Leovold, Emissary of Trest


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

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown Mythic Rare

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Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Legendary Creature — Elf

Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.

Whenever you or a permanent you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may draw a card.

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Leovold, Emissary of Trest Discussion

Team_Turn_Three on Tasigur Stax Analysis

1 day ago

Drawing from JohnnyCrass' Tasigur Stax decklist:


Hoping to provide some constructive feedback to make the deck more competitive. :)

Hi Johnny,

Sorry for replying to you here! I wanted my comments to be public enough to possibly generate discussion. Twitter's character limit, however, makes this type of commentary a little tricky.

So, first of all, I want to say that I like the general direction you're going with the decklist. is arguably the strongest combination of colours in Commander and provides a lot of tools to build stax decks with (even in the absence of hatebears). There's a few structural issues with your deck I can identify right off the bat that I hope don't discourage you too much:

  1. Tasigur, the Golden Fang doesn't provide much to a stax deck as the general: Typically you want your Commander to help break the symmetry of most taxing and permanent-hating cards by generating some kind of recurring value or by serving as an asymmetrical lock piece in their own right. Good examples of this principle include: Derevi, Empyrial Tactician who is able to tap or untap lands under Winter Orb, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf who is able to hate on opponents' hands and generate value in the form of elf tokens or Leovold, Emissary of Trest who is an absurdly powerful, one-sided lock piece. Tasigur, the Golden Fang gets halfway there by being able to provide value over time but this ability is extremely overcosted (particularly when paired with resource-denying stax effects) and puts too much of the decision-making in your opponents' hands for an archetype like stax (which tends to hate on the entire table simultaneously). Ultimately, Tasigur, the Golden Fang really wants to be played as a more traditional control deck with the ability to grind value and reuse specific answers almost on-demand through political maneuvering with a combo win to back it up. You might want to consider running Thrasios, Triton Hero partnered with Tymna the Weaver instead to basically replicate Tasigur, the Golden Fang while also gaining another powerful, efficient draw engine and access to hatebears for additional stax effects. If you really want to stick to (and a lot of the really fun prison effects like The Abyss don't tend to play well with hatebears anyway) then I personally think Sidisi, Brood Tyrant makes for a very interesting, fun and atypical Opposition stax commander with the potential to assemble neat combos like Mesmeric Orb with Basalt Monolith for infinite tokens and something like Earthcraft to help produce a resource asymmetry. This doesn't mean you should give up on Tasigur, the Golden Fang, however. How to break parity is just an important consideration to make when building any stax deck.
  2. Your taxing/lock effects aren't particularly synergistic: Running effects like Thorn of Amethyst generally demands a particular type of deck construction to insure that they are hurting others more than they hurt you. You also want to be able to start playing stax pieces early and continuously to prevent opponents from breaking out of your lock. Your deck currently runs a high density of noncreature spells for which you end up having to pay more mana. This is extremely undesirable because your deck should be the most capable of playing from underneath your assorted lock pieces. The Doomsday package, for example, becomes a lot less powerful with a couple of tax effects on the board and it becomes extremely risky with something like Arcane Laboratory out. Also, you aren't hating on many types of mana production that you easily could be such as creature-based mana (e.g. Birds of Paradise) using a card like Cursed Totem or lands using Winter Orb. In a nutshell, I can identify a few too many specific anti-synergies and I can't really identify an especially cohesive resource denial plan. If you want to discuss specific cards and interactions in greater depth, please hit us up on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TeamTurnThree/
  3. Finally, you should consider the average casting cost of your cards: stax decks are not like storm decks in that they don't need to play a critical mass of spells rapidly in order to produce a win. That said, resource denial is rarely entirely asymmetrical and, as such, it's important to play a pretty lean deck if you are committed to the strategy. Again, breaking parity (which I referred to as "creating a resource asymmetry") needs to be your goal at every level. You should strongly consider cutting some of your more expensive spells in favor of stuff that will help you produce more resources than opponents or, alternatively, help you set up a board state more favorable to your shenanigans more quickly. Things like Carpet of Flowers or more mana rocks.

Again, feel free to message us on Facebook if you'd like to discuss any of these points in greater depth. We easily could--just had to keep it relatively brief on account of time constraints! Note that these suggestions are really in the context of a particular competitive EDH meta that we're used to and may not be the best advice for your specific playgroup. That said, we're always excited to discuss Commander strategy and theory. And thanks so much for checking out the videos! :)

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huntersmith878 on Dominus - Dreamcrusher Edition

1 week ago

Epochalyptik, I've been using Leovold, Emissary of Trest since it was released in my deck, absolutely love it I find it gives me a great advantage, However, be wary of clones as clones of leovold flat-out shut damia down until dealt with.

Epochalyptik on Dominus - Dreamcrusher Edition

1 week ago

Well, generally you would attempt to draw your own deck to maximize the options you have in hand, then start eliminating opponents. Going that route, you'd more than likely have a way to bounce or otherwise remove Leovold, Emissary of Trest before attempting to combo someone out of the game.

VraskaTheCursed on Dominus - Dreamcrusher Edition

2 weeks ago

@ Epochalyptik Love the deck man!! your primer imo is one of the best i've read.

as to making Leovold, Emissary of Trest your commander, how often do you cast damia? i think that if it weren't for damia being the long-standing figurehead of the deck, I would recommend leovold as an alternate commander, as he can come out as early as turn 2 and dominate the board, while you pile up card advantage.

keep up the good work! i'd hate to see you stop editing this deck and making it even better!

buildingadeck on Tasigur the Golden Fang of Seasons Past

2 weeks ago

Praetor's Grasp is interesting. I feel like it is a stellar answer to Food Chain builds, and it hurts many different combo decks while also allowing you to see any anomalies in the build whilst searching.

Arcane Denial to Delay feels weaker to me, but perhaps that's just me. I like that it draws you a card, and it works well with both Leovold, Emissary of Trest and Consecrated Sphinx.

Side thought: I was wondering the other day what makes Leo better than Notion Thief. Obviously, the cmc and the target abilities are major pros, but the pay-off from Thief seems astronomically better because the ability to draw a card still triggers (i.e. someone is playing a Padeem, Consul of Innovation, you get to draw an extra card). It would then operate as a pseudo Sphinx number 2 in a way.

Dredge4life on Best Way to Combat Competitive ...

2 weeks ago

Just play Leovold, Emissary of Trest with Lightning Greaves. That seems pretty GG Storm to me.

Herrschlafanzug on Leovold's Dickish Drawspells

3 weeks ago

If you can find an affordable Time Spiral it's another good card for hand resetting.

You also might try running some field wipes besides Cyclonic Rift. Leovold, Emissary of Trest is only a 3 drop and could be recast again for cheap. Consider running Damnation, Oblivion Stone, and alike.

You could also run Fabricate to look for the puzzle box, and I would drop either Plasm Capture or Overwhelming Denial for a Mana Leak. Condescend is a rather underrated counter spell card that could be fairly useful.

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