Anowon, the Ruin Sage


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

Wizno on Muster the Night Breed EDH

1 week ago

I've run vampires before but they are a tricky tribe since they do have some support but not as much as other tribes. The biggest problems I've found are that the best vampires are expensive (mana and money wise) and the game is a bit grindier. So you have to be ready to play the long game but their life-gain abilities help keep you in the game.

Budget pending, I would recommend cutting out some of your weaker non-vampire creatures for the following:

Captivating Vampire
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
Nirkana Revenant
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Anowon, the Ruin Sage
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Necropolis Regent
Vampire Nocturnus
Malakir Bloodwitch
Dark Impostor
Blood Artist
Markov Blademaster
Kalastria Highborn
Falkenrath Gorger
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Stromkirk Condemned
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Pawn of Ulamog

The thing to keep in mind with vampires is most tribal decks that use Olivia will be mostly Black with a bit of Red. So you need to accelerate your Black mana production more. You've got some solid mana rocks but here are a few additional ideas:

Nirkana Revenant
Crypt Ghast
Caged Sun
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Cabal Coffers
Crypt of Agadeem

Increasing your card draw is my final recommendation. Black offers tons of ways to draw cards but I recommend Phyrexian Arena the most.

I hope this helps! Best of luck!

clown_baby on vamp

3 weeks ago

Pretty cool start, I like vampires and tribal themes. You can look at EDH vampire decks to look at a big list of vamp cards, that's what I do when I make a new deck. But some quick suggestions, if you're willing to spend the money, would Blood Artist, Bloodghast, Obelisk of Urd, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Kalastria Highborn, Nirkana Revenant, Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Olivia Voldaren, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Heir of Falkenrath  Flip. Haha lots of cards that include "blood" in their names.

NV_1980 on B/R Vampire EDH (Olivia)

1 month ago

I think you could add the following: Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Necropolis Regent, Rakish Heir and Stensia Masquerade? There are other options that require a bit more budget like Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Captivating Vampire and Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet.

total_euphoria on Diaochan, Political Games

2 months ago

I see. I only ask as I actually have the opposite issue in my Ravos, Soultender vampire sac deck. I found that if I ever managed to play Anowon, the Ruin Sage My commander would die instantly, not being a vampire and all. So I had to add a load of protection for him in the form of shroud effects as hexproof wasn't sufficient.

carpecanum on Views of Vampires

2 months ago

Anowon, the Ruin Sage is an obvious vampire tribal card.

Vampiric Link has tribal flavor and has three cool features :
1) you can cast it on a opponents creature and you get the life from it

2) it works on any damage not just combat damage

3) it stacks with lifelink on your creatures.

The Whispersilk Cloak stops things from Targeting, not from Triggering. Unless a card literally has the word "target" the cloak has no effect. You could not use Drana's ability to target something wearing the cloak, but it would not stop her from equipping the cloak and targeting something else.

MagicalHacker on Best Vampire generals?

3 months 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?

3 months 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.

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