Anowon, the Ruin Sage

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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

MagicalHacker on Best Vampire generals?

2 days ago

I am definitely a fan of Anowon, the Ruin Sage! Nothing says vampires like sucking the lifeforce out of other creature-based decks while still getting full value from cards like Vampire Nocturnus.

Sample decklist.

pskinn01 on Best Vampire generals?

2 days ago

Olivia Voldaren is the vampire's red/black commander. gives you access to more vampires, and things like Mob Rule and Insurrection.
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet - can be good, and hoses recursion decks.
Yahenni, Undying Partisan - is also a fun vampire to take the mono black helm.

I have not seen him used for a while, but Anowon, the Ruin Sage also works as a good mono black choice.

keksoe666 on Vampires Mono B

2 weeks ago

Nice deck. I play something similar. Have you considered adding Pulse Tracker , Kalastria Highborn , Anowon, the Ruin Sage,Nirkana Revenant and Malakir Bloodwitch to the list? And if you add Whip of Erebos , Bloodchief Ascension as well as Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond you get multiple mid- to late game finisher as well as a possible infinity-combo

isaelis on Mazirek, Shaman of the Swarm ($60 budget)

3 weeks ago

Alright here is a ton of cards that seems to fit the theme. Some are definitely better then others I'm just giving a list of cards. Some of these cards are not budget

Sorceries

Victimize

Vicious Betrayal

Tormented Thoughts

Tendrils of Despair

Skulltap

Simplify

Scapeshift

Ritual of the Machine

Reprocess

Primal Growth

Natural Balance

Life's Legacy

Killing Wave

Innocent Blood

Exhume <-- That is nice with Fleshbag Marauder

Eliminate the Competition

Eldritch Evolution

Edge of Autumn

Dread Return

Diabolic Intent

Dead Drop

Curse of the Cabal

Cruel Edict

Consuming Vapors

Choice of Damnations

Chainer's Edict

Caravan Vigil

Bone Splinters

Bog Down

Barter in Blood

Instants

Altar's Reap

Carrion

Constant Mists

Crop Rotation

Culling the Weak

Harrow

Merciless Resolve

Momentous Fall

Plunge into Darkness

Rescue from the Underworld

Tragic Slip

Tribute to the Wild

Urborg Justice

Enchantments

Attrition

Bitterblossom

Black Market

Call to the Grave

Dark Prophecy

Death's Presence

Desolation

Dictate of Erebos

Fecundity

Gate to Phyrexia

Grave Pact

Greater Good

Hecatomb

Infernal Tribute

Lethal Vapors

Lifeforce

Mind Slash

Necrogenesis

Recurring Nightmare

Squandered Resources

Tainted AEther

Lands

Diamond Valley

Dust Bowl

High Market

Lake of the Dead

Miren, the Moaning Well

Phyrexian Tower

Artifacts

Zuran

Trading Post

Phyrexian Soulgorger

Phyrexian Altar

Mortarpod

Jinxed Idol

Helm of Possession

Eldrazi Monument

Demonmail Hauberk

Damping Engine

Claws of Gix

Burnished Hart

Ashnod's Altar

Altar of Dementia

Creatures

Slum Reaper

Shriekmaw

Sadistic Hypnotist

Phyrexian Obliterator

Ghoulcaller Gisa

Dawntreader Elk

Champion of Stray Souls

Bloodbriar

Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Savra, Queen of the Golgari

Hope you find something useful within all these!

UnleashedHavok on Steelspike

1 month 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 (Oloro Stax)

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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!

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