Whenever an opponent loses life, you gain that much life.
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- Defiant Bloodlord + Exquisite Blood
- Exquisite Blood + Vizkopa Guildmage
- Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Exquisite Blood Discussion
3 days ago
Hey, here's my less than $200 version of Krrik, Devotion to Yawgmoth (Budget).
My advice on a budget is load up on black tutors that can get Bolas's Citadel, Aetherflux Reservoir and Pontiff of Blight. Even four/five mana tutors are good since with Krrik they're only two/three mana and 4 life or only all life.
- Scheming Symmetry
- Diabolic Tutor
- Mastermind's Acquisition
- Dark Petition: tutor for Citadel and with Krrik in your control as well as spell mastery cast Citadel for 6 life.
- Beseech the Queen
Necropotence is a much better expensive price card than Exquisite Blood. Necro combos with Citadel + Aetherflux and this combo is excellent with Krrik. With Krrik Pontiff of Blight's extort does what Exquisite + Bond combo does and Pontiff is easier to assemble as well as budget.
Getting Krrik onto the battlefield with four mana is pretty important and more colorless mana sources can help especially two drop mana rocks.
Good luck with your deck.
6 days ago
Thanks for the advice, !! This deck is one of my new decks built almost entirely out of cards on-hand. I bought the Venser's Journal, Gilded Lotus, and kind of bought the Torment of Hailfire and Exsanguinate for it and had the rest of the good (and bad) cards already in my collection in need of a home. As such, plenty of the card choices are not ideal or optimized. In a sense, this is a budget deck not looking for big-time upgrades yet. I'm aware that Deathgreeter and Falkenrath Noble don't synergize with my deck at all but they are just incidental lifegain and as early-game blockers. Definitely filler for now. Deathgreeter might have enough utility (in my meta) for his cost to stick around until I get something great for lifegain, such as Twilight Prophet or Exquisite Blood etc. I was thinking about replacing the noble with Ivory Tower since it's old and janky and one of those "works almost nowhere except this commander" cards. I want to play more games and see how important lifegain ends up being to me. Some decks run a shitload and some run almost none.
I've played five games now and in the three games where I played Ambition's Cost and/or Ancient Craving they have worked out. Ideally they smooth out my mid-game and draw me into more lands, ramp, and answers/removal to get up to Vilis. So far they have done so. I also don't have a ton of free-life-payment cards like Doom Whisperer so they serve as passable refueling for Vilis. More games will surely give me insight but for now I like them.
So far the ramp has worked out all right but I had an eye to add more already. I have twelve pieces (13 if you count Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx... oh to have a Cabal Coffers too!! Just gotta wait for Commander Legends). I usually have 7-10 in my decks so this is still feels like a good, high amount. I used to have Bubbling Muck and Dark Ritual in the ~105-card prototype but they were late cuts, reducing my overall ramp-card count without replacement. Five games isn't a huge sample size, to be sure, so I'm gonna feel it out some more before I make swaps. I would definitely add Thought Vessel as an early upgrade. I was also thinking of swapping the Leaden Myr for a mana rock that doesn't die to all my wraths.
Thanks again for your comments!
2 weeks ago
I'm surprised no Cabal Coffers to really burst up the mana.
Tentative Connection is a great ol' "one turn steal and sack" trick that synergizes amazingly with Greven, but there's one more that I throw in so I can have more fun: Act of Aggression. I'd give up some of those homespun sacrifice targets and enjoy sacrificing other people's creatures! ;-)
On the life gain side of things, you gotta want Exquisite Blood no? Throw in a Tree of Perdition and you can do horrible, horrible things to people: the Tree swaps their health down to 13, and that counts as life gain for you, and then you sack the Tree, giving up all that life you just gained, but now Greven is this unholy monster that just levels the playing field (and ironically, if that wasn't lethal, you'll get back all the life loss they get again). It also pairs similarly with Heartless Hidetsugu (though the Whip of Erebos you've got already in there makes it work well enough).
Some things are just better in graves, like Filth and Anger... and if you aren't going to have much in the way of reanimators, Necrotic Ooze comes in handy... just in case someone somehow dodged a bullet with the first use of Tree of Perdition's active ability... now you can try taking them down to 3 health! ;-)
Pro-tip if you play multi-player games: the myriad mechanic is your friend. Banshee of the Dread Choir and Warchief Giant let you trigger any ETB effects, and then you can play politics with your opponents trading favours for which token you are going to sacrifice to boost Greven.
I love pairing Greven with Flayer of the Hatebound as you do. Even more fun is bringing in K'rrik's old man, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, because at the cost of 1 life (yeah! Greven and Font of Agonies get even more charged up!, and a minion sacrifice, you can cancel out that +1/+1 counter so that you can keep sacrificing the Flayer each round.
One more fun thing that can add chaos into everything is Brash Taunter. Not only is he a great blocker, but If you've got Fiery Emancipation out, you can use Soul's Fire and then have Brash Taunter be the target, who then redirects to your opponent... with the damage tripling on each hop, for 9x damage from Greven's power after he's done a sacrifice... and that's not counting his actual attack damage.
3 weeks ago
Vito wasn't the first card to go infinite with Exquisite Blood. ;^) Consider adding in Sanguine Bond for yet another piece of a very dirty wincon. I, too, would also recommend some board wipes and some additional ramp. Damnation, Wrath of God, and Toxic Deluge are all good wipe options. Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Arcane Signet, and Fellwar Stone should serve as nice ramp pieces. Nice deck! Hope this helps. :^)
3 weeks ago
Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond never hurts in lifegain decks if it fits in your budget, especially with Vito since he also combos with Exquisite Blood. I would also consider replacing either Charcoal Diamond or Gilded Lotus with Fellwar Stone or Mind Stone or something similar. Mana rocks that come in untapped are always better than ones that come in tapped, and the lotus is expensive for a mana rock and serves as a big juicy target for removal spells. Ideally on turn 4 or 5 you want to be doing something bigger and more impactful than dropping ramp. Also, as some less budget options that you might like to consider, Jet Medallion probably needs no explanation and Extraplanar Lens coupled with snow lands creates some pretty nasty asymmetrical ramp for you assuming your opponents aren't also running the same snow lands as you. Nice deck, fun and fair. :^)
1 month ago
If you want to really pump the power of your deck with a combo, Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond is a pretty common combo that is really good. Since you're also gaining a ton of life, you could toss in a Peer into the Abyss just for fun. And, of course, tutors do WONDERS with improving the consistency of a deck, so you should look into those. A pretty decent one that is usually pretty good is Mausoleum Secrets, but you could always run a Liliana Vess or such.
Good luck deckbuilding, and I hope you get fantastic results from your deck!