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Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Legendary Creature — Human Advisor
Whenever an opponent casts a non creature spell, that player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
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Kambal, Consul of Allocation Discussion
2 days ago
Wonderful deck - precociousapprentice thank you for putting in the time and effort into putting it all together and including such a detailed write-up.
I made a very similar version based on yours and have been playing it for a few months now.
A highlight was going 1v1 with a highly tuned Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder deck that was worth a small fortune. He played 4 or 5 permanents on turn one! It looked like he was going to run away with the game, but I hit him with Virtus the Veiled + Suspicious Bookcase. It still looked like he was going to run away with the game until I slowed him down with Kambal, Consul of Allocation. It still looked like he was one draw away from victory until I played Solemnity and Dark Depths and took the victory. My hands were sweaty at the end. We even drew a crowd of onlookers anxious to see who would win.
My advice for others interested in building this: Righteous Aura is a great budget substitute for Forcefield, imo. This has been mentioned before, but is buried in these comments. I've also gotten a lot of mileage out of Whispersilk Cloak, both for the shroud and unblockable.
2 weeks ago
Here is what I would consider adding. Zulaport Cutthroat and Kambal, Consul of Allocation make the opponent drain life if they alter your board state. Then you might want a little removal yourself, I'd use Anguished Unmaking since you'll be healing yourself anyways. Lastly your land base could use some faster stuff, perhaps if budget is your concern try Caves of Koilos
2 weeks ago
On a second glance, and after playing a few games, the life gain from Kambal, Consul of Allocation and Obzedat, Ghost Council plus the already considered dire-case option of using Swords to Plowshares on my own creature turns out to be more reliable than I'd previously thought.
We'll see how that goes, I'm generally not a fan of low-mana cards that involve life loss in decks such as this because I like to be able to eat damage from an attack round or two as a buffer and to invite the opponent to leave themselves open, but I don't anticipate any regrets.
1 month ago
For humans, you really need to know how to play the matchup (I have been playing this deck for 5 months), and although they have ETBs, Eldrazi Displacer is one of your best cards in this matchup. You just have to be careful about your timing, and flicker everything before flickering a Champion of the Parish, or flicker everything after flickering Thalia's Lieutenant.
I might also advise a pair of Auriok Champion instead of the Kor Firewalker and Kataki, War's Wage. I also think that you could use another Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Kambal, Consul of Allocation. Gideon is just a powerhouse in almost all midrange and control matchups, and Kambal makes burn a good matchup.
1 month ago
I think you did a pretty good job for a first deck.
You seem to be running a combination of really good cards and out of place shitty cards. Unless there is some combo or synergy you have with them that I'm missing I think the following cards are garbage and should be cut:
If your opponents are going off way faster than you then you need to think about how to upset their early game with hate pieces. In combo heavy metas cards like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Vryn Wingmare and Glowrider slow your opponents down enough to let you gain control of the situation Kambal, Consul of Allocation also gains you life to stick around as they cast themselves to death. for creature heavy metas cards like Archfiend of Depravity, Ophiomancer, forced sac like Butcher of Malakir Dictate of Erebos and Magus of the Tabernacle can really fuck over a lot of decks. For pure control, stax is usually the best option in competitive EDH since relying on counterspells and spot removal to keep 3 other players in check isn't feasible. I also always recommend some graveyard hate in any deck Nihil Spellbomb Relic of Progenitus Grafdigger's Cage Rest in Peace Tormod's Crypt Crypt Incursion Silent Gravestone are all good and cheap to play. I also personally put Necropotence in every black deck, It's so good it honestly should be banned. other good general control cards are Force of Will Pact of Negation Mystic Confluence and Cryptic Command.
I'm not really clear on the win con. Something like a Blightsteel Colossus, any of the preators, or a x mana life drain like Debt to the Deathless, Exsanguinate, or Torment of Hailfire could kill of opponents once you've stabilized the game.
2 months ago
You're off to a decent start, I'd say. Your curve looks good, though you're mana base is a bit weak at the moment (you should be running about 40 land for consistency). Some commentary as I took notes:
Heliod, God of the Sun doesn't seem to fit with the overall theme of the deck. You'd be better off with a card that will give you lifelink creatures or something, to help offset the life-loss from your various effects. Whip of Erebos would be my pick for this deck.
Blood Tribute is going to want more vampires, which are kind of slim in your deck at the moment.
Brainspoil is...poor removal. I would remove it. Killing Wave, on the other hand, is a good choice for sweep, and Remorseless Punishment and Temporal Extortion are nice. I like Near-Death Experience as an alternate win-con, but Path of Bravery is going to hamper that, especially since you don't appear to have super-consistent lifegain.
You have...two? infect cards. I would remove them since infect is really an alternate win-con that you aren't geared toward. Diseased Vermin might make for an alternate rat if you must have a rat, especially if you can give it evasion somehow, and it works with lifelink. It's not a strong pick for the deck, though.
Seekers' Squire doesn't really seem to fit any of your themes.
Ones that work somewhat with the life drain: Defiant Bloodlord, Retreat to Hagra, Thrull Parasite, Bontu's Monument, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Underworld Coinsmith (this would be a reason to keep Heliod, actually), Zulaport Cutthroat, and maybe Vizkopa Confessor
Others that pay life or give you life somehow: Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Chainer, Dementia Master, Cruel Sadist, Phyrexian Reclamation, Vona, Butcher of Magan, and Elenda, the Dusk Rose (for working with your creatures dying).
All of this, of course, is subject to what you're willing to buy, and you don't have to listen to anything I say. It's your deck, after all.
2 months ago
I was playing against one of my friends during gameday Hour of devistation. I was at 1 life and was about to ultimate a Liliana, the Last Hope. I also had Dark Salvation in hand. So I made a evil plan... I would play Dark Salvation, before “ultimating” Liliana, so I could start an epic comeback by flooding the board with zombies. So I cast Dark Salvation thinking I just won the game, only to forget that my friend had casted a Kambal, Consul of Allocation a turn before! Killing myself... Oops! XD
2 months ago
WItC so I was playing Field of Ruin, but as I now have multiple cards that require and , I needed to make my mana a bit more reliable. If I cut Settle the Wreckages for more Vraska's Contempts I will consider adding them back in, as well as cutting a plains for a swamp. As for cutting Kambal, Consul of Allocation, I really like him in some of the grindier matchups at my LGS, but if I play this deck at competitive events I will consider cutting him. Thanks for the comment!