Orzhov Basilica

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 Uncommon
Commander 2015 Common
Modern Masters 2015 Edition Uncommon
Commander 2013 Common
MTG: Commander Common
Guildpact Common

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Orzhov Basilica

Land

Orzhov Basilica enters the battlefield tapped.

When Orzhov Basilica enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.

: Add to your mana pool.

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Orzhov Basilica Discussion

Dark_Messenger on Corrupted Sisters

5 days ago

Very interesting deck! I'd take out the Orzhov Basilica and the Sandstone Bridge and add 2 more Scoured Barrens.

For control, I agree with Hexcimal. Doomblade or Sunlance won't help you against, for example, Erebos, God of the Dead, who'd almost ruin your strategy. Utter End and Anguished Unmaking would be much welcome in your sideboard.

Finally, are you fine with alternate-wins? If you are, consider adding Felidar Sovereign.

Whiskerbro on I Get By

1 week ago

Oh, I'd also remake the manabase.

7x Plains

6x Swamp

1x Bojuka Bog

2x Orzhov Basilica

4x Scoured Barrens

A little slower but should be more consistent, and the Bogs are good versus reanimator decks.

WargRave on Zurgo Smash

4 weeks ago

Shock and Pharika's Cure are not effective cards in EDH. Swords to Plowshares and Utter End are better single target removal. Liberating Combustion and Chandra, Pyrogenius also aren't your best options.

Wraths are not only staples in EDH, but also work really well with Zurgo, so having only Wrath of God is too few. Day of Judgment is 95% as good. Blasphemous Act is often better. Chandra's Ignition will wipe the opponents' fields, damage them, and put a bunch of counters on Zurgo.

Zurgo already has haste, so Cobbled Wings or Kitesail might outperform Fleetfeather Sandles. Gift of Orzhova will keep you healthy. First strike doesn't matter much for Zurgo so Chariot of Victory is a suboptimal way of gaining trample. Try Whispersilk Cloak to get perfect evasion and protection from targeted removal. Strata Scythe really isn't meant for three color decks. Marble Diamond is worse than a Boros Signet, I would recommend all three in your colors.

44 lands is a lot; average Zurgo deck has 37. Karoo is bad, much worse than Orzhov Basilica. Use Rakdos Carnarium too. If you have Terramorphic Expanse, might as well use Evolving Wilds. Rather than Drifting Meadow, use the black and red one-mana cyclers. No need for Boros Guildgate when there are still more scry-lands and life-lands to use. Radiant Fountain doesn't provide enough compensation for being colorless in a three color deck with no lifegain theme. Reduce the number of basics to get to at most 40 lands (probably fewer since you have quite a few mana rocks), and replace some basics with vivid lands if needed to cover your color requirements.

You are right to think of removing Lightning Shrieker, it works really poorly with equipment and even worse with auras. Kari Zev is sort of a random choice, what is your intention with her?

Aspect of Gorgon is not your best choice, Zurgo has no need for deathtouch. Edge of the Divinity and Blessing of the Nephilim cost 2 less and give two more power. Marked by Honor is just worse than Vow of Duty. Burning Anger is really slow. Open the Armory is a great tutor with this many equipments and auras.

There's absolutely no card draw here. Black has plenty of good options.

TheGooseManWells on Budget Orzhov Shennanigans

1 month ago

Orzhov Basilica maybe it could be of use as well, 2 land in one. Annoying to get out, but worth later in game.

Dorotheus on Atheros Death and Taxes EDH

2 months ago

Sometimes you just need to end the game though, a way out, but a way to end it on your own terms. Do not let the "ew gross combos" mentality hold you back, EDH at it's current state is really only going to end on combos, and counter-combos, or bad draws so my an opponent's lifelinkers or 7/7 general just happened to kill me. In more controlling decks, for strict singular spot removal I usually hold myself to a maximum of 6 cards. I do not hold back a board wipes, and Merciless Eviction is like THE reason to play BW sometimes in EDH (which you have).

