Abzan Ascendancy


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

TheDuggernaught on Sacrifice Control

5 days ago

Well, I would start off by saying there are two primary archetypes for sacrifice decks. Rally and Aristocrats. Rally lists focus on filling your graveyard with 2-3 cmc creatures, reviving them with Rally the Ancestors and the sacrificing them all -- likely with 2-3 Blood Artist effects in play to win. Aristocrats lists tend to focus less on 'combo' and more on 'synergy', and try to gain advantages through sacrifice effects. There has been some blending between the two archetypes recently, but I still feel they are distinct enough to be different.

There are then color combinations within each of the archetypes. Rally is often done in or . Aristocrats lists are often or . However with 3 color mana bases often comes a higher costs as fetch lands and shock lands are not always cheap. Two color mana bases are often fairly affordable, and you often can get away with no shocks or fecthes. With that being said, the first suggestion for a creature I would suggest is...

Bloodghast. However, he works best with fetch lands. In a pinch, you could use Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds, but they can feel pretty slow. But the ability to sacrfice Bloodghast, play a fetch land to return him to play, sacrifice him, sacrifice the fetch land to place another land into play to return Bloodghast to play so you can sacrifice him again -- that can add up to a lot of value.

Along similar lines, Gravecrawler can also generate a lot of advantage if you are playing enough zombies to have one in play with a fair level of consistency. Relentless Dead and Cryptbreaker can put in a lot of work with this guy.

While not all in black, Doomed Traveler, Tukatongue Thallid, Lingering Souls, Kitchen Finks, Bloodsoaked Champion, Mogg War Marshal, Sacred Cat, Voice of Resurgence, Tidehollow Sculler, Blisterpod, Bitterblossom, Orzhov Pontiff, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, and Keldon Marauders can all be sacrificed for good value.

As far as sacrifice engines go, Falkenrath Aristocrat, and Cartel Aristocrat are the namesakes. But Nantuko Husk, Bloodthrone Vampire, Greater Gargadon, Hidden Stockpile, Viscera Seer, Tymaret, the Murder King, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Bontu the Glorified, Mind Slash and Teysa, Orzhov Scion are all good ways to keep sacrificing permanents. I also like Fleshbag Marauder, Sidisi's Faithful, and Sidisi, Undead Vizier, but they only sacrifice one thing upon etb.

Value is also important to consider as there are a number of cards that fit well within these lists, but do not necessarily read 'please sacrifice me', or 'sacrifice all the things.' But, they can certainly give you the gas to pull ahead. Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat's advantages can be obvious in a deck like this. Additionally, Eternal Witness, Dark Confidant (or Asylum Visitor for budget), Phyrexian Arena, Smuggler's Copter, Collected Company, Return to the Ranks, Eldritch Evolution, Abzan Ascendancy, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Grave Pact, Lord of the Undead+Nameless Inversion (also works well with any other zombie) might all have places in different shells.

These are just a cards that might be interesting. I don't want to build your deck for you. But if any of those cards piqued your interest, I can certainly throw out some additional ideas that play well with the cards you liked.

TheGoonSyndicate on Abzan Counters

1 month ago

jozef : I tried including Winding Constrictor in but between Abzan Ascendancy and Hardened Scales it was hard fit it in. I'm still testing it but I think I might take out Sunscorch Regent and give him a try

elgosu1337 on Spirit no. 2

2 months 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

2 months 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 ...

4 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

5 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!

6 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.

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