Karlov of the Ghost Council

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Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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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

chapman.luke27 on You Will Serve, Even In Death

1 week ago

Some cards like Ajani's Pridemate, Felidar Sovereign, Karlov of the Ghost Council, and Chalice of Life  Flip work great in a deck that has good, consistent life gain. I don't think you have enough other cards to support that theme, I would either cut them or add something to support that theme if that's the direction you want to go. If you do want life gain try Pristine Talisman, Auriok Champion or her budget sisters Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant, Brutal Hordechief (think he's great in your deck even if you don't go life gain), Whip of Erebos, Blood Artist, and Aetherflux Reservoir to name a few.

Also don't like Beseech the Queen in a tri-color deck, even if you got a Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. I would definitely pay the extra mana for the budget Diabolic Tutor or if you have the cash Demonic Tutor.

Would also replace a Mountain with a Terramorphic Expanse for better color consistency.

You've got a lot of token generators along with reanimating stuff, I think Cathars' Crusade would work great with this.

Love Odric, Lunarch Marshal in this deck, you might want to add Odric, Master Tactician as a win condition.

Thatguy795 on Oloro Healthcare

1 week ago

If you want card draw Necropotence is one of the best and even better with lifegain, though you may need more colour fixers for the 3 black mana.

Karlov of the Ghost Council is a really cheap beater/removal for the deck, though I would say reduce your creature count a litte for more removal Vindicate Anguished Unmaking Utter End Return to Dust Merciless Eviction are all strong and versatile.

Hatred is a hilarious card and with so many flyers/lifelink will steal games, it sucks if it gets countered but even then it is still funny.

ibstudent2200 on Ryan's Commander

2 weeks ago

I second Nazrak's comment about your land count. I normally aim for 37-40 lands.

If you want to run a deck focused on gaining life, Karlov of the Ghost Council is fairly strong.

Cards that don't do much in your list:- Aegis of the Gods: It's possible that there are enough player-targeting effects in the format to warrant playing this card, but I'm fairly skeptical that this is the case. Even then, a 3/1 dies to way too many effects to be reliable.- Banisher Priest: I generally find that Fiend Hunter is a better choice, especially if you're running Ayli. Sacrificing the Fiend Hunter in response to the ETB trigger will mean that the targeted creature will never come back.-Corpse Hauler: 5 mana for a raise dead is 4 more mana than I'm willing to spend, even if I get a 2/1 body for a while. Victimize is a better single-use reanimation spell, and Phyrexian Reclamation is another option. Unburial Rites is also an upgrade here.Guardian Automaton: this card does nothing. Kheru Bloodsucker: you have about 6 creatures that trigger this card, and the effect is still pretty weak. Zulaport Cutthroat, Blood Artist, and Falkenrath Noble are better choices.Master of the Feast: This card is terrible. The only time you want your opponents to draw extra cards is when your deck is designed to punish them for it (or you're playing Group Hug).Pharika's Chosen: There are an absurd number of good removal spells in the Orzhov color identity. This card is not one of them. ex. Seal of Doom.Servant of Tymaret: Palace Siege does it better, and that's the worst ability on Palace Siege.Typhoid Rats: See Pharika's Chosen. ex. Go for the Throat.Bile Blight: See Pharika's Chosen. ex. Orzhov Charm.Celestial Flare: Wing Shards only works on defense, but you don't have much for trampling creatures, so it's not like Celestial Flare is going to punch much damage through.Congregate: I have no idea if this card is good or not. It could gain you an absurd amount of life, but if you don't have a way to affect the board, you're just going to lose anyway. Could be fun with Aetherflux Reservoir, though. If you do want to keep playing Congregate, you should also play Blighted Steppe.Last Breath: See Pharika's Chosen. ex. Vendetta.Pharika's Cure: See Pharika's Chosen. ex. Unmake.Ray of Dissolution: Worse than Cursebreak and Serene Offering. Unholy Hunger: See Pharika's Chosen. ex. Oblation.Chaplain's Blessing: this card does nothing.From Under the Floorboards: This card seems kinda random to me.Healing Hands: Survival Cache will usually accomplish the same goal, and Survival Cache has upside. Healing Hands might be fine, though.Macabre Waltz: See Corpse Hauler.Tyrant's Choice: this card reads "each opponent loses 4 life", which means it basically does nothing.Aspect of Gorgon: See Pharika's Chosen. ex. Attrition.Mark of the Vampire: worse than Loxodon Warhammer. Basilisk Collar also gets you lifelink if that's what you want.Marked by Honor: this card is bad enough that I don't even want to come up with a card that is a functional upgrade.Near-Death Experience: You don't have Worship, so this card does nothing.Stab Wound: See Pharika's Chosen. ex. Darksteel Mutation.Suppression Bonds: This card is okay as removal goes. I'd still suggest running Faith's Fetters instead.

Voltron3030 on Orzhov is like Onions

2 weeks ago

I always appreciate a good Teysa deck. It looks like you're going for a lot more board control than my own deck which is totally fine, Teysa is a great control commander. I like how you're locking it down in your favor. I would recommend the praetors Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Sheoldred, Whispering One. Both are great at making sure your board state is better than your opponents'. It looks like you've got a lot of spot removal,which is good, so you might look into Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim and Karlov of the Ghost Council. I could see both synergizing well with the rest of your deck.

bomley20 on Please have a seat

3 weeks ago

Camel-Senpai, Karlov of the Ghost Council and Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter are the most direct ways to win while sitting. You can also use Sands of Delirium to mill your opponent or give them a lethal Stroke of Genius.

Blair@Cake-N-CardGames on Blair@Cake-N-CardGames

4 weeks ago

Evening Internet!

As another week comes to a close and christmas draws nearer, I've had the chance to dabble in both modern and commander over the last seven days.

Firstly, I managed to make some long overdue improvements to my modern deck, swapping out some old cards like Divination and Jace's Ingenuity for Serum Visions and Sphinx's Revelation respectively. With a completed sideboard now also in tow I even managed to squeeze in a few matches against Reaver308 and Dancing-Blade. However, I didn't fair too well so I fear it may be back to the drawing board as far as modern is concerned.

On a brighter note, I did finish my first EDH deck-list. Focused on Karlov of the Ghost Council the list was super fun to go though and should hopefully prove an awesome introduction to the commander format.

This week coming I'm hoping to complete a full description for my modern deck and even have a few ideas for another EDH list, so watch this space...

Thanks again guys.

p.s These are the deck-lists from this week as well as the modern decks that trounced me on Friday night.

Modern Deck list - U/W Elspeth Control

EDH Deck list - EDH: Karlov Of The Ghost Council

Reaver308 - The Black Dick

Dancing-Blade - 50 Shades of Green (Mono-Green Devotion)

Jormvalte on Karlovation - Taxation is extortion

4 weeks ago

Have you considered Flickering Ward, As you run a lot of Extort you could play it and extort it three times for nine mana beefing Karlov of the Ghost Council with +6/+6 and then beat with protection from a color. Rather nifty I'd say. Also Easily recurable with Sun Titan.

I would remove ... say Drana's Emissary

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