Here is my take on Doran. I could really care less about his abilty. He is in a color trio that I really like and is essentially a 5/5 for 3 mana giving you an early game beater while everyone else is trying to ramp and fix their mana. It would work just as well as a Teneb deck but people don't kill Doran on the spot like they kill Mr. Harvester.
The deck is currently constructed to make it rather difficult for opponents to kill my creatures and keep them killed. Reveillark works with a lot of the cards in the deck and combines with Saffi Eriksdotter, Karmic Guide, and Sun Titan things become rather difficult to keep dead. There are more synergies with all those cards as well but those are the main ones. Those cards in various combinations can really make Living Death more lopsided in my favor. I don’t have any infinite combos with those cards out of personal preference but most people auto assume when Saffi, Lark, Karmic Guide are all out that I am going to douche combo everyone. When you add in the other cards like Teneb, the Harvester, Sheoldred, Whispering One , Nezumi Graverobber, Debtors' Knell, and Nim Deathmantle there are a lot possibilities for things to potentially come back. I don’t try to reanimate as a strategy I just try to keep things in play (if that makes any sense). I try not to leave things in my graveyard to be exiled but if they are no big deal there will be others.
Fast mana, card advantage, battlefield advantage, and fast relentless overwhelming force is basically what I have tried to achieve.
Joraga Treespeaker – Green Sun’s Zenith keeps telling me to play this card so I can turn 2 cast for it. Mana Ramp is good but I can’t convice my self it is needed.
Necrotic Ooze – Works with Saffi, Apprentice Necromancer, Bloom Tender, Magus of the Library, Geth, Knight of the Reliquary, Nezumi Graverobber, and Kamahl, and those are just what I have. I know if I put in then I would want to Add Chainer because Chainer without the exile draw back seems good. As long as I didn’t rely on the Ooze to do things then it would be ok. Seems to tempting not to try and go all in. Then again I ran a deck that Ooze comboed around turn 4-6 just a few weeks after Scars came out well before the big Extended Necrotic ooze deck. In the long run it is just some dude I wouldn’t want to attack with and I seem to have enough of them already. Do I really need a Saffi #4?
Reincarnation – This card just seems fun and potentially powerful…yet conditional and not very reusable (AKA not a good “Value Engine”). Saffi #5 or conditionally better.
Necromancer's Covenant – I really like this card. I have played it before and had some luck with it. It was a good hoser, chump blocker maker, and life gainer. Great after a Wrath for instant protection/threats. A lot of times it was dead card. Still good and fun.
Tainted Well – It cantrips…It screws a land…It comes back with Sun Titan. Nice filler type of card that has applications. The black Spreading Seas. I think that leaving a good land in play but unusable might probably be better than killing it. Plus someone has to waste a good removal card to get rid of it and Sun Titan seems to like it.
All the Swords of _____ including Vengeance – Then I would proably need to run Stonehewer Giant and Stoneforge Mystic and Enlightened Tutor (which I should proably be playing anyway). That is a lot spots to make room for and we have those very good extremely playable Praetors on their way.
This thread inspired me to launch a revision project on my beloved Doran deck. The original concept revolved around spending the early game hiding behind walls and generally looking innocuous, which wasn't such a bad strategy but could use some resilience.
During the deck's lifespan, I'd been consistently cutting one treefolk after another, and now I threw all of them overboard. Walls got the axe as well, with the exception of Wall of Roots. The most drastic change, though, was excluding a whole league of staples from Swords to Plowshares to Wrath of God. It will be interesting to see how this version performs compared to the previous one.