity, but in the event, a game does go long, the various abilities can be strong and still allow us to pressure and threaten our opponents. Kenrith doesn’t have a huge role in the

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck! I also highlighted some of my favorite cards in the deck! The infinite combos and loops in the deck are listed below in the “Main Win Conditions” Section.


We have a ton of strong one-mana ramp like Noble Hierarch, Ignoble Hierarch, and Elves of Deep Shadow which are all great creatures that can be “pod”-ed up to get combo creatures and provide some strong early game colored mana. Dauthi Voidwalker is an amazing way to shutdown other graveyard based-strategies.


Sadly Invasion of Ikoria // Zilortha, Apex of Ikoria cannot fetch Hermit Druid but is a great way to grab many of our other combo pieces like Nomads en-Kor or Cephalid Illusionist and get them straight to the battlefield because it cant grab druid many decks don’t run this but I found it to be still quite strong and a great additional tutor for the deck.


If graveyard hate comes down Memory's Journey is a great way to protect combo pieces or key cards that we have already milled. Because of the low cost of the deck, we get a ton of value out of Ad Nauseam and can easily go through a large majority of the deck without too much of a life penalty. Veil of Summer, Autumn's Veil, and Silence are great ways to protect our combos when we go off. We also have some cheap counterspells like Force of Will, Pact of Negation and Mental Misstep, which allow us to combo off with ease.


Our sorcery package has a ton of strong tutors that help us get to the ultimate goal of comboing off and getting the win. Green Sun's Zenith, Finale of Devastation and Imperial Seal are great ways to grab our combo pieces. We also have some strong creature-based tutors like Neoform and Eldritch Evolution, which are all strong ways to “pod” our creatures up and find one of our combos. I love Postmortem Lunge in the deck because if we have a key creature die to removal and just need their effect for a turn or if we need to recur a combo creature.


Oop’s all mana rocks in our artifact package; all of these help with comboing off and allow us to get access to a ton of mana very early in the game. This allows us to go off on the second or third turn. We are lighter on artifacts than most decks, and that is so we have more protection and tutors for the combos.


We aren’t running Rhystic Study because it is generally too slow for the deck and we still get a ton of card draw value out of Mystic Remora. Sylvan Library is another amazing enchantment that gives us card selection and up to three draws a turn, a great way to cycle through the deck for combo pieces or tutors.

Land Base:

There isn’t a ton to say about our land base. We are running a ton of the original dual lands and a ton of fetches, as well as some strong utility lands like Mana Confluence and City of Brass. Gemstone Caverns is a great land that can help combo off very early. We are, of course, running no basics, which does make us weaker to cards like Assassin's Trophy, but we have to run no basics because of the Hermit Druid combo. I found this landbase to be strong and efficient for the deck.

Strengths of the Deck:

  • We are extremely fast, and because of the large amount of combos in the deck, we can easily go off in the first few turns.
  • We have quite a bit of cheap and free protection for our combos.
  • Our combos are extremely consistent and easy to learn/master; after just a few games, you can master the lines and how and when to go for them.

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • We are quite to graveyard hate like Grafdigger's Cage or Rest in Peace since all of our combos revolve around the graveyard.
  • We are not great against grindy decks that attempt to make the game long.
  • Because the deck is focused on going off fast and early we need to mulligan extremely aggressively.

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

We have a ton of strong combos in the deck and the combos are our main win condition. Below are the combos in the deck explained.

Demonic Consultation / Tainted Pact and Thassa's Oracle.

  1. Cast Thassa’s Oracle
  2. Hold Priority on the ETB and cast Demonic Consultation/Tainted Pact exiling your entire library
  3. The ETB resolves and you have more blue devotion compared to the cards in your deck so you win the game

Cephalid Illusionist + Nomads en-Kor


Cephalid Illusionist must be on the battlefield. Nomads en-Kor must be on the battlefield.


  1. Pay 0 to Nomads en-Kor targeting Cephalid Illusionist.
  2. Mill 3.
  3. Repeat.


Infinite self-mill.

Hermit Druid combo

  1. Cast Hermit Druid
  2. Use Hermit Druid’s ability putting your entire deck into your graveyard because there are no basics in the deck
  3. Narcomoeba triggers and goes onto the battlefield
  4. Flashback Dread Return targeting Thassa's Oracle
  5. Thassa's Oracle ETB’s The ETB resolves and you have more blue devotion compared to the cards in your deck so you win the game.

Underworld Breach + Lion's Eye Diamond + Wheel of Fortune


Underworld Breach must be on the battlefield. Lion’s Eye Diamond must be on the battlefield. Wheel of Fortune must be in the graveyard. You have at least six other cards in hand and/or graveyard.


  1. Activate Lion’s Eye Diamond by discarding your hand and sacrificing it, adding RRR.
  2. Cast Wheel of Fortune from your graveyard for its escape cost by paying 2R and exiling 3 cards from your graveyard.
  3. Resolve Wheel of Fortune, causing each player to discard their hand and draw seven cards.
  4. Cast Lion’s Eye Diamond from your graveyard for its escape cost by exiling 3 cards from your graveyard.
  5. Repeat.


Infinite draw triggers. Infinite looting. Infinite looting for opponents. Near-infinite storm count.

Underworld Breach + Lion's Eye Diamond + Brain Freeze


Underworld Breach must be on the battlefield. Lion’s Eye Diamond must be on the battlefield. Brain Freeze must be in the graveyard. You have at least six other cards in hand and/or graveyard.


  1. Activate Lion’s Eye Diamond by discarding your hand and sacrificing it, adding UUU.
  2. Cast Lion’s Eye Diamond from your graveyard for its escape cost by exiling three cards besides Brain Freeze from your graveyard.
  3. Cast Brain Freeze from your graveyard for its escape cost by paying 1U and exiling three cards from your graveyard.
  4. Brain Freeze’s storm ability triggers, creating at least one copy of Brain Freeze targeting yourself, and any remaining copies targeting an opponent.
  5. Resolve each Brain Freeze, causing yourself to mill six cards and, if applicable, an opponent to mill three cards for each Brain Freeze remaining.
  6. Repeat.


Infinite self-mill. Near-infinite colored mana. Near-infinite magecraft triggers. Near-infinite mill. Near-infinite storm count.


Kenrith is a very sweet commander and one of my favorites for casual EDH; I think Kenrith isn’t talked about much anymore in CEDH, but they can be built in various ways and strategies and can still be quite strong. I have been having a blast with this deck, and it can combo off super early in the game and go off with additional protection. Kenrith is such a cool commander, and who doesn’t love five-color?! Thanks for reading to the end and for all of your support!