Enchantment — Aura
Enchant creature you control
Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
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|Time Spiral (TSP)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Spirit Loop occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
Spirit Loop Discussion
6 days ago
If you haven't seen Aspect of Mongoose before you probably haven't seen the others. There are three per color i think. Launch, Cessation and Spirit Loop, Sluggishness etc. Recasting enchantments that fit your deck is as good as card draw sometimes.
1 month ago
Board wipes that seem "on theme" and white "ramp" to consider. Kaya's Wrath Fumigate Retaliate Austere Command Decree of Pain Martial Coup Merciless Eviction Descent of Dragons Angel of the Dire Hour Magister of Worth Sunblast Angel Boreas Charger Oreskos Explorer Surveyor's Scope Solemn Simulacrum Sword of the Animist Verge Rangers Smothering Tithe Sword of Feast and Famine Dowsing Dagger Flip
Queen Marchesa doesn't have a clear single way to build so you have lots of options. However, I feel like said you want to play her like the Kween she is and create a royal court full of politicin' and group interaction to make all the boys whine. I don't think you want to discourgage people from taking the monarch from you, more encourage them to swing others IE: NO Ghostly Prisons, YES Teysa effects. Punish the ones who swing you only after the fact and reward the ones who swing others. There is a lot listed!
You will also want to get retake the throne each turn and lets face it, the Assasin's won't always get through Dauthi Embrace Dauthi Trapper Nether Shadow Nether Traitor Soltari Visionary Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul Break Through the Line Ferropede Gingerbrute Key to the City Whispersilk Cloak Trailblazer's Boots Zhang He, Wei General Yellow Scarves Cavalry Wei Night Raiders Wei Scout Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior Shadow Alley Denizen
Finally here are some other fun interactions befitting the royal court. Crown of Doom Kor Haven Cathars' Crusade Electropotence + Pandemonium (Nasty with deathtouch) Field of the Dead Mentor of the Meek In the Web of War Mace of the Valiant Ogre Battledriver Orc Sureshot Mathas, Fiend Seeker Master of Cruelties Anya, Merciless Angel Tree of Perdition Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Ashling, the Extinguisher Azra Oddsmaker Aurification Bloodforged Battle-Axe Contested War Zone Thaumatic Compass Flip Dread Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip Iroas, God of Victory Aurelia, the Warleader Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Five-Alarm Fire Hellrider Hixus, Prison Warden Larceny Necropolis Regent No Mercy Phage the Untouchable Quietus Spike Skeleton Key Throat Slitter Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Vraska, Scheming Gorgon Scourge of the Throne Akroan Horse Captive Audience Goblin Spymaster Forbidden Orchard Clackbridge Troll Hunted Dragon Hunted Lammasu Hunted Horror
Theme directions to explore? Lifegain to stay above the swings? Angelic Chorus Answered Prayers Anointer Priest Authority of the Consuls Ayara, First of Locthwain Daxos, Blessed by the Sun Healer of the Pride Impassioned Orator Pious Evangel Flip Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Archangel of Thune Suture Priest Ajani's Welcome Dawn of Hope Deathgreeter Exquisite Blood Epicure of Blood Falkenrath Noble Karlov of the Ghost Council Noble Purpose Righteous Cause Sanguine Bond Searing Meditation Seraph Sanctuary Serene Steward Shattered Angel Spirit Loop Sun Droplet Vizkopa Guildmage Well of Lost Dreams Alhammarret's Archive Licia, Sanguine Tribune Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Eternity Vessel Chalice of Life Flip Resolute Archangel Storm Herd Felidar Sovereign Divinity of Pride Serra Ascendant
Aristocrats of the Court (slow life drain strategy)? Bastion of Remembrance Corpse Knight Impact Tremors Purphoros, God of the Forge Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Outpost Siege Bontu's Monument Brutal Hordechief Campaign of Vengeance Cliffhaven Vampire Cruel Celebrant Kambal, Consul of Allocation Polluted Bonds Retreat to Hagra Vindictive Vampire revenge Sorin, Grim Nemesis Judith, the Scourge Diva Stalking Vengeance Syr Konrad, the Grim
2 months ago
Here's what I've decided/sacrificed out for now:
Deathgreeter - Already have blood artist added, decided to cut for now
Divinity of Pride - Left it out as I added Serra & Walking Ballista, also very high CMC
Generous Gift - Better removals in the deck, so did not add
Necropotence - Pure $ call, deck is already getting up there
Extort Cards (i.e. Thrull Parasite, Basilica Screecher, Tithe Drinker) - I want to keep these for now as I like having that as an additional source of LG, especially because I've added more low CMC in this update
Spirit Loop - I think too much value and makes Karlov too scary, the return to hand is delicious.
Swords to Plowshares - Left this out purely to make sure I have enough mana.
I think now what I am gonna do is play test this a LOT to see if it balances well before I cough up the $
P.S. Guys - I can't thank you enough. This has been such a cool experience. You guys have put so much effort into this.
If you'd like to catch a remote game, I have been playing games on the PlayEDH server on Discord, my username is RageRoo182#8105, feel free to add me if you'd like to play a game!
2 months ago
Well, here's how I would do this deck (since I already did!): Karlov's Tithes
Jokes aside, here's what I would do with your current list:
For the lands, I would just turn them into basics. I'm sorry if I gave the impression you should actually cut lands, what I meant was run different lands in those slots. In a two color deck like this, fixing shouldn't really be an issue often, if ever.
