Patron of the Kitsune


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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Betrayers of Kamigawa Rare

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Patron of the Kitsune

Legendary Creature — Spirit

Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.)

Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.

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Patron of the Kitsune Discussion

hoardofnotions on Budget Karl B/W lifegain EDH

1 month ago

anything with extort that's at least a little good. Basilica Screecher, Kingpin's Pet, Treasury Thrull, Thrull Parasite or Pontiff of Blight

Battlegrace Angel possibly not good enough

Blood Artist or Falkenrath Noble

Bloodbond Vampire for a back up karlov. this is iffy

Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, remember to block then tap for convoke.

Contemplation, combo off!

Disciple of Griselbrand, or Disciple of Bolas let you convert a big karlov to something else

Honor the Fallen - on theme graveyard hate that's also a combat trick

Mastery of the Unseen this needs a lot of mana to be great, but maybe you'll get some good use out of it. It's kinda iffy though

Patron of the Kitsune and Righteous Cause are VIP's with karlov

Resplendent Mentor this could be an all star if you go heavy white

Royal Herbalist combat tricks for karlov

Soldier of the Pantheon

Suture Priest

Vampiric Rites

Vizkopa Confessor

Wingmate Roc

Exsanguinate is good

Well of Lost Dreams and Alhammarret's Archive are nifty but expensive on the $budget$

Use all the life you gain for benefits, like card draw! Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Graveborn Muse, Night's Whisper, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Phyrexian Arena, Read the Bones, Dark Tutelage, Underworld Connections

or recursion Phyrexian Reclamation

budget cuts might include, Ajani Goldmane, Lightning Greaves (this might be Swiftfoot Boots), Angelic Chorus

Some possible cuts

Rupture Spire, Shimmering Grotto, Transguild Promenade - two color decks don't need to slow down this much for mana fixing

Sacred Cat dosen't seem strong enough for commander

Bond of Agony seems bad, maybe Exsanguinate

Orzhov Charm What mode are you adding this for?

Doom Blade could be Go for the Throat if your meta/budget allows for it

Darksteel Ingot, Orzhov Cluestone, Orzhov Keyrune could be cut for a 2 mana rock, Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone, Star Compass. Maybe one of those

Blind Hunter, Blood Tithe, Agent of Masks, Certain Death don't seem strong enough

SaltySpecula on Hekkin Bull Beatdown

4 months ago

As best I can gather, you seem to be heavily focusing on the +1/+1 counters part of your commander, which is interesting.

Considering you want to beef up your creatures, it may be an idea to sideboard or mainboard a boardwipe or two, and since you're going to have huge creatures, I think Blasphemous Act would be a good one for you. Especially useful for dealing with your opponents casting annoying little deathtouch 1/1's.

Warstorm Surge also combos very well with token generation, especially if said tokens ETB with +1/+1 counters already on them.

Also since you have quite a few cards that focus on ETB triggers I really have to suggest Strionic Resonator and Panharmonicon which will wombo combo insanely well together and with cards like Warstorm Surge and Cathar's Crusade, not to mention Purphoros. Together with those 5 cards, it really would only take you generating 5 1/1 tokens in your upkeep to kill someone from full health. And if you put more focus on token generation, I would suggest the brand new Amonkhet card that was spoiled recently called Anointed Procession and it's older green version Parallel Lives. Assemble the Legion may also be of use to you since you already have proliferate engines in your deck, and along with Doubling Season and the other two token buffers I just mentioned, you will have a great deal of tokens.

For lifegain, you could also consider True Conviction and perhaps some graveyard recycle for late game Archangel's Light. For a creature as well for lifegain, Patron of the Kitsune would work well, and you'll get multiple triggers per attack off your Archangel of Thune

Keep in mind, most of these suggestions will change the nature of the deck and how it plays rather than improve what's there. So take these suggestions with a grain of salt before thinking about buying these cards.

Rhadamanthus on Are Patron of the Kitsune's ...

