Kaya, Orzhov Usurper


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander 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

SoulsSlayerKnight on [RNA] Orzhov Afterlife

3 days ago

I like the deck idea, I got an afterlife deck that could use some tuning as well ha. I think the biggest issue I found with afterlife was Card draw, It's definitely manageable without more draws but not so good when out of cards in your hand.

If you think more card draw could possibly help out with this deck consider Mentor of the Meek ? or even Midnight Reaper ?

I like Kaya, Orzhov Usurper and would soon like to find a deck that builds around exile with her. Have you found much use with her by any chance? I usually find her not to be best in an afterlife deck but rather a pure RNA Orzhov deck with other cards like consecrate/consume.

Seraph of the Scales is perfect as a 4 drop for any orzhov deck.

Possibility to enhance some creatures more with something like Ethereal Absolution . Glass of guildpact works to, I like Absolutions -1/-1 ability of opponets however. Up to you :)

Last bit of thought because I type alot is, I find afterlife to work best when you can get a bunch of them out but the ability to enhance them further while also being able to re-trigger them similar to what you have with find/finality or even Revival / Revenge . Afterlife is a great mechanic and if you can get lots of spirits out its well worth it. Teysa Karlov alongside them especially.

Maybe cut some of the more exile cards, treasure map is good but not sure if its necessary for the afterlife theme. If anything I would have a bit more creatures with afterlife or for card draw as I mentioned before with Mentor of the Meek .

Thanks for reading if you do, hope some of it helps in a way or two.

nUKe13 on nUKe13 Mardu Pyromancer

6 days ago

itachi45 oh boy... Ravnica Allegiance huh?

Kaya, Orzhov Usurper is the best thing I saw from the set, but even then... meh...

Light Up the Stage seemed like a cool idea, but awful in the beginning and exiled stuff instead of putting it in graveyard where it can be Bedlam Reveler fuel.

Hero of Precinct One May seem like another Young Pyromancer , but makes our 1 cmc Faithless Looting and hand disruption not as effective.

Judith, the Scourge Diva would have been the bomb is it said “token” and not “nontoken” for the burn effect. But alas, it was not to be.

Bedevil , again, looks nice, but since the build really works well on 2-3 lands (4 barely for Hazoret the Fervent ), we don’t want to skip a turn on a 1-1 when we could use more Kolaghan's Command , Wear , or Collective Brutality for more value and 1-2 trades.

Skewer the Critics is hilarious, but again, it requires constant damage, like burn, and Mardu can’t always guarantee that.

Hope this helps! Unfortunately, no good techs. A Facebook group and I have taken out Blood Moon in favor of Path to Exile . It helps against all these super fast creature aggro decks that are storming the meta.

SoulsSlayerKnight on Orzhov Syndicate Guild (RNA)

1 week ago

multimedia Hi, thanks for the input, really appreciate it. I actually have a new commander deck just recently made as well using Daxos the Returned. Commander is really fun. This was the deck I usually used in Arena (soon to be at FNM) and overall enjoyed the new afterlife feature, however to be a bit more competitive I'll definitely take your advice if I decide to be more active with it further (Which I guarantee I will due to my love for Orzhov haha). Luckily I still have the isolated chapels since my Knights deck as well so that helps :).

I'll look into getting the Midnight Reaper and Priest of forgotten gods, mentor as well for the card draw. Thanks again, happy to be back. I'll try out your ideas to see how it plays when given the chance for sure

If its possible I mainly liked the idea of using Kaya, Orzhov Usurper as well as various other cards to exile for the ability from her but then again, it won't happen each game. A deck using revival and exile and to mortify was my original idea. My new idea would be to gain spirits in a way like you mentioned

Will definitely try my best to see how they play. Thank you again :)

multimedia on Orzhov Syndicate Guild (RNA)

1 week ago

Hey SSK, nice to hear from you again, glad you're back :)

This is a big change from Dragons. Recently I've been playing Teysa in Commander, she's great fun. Have you ventured into Commander yet? I highly recommend it.

Your new deck looks good, but consider increasing the token strategy? Consider including some cards that give you more value from sacing creatures? Currently when you sac a creature or a creature dies you only get the Spirit token value. Consider Priest of the Forgotten Gods , Midnight Reaper and Mentor of the Meek ?

These cards give you draw value when creatures die or when ETB even tokens. Reaper is just a good card when you want your creatures to be dying. If price is a concern I can understand why you can't include him, but the draw is very much wanted; can get 4x Reaper for $20. Priest gives you more value then Pontiff when you sac creatures, but she does require to tap her and you have to sac two creatures, she's also more expensive price.

Tithe Taker is an upgrade of Oligarch, but the price might be an issue; can get 4x Taker for $8. With tokens you need ways to win a game consider Unbreakable Formation ? Casting this on your main phase can be game winning or you can hold it and cast it at instant speed to save tokens from a nonSettle board wipe or other removal. Seraph is by far the best afterlife creature, she's slowly increasing in price which sucks, but if you can get 2x more of her than it will help your deck.

Here's an example to consider:

Consecrate / Consume , Revival / Revenge and Kaya, Orzhov Usurper are fine sideboard cards, but I don't think you need them main deck.

Good luck with your deck.

DrunkManSquakin666 on Obzedat, Ghost Council

1 week ago

Given the lore it'd be hilarious if you had Kaya, Orzhov Usurper in the deck, though that's more my terrible sense of humor talking lol. Then again, it doesn't hurt to have some backup grave hate. I'd at least recommend Bojuka Bog .

itachi45 on Esper Control

1 week ago

I love the list! I wonder if this list has room for some copies of Kaya, Orzhov Usurper ? Both of the first two abilities seem really good, I’ll be it not super powerful, but really good at just keeping hold of the game in your direction.

chadsansing on Esper Exile 3-Drop

1 week ago

Thanks for the comment and helpful suggestion, SufferFromEDHD! I love your list, especially the walkers and Sire of Stagnation .

I will get Bitter Ordeal in there one day :) Working on the most budget-y list I can right now. Looking forward to testing this one. I suspect that in the local playgroup it will be left alone as a non-threat until the first Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , kill; then it will be housed out of the game by people with better cards. LOL. Should be a lot of fun.

TheNocholas on Ayli Combo / Aristocrats

1 week ago

Ravnica allegiance has been really good for orzhov. What are your thoughts on Teysa Karlov and Kaya, Orzhov Usurper ?

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