Bloodchief Ascension


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Zendikar Rare

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Bloodchief Ascension


At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent lost 2 or more life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Bloodchief Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.)

Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, if Bloodchief Ascension has three or more quest counters on it, you may have that player lose 2 life. If you do, you gain 2 life.

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Bloodchief Ascension Discussion

TheBoredOne on Drain 'n' Gain

1 day ago

Building Kambal myself - I like a lot of what I see here. Things like Divinity of Pride and Caves of Koilos go overlooked all too often in my playgroup - way to do your research!

That being said, there are some staples missing that I question. Spot removal like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Vindicate, and Anguished Unmaking should at the very least be considered. In addition, board wipes like Wrath of God and Austere Command deserve a look. I personally run 9 board wipes in my own Kambal build, and I've never been sad to see one.

Finally, tutors. White and Black have some of the best tutors in the game - use them to your advantage to speed up your deck and get answers faster. Enlightened Tutor, Diabolic Tutor, Idyllic Tutor, and Demonic Tutor are all fantastic choices.

Oh, and if you're running Bloodchief Ascension, you should be running Mindcrank - the potential to go infinite is right there.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck!

JA14732 on Mill or Not to Mill...that is the question...

4 days ago

Alright, so I'll take a look here. I'm actually kind of a fan of mill in EDH, even if I don't enjoy playing it, but the problem is that Oloro isn't really set up for mill, and you're running a number of cards that are inefficient. So, how do we fix this? Well, there's a couple of ways.

First, if you want to keep your commander as Oloro, by all means, do so. Oloro's the most generic Esper commander, well, ever, and can be the head of basically every deck out there. If you want to have a commander better suiting for mill, however, Szadek, Lord of Secrets, Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker or even Phenax, God of Deception are all good for mill in EDH. This isn't necessary, however.

Alright, so now you're milling people. How do you punish people for getting milled? Well, there happens to be Leyline of the Void and Rest in Peace in your colors! (Keep in mind, that this does Nonbo 100% with Keening Stone, which I will be recommending later.) These cards force your opponents to play YOUR game, and not their own.

Now then, how do we improve efficiency? There's a couple of cards that are noticeably lacking in your list, cards like Mind Grind, Consuming Aberration, Keening Stone, Archive Trap, Glimpse the Unthinkable, Mesmeric Orb, Traumatize, Increasing Confusion, Memory Erosion, Dreamborn Muse, Altar of Dementia, Sands of Delirium, Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension, Hinder + Tunnel Vision , Bitter Ordeal, Praetor's Grasp, Sadistic Sacrament, Eater of the Dead (can go infinite really easily with Phenax) and, I guess, just run Helm of Obedience. It goes infinite with either Leyline of the Void or Rest in Peace. Some of these are pretty expensive; I'd recommend just looking for whatever looks good and fits in your budget.

Finally, now that you've improved your efficiency, you need to keep your hand full. Necropotence, Mind's Eye, Howling Mine, etc. to just keep your hand full whilst milling your opponents out.

Anyways, I hope this helps you to improve your deck. It's a bit of a long statement, so let me know what works for you.

Wizno on Marchesa, Political Queen of Pillows

2 weeks ago

Hey MegaMatt13! I'm glad you caught that key phrasing on Ophiomancer because it really does make it a solid card for pillow fort strategies and it performs quite well in my deck. As mentor6 mentioned, it's also good fuel for cards like Contamination or Smokestack. Those cards certainly make your deck cutthroat but also will shift your focus to more of a Pillowfort-Stax hybrid which is how I play my version of the deck. It's a solid strategy but it doesn't make friends. If you went that route (or even if you didn't) another card worth considering (budget pending) is Bitterblossom. Since you're running Bloodchief Ascension, you could toss in Mindcrank to combo off.

Since you're running cards to dissuade your opponents from attacking you, Darien, King of Kjeldor could be quite good in your deck. I would also recommend a Deflecting Palm as a saving grace from one huge source of damage.

Another powerful card to consider (again budget pending) is Toxic Deluge. Great way to get around indestructible things.

Kambal, Consul of Allocation is quite good too since he'll net you a lot of life if left unchecked for too long. Definitely a solid card for the Queen.

To fine tune your mana fixing a bit, I would consider the following:

Mana Confluence
Exotic Orchard
Reflecting Pool
Caves of Koilos
Sulfurous Springs
Battlefield Forge
Tainted Peak
Tainted Field
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Sol Ring
Mardu Banner
Darksteel Ingot (I like this mana rock better simply for the indestructible)

JoseJoseJoseJoseJose on Mill

2 weeks ago

you already have one of them, but Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension is a really dumb combo you should consider running.

shame on MTKEDH - Heat Death

2 weeks ago

this deck needs a Nekusar, the Mindrazer. Some other includes to consider might be Sphinx's Tutelage, Bloodchief Ascension, Phenax, God of Deception and Rise of the Dark Realms

BlueGuildKnight on Sorin's Fancy Party! (aka Sorin Oo la laa!)

2 weeks ago

When I was starting out, one of my favorite cards for vampires was Bloodchief Ascension. If you are able to find room for Mindcrank along side it, it's an instant win. Feels like it fits the synergy you have going on here. Another card you might like is Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet he's newer and a bit expensive but he rocks!

Sparky41 on Updated Binder

2 weeks ago


So I have a Bloodchief Ascension, a Dreadbore, and multiple Grasp of Darkness. I'm interested in your Spirebluff Canal, Cryptolith Rite, Lost Legacy, and maybe a few more bulk things. Let me know if you're interested!

Dpooser on Mill Madness

3 weeks ago

Bloodchief Ascension is a win con with Mindcrank. You should check it out.

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