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Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts
Legendary Creature — Human Advisor
Vigilance, protection from creatures
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, destroy that creature. Put a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
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Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts Discussion
15 hours ago
needs more cleric tribal - I'd ditch the backup Orzhov subtheme ( Basilica Screecher , Crypt Ghast , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , & Tithe Taker ) and probably the Regal Bloodlord for some cleric support: Akroma's Devoted , Battlefield Medic , Battletide Alchemist , and Daru Spiritualist come to mind for that. Edgewalker is a must for the colors, and I'd probably ditch the monuments and obilisk of urd for more clerics - Alms Collector and Bygone Bishop give decent card draw, Eight-and-a-Half-Tails , Giver of Runes and Mother of Runes offer amazing protection for your field. Frontline Medic and Selfless Spirit offer indistrucbablity for your own wipes. Sin Collector offers good andi-countermagic / tide-turner removal. High Priest of Penance is just amazing with the recusion this deck should have. Rotlung Reanimator turns all clerics into double duty sac fodder, and Priest of Forgotten Gods , Yawgmoth, Thran Physician , and Whisper, Blood Liturgist are more than happy to supply that role, with Skirsdag High Priest backing them up. and Weathered Wayfarer pulls the same job as Land Tax , but can fetch non-basics, and is a cleric.
2 weeks ago
You have a pretty good selection of soft removal--is Bontu's Last Reckoning doing anything special? I'd consider that more of a sideboard card for this deck. Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts seems counterproductive with your enchantments, in addition to skewing the mana curve. The Ghostly Prison in your maybeboard I think would help more, if you have the budget for it.
You have a lot of graveyard removal ( Bojuka Bog , Scavenger Grounds , and Crook of Condemnation ), and most of that can be moved to sideboard (or removed as too much redundancy) as well, unless there's a lot of graveyard decks running rampant around your area. I also recommend Tormod's Crypt or Nihil Spellbomb over Crook of Condemnation .
2 weeks ago
She’s kind of just an expensive No Mercy that gets you blockers. I’d say people would play spirits but with no blue you lose a lot of the spirit synergy. It’s hard to build a deck around the card No Mercy , and with Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts that’s what a lot of players see her as. A No Mercy in the command zone.
2 weeks ago
Teysa Karlov has quickly become one of the most popular black/white generals for EDH in this game, and the first incarnation of the character, Teysa, Orzhov Scion has remained popular, as well, but her second incarnation, Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , is considerably less popular, which I find to be unfortunate, since that version is my favorite of the three.
Why is that? Is it because her mana cost is very high? What does everyone else say about that?
1 month ago
CNobre I agree the lands have had issues in the past, that is why I run Curse of Opulence , All the Talismans, Land Tax , Weathered Wayfarer , Fellwar Stone , and Wayfarer's Bauble . It is a high risk high reward as I want to minimize my potential to draw land later in the game when I stabilize with queen marchesa. That is also why I run land tax and solemn even though I only run 6 basics. It is to thin the deck and help get to the lands I need early but after turn 6 I don't need land anymore. The low curve also complements my 3-4 drops as I will always have something to do early in the game. I usually don't like to cast my commander turn 4 unless I have a way to protect her ie Mother of Runes and debating Giver of Runes too.
I agree with your reasoning with Skullclamp as you have more creatures to take advantage of the effect consistently. It is a much stronger card in your deck.
1 month ago
Hi SwiftDeath, thx for your suggestions, I really appreciate it!
Skullclamp : Performed quite well so far. Has inherent synergy with the commander, it's a turn1 drop with no coloured mana requirements, draws plenty of cards and always has tokens around to "clamp" ( Queen Marchesa , Ogre Slumlord , Ophiomancer , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , Rite of the Raging Storm , to name a few). It's even often the case that I equip a creature that Skullclamp does not kill and then proceed to sac that creature to an ability or spell.
Sunforger : I checked your build and you have a whopping 15 targets for it. Should really shine on your deck! Mine currently runs only 4 legal targets making sunforger way less appealing. It will soon be 5 targets as I am going to cut Vindicate for it's instant-speed counterpart Generous Gift . I'll add it to my Maybeboard and keep an eye on my Instants package.
