Karlov of the Ghost Council

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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Commander 2015 (C15) Mythic Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Karlov of the Ghost Council occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

WB (Orzhov): 0.43%

Karlov of the Ghost Council Discussion

Epicurus on Witch-Maw-Counters

7 hours ago

I think you're doing it right so far. Rather than throw a lot of card suggestions at you, I'll point to 3 decks I have that are centered around +1/+1 counters, and let you peruse them. One is mono-green, and the other two are Simic, so take it as you like.

Also, though, Ajani, Wise Counselor, Ajani, Inspiring Leader, Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Archangel of Thune, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Karlov of the Ghost Council, Faeburrow Elder, Bloom Tender, Leyline Prowler and Cryptolith Rite.

That's a lot to absorb, but I'll add also that this deck seems ripe for including the Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista combo. Both cards would work independently in this deck, and the infinite loop possibility would be always there.

Sorry for the long comment. Cheers!

TypicalTimmy on Fun Commanders for a Timmy ...

1 week ago

One thing I struggle with when building EDH decks is, sometimes, I feel completely out of my element. It's so hard for me to look at a card and build a strong working deck that I enjoy. What I have come to realize is that I keep building decks that are not how I naturally want to play the game, backing me into a corner.

I'm looking for Commanders who are more so directed toward "Timmy players".

I have a Lathliss, Dragon Queen deck as well as a Ghired, Conclave Exile deck. I'm currently building a Grand Warlord Radha deck as well. As you can see, these all involve three basic themes:

  • Red, which is my favorite color
  • Tokens (Mainly as a subtheme but a key part of each deck)
  • Wanting to attack nonstop

The issue I've come to realize is that, basically, they are functionally identical: "Make tokens and attack".

While I do very much so enjoy this, I also don't want to feel bummed out playing "the same deck", regardless of colors and Commanders.

I have a Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God Superfriends deck which makes me very happy to play as I get to activate a ton of Planeswalkers each turn, despite it being "technically illegal" as that's not a proper Commander.

I also have on here a Karlov of the Ghost Council deck, but while I enjoy gaining a ton of life and exiling tons of things it also feels... idk, kinda bad playing it. Like sure I'm having fun, but I feel like I'm just being an annoying prick about it?

I have plans on building a Saskia the Unyielding deck, too - and it's currently in works. However, I feel like pushing four colors is a bit much for me. Not really sure how to focus it. I was going to use blink / flicker effects to pop her in-and-out of play so I can change her target on the fly. Sort of name one player, attack a second player, blink her and name the second player so they take extra damage. Idk, just an idea.

But again, it feels like every deck I build that I actually ENJOY playing revolves around the same basic premise: "Make tokens and attack" - as I stated above.

So does anyone know of other Commanders aimed at Timmy players?

To be clear, I'm okay with losing. I don't mind sitting down with a deck and playing and losing, as long as I am having fun playing the deck itself. Though, I do want it to be able to win. I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on a deck that loses 90% of the time :(

I do have a Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck, a Silumgar, the Drifting Death deck, and Lord Windgrace deck as well. I just bought Symbiotic Swarm and Arcane Maelstrom from Commander 2020, also.

GenericCola on Orzhov Aristocrats - EDH Theme Deck

3 weeks ago

ShadowAblaze, thanks for the comment. I am very aware of all of those cards; they have all been left out deliberately, for different reasons (except Teysa, who is actually my commander-- you seem to have overlooked her). I'll address them individually:

Blood Baron of Vizkopa - At 5 mana, with no real synergy with the rest of the deck, and no immediate impact on the board state, he is not viable in this build.

Immortal Servitude - This is a fantastic card, and I will actually probably put a copy in. I just need to work on finding a copy. Unfortunately, it's usually going to be a strictly worse Rally the Ancestors, but casting it for X=2 should usually yield good results.

Obzedat, Ghost Council - This is another creature which offers no synergy with the rest of the deck's aristocrat goals. I will probably make a separate deck for the Ghost Council in the future.

Obzedat's Aid - I love this card, and I have tried to make it work so many times, but it is unfortunately too slow, most of the time. This card lives in my maybeboard.

Karlov of the Ghost Council - This is a very strong card, but again, it lacks any meaningful synergy with the deck. The best I get from Karlov is a bunch of triggers from my Lifelink tokens, but usually Karlov ends up being a "win-more" card. He, too, lives in my maybe-board.

Teysa Karlov - This is literally the commander of the deck. I'm not sure why you think she's not in here, lmfao.

Kaya's Guile - I have playtested this card, and I have found that more often than not it under-performs. It may find its way back into the deck as my meta shifts, but more often than not it's not worth playing, for me.

Debt to the Deathless - This has been one of my favorite cards since its release. It simply is not well suited to this deck, however. More often than not, it simply gets countered, and even if it didn't, it does nothing to support the aristocrats strategy of this deck. The current build usually does not accelerate to the amount of mana required to make this card viable.

High Priest of Penance - This is another one of my all-time favorite Magic cards, and nearly made the cut, but since I do not have any way of dealing damage to him on my own, he more often than not ends up sitting in play and doing nothing until the board gets wiped. He's another one of those cards that lives in my maybe-board, and may one day be added to the roster-- but for now, he doesn't have the synergy required to make it work.

ShadowAblaze on Orzhov Aristocrats - EDH Theme Deck

3 weeks ago

Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Immortal Servitude, Obzedat, Ghost Council, Obzedat's Aid, and Karlov of the Ghost Council are all orzhov cards I think you should at least know about.

Teysa Karlov - not sure why she isn't on here...

Kaya's Guile - excellent edict and graveyard hose

Debt to the Deathless - potential win con

High Priest of Penance - can be solid removal

Boerschti on Kambal - First Approach to Commander

4 weeks ago

That're quite good recommendations. I need some help and if you have a deck, i sure will look into it. nothing wrong with some 'advertising' :P I will add some cards into my board, to see what is good. It makes sense to put some strong creatures with high cost in it as finishers. Erebos's Intervention is something I do consider, given the removal + life gain as well as the removal from a graveyard. Karlov of the Ghost Council is indeed a good card. But I dont know anyone who actually has it and it doesnt look that cheap. Maybe there will be a reprint?!crossing fingers

I would maybe add Blood Reckoning, instead of Consecrate / Consume, as it is a nice combo with Revenge of Ravens.

Thank you for your help and critisism. I now have a more clear view on what my deck is lacking.

Blobby_Bobby on Kambal - First Approach to Commander

4 weeks ago

Not intending a plug, but here's what I did with Orzhov: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/love-at-first-bite-2/

uses Karlov of the Ghost Council and it is a monster. Ideas for what life gain can do for you. Kambal is part of the 100.

Here is a similar deck my brother made revolving around life gain: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/it-sucks-as-it-cuts/

shivanlord on [Uno Mas] Interracial Weenies

1 month ago

Unfortunately, Lurrus only has two commanders that can be used as they are also part of the companion restriction. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim and Karlov of the Ghost Council. However, seems like a solid list. Not sure what I’d change but a Godless Shrine couldn’t hurt. Might not need that many creatures. Perhaps a couple mass token generator spells for additional fodder.

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