4 months ago

They trigger separately. If events cause an ability to trigger multiple times simultaneously, the triggers aren't combined into a single ability. They're all put onto the stack as separate objects and will resolve separately from one another. In your example this can matter a lot, as it affects how Patron of the Kitsune interacts with cards like Ajani's Pridemate and Archangel of Thune.

SaltySpecula on Are Patron of the Kitsune's ...

4 months ago

With the card Patron of the Kitsune, the second ability reads "Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life."

Does this ability trigger separately for each individual attacking creature on the board? ( 3 attacking creatures, 3 separate ability triggers of +1 life ), or does it see 3 attacking creatures and add 1 trigger of +3 life?

Firebones675 on An Enchanter's Tail (Lifegain)

5 months ago

I am against fog effects in general unless they do a bunch of other stuff as all it does is by you a turn. If you are facing aggression from multiple opponents it doesn help either. As for your general, Atalya isn't the best life gain commander out there. A good commander doesn't necessarily mean a better deck but there are other options if you decide you want to have one with more of an impact here are a few others you could consider:

Mono White: Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant, Gerrard Capashen, Cho-Manno, Revolutionary, Patron of the Kitsune

white/green:Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, Selvala, Explorer Returned, Dragonlord Dromoka

White/Black: Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Karlov of the Ghost Council, Obzedat, Ghost Council, Kambal, Consul of Allocation

White/Red: Brion Stoutarm

If personally I had to make a lifegain deck with any commander, I'd probably do Ayli, karlov, kambal or Rune-Tail. Any of the ones i listed would also be defendable choices though.

Jopling on Weenie Fox Tribal

7 months ago

CynicalDog: I have looked at Brass Herald before, but never really payed much attention to him. He would definitely be a nice addition. I overlooked him because of him being a 2/2 for 6. Making him within Bolt range, but thinking about it, I'd much rather have my opponent fire it at him than my foxes. Thanks!

Also, I like the look of Patron of the Kitsune, but I have no idea what to take out to make room for it.


CynicalDog on Weenie Fox Tribal

7 months ago

Aside from the Secure the Wastes, do you have any other cards which work particularly well late-game? A Brass Herald or two might help spam creatures out and/or get 8.5/Opal-Eye/Rune-Tail. Also, have you considered Patron of the Kitsune?

I wouldn't feel too bad about losing to modern mono-green elves. Elvish Archdruid ruins friendships.

+1 for fox samurai

PookandPie on I need help on my ...

9 months ago

I don't understand why you need to squeeze in Sunbond over literally any other continuous lifegain card. Your list on your profile isn't running Archangel of Thune or Righteous Cause or Patron of the Kitsune, whom are absolutely ridiculous (for every one creature attacking, gain two counters on Karlov? That's pretty incredible if your meta isn't all combo all the time). Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood are better than the creatures you're running that are kinda Sanguine Bond too.

You're not even running the good one shot spells like Essence Harvest. You can drop slow bunk like Avatar of Woe (why when your Commander exiles or you could just run a kill spell. With no tutors, I do not see Thornbite Staff occurring often which means one is a slow card, and the other can be dead oftentimes), Kuro, Pitlord (Too much mana for an upkeep cost, and at his mana cost you could cast a tutor, get Aetherflux Reservoir, cast Reservoir, and just kill the player with the creatures you're so scared of), Stern Judge (no tutors and Urborg Tomb, huh? Okay. This card is trash without Urborg as it is wholly dependent on it), Unspeakable Symbol (this isn't Marchesa, I get that you gain life, but this would be better as a tutor for Aetherflux Reservoir or something). You could easily drop any one of these for Sunbond and Falkenreath Noble if the list on your profile is anything like the one that you're currently playing.

Test of Endurance would be solid in your list too. Soldier of the Pantheon gives a solid number of triggers for more counters on Karlov, as well (I personally think it could do more than Ajani's Mantra/Ram and other once-per-turn effects).

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