Kaya, Orzhov Usurper


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance: Mythic Edition (RNAMED) Mythic Rare
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Mythic Rare

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Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

Legendary Planeswalker — Kaya

+1: Exile up to two target cards from a single graveyard. You gain 2 life if at least one creature card was exiled this way.

-1: Exile target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 1 or less.

-5: Kaya, Orzhov Usurper deals damage to target player equal to the number of cards that player owns in exile and you gain that much life.

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Kaya, Orzhov Usurper Discussion

rwrisinger on Athreos\Shadowborn

1 week ago

KibaAlpha What cards do you think I could\should pull to make room for 6-10 more Apostles? I was think Kaya, Orzhov Usurper and Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath , Trading Post , Whip of Erebos (?) and spot removal( Asphyxiate \ Take Vengeance ?

Squirrelbacon on Dripping-Gargadon

2 weeks ago

Another way to get some value off of your Zubera idea is to run 3 or 4 Viscera Seer or even Hidden Stockpile for fun. Lets you scry and get some extra value over time. However, in terms of your sideboard there's a few options you can go with... I think the most broad I'll put below with small explanations and then it can be altered as needed? Maybe?

4x Leyline of the Void --> "Best" graveyard hate since it can come down turn zero and help to hose out dredge, all versions of Phoenix decks while also slowing down a few other strategies.

2x Destructive Revelry --> The card is good, however, not needed as a 4 of. Leyline of Sanctity isn't played nearly as much, Leyline of the Void is awkward to bring in against you since you still get Zubera value from the death trigger and Rest in Peace is the same. Other key artifacts or enchantments you can try to go around/under due to smaller creatures being annoying.

2x Damping Sphere --> Slows down both tron and storm and just helps for the most part...

4x Death's Shadow --> Honestly, I don't know if I like this selection but it does give you another angle of attack... Speaking of angles, Gurmag Angler may also be worth considering due to the nature of Greater Gargadon doing his thing. May also want to consider other wincons here in split numbers ( Liliana of the Veil , Liliana, the Last Hope , Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet etc.)

3x Path to Exile --> Kill it, kill it dead.

This is 15, and it should be broad enough to help in several match ups, but it can also be tuned to be better/stronger for what you need. I feel that the options here are easy enough to understand when you'd bring them in and makes choices easy when playing against opponents, however, I also threw this together real quick before work so I'm sure I missed a few things. Either way, this gives an idea of a few cards to look into. Other options include Surgical Extraction , Crumble to Dust , Fulminator Mage , Thoughtseize , Nihil Spellbomb and it can just keep on going.... Rakdos Charm is a personal favorite of mine for Sideboards in X decks!

Ripwater on March of the Advisors Primer

3 weeks ago

Hey skyhaven Since you consider exiling everything as one of your wincons, you might want to reconsider Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , her ult pretty much finishes someone off when you have exiled enough :)

PlatinumOne on Esper Control

3 weeks ago

absolutely needs more win conditions. the win conditions you have (the Snapcaster Mage , Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , and Jace, the Mind Sculptor ) will just take far too long to win. nobody likes going into overtime in their matchups.

i would cut a land, and all Esper Charm , Logic Knot , and Spell Snare to make room for Mana Leak , Remand , Thoughtseize , and win conditions.

with fetchlands, shocklands, Thoughtseize , and maybe even a couple Anguished Unmaking , Death's Shadow becomes a good way to close out a game.

Mission Briefing acts as additional copies of Snapcaster Mage with the added benefits of adding cards to your graveyard (in the event your graveyard doesn't yet have anything worth giving flashback, it offers a glimmer of hope you can find something in your top 2 cards), as well as the benefit of deck manipulation to flip a Delver of Secrets  Flip, another good win condition. if using delver, Serum Visions is also a must.

skoobysnackz on Has there Been Too Much ...

4 weeks ago

With 36 planeswalkers in the set there is absolutely no way we don't get more and better planeswalker removal.

I also definitely don't expect each planeswalker in War of the Spark to be powerhouses like Teferi, Hero of Dominaria . I think they were likely testing out utility planeswalkers with Dovin, Grand Arbiter , and Kaya, Orzhov Usurper in the last set and many of the new ones will be similar. Of course it's safe to assume some of the planeswalkers will be quite powerful, like Nicy, Ugin, and probably Karn, but tbh I don't think that they will or should cut back on planeswalkers in the future (I'm talking about the usual 2-3 per set).

Sure some players don't like them and think they're too powerful, but in general the amount of removal for planeswalkers has increased and they're not as difficult to remove as they were when JTMS was first released. Also it's not like there's really a dominant planeswalker deck in any format, so clearly it's not the card type in itself that is busted, just the design of a few of them.

