Drana's Emissary

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

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Battle for Zendikar Uncommon

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Drana's Emissary

Creature — Vampire Cleric Ally

Flying

At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Drana's Emissary Discussion

Firebones675 on Your Either an Ally or Dead

1 month ago

Ideally in an ally deck, all your creatures would be allies. That way each one causes a bunch of triggers. If you did want to keep them in the deck, other cards you might consider within your current colors are Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Hada Freeblade, Drana's Emissary, and Kazandu Blademaster.

For now though i'm going to talk life gain.

While it's not exactly the same as what your deck is doing, i'd say the best lifegain deck is probably soul sisters. The deck runs Soul's Attendant and Soul Warden to get lots of triggers on Ajani's Pridemate among other things. While it plays out differently than what your deck does i think it's the sort of thing i'd look at for inspiration. Currently I think the biggest potential issue you are likely to run into is that other than the 1-of Bloodbond Vampire, your deck can't reward you for gaining life. Following that train of logic, I think that of the cards you mentioned in your previous comment, Archangel of Thune and Angelic Accord are the ones this deck needs the most. I'm not saying the others are bad, don't get me wrong, but they arent what the deck is missing at the moment.

I'm going to start a new comment for what to cut as yesterday my tappedout was glitching a bit when i tried to do longer comments

Tio_Infernape on Orzhov Ally

1 month ago

Are you sure about using the 4 Kor Bladewhirl and Lantern Scout? Their abilities are usefull, i know, but they are one of those cards that lose value if there's 2 or more onto the battlefield. Maybe swap 1 of those for the last Drana's Emissary and/or Cliffhaven Vampire?

A great deck nonetheless +1

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Death and Taxes

1 month ago

This list could use another mana rock or two. I definitely suggest Pristine Talisman as a synergistic way to both ramp and trigger your commander.

Sunscorch Regent is incredible in this list since its ability triggers often in a multiplayer setting, and the lifegain will make Karlov explode in size quickly.

Tymna the Weaver turns all that extra life into lots of card draw, and obviously also takes advantage of a multiplayer setting.

Nyx-Fleece Ram is quite a decent blocker in the early game while also buffering your life total and consistently triggering Karlov.

I second the suggestion of adding Drana's Emissary; the more life pings you stack, the more cumulative the bonuses.

Radiant Fountain is a land with the cheap effect of gaining a life when it enters.

Well of Lost Dreams is another card advantage engine that will always keep your hand refilled so long as you keep gaining life.

Wall of Reverence is similar to Nyx-Fleece Ram in that it is a wall that consistently gains you life.

Rogue's Passage should be included in the case that your commander gets so big that he can just kill off someone with straight commander damage.

Stephencliffe on The Mardu Allied Hoarde

1 month ago

Vintage? Why? I don't see anything in here that's not modern legal, unless I'm missing something. Cool deck though. I would scrap Drana's Emissary, she's not great.

talltallabba on Orzhov Bleeder/Control

1 month ago

Hey Zeviander,

Not a bad start! You're right, Orzhov is a lot fun to play, but there are a lot of subtleties to the life-gain/slow burn sub-types that when identified, warrant playing very different types of decks.

For example, if you're going to go for a purely slow-burn, you'll want a lot of cards that contribute to that end, and some strong defense/control that allow you to pull that long game off. I also notice you're building on a budget, so I'll keep that in mind. Some cards that come to mind are:

Drana's Emissary Wall of Limbs - Great defense that goes off as a big bomb!Kambal, Consul of Allocation - good deterrent at times. It is legendary, so annoying that you can only have one on the fieldANYTHING with extort, but Tithe Drinker gets a lot of press. Not sure why, I like Basilica Screecher just as much. Obzedat, Ghost Council is too much fun

You can also go orzo-aggro and play a pump creature centered deck around cards like Ajani's Pridemate, Suture Priest, Blood Artist, and of course, Soul Warden. Karlov of the Ghost Council is an exaggerated Ajani's Pridemate, but legendary too. Whip of Erebos works great with these cards 'cause they all get lifelink and can self propel themselves. Divinity of Pride.

Also, you can play cards that grant you alternate win conditions by jacking up your life as either deck main focuses or "plan b"s to the decks above. Check out Felidar Sovereign and Sanguine Bond.

So that's a start! Hope it helps. Check out "soul sister" decks that abuse Soul Warden and other life gain mediums for the win. I'd also be remiss if I didn't politely ask you to review my deck as well (i'm new to this site too :) ) Pumpin' Jack Attack!

matchgrizzle on The Mardu Allied Hoarde

1 month ago

I would definitely consider playing a few copies of Captain's Claws, at least on the sideboard. I would also consider adding Cliffhaven Vampire as the synergy with Zulaport Cutthroat, Kalastria Healer, and Drana's Emissary can really start to add up. Battlefield Forge and Caves of Koilos are really inexpensive dual lands that can make sure you don't fall off your curve (or for that matter Spire of Industry and you don't really care too much about the life loss. Allied Reinforcements might be a useful sideboard card to help you against board wipes. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death isn't an ally, but it's cheap to bring out and it gives you a lot of creature advantage, not to mention popping off a lot of ETB triggers. I'm not sure how much creature or permanent removal you'll need, but Anguished Unmaking is an awesome card that fits your colors. I think you need Boros Charm, no doubt. Just an awesome card.Lightning Helix also great: life gain and creature removal.

Deflecting Palm, Wear / Tear also good sideboard cards. Hada Freeblade (I would definitely use this as my one drop or add it if you want more one drops. it's a 1/2 after its ETB ability and gets bigger really quickly), Kabira Evangel could be a good sideboard if you need protection and especially Reckless Bushwhacker is great to speed shit up.

Just a few suggestions. Hm...what else. March from the Tomb maybe? Path to Exile. LOL - Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder. Maybe Vampire Envoy coupled with Ondu War Cleric and Cliffhaven Vampire? It could also be funny to run Panharmonicon to double up on a bunch of these ETB triggers.Sorry, just kind of rambling at this last part here. But definitely look at the other stuff.

I like the life gain / drain idea. I would definitely get some of the spells I suggested in there for creature removal / to protect yourself and I would definitely get rid of a few different types of the creatures and just add more of the good ones you have.

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