Sun Titan : 6 cmc slots were already pretty crowded but yeah, I should probably run this anyway!
Rakdos Charm / Mimic Vat : Overall am satisfied with my graveyard hate package ( Rakdos Charm , Bojuka Bog and Relic of Progenitus ) This last one may be a wasted slot but is also a concession to turn1 plays and a proper mana curve :) Regarding Mimic Vat , my creatures (with some exceptions) are mostly of the pillow-fort/rattlesnake type that perform by being in play and using the Vat on them is really unexciting. Of course that I can see it being useful using it on the opponents creature but atm I am going more for graveyard hate that catch everything and not just creatures.
Kaya's Guile : When I saw the spoiler I got really excited about this card but after reading it multiple times it become clear that besides the exile graveyards option all the other ones are underwhelming. Specially the first, you will of curse remove some "weeds" from your lawn but the "cactus" that you NEED to take care of will "thorn your derriere".
Blind Obedience : Not the kind of effect I am looking for. I want my opponents to attack as soon as they can. Not me though.
Asha's Favor / Sword of Vengeance : Not a fan of the aura as it will often just go to the GY because my opponents killed my creature in response. The Sword of Vengeance is another story. Will stick around and does two things that benefit greatly my deathtouchers giving them First Strike and Vigilance. I will add it to the maybeboard and try it out.
Regarding your list, is your deck performing with only 30 lands? Seems way too low and besides that you should also look into reducing a bit the number of spells on your 3cmc and 4cmc slots. I think that these changes alone will allow your deck to run smoother.
1 month ago
Hey, I see why you're confused if you're going in the right direction because your deck is kind of all over the place. There's lots of good cards here, but I think you can reduce the themes and streamline the strategies.
Consider increasing the pillowfort theme? Increasing the token theme? Decreasing the combat themes (first strike), equipment theme and politics themes? In my opinion combining pillowfort and token strategies are the only themes you really need because both these themes require a lot of setup and they both strengthen each other. If you add other themes to these two all they will do is disrupt the ability to pillowfort.
Consider Luminarch Ascension ? It's a good win condition mana sink for pillowfort and token strategies. With three opponents it can activate fast. Windborn Muse is an upgrade for Baird, Steward of Argive . Consider Aura of Silence ? It's good opponent disruption making it more difficult for them to cast mana efficient artifacts and enchantments.
Other than Sun Titan you're not playing reanimation strategies. Consider Rest in Peace or Containment Priest ? Peace is more expensive price, but it affects everything. Consider Knight of the White Orchid ? It's a great card for land ramp in white especially since you're playing Plains Shock lands and Mistveil.
Depending on the budget of cards you want to add, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite , Ethersworn Canonist , Twilight Prophet and Elspeth, Sun's Champion are good here, but they're all expensive price. Elesh or Elspeth are an upgrade for Teysa. Both Elesh and Elspeth are very good finishers for tokens. Canonist shuts down some decks and Prophet in combination with a token strategy, getting the city's blessing fast, can give you lots of value.
Consider Kher Keep ? A repeatable way to make tokens that's a land; make a blocker at instant speed. Bitterblossom or the less expensive price, but much worse Dreadhorde Invasion are other good repeatable sources of token. Ophiomancer can be a repeatable source at each upkeep of a token that has deathtouch making it a good blocker on each of your opponent's turns.
Wrath of God as well Day of Judgment or the more expensive price Damnation or Toxic Deluge are cards to consider adding. Board wipes are good with pillowfort and the token strategies since tokens are being made from repeatable sources. Cursed Totem or the more expensive price Linvala, Keeper of Silence is opponent creature disruption since you're not relying on your creatures activated abilities only their ETB or static abilities.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Baird, Steward of Argive
- Vow of Duty
- Vow of Lightning
- Crown of Doom
- Curse of Opulence
- Disrupt Decorum
- Sorin, Grim Nemesis
- Duelist's Heritage
- Archetype of Courage
- Disciple of Bolas
- Protector of the Crown
- Hammer of Nazahn
- Thaumatic Compass Flip
- Torment of Hailfire
- Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
- Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts
If you like some of these suggestions I offer more advice about why I think these cards can be cut. Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
WB (Orzhov): 0.5%