You don't really seeeeem to need help on this deck, but some things in your manabase seem to need changed. I would replace about 3 lands with something like Burnished Hart since it works well with Atheros, and some simple ramp things like Wayfarer's Bauble and Fellwar Stone. Then just remove the Vivid's, coming into play tapped and maybe providing other colored mana is not strong enough, and Myriad Landscape this card under-performs as well just because it enters tapped and costs 2 to get 2 lands tapped, of ONE type. Orzhov Basilica is really poor undless you you're using it manipulate land-drops or lands with enter effects. New Benalia is another good way to scry, and then upgrades into Cabal Coffers, and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, fill in the missing with Evolving Wilds.

I do really like the DnT + Enchantress feel of this deck however.

acht_deck_manager on What life?

2 months ago

Just some thoughts in case they help build off of what Immortalized said or provide any other useful things to look at:

Draw

There are a lot of other draw cards too that you might consider:

And countless more. In a deck like this though there's a lot of value to be had in something like Phyrexian Arena since 1 life per upkeep is no biggie with Oloro around

Removal

Here's some other good removal to think about:

Slow Down Taxes

Here are some cards that can really halt your opponent's aggression:

Taxing Creatures

Some other creatures worth mentioning that tax an opponent's life:

Other Notables

Here's some other cards that are worth noting:

  • Pristine Talisman combos well if you have Oloro out (Tap to gain life, spend the mana to draw the card and cost each opponent 1 life)
  • Baleful Strix can be great utility in this kind of deck
  • Reliquary Tower Is always great in draw decks

Additional Thoughts

One card I'd definitely recommend ditching is Azor's Elocutors.

Other cards I see that I'd consider removing if it was me:

I used to play an Oloro deck as well (albeit it with a very different affinity ) using a ton more artifacts and some fun combinations around Darksteel Forge and Nevinyrral's Disk . He's a great commander and a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy the deck and can find something useful in any of my suggestions.

Good luck and happy hunting!

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

2 months ago

Thinking about utility lands lately, I started to consider Thespian's Stage and Vesuva. At the least, they both come into play and are mana producing lands, potentially any colored. Both would copy a Maze of Ith or Kor Haven for added protection. They could both copy any of my multiple mana producing lands like Lotus Vale, Scorched Ruins, Boros Garrison, Orzhov Basilica, or Rakdos Carnarium for some extra ramp. They both could copy a Sea Gate Wreckage, Rogue's Passage, or Slayers' Stronghold for value in those areas. Vesuva could be dropped early to copy any mana producing land and then bounced with a bounceland like Boros Garrison, Orzhov Basilica, or Rakdos Carnarium. Thespian's Stage would not need to be bounced to continue to produce the most value for me throughout the game. I am pretty sure I would not want to run a Dark Depths myself, but it would open the possibility if I ever wanted to, and in a pinch it could counter those pesky Dark Depths combo decks out there that I may eventually face (I know, likely a rare occurrence, but wouldn't that just be amazingly dramatic?).

Anyway, does anyone have any opinion on both Thespian's Stage and Vesuva? I am leaning more toward Thespian's Stage if I only use one, since it comes into the battlefield untapped and seems more flexible than Vesuva, but I could be convinced to run both.

StopShot on Help generating infinite colored/red mana ...

2 months ago

@Panas, It's all good.

I came up with one infinite mana combo, but I feel its pretty messy and was hoping someone would have came up with a better one. Basically you'd need Candelabra of Tawnos + Clock of Omens + 2 artifact lands such as; Ancient Den, Darksteel Citadel, Great Furnace, Vault of Whispers, Blinkmoth Nexus, Inkmoth Nexus, or Mishra's Factory and then you'd need the mana to untap those artifact lands that are untapping Candelabra of Tawnos such as three bounce lands (such as Orzhov Basilica) OR Lotus Vale + a bounce land//Deserted Temple OR Scorched Ruins OR Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.

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