Specifically, I would put in three Plains and two Swamp to keep your lands balanced. In addition, I might add maybe two more lands bringing your total to 35. You might be able to get away with 33, but that is a little light for my personal tastes.
Looking at what you want to add, we need to make 12 cuts (which is a lot) but here's what I would cut (starting with the easiest cuts and getting murkier as we go):
Armillary Sphere - This fixes your colors, but doesn't ramp you. I would personally run any other ramp over this.
Fountain of Renewal - I get where you're coming from with this; however, it is just too slow.
Tablet of the Guilds - The issue with this one is how many spells you are going to cast. Orzhov doesn't ramp super well, you're probably going to be casting one, maybe two spells per turn, making this ever so slightly better than Fountain of Renewal.
Spirit Loop - I also see where you are going with this. For an aura it's not bad, but I also don't think it is as impactful as some of our adds
Orzhov Cluestone - Just an okay rock. I usually avoid ramp that costs more than two mana
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord - His effect is not bad; however, you will rarely have sufficient boardstate to protect him, in my opinion.
Heliod's Intervention - I like the versatility and instant speed of this. I considered it for my own deck at one point. Unfortunately in EDH you can't run everything so sometimes you have to cut decent cards to make room for more decent cards!
2 months ago
Hey, I agree if you want to play Vamps, have a Vamp army with Sorin then Edgar Markov is the best tribal Vampire Commander. You could play a secondary life gain/drain strategy with Edgar; Cliffhaven Vampire + Righteous Cause.
With Karlov of the Ghost Council you want to play the best cards within the budget that gain you life or use life to give you value which are mostly nonVamp cards. Karlov is the center of attention, you build around him. Edgar is different; you may not even cast Edgar in a game. Instead utilize his eminence ability from the Command Zone; cast Vamps to create Vamp tokens which builds you an army to attack.
Karlov is a win condition, doing Commander damage which is less relying on other creatures to attack. Of course other creatures can attack especially if they have evasion and lifelink. The purpose of creatures with Karlov is to support him in some way.
How I would play Karlov with a $200 budget:
- Cards that life gain during your turn and opponents turns: Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Leonin Elder, Kambal, Consul of Allocation
- Voltron to help him attack: Shadowspear, Basilisk Collar, Spirit Loop
- K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth and extort: Blind Obedience, Thrull Parasite, Crypt Ghast, Pontiff of Blight, Tithe Drinker, Basilica Screecher
- Bolas's Citadel + Aetherflux Reservoir to take advantage of life gain.
Aetherflux and Collar were just reprinted in the Mystery Booster set; those versions are $4 and $2. The nice thing about extort with Karlov is it gives you a life gain source for important cards that you should play that don't normally gain you life such as mana rocks, enchantments, removal spells, etc. Smothering Tithe + Leonin Elder can be a life gain and counters engine with Karlov.
5 months ago
Nifty list. I don't have the cards or meta that you do, playing a more casual styled meta, and I play 1 v 1 30 life commander, so my list is very different, though in many cases I can see why we have different cards. But there are some things that I am curious about and I do have some suggestions. Hopefully you find some of them helpful.
Pouncing Jaguar has 2 power for a 1 drop cat, but 1 mana echo seems very annoying. Steppe Lynx may need landfall, but I imagine in the early turns this is achievable and you can save your mana for other things. Given your artifact hate I imagine players will trigger Leonin Elder often enough to give little life boosts. Glittering Lynx can also be randomly annoying for a 1 drop cat. Sure, they aren't 2 power starters, but at the start neither is Leonin Vanguard , which you run as an early game pressure card.
Do you love your life so much for your lifegain plan to use Spirit Loop ? I'm not sure I'd use a card with little other purpose. Given your buffs standards Battle Mastery seems ok, Silverblade Paladin should be a favorite, a creature to tutor for combos with cats, especially Lost Leonin , is good alongside its own 2/2 double strike frame. Grafted Wargear is nice, though I suppose with artifact removal the drawback stings, though it can't be much worse than a combat tricked creature removal on king of the pride. Still, grafted is faster than Heirloom Blade .
Pendelhaven is a better forest in most cases, a free 1 power boost in addition to being an untapped green source. I have enjoyed Mutavault as getting under the radar as a cat land. For ramp is burning a and to draw so good to use it over nature's lore or an artifact like Arcane Signet , even with your artifact hate out?
Skyhunter Skirmisher eats life quickly, though as a 3 drop that needs Arahbo to sink into it you might find it slow and weak to removal's tempo. Rhonas serves as such 3 drop support with a bit of added mana sink damage. As far as swarm boosts go Metallic Mimic is an early game 2 drop cat option that rewards swarming multiple cats.
7 months ago
You might like these: Sunbond , Cradle of Vitality , Treasonous Ogre , Celestial Dawn , Cauldron of Souls , Necrologia , Greed , Vilis, Broker of Blood , Bolas's Citadel , Sunforger , Phyrexian Reclamation , Solemn Offering , Radiant Fountain , Spirit Loop (stacks with lifelink!), Path of Bravery
7 months ago
Love the concept and this build. You obviously put a lot of effort into this and it shows. +1!
One thing that stood out to me though is that you run very little aura's. As Kestia only triggers when you attack with an enchantment or enchanted creature, I was expecting a few more of those. Perhaps the first ones I'd add would be the aura's that come back to your hand when its host dies: Rancor , Spirit Loop and Aspect of Mongoose , although those might not gel as well with the underlying philosophy of the deck.
Anyway, great stuff!