Axis of Mortality


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Mythic Rare

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Axis of Mortality


At the beginning of your upkeep, you may have two target players exchange life totals.

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Axis of Mortality Discussion

Rwhr2d2 on Mono-White Vampires with a Gideon for Shiggles

1 week ago

I see a few problems with this.
To start, why not play 4 Legion Conquistador? Having more means that you get more value with casting them.
Same with Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle, you want another one of him.
Don't forget, you are allowed to have a 15 card total sideboard, and moving some of the enchantments there would make it so you don't draw Ashes against an aggressive red deck where it is useless. It also doesn't work on the main form of graveyard interaction in standard, God-Pharoah's Gift. Try adding Crook of Condemnation in the sideboard.
Axis of Mortality does nothing. As an aggressive deck, the only time you would ever get advantage from it is when you are losing to another aggro deck and in that case, turn 7 will not come.
More removal in Ixalan's Binding or Cast Out is good, since right now there is no interaction.
Oketra's Monument is also good with Legion Conquistidor.
Bishop of Rebirth dies easily and doesn't do enough, I would cut it in favor of more Adanto Vanguards.
Ritual of Rejuvenation, Sanguine Sacrament, Sheltering Light and Vampire's Zeal are not great cards, and overall would be better off as some that keep the deck towards a single plan. Possibly another Legion's Landing would help with the aggressive plan mono white has.
Metallic Mimic serves as a lord, which is especially useful with an aggressive go wide strategy.
You also want about two more lands. I recommend 2 or 3 Shefet Dunes over basic Plains since you will almost always have the mana you need without paying life.

Flooremoji on What’s your favorite card in ...

1 week ago

I feel fascinated with a lot cards and I want to make a deck with, but not many in standard, probably Axis of Mortality. Can I give you a challenge for a modern deck?

mishap on Goatmum goes Epic

2 weeks ago

Going to try removing the tokens + mass death package because it's clumsy and unfun. No more:

Substituting in some more interactive cards:

Also testing:

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satchmo84 on Sadist of the Noblest Blood

3 weeks ago

Axis of Mortality, Sorin Markov, Tree of Perdition as more possible wincons, Mana Crypt, Thran Dynamo and Mana Vault for more ramp, i also love cramming a Voltaic Key when I have lots of ramp artifacts, Utter End and Anguished Unmaking are the best removals period in Orzhov as well as Path to Exile, Settle the Wreckage is a freakin bomb especially in the typically non basic land heavy games of commander, and Phyrexian Reclamation is hands down the best recursion for creatures, especially ones that are as crucial as they are to this deck!

Zimmers_0 on You Wont Need Life Where We Are Going

3 weeks ago

WolverineSR_71 Yes! Thats a great card and fits this deck very well. I switched Soul Conduit out for Axis of Mortality.

oliveoilonyaasscureshemorrhoid The art is much better and it is cheaper... How could someone say no?


Pluto__ on Commanders of Ixalan: Vampires

3 weeks ago

It might be interesting and more flavorful to do more of a life-pay type deck, and then use life switching cards. It fits the theme of Vona more, while also being a very curious strategy.


Read the Bones

Bond of Agony

Wall of Blood

Cruel Sadist

Kuro, Pitlord


Underworld Coinsmith


Axis of Mortality

Magus of the Mirror

Repay in Kind

Mirror Universe

Soul Conduit

Reverse the Sands

You would still have lifelink cards, but be a little less focused on having the highest life total, but instead use your life to gain the advantage.

LearnedHand on Firing Squad

1 month ago

Sjorpha normally Axis of Mortality is not a competitive card. but I have won several matches online with it. It comes in handy when an opponent runs graveyard hate.

Sjorpha on Firing Squad

1 month ago

Nice deck, I would personally put quite a lot more fetches and shocks in it (if available), it seems like it can handle and sometimes benefit from the lifeloss very well.

I would consider finding room for one Muddle the Mixture so you have a tutor for the 2 cmc cards plus a counter against enchantment removal.

I would also replace Idyllic Tutor with Dimir Machinations since all your enchantments are 3cmc anyways and it can also fetch Kitchen Finks and Geralf's Messenger transmute also can't be countered, plus it's not a dead card if you already have the combo pieces since it can also be cast for the library manipulation. It just seems strictly better to me.

I personally don't believe Axis of Mortality is competitive but i may be wrong. I would replace it with another low curve interactive spell.

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