Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
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7 minutes ago
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim can be fun but might not fit since Bloodghast ain't got a high toughness. Defiant Bloodlord is expensive but acts as another source of Sanguine Bond. Divinity of Pride is always fun to use. Karlov of the Ghost Council as removal. Souls of the Faultless are good blockers and trigger Sanguine Bond. Suture Priest. Vizkopa Guildmage. Wall of Reverence as a defender and its ability is fun with Karlov if he's big. Gift of Orzhova if you want to help Karlov a bit, but might be superfluous. True Conviction is fun. Death Grasp and Exsanguinate if you have extra mana. Vault of the Archangel gives stuff deathtouch and lifelink.
7 hours ago
Grenzo, Havoc Raiser is basically in a testing spot. It is OK, and will likely be rotated out. It is interesting in that it can be like a backward Pillow Fort card, or punish cards that use topdeck manipulation, including my own Lapse of Certainty, making it a hard counter. In play, it has been less than stellar, and I am realizing that I would rather have a harder control card, a better Pillow Fort or Rattlesnake card, or a stronger wincon. It was fun to explore the steal archetype with this card, but it is becoming more obvious that it is not in line with the deck as much as I want. I will probably try to find another wincon that is also a control or Rattlesnake card to replace it. Maybe I will try Exsanguinate finally.
7 hours ago
I do have a question about one of the cards on your Aikido win con list. How would you use Grenzo, Havoc Raiser in that role?
12 hours ago
I like both of those, and have considered these for some time, along with Exsanguinate. You are right, though, the required mana make it tough. I have not yet playtested any of these, so it may work better than I think. I actually think that I would probably go with Exsanguinate instead, due to the higher lifegain potential, and it effectively costs the least. I appreciate that you are thinking about this deck and archetype. Cross pollination will potentially open up some interesting options.
Maybe I will playtest with one of these spells to see how they work.
1 day ago
I think Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre isn't a bad idea, you have no ways to get rid of enchantments so he fits that role too. Things like Leyline of the Void or Damping Matrix will shut you down so a little removal is nice.
1 day ago
So... today for Lulz I played ANT Sidisi but replaced Sidisi with Kokusho. I made it as a joke but my playgroup stopped laughing after I won G1 T3, G2 T2. Coincidence to be sure but I've been working on a list and I think Kokusho should be moved to T2.5 or even T2
Commander / EDH
obviously you have to run more tutors for Ad Nauseam but being able to reanimate Kokusho a few times to recast Ad Nauseam off of Yawgmoth's Will while Simultaneously lowering the demands on Tendrils of Agony and Exsanguinate is pretty sweet. I even managed to win just by reanimating Kokusho enough a few times.
1 day ago
dlamars: I figured a higher critter count would be needed. I was already on the fence about the puzzle box so that can go. Reito Lantern was there simply to return the non-critters from the GY to my deck. Might cut the library manipulation cards, they don't seem as useful without good stuff.
What's your thoughts on adding Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre? Pulling this idea from my Gitrog Monster deck, he can recycle the deck.
Should I add Exsanguinate as a possible finisher with all the mana that can be generated via Mana Echoes/Ashnod's?
2 days ago
Angels and Demons are always cool tribes, however I feel your deck needs more ways to accelerate getting these big fatties into play.
First, with the high CMC of most of your creatures, I would recommend mana rocks to help ramp: Orzhov Signet, Commander's Sphere, Darksteel Ingot, Expedition Map, and Mind Stone and Hedron Archive (which double as card draw) are all great options and relatively cheap money wise.
Gaining a ton of life is great, but in EDH there are still many ways to lose even with 100 life. However, if you use your life total as a resource/win-con, your deck can be so much more powerful. The aforementioned Exsanguinate and Debt to the Deathless are great, but there is also Test of Endurance, Bond of Agony, and Hatred to outright win the game. I second the inclusion of Phyrexian Arena, but Greed and Phyrexian Reclamation are additional ways to gain advantage with your life total.
Lastly (sorry for the long post), Magister of Worth and Archangel of Tithes could also be great additions. Blood Speaker, though not a demon, can tutor for demons and Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath can add to the life gain plan while making more demons. Norn's Annex can provide another Ghostly Prison effect, or you could run the less budget friendly No Mercy.