Abzan Ascendancy


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare

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Abzan Ascendancy


When Abzan Ascendancy enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

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Abzan Ascendancy Discussion

elgosu1337 on Spirit no. 2

2 days ago

Definitely run Drogskol Captain if it's Spirit tribal. Abzan Ascendancy and Spirit Bonds also help you make more spirits. There are also quite a lot of good Spirit cards out there you haven't included such as the Muses, Dragon Spirits, and Myojins.

MuffinBoffin on Tiny Anafenza

3 weeks ago

Nice deck! It looks like you have gone for a classic modern abzan type deck, with an additional +1+1 counters theme. Here are some suggestions.

I think that some of the cards in your list could probably do with being cut. Those cards include: Sylvan Scrying, Abzan Ascendancy, Skullclamp (that one is banned), Vampiric Tutor (also banned) and Sensei's Divining Top.

With that, I think that these cards are missing from your deck: Deathrite Shaman, Sword of Feast and Famine, Voice of Resurgence Fatal Push and Inquisition of Kozilek. Additionally, Liliana of the Veil is super strong, and definitely deserves a spot if you can affort the card.

The main issue that I see with your deck is card draw. So far, you have two repestable sources of card advntage, and one non-repeatable source. Cards that I suggest that would fix this are Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Sylvan Library and Infiltration Lens. You may chose to add only a few of these cards, but I do think at least one or two are worth including. You couls also add Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip as another option.

Hope this helps :)

Xica on Im a poor modern player ...

2 months ago

If you go the aristocrat route, you can have a working deck in mono black (the card draw in black helps out a lot) - there is no pressing need to add other colors to make it competitive.

First i would try to upgrade into white/black, to get Cartel Aristocrat, Path to Exile, Lingering Souls & Doomed Traveler
After this, if you have too much money you can buy into Collected Company & Abzan Ascendancy

Mandalorian on Ghave - Token/Counter abuse

3 months ago

Some cards you may not have considered!

Parallel Lives

Abzan Ascendancy

Savra, Queen of the Golgari

Avenger of Zendikar

Eternal Witness or Den Protector

Primal Vigor


Oran-Rief, the Vastwood

Mikaeus, the Lunarch

Sigil Captain

Creatures with Persist can be reset when a +1/+1 counter is placed on them, making them very difficult to get rid of and abusing the ETB effects. Creatures like-

Woodfall Primus

Puppeteer Clique

Kitchen Finks

AkaAkuma on Reyhan&Ishai | Where Unstoppable Meets Immovable!

4 months ago

Ow that's a good one! Well I learned that Living Death in the end does work with Reyhan's ability, as on this one reyhan does chooses a target after the whole card has resolved, but for the likes of Chasm Skulker, Abzan Ascendancy and Gift of Immortality it does not as originally intended by fieldwipes, but that's okay. Chasm Skulker especially does it's job already by creating tokens.

Instead i'm gonna add some totem armor's like Bear Umbra and Eel Umbra, test around with the likes of Sheltering Light, Shield of the Oversoul, Bontu the Glorified and maybe Ghave, Guru of Spores, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni or Deathbringer Regent.

falk1856 on Sac-o-matic

6 months ago

@DrkNinja Thanks for the suggestions. I don't think that I'm going to make it 3 colors but Abzan Ascendancy looks like it would be awesome here if I did. To me, Den Protector seems like a less effective Hell's Caretaker and since I already own those, I'll stick with them, plus with Thornbite Staff on it, fun things happen. If you think that this deck is big, you should see my Stasis, Land Tax & Land's Edge deck that I still have. Casually played a bunch of kids with that one and they were flabbergasted. "What do you mean, 'skip my untap phase'?"

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