Anowon, the Ruin Sage


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Worldwake (WWK) 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

Frank_Glascock on Edgar's Dega Vampires

1 day ago

Last_Laugh, thanks for the quick response.

  1. Butcher of Malakir is definitely on the watch list. I am playing six creatures that sacrifice, Grave Pact, Eldrazi Monument, Phyrexian Tower and Diabolic Intent. You make a good case for Anowon, the Ruin Sage.

  2. I may cut Urza's Incubator for the reasons you mentioned. The draw effect on Herald’s Horn make it more valuable in this deck. I play all the mana artifacts that you do. The lack of green's ramp seems to make both of these necessary but again you make great points.

  3. I held Coat of Arms out of this deck originally for the tribal meta issues you raised. I decided that we are the best of the tribal decks to abuse Coat of Arms so I am testing it now. The Wizards deck needs to be combo to win not aggro. The Dragon deck seems to only have a few dragons out at one time.

  4. The life loss from Dark Prophecy is a concern. We play a lot of lifelink creatures so the hope is they mitigate the loss of life. Board wipes are the bane of this deck. I have tried to put in as much anti-wipe tech as I can.

  5. You mentioned that you are not playing Purphoros, God of the Forge to keep the deck's power level in check. Are there anymore cards you are not playing because of power level?

Frank_Glascock on Edgar's Dega Vampires

1 day ago


  1. I am playing Butcher of Malakir in the place of Anowon, the Ruin Sage. Do you think I should switch them? I also play Grave Pact and Voldaren Pariah. This is in addition to the other creature based removal we both play in Gatekeeper of Malakir and Patron of the Vein.

  2. We have almost identical spell based removal with the exception that I play WearTear and Vindicate. I think in a non competitive environment we can run more higher cost removal that hits more targets.

  3. What do you think of Urza's Incubator? I am running it along with Herald’s Horn.

  4. What besides Shared Animosity, are you running to finish off the table? Has Coat of Arms or Eldrazi Monument been considered. I run both in addition to Shared Animosity but would probably cut Coat of Arms between the two as Eldrazi Monument provides protection against many board wipes.

  5. Am I correct that you are playing enchantments that draw you cards over something like Anointed Procession? Was Dark Prophecy given any consideration or is the potential loss of life too great?

Frank_Glascock on Edgar's Dega Vampires

2 days ago

My zeal lead me to make an error. Indulgent Aristocrat should not be listed as it is one of the best one drops we play.

  1. I count 37 other black cards in your deck besides Vampire Nocturnus. Has he been consistent enough for the mana cost?

  2. I am playing New Blood and Captivating Vampire. Has Olivia Voldaren's theft effect been worth the heavy mana investment? If not, she has to be cut as there are too many good four mana creatures competing for that spot. Purphoros, God of the Forge is one along with Sanctum Seeker from Ixalan.

  3. I agree with your cut of Olivia, Mobilized for War and Kalastria Highborn. Tithe Drinker seems lackluster. Mirri the Cursed, Blood Baron of Vizkopa and Drana's Emissary seem too expensive. The worst offender of this group seems to be Blood Baron of Vizkopa as he is expensive and conditional.

  4. Has Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief and Anowon, the Ruin Sage been good?

  5. I have questioned 13 cards of which two you are cutting two and one, Indulgent Aristocrat, should not have been included. If you could only keep three of the remaining 10 cards what would they be?

  6. You did not mention Sanctum Seeker as one of the new cards you wanted to test. It is the best vampire for your build from the new set.

  7. I am playing Exquisite Blood and am glad you are putting it into the deck. I have been debating whether to pull it out of the deck. Exquisite Blood along with Cliffhaven Vampire form a infinite combo once one of our opponents take damage. I never tutor for it and was thinking of cutting one or both. Did you intentionally leave out combos?

Frank_Glascock on Edgar's Dega Vampires

4 days ago

Last_Laugh, I took your and others advice and put Teferi's Protection in the deck. I have only cast it once but it won me the game. I put Boros Charm in today. Has it been performing to your expectations?

I really like your enchantments and instants. I did have questions about several of your creatures. Some of these seem ineffective for the mana or just low cost but offer nothing else.

Can you make a case for the inclusion of these cards:

Vampire Nocturnus, Tithe Drinker, Olivia Voldaren, Olivia, Mobilized for War, Necropolis Regent, Mirri the Cursed, Kalastria Highborn, Indulgent Aristocrat, Drana's Emissary, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, and Anowon, the Ruin Sage?

Bananaasablade on Edgar's Progeny

1 month ago

I wouldnt run Anowon, the Ruin Sage because in EDH letting them pick which creature isnt worth it, there's likely so many options it wont matter. Personally I think there are better choices than Sangromancer but if you like it go for it. In a three color deck I really dont like Vampire Nocturnus cause its already easy to miss with lands let alone non black cards. I think you need more removal or retrieval, black and white are both really good at both of those things.

Phyrexian Reclamation and/or Living Death

flaminghome on My First Deck - Vampires

1 month ago

My first deck was vampires, too! I've helped a few of my friends with vampire decks and even ran multiple of my own, so I do consider that I have some sage advice in this regard :)

The first change I would make is replacing Blood Artist with a second Falkenrath Noble, I'd also get rid of the two Nirkana Revenant as you have a Mana curve averaging about 3, and don't really need the extra Mana. Instead I'd run an extra copy of Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Anowon, the Ruin Sage to have more consistency. The rest of the deck seems fine, I'd run less different insta-kills, and opt instead for a playset of Murder, Doomblade etc.

Casey4321 on You Suck: Edgar Markov EDH

1 month ago

I want to build a core of legendary vampires. I think they'll all provide something this group will like.

Drana, Kalastria BloodchiefDrana, Liberator of Malakir (Drana is my favorite vampire in the lore. Can ya tell lol)Vish Kal, Blood ArbiterOlivia VoldarenKalitas, Traitor of GhetAnowon, the Ruin Sage

I think every single one brings something we want to be doing to the table.

RazortoothMtg on List of Commanders by Home ...

1 month ago

With C17 being spoiled in full today, we can add quite a lot of cards to the list.

Ovsiously all 5 of the reprinted FRF dragons (i.e Ojutai, Soul of Winter) are from Tarkir. So are both Taigams.

Marchesa, the Black Rose is from Fiora.

Not positive but I believe both the Ur-Dragon and his scion are from Dominaria.

Mairsil, Ramos, Mirri, Wasitora, Jareth, Leonine Titan, Jedit Ojanen of Efrava, and Arcanis the Omnipotent are from Dominaria

Anowon, the Ruin Sage, and Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief are from zendikar.

You already have the 5 wedge dragons from dominaria, now their shard colored counterparts (i.e Crosis, the Purger) can join them.

Azami, Lady of Scrolls, Ryusei, the Falling Star, and O-Kagachi are from Kamigawa.

Edgar Markov is innistrad.

Raksha Golden Cub is from Mirrodin.

Nazahn is unknown but Im gonna guess he's from Mirrodin.

Both niv-mizzets are from Ravnica.

Arahbo, Balan, Kess, Licia, Mathas, Vela, and Inalla are unknown.

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