I’ve only been following this site for a short while, but I really look forward to this series. I enjoy deck building advice that includes theory style advice. Examples are great, but advice about how to determine path that has synergy with a general is excellent. Any advice about how to make a deck more than the sum of its parts is definitely something to look forward to.
I was gonna say that Xiahou Dun and Toshiro Umezawa seem like a tag team made in heaven…I think you want Umezawa as general, and then you use Xiahou Dun to recur the permanents/sorceries you need (Grave Pact, Demonic Tutor etc.) to keep Umezawa satisfied with flashback triggers. Maybe even add in a Morbid sub-theme!
Every creature is both synergistic and a lightening rod….you can overwhelm removal between drawing a million questions and using reanimation spells + Xiahou to keep bringing them back. not a graveyard deck.
I built a mono black Voltron Xiahou dun EDH when the judge foil became mildly affordable…It did a lot better than I expected with the use of bonehoard, hatred, strata scythe, lashwrithe and like to push out massive damage…Quietus spike also goes well with the Unblockable ability. Also some self-recursive creatures would be useful with all the sac outlets and grave pact effects. Gate to phyrexia is always useful in mono black as a artifact removal spell.
I think for the sacrifice theme, you should consider Moriok Replica, and definitely Butcher of Malakir. Also, in mono black with an self-sacrificing general: Sword of Light and Shadow is going to be awesome…Have you considered Staff of Nin for painless drawing and some damage too?
- Haunted Crossroads, putting Xiahou Dun on the library, then drawing an playing him.
- Phyrexian Reclamation, returning Xiahou Dun to hand and replaying him.
- Dawn Of The Dead, putting Xiahou Dun into play.