Highland Celebrity Death Match

by Puschkin on 03 October 2016

Main Deck (61 cards)

Sideboard (1 card)

Planeswalkers (1)

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Deck Description

This is a theme deck, kind of. Who of you is old enough to remember the time when MTV was actually playing music videos? It had some shows back then, too, but they were directly music related. One of the best shows ever was "Celebrity Death Match". Each episode was a stop-motion clip where modelling clay versions of celebrity musicians beat the shit out if each other in a bloody wrestling match until one of them was dead. Check it out on YouTube.

Anyway, there is a card called "Death Match" which says:
"Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, that creature's controller may have target creature of his or her choice get -3/-3 until end of turn."

I used in my "U can't touch this" deck alongside of Shroud critters and it turned out to be pretty useful in multiplayer even without Shroud dudes. So I decided to make a deck around it but wanted something funny. Here it is: A Celebrity Death Match! All my creatures are legends and I tried to pick the ones that are most famous in my group, but I also had other criteria: They need a toughness of 4 or greater ( so they survive at least one activation of Death Match) and guys like Stangg are here because they trigger Death Match multiple times. And since I was going legends-only I figured I might as well go highlander (with the exception of the Death Matches of course).
I also added more cards that fit in thematically, in most cases both mechanic wise and lore wise, for example Arena, Heroes' Podium and so on.

I haven't assembled the deck yet because some of the cards are occupied in other decks. However, when I play it I plan to take notes about who of my celebs kills which other celebs during games :) Need to practice that anouncer guy voice.

How to Play

Some tricks & single card choices explained:

Artifact/Aura Mutation:
Trigger Death Match multiple times! Since they are instant speed, you can wreak havoc with this - spare it for the moment someone is attacking you. Note that Death Match trigger is a may effect, you don't have to if there aren't enough targets.

Mana Base:
20 Lands looks like it isn't enough for a 5 colour deck that has some pricy guys, but there are quite some mana artifacts in the mix as well as those two new fantastic basic land cyclers from Commander 2016. It's still a slow deck and something like Blood Moon kills you, however, I will only play it in relaxed environments.

Dragonlord Kolaghan
This guy is an exception since he really hasn't fame status in our group yet (for us it's still a "new" card ...), however, I plan to change that :) He is pretty strong of his own (Rorix, you are heavily outdated, sniff!), but also adds haste to the other celebrities. On top of it he punishes everyone to play more than one copy of the same card, basically punishing anyone that doesn't play highlander. I know that that effect applies to opponents only anyway (as all new cards do - symmetrical cards are passĂȘ), but I pretend that isn't the case.

As I found out in my "Rendered Dead" deck, this equipment is as strong as I suspected and I still in amazement that it isn't played more requently in casual. It doesn't fit much in here thematically other than being a sword, but it's just too strong to ignore since it instantly replaces any losses you might have, even triggering Death Match again!

Hero's Blade
Perfect example of a card that looks like it was made for this deck :)

Arena, Unnatural Selection & Setessian Tactics
More ways to let your celebs fight with others in the case your Death Match gets destroyed.

Treacherous Terrain
Is in here mainly for that basic land cycling BUT it's a killer if you draw it late game and might safe your ass when creatures are shut down somehow (which is often the case in multiplayer).

Phyrexian Arena
Is mainly here for the name. I am not so sure if I can actually afford to lose that life or if I need card draw in the first place since my cards are on the expensive side of things. One of the first cards to cut when I need to make adjustments.

Hazezon Tamar, Nemata, Rith, Verdeloth
All those tokes trigger Death Match!

Brion + Child of Alara

Deck Tags

  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Theme
  • Multiplayer
  • Legendary
  • Token

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NOTE: Set by owner when deck was made.

Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Not Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Not Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for Highland Celebrity Death Match

Lol this looks really fun!
If you got a Captain Sisay, that's a really good card, since you can tutor other celebrities, as well as legendary lands. It works really well with Minamo, School at Water's Edge, since you can tutor, then untap for another one! Time of Need is also basically a Demonic Tutor for legends.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse, Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep, and possibly Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers could be good with your guys as well (maybe not so much Okina, but the first two can be deceptively powerful).

Overall the deck looks really funny and I would love to play it! Tell us how you did with it!

Posted 28 November 2016 at 01:09


I do own a Sisay and considered but opted against her because of her low toughness - she wouldn't survive a single Death Match trigger and would therefore probably die before she gets active.

I didn't boost the Kamigawa block and am missing many of these lands, sadly.

Posted 28 November 2016 at 12:18


I would love to play a deck like this. Looks a lot of fun to play on a FNM or with a group of friends for a card night. :)

Posted 30 November 2016 at 08:24


The latter is exactly what most of my decks are for - I am lucky enough to have a group of regulars, many of which play with for 15+ years :)

Posted 30 November 2016 at 18:07


Damn yea before I left for the Navy I had a big group of friends that I played with every Tuesday Night. Once I got out and had time again to play all my friends where out of town. Kinda sucks! Working on building a new group of players. Hopefully I can get those card nights back again.

Posted 01 December 2016 at 19:54


Replaced one of the sorceries that cause creatures to fight with Guild Feud, which is a perfect match for this deck.

Posted 24 April 2017 at 20:50