Karlov of the Ghost Council


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 Mythic Rare

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Karlov of the Ghost Council

Legendary Creature — Spirit Advisor

Whenever you gain life, put two +1/+1 counters on Karlov of the Ghost Council.

Remove six +1/+1 counters from Karlov of the Ghost Council: Exile target creature.

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Karlov of the Ghost Council Discussion

Gleeock on Powerful Commanders on a Budget

2 days ago

I 2nd Sram, Senior Edificer he can be pretty strong on budget... & if you upgrade him later he can hit like a ton of bricks

I 2nd Grenzo, Havoc Raiser as tons of fun & reasonable power... Also, fairly unconventional (doesn't have to be played with the gobs though... I just include tons of double-striking & unblockable effects)

Another budget commander is Karlov of the Ghost Council I've seen him do some cool stuff

abby315 on Fairly New to MTG and ...

3 days ago

I'll try to answer your questions, but first two suggestions:

You should start with a constructed 60 card deck, like this budget Soul Sisters list or something like Hey Soul Sister (Budget). 60-card Constructed is the most common way to play MTG, but also because it's only 60 cards and you can have playsets of up to 4 for each card in the deck, it requires you to know and command much fewer cards overall.

So I really recommend buying a 60 card deck you like to play, for Standard or casual or whatever your friends or LGS plays. It's generally a good idea to get a deck of the same format that your friends play, or there could be a huge power mismatch in the decks which makes games less interesting.

If you like to learn and play commander, I highly recommend starting with either a friends' EDH deck--many people who play have more than one-- or buying a pre-constructed deck that looks interesting to you. Since you like B/W and lifegain, you might like Daxos, the Returned, maybe using the alternate commander Karlov of the Ghost Council. Starting with a pre-con is super useful, gives you fairly good value, and then you can swap out cards for more powerful versions along the way.

Best bet is to buy your cards from TCGPlayer. It's an online marketplace, so you're usually getting the best deal just by buying the cheapest offering. The only things to look out for are Condition (Near Mint to Heavily Played), listed under the card price, and be aware you need to have more than $1 from each seller in your cart to check out.

Buying singles is almost always the best way to get cards because it's cheap and you end up with exactly the cards that work in your deck. The only exception I'd make are the pre-constructed Commander decks just because Commander is such an overwhelming format to get into unless you've played for awhile and have a collection.

lil_cheez on Life Suckage

3 weeks ago

Hey pal, nice deck! May I suggest a thing or two?

First, if you don't mind "I win" combos, Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond are a must in lifegain decks!

Second, I'd recommend using Karlov of the Ghost Council as the commander instead of Kambal. Karlov will grow SO huge that you can just swing for commander damage as an alternative wincon!

Gleeock on Calling all Dicks and Douchebags!

3 weeks ago

You have a lot of hateful creature competition rounding out 1/2 of those combos it looks like, some blue/red wait'n'hate crap, ooga-booga manaramp + creatures, you know what might be a budget friendly good commander in that meta? Karlov of the Ghost Council low cost, small potatos, I'm not sure that the blue counter heavies are going to want to blow their counterspells on that commander or all those low cmc lifegain setups, at that table they should have bigger fish to fry, he also becomes ridiculous creature control when you have multiple lifegain triggers, also he will be minimally effected by MLD once a couple of lifegain effects are online

otherwise, I've played a Captain Sisay deck that could give that meta a run for its money... Although the $$$ value of that deck has gone through the roof recently :(

Gleeock on How do control decks win?

3 weeks ago

So many wincons that don't require midrange/early aggression (Although I usually prefer aggressive style)

1) Go with voltron & commander dmg? Sram, Senior Edificer2) Seen people win in diverse ways with Karlov of the Ghost Council - hybrid control, extort, flat commander dmg3) Toolbox commander can easily win Captain Sisay or Zur the Enchanter both cripple people with a heavy mix of static effects, stax, & plain old dmg... I find that Zur wins a bit slower... but tends to be a bit more controlling, Captain Sisay has so many options for protecting your board presence, nullifying opponent's ability to cast on your turn, & then 1 turn swinging out at them

K34 on Karlov the Undying (Life Gain Deck)

3 weeks ago

I think Karlov of the Ghost Council is actually the real powerhouse. Your deck is already built for him.

BlueElectivire on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

4 weeks ago

Budget B/W lifegain EDH

Commander / EDH BlueElectivire


A B/W lifegain deck based on Karlov of the Ghost Council, which im really trying to get feedback and suggestions on :)

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