Kataki, War's Wage


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

Gadianten on You're Kirin Me, Smalls

1 week ago

I have someone in my play group that runs this commander and its pretty amusing once the spirits start hitting the board. I recommend Darksteel Plate, Selfless Spirit, Shield of Kaldra, Kindred Boon, Karmic Guide, and Emeria, The Sky Ruin as these help mitigate the fallout of your commander's abilities.

Some other interesting creatures you might consider are Wall of Reverence, Windborn Muse, Yosei, the Morning Star, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Kataki, War's Wage and Eidolon of Rhetoric.

Dark_Danda on cEDH: Full Sisay Stax & Hatebear

2 weeks ago

@ Profet93

Many thanks for your suggestions. I will consider to play Academy Rector again as there are some mass removals in my meta such as Toxic Deluge.

As for the other suggestions here are my thoughts on them:

  • Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite: It is too costly for this deck in terms of mana cost and doesn't do much against my meta outside of the combo. I play against tasigur, teferi, storm (though it would hit arcum pretty hard - but then again this deck wins before you could cast elesh).

  • Kamahl, Fist of Krosa: same as elesh

  • Mana Crypt / Sol Ring: This deck mainly uses mana dorks and enchantments to ramp as I seek to hate artifacts as hard as possible with Kataki, War's Wage/Stony Silence/Null Rod ect... Also it would hurt my draw-engine in terms of having two less enchantments available to draw cards with my enchantresses like Argothian Enchantress. Furthermore when you look at above list, you will see that I make it up with 24 ramp cards. I.e. I prefer to play Exploration/Wild Growth/Utopia Sprawl early on to generate further advantage with Serra's Sanctum (which in turn is tutorable with Captain Sisay). Also when considering to play Armageddon, while having Kataki, War's Wage/Stony Silence/Null Rod on the battlefield, any mana artifact becomes quiet useless and you would wish to have any other sort of ramp that breaks parity for you at this moment.

  • Selvala, Heart of the Wilds / Umbral Mantle: as I already play 24 ramp cards, I don't feel like I need any more right now. If I would choose to have more wincon I would rather go for the following ones because they fit more into my enchantment deck: Squirrel Nest + Throne of the God-Pharaoh (Earthcraft is already in the deck). Or I would put back in Monastery Mentor to get infinite token/storm with Earthcraft (note: I play only around 20 creatures and 33 enchantments, which makes this card deadly outside the combo) as described in my game plan section above. But honestly, I think that Paradox Engine and Living Plane are already enough for this deck to win. Usually I either stax everybody so hard that I get a ton of time to assemble my combo pieces, or I can go off with Captain Sisay, getting Dosan the Falling Leaf first and then Paradox Engine to draw my deck and once that happens, there is no way for the table to win as at that point I will get infinite mana and will be able to play my whole deck and to get all relevant cards back with Holistic Wisdom. Even, if for some weird reason, I would not be able to kill everybody, the board would be so staxed after that turn, that nobody would ever be able to cast a spell anytime soon.

  • Helm of Obedience: As I described above I think I don't need more wincons at the moment and if so, I would avoid to use artifacts which require an activation as there are other cards available that give me more synergies.

All in all you pointed out some very good suggestions, which make sense when trying to make as much use of Captain Sisay as possible. But to be fair and honest, Captain Sisay was actually one of the last cards that I changed in this deck because this deck was built around Rhys the Redeemed and used to be an enchantress/combo token deck where you have a big variety of ways to make infinite tokens ect. However, as time passed the deck slowly turned into an artifact, hatebear, stax list but I kept the enchantment core engine running. So, try to look at it this way: Though I play Captain Sisay as commander, I do not seek to win with her, she merely gets me there faster but the true strenght of this deck lies in staxing/hating everybody while keep drawing more hate with the enchantress. In this regard this deck plays pretty much like a storm deck. First play your hate and once you slowed down the table, you get to generate card-advantage that slows everybody down even more, play Captain Sisay and decide whether you can go off, get some ramp or more stax :)

Well that's pretty much it. I think this deck is a new way of playing Captain Sisay and I hope, as a fellow sisay player, you might have some other suggestions (maybe enchantments), that could fit the bill here.

Cheers, Noc

Scottbro20 on Budget-ish Modern Elves

1 month ago

Thanks for the advice on my deck. I actually do agree with you on Stony Silence. I haven't updated my list recently but I have been running a Kataki, War's Wage in the side. What other Chord of Calling options do you run in the side? I also have been on the fence about taking out Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx but it has just won me to many games to take it out, I will greatly consider Westvale Abbey  Flip after you mention I think that could be a great addition!. As far as Nettle Sentinel, I think he is the most important card an early start with his synergy with Heritage Druid. I think he is a 100% must in a modern elf deck. I really like your list, especially the Abzan touch. Its very similar to my own, and I have run 17 land in the past in testing and had success, you just run into a lot of problems when you have to mulligan. How does the Abzan list work for you? I have done Both Black-Green and Whtie-Green and I have like them both. My only advice would be to try Nettle Sentinel if you haven't. He is very important to fast start and is great against control decks that play Cryptic Command. Thanks for the advice I really like the idea of trying Westvale Abbey. What are your thoughts on Growing Rites of Itlimoc? Does it have a home in elves or does it throw off the synergy to much to be worth it? Thanks!

ModernStormPlayer996 on Modern Elves

1 month ago

You can check out my elf deck for ideas if you want and you can always leave suggestions on mine and remember to +1 Upvote if you like it.

Budget-ish Modern Elves

Modern ModernStormPlayer996


Our decks are pretty similar. Your deck is very good already but some suggestions that I would have is:

  1. I found Nettle Sentinel and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to be win more cards. Looking at your deck, it doesn't look like you necessarily have anything that great to substitute Nettle Sentinel with right now. However, I would very much recommend that you swap Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx with a Westvale Abbey  Flip (the colorless land is fine I manage to run it in an Abzan deck). Westvale Abbey  Flip acts as a win condition and has gotten me out of many tight places and let me pull out a win.

  2. Your Sideboard. I feel like you arn't really using the 4 Collected Company and 4 Chord of Calling to their full sideboard boosting potential. If you have a sideboard full of 2 or 3 mana creatures that hate on decks then when you sideboard 1 in, it almost becomes as if you are sideboarding in a playset of them. So I would reccommend Kataki, War's Wage instead of Stony Silence and stuff like that.

Hope my advice helped and remember to check out my deck too!

TheDeckMaker2300 on Five Color Spirits

1 month ago

you should make room for some of the following

just some suggestions

ModernStormPlayer996 on Cloudy with a Chance of Elfball

1 month ago

You could probably do one of each, Kataki, War's Wage is good because you can get it for 5 mana with Chord of Calling whereas Stony Silence you just have to rely on drawing it.

ModernStormPlayer996 on Cloudy with a Chance of Elfball

1 month ago

How is Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx working for you? I had it as a 2 of then a 1 of then took it out as it mana screwed me in terms of colored mana a couple of times. Also I found it to be a "win more" card, if I wasn't doing too well then I couldn't use it to help but if I was doing well already and didn't need mana anyway then it just provided extra mana. Then again my deck is Abzan and yours is Selesnyea. Also Since you now have 4 Chord of Calling main-deck, I highly suggest you take out the 3 Lead the Stampede out of your sideboard and replace it with cards easily found by Chord of Calling that wreck decks like Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Kataki, War's Wage, Scavenging Ooze, Spellskite, and Aven Mindcensor

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