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

Triton on The Very Hungry Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

2 weeks ago

Snuff Out is free removal in this deck. Fleshbag Marauder, Anowon, the Ruin Sage and Merciless Executioner would suit this deck pretty well, along with Blood Artist and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet if you have the budget. I'm guessing you've already gotten Triskelion as a suggestion for this deck, but you could also include Mephidross Vampire to machine gun down your opponents with Trike.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Olivia's Masquerade!

1 month ago

I would maindeck most of the cards in your sideboard; Stromkirk Captain, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Captivating Vampire, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, and Rakdos Signet. The lord effects are too good not to run, Bloodchief Drana can inflict massive amounts of damage with enough mana, and always use any signets within your colors.

As for suggestions for the deck, Anowon, the Ruin Sage is a pretty nasty budget vampire. Keeps your opponents' boards in check, and any creatures you control that he forces you to sac combos with Butcher of Malakir.

Blade of the Bloodchief is a ridiculous equipment that can turn into OTK commander damage if your opponents aren't careful. It's just so stupid cheap to cast and equip.

Rakish Heir and Necropolis Regent are two pseudo-lords with permanent pump effects; very powerful if left unchecked.

Malakir Bloodwitch is pro-white and can net you ridiculous amounts of life if you're playing against enough opponents.

For repeatable hard removal, Dark Impostor is your card of choice. In a pinch, if your commander is about to get put into the command zone, but you don't feel like recasting her due to too much commander tax, you can use his ability to exile her and copy her abilities.

Blood Artist is an EDH staple, and he's a vampire; no reason not to run him.

The mana cost of Blood Tribute prevents it from being played in most constructed environments, but it's perfect for vampire EDH. Saves you in tough situations.

Terminate. I don't need to explain why this is a great card.

Sangromancer is another vampire that creates a nice buffer for your life total.

Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots are two excellent equipment you'll need to keep protecting your commander.

Dreadbore is another great piece of hard removal.

This might be budget deck, but if you can get your hands on a copy of Sorin Markov, he compliments the vampire theme nicely and can be a little unfair by instantly popping off his -3 ability for quick kills.

Panas on Olivia's Masquerade!

1 month ago

Hello and welcome to the commander format! Your deck looks nice and it's a good starting point for a vampire themed deck. The one question you need to answer before we can give you better suggestions, is what are the goals of the deck? Where do you it going? Is it aggro or is it control, tribal or not etc.

That said I'll do my best to give some suggestions that are both on theme and rather good cards, while also taking budget into consideration. Here goes:

Olivia Voldaren is a commander who favours control and rewards having large amounts of mana. Her first ability pings creatures and makes her grow. Cards like Basilisk Collar, Gorgon's Head and Quietus Spike enable her to clean the board clean, 2 mana at a time for a huge swing.

Her second ability steals vampires for 5 man; 7 if you need to convert it before hand. A card like Crypt Ghast, or the more on-theme Nirkana Revenant can work wonders. Doubling your black mana is no joke, especially if you invest in getting Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.

Some of the best vampires, albeit not the most regal of the lot, come from the original zendikar. Malakir Bloodwitch is a powerhouse!!! Anowon, the Ruin Sage is another one.I see you have Sanguine Bond in the deck. Why not include Blood Tribute as well? With bond and vampires in play, tribute translates to target opponent loses the game.

One extra addition you could consider, Captivating Vampire can complement Olivia's ability.

Sorry for the long post. Hope it was a little bit insightful. Also, don't forget to answer the questions from early on. What do you want the deck to be? How do you like to play with it? What is your budget and how strong is the power level of your local playgroup (fun/casual Vs cutthroat)? Once these are clarified, the community will be able to help you a lot more. Lastly, try advertising your deck here: Advertise your commander deck.

CommanderNeyo on Modern Mono-Black Vampires

1 month ago

Nice tribal deck. Have you considered Bloodlord of Vaasgoth or Anowon, the Ruin Sage as late game drops, or Urge to Feed as removal/buff for your creatures?

hardhitta71194 on From Dusk Till Dawn

2 months ago

Damn, that Curse of the stalked Preyis exactly the thing I was looking for! Thanks a million man. Very cheap as well!

Yes I really like Olivia Voldaren. I'll consider her when I order the cards I don't have. Don't want it to be too expensive. I really wanna put Bloodline Keeper  Flip and Anowon, the Ruin Sage they both pump quite a bit. Also Bloodline Keeper  Flip whether flipped or not can keep pushing out those 2/2 Vamp tokens which will then be pumped by my other creatures!

Yeah I've looked at quite a few of your decks, not all yet because they're are a lot of them. But I've got a lot of inspiration from them!

And I'm glad you noticed that, Tarantino is my favorite!

valkhellas on Pattern Recognition #7 - Tribal

2 months ago

I started playing MTG Shortly before Innistrad, so looking at all this stuff is really cool to me. My first deck was the Worldwake Vampire starter deck, which I modified with some cards I got from packs, trades, and a big box of cards that I got from an older player. Anowon, the Ruin Sage acts as a mono-black psuedo Lord in my eyes, and was really fantastic for the deck, and I found some copies of an old Kamigawa card, Blessing of Leeches that worked really well for helping me keep stuff alive. I loved that deck.

Nowadays I still love synergistic decks, and run an Elf EDH based on the monogreen preconstructed, but buffed to the 9s with stuff like Omnath, Locus of Mana and Yeva, Nature's Herald. I also have plans/decklists in the making for tribal dragon, werewolf, vampire, spirit, and Ally decks (not that I get excited about new stuff easily). Tribal is probably my favourite kind of deck, even if I cheat with cards like Xenograft :D

amicdeep on Modern budget vampire

2 months ago

ok im going to gear my suggestions towards the budget friendly side of things
first off if you're playing Kalastria Highborn and Gatekeeper of Malakir you really need all your land to produce black
and if you're playing Rally the Ancestors and Return to the Ranks you need at least 10 white mana producing land (as they need double white)
you also need AT LEAST 20 lands for this mana curve!!
i recommend Immortal Servitude it costs more but for six can bring back everything. and you only need black lands to play it.
if your going with a sacrifice theme you need another sac outlet. personally i would be tempted to put in a little bit of madness and use Smallpox (Call to the Netherworld + Big Game Hunter + Alms of the Vein work really well with this strategy)

as you have alot of devotion to black Gray Merchant of Asphodel might be the finisher you are looking for

Falkenrath Noble may be a better fit than Kalastria Highborn as it also applies to your opponent's creatures and doesn't cost extra mana whenever a creature dies.

for your removal (you really need some removal) Tragic Slip handles anything save a Slippery Bogle or an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

other good cards to considerAccursed Witch  Flip, Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Feast of Blood,

if you're going to splash a color other than black i recommend red as this opens your options up hugely (many of the best vamps are dual color B/R as the best possible onedrop for a self sac deck is Insolent Neonate

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