Anowon, the Ruin Sage


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Worldwake Rare

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Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Legendary Creature — Vampire Shaman

At the beginning of your upkeep, each player sacrifices a non-Vampire creature.

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Anowon, the Ruin Sage Discussion

UnleashedHavok on Steelspike

13 hours ago

Hey there Steelspike! Just wanted to drop in and let you know I am a fan of your decks! I have builds of both Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, and Anowon, the Ruin Sage. Alesha is my main lady, and has the biggest financial investment out of all of my decks. I really enjoy playing her, and talking about her so if you like it let me know Alesha, Who is Unfinished. Anowon is just one rude bloodsucker. I really enjoy playing him as well, but haven't pulled him out lately because I have really been enjoying stealing (and destroying) opponents things with Yasova Dragonclaw.

landofMordor on Please Hold

3 days ago

Hey there. Noticed your callout on that other Oloro deck. You've got quite a different build here, and it is nasty (and effective).

As a very not-stax player myself, I don't have a ton of suggestions for you to augment that strategy. You've done a great job of building yourself a cushy pillow fort. Only adds I could make are maybe Sphere of Safety or Crawlspace if you have trouble outpacing token decks.

Random note that Anowon, the Ruin Sage or Call to the Grave seem just about as effective as Sheoldred for less mana, since you aren't running reanimator.

My only other suggestion is that you flesh out your win conditions. As far as I can tell, this deck wins games by just "not losing" until your opponents scoop. Granted, that's a valid strategy, and this deck obviously "doesn't lose" really really well, but I'd at least sideboard in some Voltron auras like Steel of the Godhead or Drake Umbra, to put your opponents out of their misery once you've gotten a board lock. Or even like a U tutor for "eldrazi card outside the game" to grab Emmy or Ulamog. Anything to prevent a night of EDH devolving into Monopoly, where everybody knows who won't go bankrupt, but you can only watch yourself lose very slowly (;

Hope that helps! Hit me up if I can do anything else. Best of luck!

Odysseus_97 on Budget Olivia vampire tribal

4 days ago

Like the idea, might make my own vampire deck but i cant decide between Olivia Voldaren or Anowon, the Ruin Sage as the commander.

Dont know if it will fit under budget options, but to be able to equip Basilisk Collar to Olivia and use her first ability is a nice combo :)

Wizno on Tribal Vamps

5 days ago

First off, welcome to the world of EDH! I think you'll find it's definitely one of the most fun formats you'll experience. As someone who has played tribal vampires before, I think I can offer you some suggestions based on my experience. Now I'm not sure what you're budget is for cards so feel free to ignore any suggestions that are out of your budget range.

Vampires are tricky because they don't have as much tribal support as say Goblins, Elves, or even Zombies so you really want the best they have to offer. I think that 44 creatures is a bit too high, even for a tribal deck, so I would cut and refine some of your weaker vampires.

Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
Vampire Nocturnus
Necropolis Regent
Anowon, the Ruin Sage
Rakish Heir
Pawn of Ulamog
Markov Blademaster
Mirri the Cursed
Malakir Bloodwitch

These are a few ideas of some very powerful vampires that could easily be swapped in for some of the less optimal brood.

As with any EDH deck, your mana base is going to always be tweaked and upgraded to make your plays faster and more reliable. Now this is something you can do over time and as budget allows but some major lands to consider are:

Blood Crypt
Graven Cairns
Shadowblood Ridge
Rakdos Carnarium
Temple of Malice
Sulfurous Springs
Tainted Peak
Dragonskull Summit
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Cabal Coffers
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

Now the latter 3 lands are included for explosive ramping and because I've found most tribal vampire decks are more black than red. Another thing to keep in mind is that generally, you don't want less than 36 lands in your deck unless you have a lot of mana rocks to support less. Olivia is a very mana hungry commander so I would suggest about 38 lands.

Along similar lines, I would include the following mana rocks to further ramp/filter your mana:

Rakdos Signet
Sol Ring
Talisman of Indulgence
Darksteel Ingot/Commander's Sphere

While not traditional "ramp", Urza's Incubator can be very helpful in this deck since vampires tend to be a bit higher mana costed.

You'll want to include a few cards to help you draw more cards just to get more power from the deck. There's a lot of options out there but one card I strongly suggest is Phyrexian Arena.

The same goes for your removal. A little spot removal and a few board wipes should have you covered.

Two pieces of equipment I feel no Olivia deck should be without are Basilisk Collar and Blade of the Bloodchief.

If you want another powerful combo for the deck besides the two blood enchantments, you could look at Bloodchief Ascension+Mindcrank.

I hope these ideas help! Best of luck to you with your deck!

Snydog17 on Avian's BloodWeb LF criticism

1 week ago

To streamline this deck, I personally would run only 2 color and 60 cards. Having only BW would limit a few of the things you could do, but would provide you with a more consistent function, and allow for greater theme in your deck. I might splash green for several spells.

Powerful cards to run multiples of: Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Blood Artist, Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Captivating Vampire, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth

Black and white cards to keep: Cliffhaven Vampire, Alms of the Vein

Recommendations: Nyx-Fleece Ram, Go for the Throat or Doom Blade, Heroes' Reunion, Wrath of God or Damnation for black wrath, Vampire Nighthawk, Wall of Essence

I hope that that will get you started, and good luck with your deckbuilding!

chapman.luke27 on Olivia glitters because of your blood.

2 weeks ago

Vampires are my my favorite tribe, I made my own with Anowon, the Ruin Sage.

I really don't like Baron Sengir, he costs way to much and you have to wait a turn until you can regenerate something. Some great replacements would be Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Dark Impostor, or Drana, Liberator of Malakir.

Replace Furor of the Bitten with Stensia Masquerade for flavorful buffs for your whole team. Rogue's Passage is always a great land to help with your bloodthirst cards or other cards like Markov Blademaster.

Replace Gravedigger with Palace Siege to get a vampire back every turn.

If you want you can check out my own vampire deck here:

The7thBobba on They comin' for yer blood.

2 weeks ago

I like it :) tribal is always cool. If you want some more power, maybe consider a "lord" or two. Inpersonally like Anowon, the Ruin Sage, and Bloodlord of Vaasgoth :) also, Curse of Stalked Prey is cheap and good for extra counters :) If I may be so presumtious as to assume that you're looking for some inspiration, you could take a gander at my decks Crimson Euphoria and Sanguine Deluge. Stay frosty :D

The7thBobba on Orzhov, Guild of Vampires

3 weeks ago

First if all, careful now... wouldn't want you big pretty cathedral toppled to the ground, all those lovely stained glass windows smahed to bits, or all your perfect white pointy teeth kicked in, now would ya ;)? Best be careful which demonic cult of sadomasochistic jesters you insult there :D

that said, all glory to perfect Orzhov!

This looks amazing, my man! The union of orzhov and vampires is perfect. I got nothing. I think it's pretty damned close to perfection as it is. I might toss in a few Edge of the Divinity for more power. Anowon, the Ruin Sage for sweet sweet unfairness, and maybe Urge to Feed or Feast of Blood for tribal destruction? Also you'll have no trouble paying the kicker for Blood Tribute. Stay frosty, mate!

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