Ayara, First of Locthwain

Ayara, First of Locthwain

Legendary Creature — Elf Noble

Whenever Ayara, First of Locthwain or another black creature enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

, Sacrifice another black creature: Draw a card.

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Throne of Eldraine (ELD) Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Ayara, First of Locthwain Discussion

multimedia on K'rrik edh stompy infect

5 days ago

Hey, Vindictive Vampire is a unique aristocrat because it does damage not loss of life to opponents. If you equip/enchant Vindictive with a source of infect then any time it does damage to an opponent that damage is poison counters. With the aristocrat strategy Vindictive with infect can kill your opponents fast and Vindictive is still a good card without infect.

With the $400+ budget consider including more cards that are good with K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth ?

Necropotence is black's best source of repeatable card draw in Commander. Since you start with 40 life then you can put a ton of cards into your hand and if you have Reliquary Tower on the battlefield keep them. Necro is busted with Phyrexian mana because for 6 life you can cast it for free.

Necropotence and Citadel interaction is excellent because you can see the top card of your library with Citadel and choose to activate Necro to remove the land from the top of your library. Then when you hit a nonland card you can cast it for free with life with Citadel. Citadel is also busted with Phyrexian mana because then it's not six mana it's three and 6 life.

Good luck with your deck.

curmevexas on Budget Vamp

3 weeks ago

I'm thinking you could use Cauldron Familiar and Witch's Oven as a life gain engine to fuel your Bloodthirsty Aerialist . You also have enough cheap black creatures to ping someone with Ayara, First of Locthwain a few times per turn to help get +1/+1 counters on Knight of the Ebon Legion . Epicure of Blood and Vindictive Vampire might be good to add. Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is going to help you power up your vampires and give them lifelink and deathtouch for the turn if they don't have it. Blood Burglar, Savage Gorger, and Dark Remedy would be my first cuts. I'd also see if there are good replacements for Disfigure and Sorin's Thirst.

I'd also might take it in another direction with Smitten Swordmaster and Lucky Clover , but then You'd need to swap most of your vampires for knights.

multimedia on Why won't they stay dead?!

3 weeks ago

Hey, you're welcome.

Impact Tremors is fine, it's a powerful card, but the problem is it's not a creature, it lacks the synergy with Chainer, Kiki, Ooze, the Necromancers, etc. If you have to discard or Tremors is removed then it will be difficult to recur/reanimate it. Ayara, First of Locthwain is like Tremors for black creatures, Ooze is black, and Ayara is a creature as well as a sac outlet. An aristocrat, Blood Artist , is a creature and it too can make an opponent lose life instead when creatures die. The Necromancers and Magus want to die to abuse their activated abilities with Chainer which is good with Artist.

Mogg Fanatic and Death Cultist are one drops who combo with Kiki + Ooze. Their activated ability can sac themselves therefore if one of them is in your graveyard the infinite copies of Ooze can can all sac themselves and kill your opponents. Each copy of Ooze created by another Ooze will end up tapped because you have to tap Ooze to copy another Ooze this means you want a self-sacing creature who doesn't have to tap to self-sac. Viscera Seer is a sac outlet who can sac itself. When in the graveyard it lets you sac all Oozes and adding Artist makes this is a win condition.

Chaos Warp which is included in the Merciless Rage precon is a much needed removal spell for Rakdos as it's one of the only ways to remove Rest in Peace or other enchantment graveyard hate which completely shuts down Chainer.

jp9506 on Standard Mono-black Devotion

4 weeks ago

I am also playing around with this idea, here's some additional cards to consider:

Deathless Knight - +4 Devotion, recursive threat with lifegain from Ayara, First of Locthwain and/or Dread Presence

Yarok's Fenlurker - I feel like there really needs to be a 2-drop, if we get some sort of Gifted Aetherborn like card, it'll likely slot in here instead.

Bolas's Citadel - +3 Devotion and free-casting

Castle Locthwain - Feels like an auto-include, we really need the extra card draw

Kaya's Ghostform - Attach to Gary and then sac Gary to Ayara, First of Locthwain to lose one life, draw a card, and retrigger Gary

Leyline of the Void - +2 Devotion for free is proven to be OP in Mono-Green, so it stands to reason it would be here too, if anything it should be in sideboard.


1 month ago

So I went down to the LGS on payday and picked up Gutterbones Bloodghast Gravecrawler Corpse Connoisseur . They didn't have a Nether Traitor so I ordered one of TCG. I also added Field of the Dead and to go with that 1 Snow-Covered Swamp and a Leechridden Swamp . I took out Priest of Forgotten Gods because she felt to slow and clunky. Ayara, First of Locthwain did plenty. I also dropped Army of the Damned Reave Soul and Dread Presence . These got cut mostly because the way I've been playing the deck has shifted away from them. I literally just made these swaps so I haven't played it yet but boy oh boy am I excited.