Ripwater on Orzhov Legendary

4 weeks ago


Have you considered Arvad the Cursed ? I might even play him as your commander, since he gives an anthem effect (+2/+2) and drop Athreos in the 99. Honestly Atreos shines when he protects low CMC creatures. I don't think you will find a lot of people not paying the 3 life when 1 of your, often very powerfull, creatures dies. Next to that you play black and have a range of (under $9) tutors to fetch him.

You could throw in a little token/lifegain theme as support (very Orzhov) and play your deck as the guild extorting people and if they don't pay up exile their creatures. (Then Atreos might be super on theme again).

Legendaries I would run in a token/lifegain theme are: Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Teysa, Orzhov Scion Karlov of the Ghost Council Kambal, Consul of Allocation Obzedat, Ghost Council Teysa Karlov Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts Regna, the Redeemer / Krav, the Unredeemed Ghost Council of Orzhova Vona, Butcher of Magan Aryel, Knight of Windgrace Elenda, the Dusk Rose Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder Yomiji, Who Bars the Way Whisper, Blood Liturgist Darien, King of Kjeldor Heliod, God of the Sun Brimaz, King of Oreskos Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle Oketra the True Elspeth, Sun's Champion Sorin, Lord of Innistrad Kaya, Orzhov Usurper Eight-and-a-Half-Tails

Support these guys with the following cards: Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Dictate of Erebos Grave Pact Smothering Tithe Ethereal Absolution Dawn of Hope Skullclamp Suture Priest Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Crested Sunmare Regal Bloodlord Pious Evangel  Flip Authority of the Consuls Blind Obedience Anointed Procession Hidden Stockpile Vindictive Vampire Twilight Drover Mentor of the Meek Priest of Forgotten Gods Pitiless Plunderer High Market Shizo, Death's Storehouse Divine Visitation Intangible Virtue Attrition

A few sac outlets like Ashnod's Altar

And ofc, you have your generic Orzhov stuff like Path to Exile , Anguished Unmaking , Utter End , Wrath of God , Merciless Eviction

What maybe would also work are all the Afterlife dudes like: Ministrant of Obligation , Tithe Taker

Of course all of this above is just a suggestion. I think in this way you can easily you can keep the Legendary theme alive in your deck, but point in a bit more towards the Orzhov Syndicate. (wich in my opinion is an awesome guild!!) I think I kept a bit on a eye on your budget of $9 a card. If I missed a few my apologies.

Ripwater on Karlov Aggro Synergy v. 1.2

4 weeks ago

Hey Mono_White_EDH

Nice first build on Karlov! He is my main commander and my pet deck wich I keep changing constantly because there is just too much to choose from. I've been playing him for more than a year now and in my opinion there are 2 subthemes you can go for. Of course your main theme is lifegain, wich I'll get to in a bit.

  1. You go for the removal package. Boardwhipes/Spotremoval/Graveyard Hate. This is currently the build I play and the build I really enjoy since it let's me deal with a lot of threaths on the battlefield. You play a very big removal package. I play around 16 incl. Karlov. In this build you don't care that much about lifegain on your removal, since almost every other card in your deck revolves around lifegain. Signature cards: Anguished Unmaking , Utter End , Swords to Plowshares , Merciless Eviction , Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , Return to Dust

  2. The Token build is the other option, trading in much of your removal for the ability to go wide with Karlov. Often triggering cards like Soul Warden . You'll play lots of cards benefitting creatures entering and in an aristocrat style devouring the tokens. Signature Cards: Regna, the Redeemer , Grave Pact , Blood Artist , Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim .

This brings us to the first problem with Karlov, he can't really do both. You just don't have the room to do both. The first build really lends itself to dump in an equipment theme to hit for commander damage, all while giving karlov protection of colors or can't be the target of spells of abilities. This is the other main problem of Karlov. As a voltron commander he has no build in protection, wich makes him very easily removed.

If you check my build you'll see the category I run my cards in, wich gives my deck a nice balance of lifegain/removal/tutor/draw/recursion/evasion and protection. It's not perfect, but it's really fun to pilot.

If you have any question about cards you run right now, or are in doubt of some of them. Let me know and I would really like to help a fellow Karlov commander :-)

This is my deck:

[[Primer]] Karlov's Will

Commander / EDH* Ripwater


CrowMutini on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Agoris, Trader of the Planes

Legendary Planeswalker- Agoris

+1 Exchange control of any two permanents.

-3 Discard a card, then draw cards equal to that card's converted mana cost.

-5 You gain 2 life, draw 2 cards, and deal 2 damage to any target for each card you own that another player controls.


Create a esper exile mechanic commander. (Does something with exile and other players, like Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

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