Kataki, War's Wage


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Event Deck (MD1) Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK) Rare

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Kataki, War's Wage

Legendary Creature — Spirit

All artifacts have "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this artifact unless you pay (1)."

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Kataki, War's Wage Discussion

Madhava on Esper Spirits - Modern

3 days ago

Looks good... but I'd say you're leaving yourself a little open to control-tactics. People are likely to side-in boardwipes on game 2. Countersquall & Collective Brutality are fantastic preventatives. I'd definitely consider running with more.

I'm also going to second all those recommending a full 4-of Lingering Souls. The card can win games on its own.

Some other ideas...If your wallet allows, definitely Cavern of Souls, 2 or 3, preferably.

Ditto for Creeping Tar Pit, 1 or 2.

Maybe a Kataki, War's Wage for your sideboard?

If you want more counters, Logic Knot is one of the best, seeing as you've not much else going on with your graveyard. Deprive also costs only CMC 2, & pairs nicely with Fatal Push. Careful running more than 1 or 2; drawing multiples of either in your opening hand is undesirable.

Spreading Seas can be devastating v. Tron, Valakut, or color-greedy decks in general... 2 to 4 recommended, main or sideboard.

Ceremonious Rejection is sideboard gold.

Disenchant on sideboard is okay, but as far as spot removal, Anguished Unmaking would cover far more ground.

Kaleo42 on [Primer] Marath Hatebears | EDH Combo v.1.5

1 week ago

Harsh Mentor is indeed massively underrated as an answer to so many combos.

Null Rod, Cursed Totem, Stony Silence, Kataki, War's Wage, Aura Shards, Manglehorn, Gaddock Teeg, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and/or Thalia, Heretic Cathar are the main go to cards for Marath Taxes that I don't already see here. Some of the best options restrict you too but having access to ways to remove them can sometimes make up for that.

The walker plan is my least favorite part here. Yes they are fun, but they are slow. Walkers as a general rule don't have much impact on edh games unless your opponents are letting them have an impact. Of course situations like Razia's Purification + Ugin, the Spirit Dragon or Eternal Witness + Venser, the Sojourner +extra turn are exceptions.

Dac2 on Esper Tocatli Orb

2 weeks ago

why are you playing Lifelink? If your worried about burn you should be playing the leyline or Aegis of the Gods. You should probably be playing something like Kataki, War's Wage or Stony Silence for affinity. Also, Fatal Push seems good here.

Suns_Champion on Captain Sisay's Engine Chain Extravaganza

4 weeks ago

What I like: I like the little elf sub theme and I like the combo; though I admit I'm not a combo player by any means!

Some suggestions to put in:

Have you considered any plainswalkers? the new rule the Ixalan started makes them all legendaries, thus tutorable.

Elspeth, Sun's Champion(I'm biased, okay?) or a Garruk could help you out...

Time of Need perhaps?

Grand Abolisher will stop anyone from messing with you on your turn.

Some to take out:

How's Land Grant working for you? I feel like there's better ways to ramp in these colors, and revealing your hand can lose you the game sometimes.

Doesn't Kataki, War's Wage kinda.. hurt you a lot too?

Hope some of this helps!

freakingShane on Avacyn, Prison Warden

1 month ago

Okay, brace yourself. I'm going all out.

  • P.S. Sorry that my inner spike ignores price...

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osumatthew on Esper Spirits

1 month ago

11/12/17 Update: I decided to make a few adjustments to the list:Mainboard-1 Island-1 Plains-1 Bygone Bishop-3 Unclaimed Territory+ 2 Seachrome Coast+1 Kataki, War's Wage+2 Moorland Haunt+1 Geist of Saint Traft

Sideboard-2 Relic of Progenitus-2 Pithing Needle-3 Ceremonious Rejection-1 Kataki, War's Wage+2 Rest in Peace+ 3 Disdainful Stroke+3 Duress

With a top end of CMC 3 in my curve, 24 lands were probably too many, so I cut down to 23, and I'll see how that plays. Unclaimed Territory seems good still, but not having colored mana to cast Lingering Souls, Fatal Push, or Path to Exile seems a little bit sketchy. If I'm going to run colorless lands, I'd rather that they do something proactive, like Moorland Haunt which can create additional threats or blockers. I picked up a second copy of Geist of Saint Traft, so Bygone Bishop is now out. Finally, I moved a copy of Kataki, War's Wage into the mainboard, both as an additional 2 mana aggressive creature, and to hose any decks utilizing artifacts. This list doesn't have any artifacts, so Kataki seems quite versatile.

As for the sideboard, Relic of Progenitus seems less useful than Rest in Peace, which acts as a permanent piece of graveyard hate that also hoses persist and undying creatures. I was initially worried about the negative synergy with Lingering Souls, but if I need graveyard hate enough to board it in, I'd rather have reliable graveyard hate than the flashback from Lingering Souls. I also dropped Pithing Needle,as, even though it's quite a powerful card, generally my deck wants to be more aggressive and proactive. I added in 3 copies of Duress instead, since I had 3 spots open after moving 1 copy of Kataki, War's Wage to the mainboard. Duress seems versatile by hitting planeswalkers and combo pieces from my opponent's hand. Creatures aren't as much of a concern, since I'm running so many removal spells, so I didn't feel as though Thoughtseize was warranted. Lastly, I replaced the 3 copies of Ceremonious Rejection with an equal number of Disdainful Stroke,which despite costing 1 more mana seems far more reliable and useful in its application. Let me know what you think!

Mandalorian on Why Even Bother?

1 month ago

Looks like you got most of the major players minus these-

Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker


Hua Tuo, Honored Physician

Yavimaya Hollow

Ive seen some list run Gisela, the Broken Blade+Bruna, the Fading Light if that's something that interest you.

Glissa Sunseeker or Kataki, War's Wage can help with artifact hate if you're worried about that.

Other good stuff

Loyal Retainers

Return to Dust or Sylvan Reclamation

Mirari's Wake

You can also search up planeswalkers now as well since they are legendary. That opens up a whole other aspect of deck building depending on what you want to do. Hope this gives you some more ideas to brew with!

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