Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide

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The long-awaited Warhammer 40,000 Commander decks are finally released. We first heard about these decks about a year ago, but our patience is paying off. Necron Dynasties is the black mono of these decks, led by Szarekh, the Silent King. This Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide is here to help you improve it.

Special deck, special guide

If you’re like me, you could buy these decks and leave them untouched. There’s something satisfying about how all the cards have Warhammer art and have all been designed to look great together. However, I also recognize that these decks introduce several new legendary creatures to the format, each of which has already captured the imagination of brewers.

This article is going to be a little different from my typical leveling guides. Rather than talk about how to improve this deck out of the box, I want to write about each new commander individually and how to tune this precon to synergize with that card’s abilities. I’ll include my usual power level estimates, but I won’t talk about how to improve mana, or recommend removing cards from this deck to make room for new additions.

Many of these commanders will be similar to each other, as they come in the same precon. But as we explore the things that make them unique, I expect most, if not all, of them will present a compelling reason to make them the commander of their own deck.

If you don’t already have a Necron Dynasties deck, you can get it from Amazon.

Necron Dynasties Deck List

*Find new Necron Dynasties cards here.

Szarekh, the Silent King

First, we have the face commander for this deck. Szarekh wants you to play artifacts, especially artifact creatures and vehicles. It’s not the first artifact commander, even in black. However, this deck seems like a very compelling version of that archetype. It leans heavily on one of black’s strengths: the ability to remove cards from your graveyard. Thanks to this, the deck probably doesn’t need to include too much auto-mill. The more resuscitation, on the other hand, probably the better.

Szarekh mentions both artifact creatures and vehicles on his map. You can include either individually or both together. There’s a lot more to it than that, but here are two short lists of some of the relevant cards from each of these card types that you might want to consider for your Szarekh deck:

Artifact Creatures

Vehicles

Also, in a vehicle deck, there are a handful of cards that combine well. These aren’t vehicles themselves, but I’m sure you’ll find them very useful:

Szeras Illuminator

Illuminator Szeras Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide

One thing that black does better than most other colors is make a ton of mana. Usually he uses cards like Cabal Coffers or Nirkana Revenant and can only produce black mana. Szeras is no exception. Similar to Burnt Offering, Szeras lets you trade your creatures for specifically black mana. Here are a few cards that do the same and would be perfectly at home in this deck:

Once you have all that black mana, the world is yours. You can do almost anything with it. The fruit at hand, however, is casting spells with an X in their mana costs. For instance:

Meathook Massacre Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide

Some of these cards may be quite familiar, but that doesn’t make them bad. Part of the fun of this deck will be getting to those cliched victory conditions in a unique way. Speaking of which, you’ll need creatures to sacrifice if you plan on using Szeras to cast those big spells. If you’re able to cast creatures for less than their mana value, Szeras can serve as a repeatable ritual effect. There are tons of creatures that let you lower their own casting cost. Here are a few that I found:

Imotekh the Storm Lord

Imotekh the Stormlord Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide

This Commander reminds me a lot of another beloved Dark Commander, Syr Konrad, the Grim. The fact that he cares about artifacts leaving your graveyard allows you to gain additional value from an already powerful archetype: the reviver.

This archetype has a lot of overlap with others like Aristocrats (think Agent of the Iron Throne) and combo. You could easily add elements from these other strategies to flesh out this deck a bit more, but for now, take a look at these cards that remove artifacts from your graveyard:

Remember that Imotekh’s ability will also trigger if you have any artifacts in your graveyard when you exile him. Cards like Bojuka Bog serve double duty when they can save you from an opponent’s engine or act as a finisher when you have a full graveyard.

Anrakyr, the Traveler

Anrakyr the Traveler Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide

I’m really glad they printed this card, because this archetype is one of my favorites. There are already a handful of decks that use this strategy, but Anrakyr is another fantastic option for a commander who uses your life total as a resource.

Some of the most powerful cards in the format allow you to spend life rather than mana to cast spells. For instance:

Bolas Citadel Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide

The hardest part will be finding cards that will also keep you alive or worry that your life total is really low. Here are some of the cool cards I’ve found that fit that description:

With all of this life manipulation in your deck, you might want to include a life gain as a safety valve. There are many ways to do it in black, but here are three of my favorites:

Trazyn the Infinite

Trazyn the Infinite Necron Dynasties Leveling Guide

The final legendary creature in the game has a name that tells us exactly what we need to do with the map: go to infinity. For those unfamiliar with this phrase, the goal for us is to find a combination of effects that generate as many or more resources than the amount needed to activate the abilities. This then allows you to repeat the loop over and over again until nauseated. Here are some examples :

Since Trazyn can have any activated abilities of artifacts in your graveyard, you want artifacts with powerful activated abilities. These are well known to be powerful combo activators in Magic, so it will be easy to generate infinite loops. In fact, you’ll probably come across some of them by chance just by playing with them.

Necron Dynasties Domination Staff Leveling Guide

Here are some great options to get you started:

The secrets of the universe are at your fingertips

If you decide to build around one of these commanders, I hope this Necron Dynasties leveling guide is a good starting point for you. If you’ve found inspiration in any of these suggestions, or thought of a powerful synergy I’ve missed, let me know in the comments. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

You can find more information about the Warhammer 40k Commander deck here. Also check out the leveling guides for other decks:

  • Tyranid Swarm (Coming soon)
  • The Powers of Ruin (Coming soon)
  • Imperium Forces (Coming soon)

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