FSims81 on Test me: $10 Decklists

1 month ago

Ayara, First of Locthwain sounds fun, if/when you have a moment

Fatknight13 on Golgari current

1 month ago

The decks a little all over the place right now. I would recommend sticking to one idea. If you want to be a Golgari Adventure deck then keep things like Beanstalk Giant and Edgewall Innkeeper if you go this route then you might want to add Murderous Rider and Lucky Clover . If you want to be a knight deck keep cards like Garenbrig Paladin and Foulmire Knight although I wouldn't reccomend a Knight deck in Golgari. Ayara, First of Locthwain and Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig should never be played in a multicolored deck. Even if your trying to make a jank deck you definitely need to get more consistency. You need to be able to reliably draw cards you want so that you can consitenly go off on your opponent. Based on the cards you have and how long your account has been active I take it you fairly new to MTG and are making a deck from cards you have so for that not too bad of a deck aside from the incositency. I would recommend that if you want to play Golgari you should either play Adventures or Food. Their are some really good decks in both of those archetypes and while they are more expensive you will get good results. If your looking for budget mono-red is pretty good with Torbran, Thane of Red Fell and while not as competitively viable I got good results with Mono-Green before and I've heard good things about mono-black however its a bit more expensive. If you want to play a multi-colored deck and Orzhov lifegain deck is fun but if your going for budget Boros Knights is probably your best bet.

ShaperSavant on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 month ago

ELD Updates









Kenrith, the Returned King -- Now the de-facto pick for 5-color commander-outlet-agnostic infinite mana strategies. Powerful and versatile, Kenrith can helm a lot of builds and his large cost is carried by his general flexibility with the adaptability and raw strength of the 5 color card pool.

On his comparison to Thrasios: it is the case that Thrasios + partner as an infinite mana outlet may lend an unfavorable comparison to Kenrith in a broad, general sense. Thrasios in a tier above denotes this difference sufficiently. However, there are applications in which one would want to build with all 5 colors, and Kenrith remains strong enough to compete at the top of the metagame.

There is still a lot of room to brew and optimize Kenrith. As dominant builds emerge, the featured lists will update to reflect this.

https://scryfall.com/@Wedge/decks/07c7ab8e-cf05-4187-9e6e-cd258f00614c by Wedge

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/king-of-thieves-1/ by ShaperSavant

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/hulk-king/ by ShaperSavant


Chulane, Teller of Tales -- Chulane represents an incredible amount of value and offers Bant not-yet-before-seen access to concise win conditions, such as Village Bellringer, Food Chain, and Aluren. Some weaknesses to boardwipes and a lack of access to black tutors.

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/chulane-cia/ by Spleenface

Emry, Lurker of the Loch -- Emry is powerful and consistent as an engine in the Command Zone, but lacks accessible, susinct win conditions on artifacts. Struggles with losing to Null Rod, Cursed Totem, and grave hate. This is an optimistic tentative placement.

Build to be posted.

Korvold, Fae-Cursed King -- Korvold has proven quite strong as a value engine and wincon outlet rolled into one. Immense synergies with Dockside Extortionist. An outlet for Food Chain. Synergies with fetches and a host of win conditions.

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/korvold-food-chain/ by Centipedantic

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/korvold-land-chain/ by ShaperSavant


Alela, Artful Provocateur -- Alela is in a powerful color combination and sets up well for a stax-centric long game. Compares unfavorably to other competitive Esper options.

Ayara, First of Locthwain -- A Blood Artist with a value engine stapled to it can power mono-black combos reasonably well.

Gadwick, the Wizened -- Infinite mana in mono-blue, though not the best at the role.

Torbran, Thane of Red Fell -- Quite potent, though burn in a 120 life game is always an uphill battle.

Syr Carah, the Bold -- Storms out powerfully and keeps the board clear. Inconsistent wincons and high fizzle chance on a given storm turn.

Syr Konrad, the Grim -- An extremely powerful commander with strong Necropotence and infect synergies. Gated by color identity for interaction and support.


Grumgully, the Generous -- A bit janky and of questionable finite value.

Questing Beast -- Combat-oriented.

Rankle, Master of Pranks -- High value; no clear wincon. Possibly decent reanimator commander. Tentative pessimistic placement.

Syr Elenora, the Discerning -- No clear wincons; slow value.

Syr Faren, the Hengehammer -- Combat-oriented, though reasonably strong for its context.

Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale -- Very expensively costed. Pushed toward tribal.

Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig -- Combat-oriented.


Linden, the Steadfast Queen -- Mono-white and very low impact. Combat-oriented.

Syr Alin, the Lion's Claw -- Mono-white and expensive for yield. Combat-oriented.


Yisan, the Wanderer Bard - Maximum to Competitive

Yisan continues to be a strong competitive pick, but has been pushed out of the top meta with the increase in speed wrought by Hulk (which he does not interact with particularly well) and being sideswiped by Hulk hate such as Grafdigger's cage. As a niche, he preys on staxxy strategies that have moved out of favor for not interacting with Hulk and Consult optimally.

Pir & Toothy - High to Competitive

P&T have demonstrated a strong amount of value and good tools to be played successfully in the competitive environment. Toothy's flicker synergies are difficult to interact with profitably and offer a lot of power in combo-control oriented games.

Grenzo, Dungeon Warder - High to Competitive

Dockside offers powerful new Doomsday lines to Grenzo, who can also layer Worldgorger. With this addition it moves back to competing with the other Competitive Level Rakdos commanders in power.

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