Teysa Karlov


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Rare

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Teysa Karlov

Legendary Creature — Human Advisor

If a creature dying causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an additional time.

Creatures you control have vigilance and lifelink.

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Teysa Karlov Discussion

zapyourtumor on Black Judith

1 day ago

I feel like this could have some serious potential splashing white for Teysa Karlov . The check and shock lands may be able to hold the mana base together if you do, but it won't be as consistent.

multimedia on Too much? 4-color Smorgasbord

2 days ago

Hey, keep it simple? There's really no reason on a budget to go over the top playing four colors. All this is doing is making the manabase really bad; when for the same amount of funds you spent on a four color manabase you could have a much better two color manabase.

If you want to play casual budget aristocrats I suggest playing two color Orzhov Teysa Karlov with Reveillark and Skullclamp . Another option is three color Abzan Ghave, Guru of Spores with Reveillark and Skullclamp if you want to play green with Teysa. Either of these decks can be budget; deck costs can range from a little less than $100-$200 or more. There's many good expensive price upgrades to make later on. Playing only two colors you can use funds that you would otherwise have to use on dual lands if playing a three or four color deck to instead get other powerful cards such as Skullclamp.

Don't really need red for budget aristocrats. For what red gives you is not worth making the manabase that much worse. Sure red has some good cards, but they're not vital to the strategy if playing Teysa. It's not advisable to try to play four colors with a low budget. A playable four color manabase is going to take too much of the total budget to make. Three colors is already going to be difficult to make. Most likely requiring that one of the colors be a splash.

ducttapedeckbox on Too much? 4-color Smorgasbord

2 days ago

Hi all,

I've been having a hard time figuring out a new deck to build, so I decided to mash together a few ideas. I think there's something here, but it needs quite a bit of changes.

I started with a Mardu Aristocrats deck, but didn't quite like that. In parallel, I tried -1/-1 counters and didn't quite like that. So, I'm trying to use the tokens made from the -1/-1 engines ( Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons , Flourishing Defenses , and a few others) to fuel my aristocrats.

It's pretty lackluster right now, so what do you think? Is this just a pile of cards or could it be a deck?

Four Color Smorgasbord

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


For some background, my group is pretty casual. Nothing infinite, and for now I want to stick with cards <$5 until I figure out if this will work. Hapatra, Teysa Karlov , and The Scorpion God were among the cards I wanted to play most, which is what led to me 4 colors.

lorenzo712 on Eternal Thirst (MTG Arena)

3 days ago

OberstHati Currently this is the deck. I’ve been testing it on MTG Arena and I’ve been slowly tweaking it. I want to buy this deck in Real life for standard but am looking for some suggestions. A few things I did today was remove Teysa Karlov , Resplendent Angel and Vizkopa Vampire . Looking for more suggestions on how to make the deck better. I will update the deck tonight with my changes made today as well.

BMHKain on I'd like to know if ...

5 days ago

@SynergyBuild: O_O IF: (Does the same stunned look) O...kay... That was a waste of a Q&A... Huh... Talk about nigh-unbeatable Color Identity. I mean, I'm running Teysa, Orzhov Scion (Formerly Teysa Karlov ), but dang, I didn't think those colors have all the options needed to win, regardless... (Still stunned.) (sigh...) Alright... I think it's time to cut down to the legal min/max at this point; I'm surprised Orzhov, of all things has all the tools needed to beat many kinds of opposition. But, yeah. Thanks. I'll see what I can do for cuts; but now, I'm revising several things outside of here... Later.

TheNocholas on Meren

1 week ago

I think this deck is solid. I would be interested in seeing your build on an Elenda, the Dusk Rose / Teysa Karlov or a Sidisi, Brood Tyrant / Muldrotha, the Gravetide deck.

crabclaw on Teysa Karlov edh

1 week ago

I do like the Hypnotist, but the 'only use this at sorcery speed' rider is rough. It's definitely a strong card, especially if you have a board of tokens to sacrifice to him.

Good point on Open the Graves. Didn't even think of old Teysa and her abilities. I'm still of the opinion that Requiem Angel is attractive on first blush, but doesn't play out as well. That may just be personal opinion and my own experience. I don't have a Teysa Karlov deck, but I've run it + Divine Visitation in a Darien, King of Kjeldor deck and it always felt clunky and more than a little slow.

Looking back again, you may want to run some of the cheaper, 2-3 cmc black draw spells like Night's Whisper . They're always great to see in hand, imo.

crabclaw on Teysa Karlov edh

1 week ago

If you're looking for cards to cut to reduce your cmc, then:

Sadistic Hypnotist -- it's a nice effect, but you can't combo this, you don't have a reanimator shell, and you're not exactly a discard-focused deck. Is too dependent on other specific cards.

Just checking, as you may already realize this, but stuff like Smothering Abomination 's second ability will not be doubled by Teysa Karlov .

I'm not super sold on Seraph of the Scales as a commander card. I've not seen it played so I may not be the best judge.

Thopter Squadron is a combo with other cards, sure, but there are cheaper, more concise combos. Look at Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar .

Requiem Angel is good with Divine Visitation in particular, but is super-high cmc, and won't be helpful at all in the case that you just have the tokens from your Afterlife cards.

Several of your 5-6 drop enchantments and sorceries could easily be swapped. Martyr's Bond does a little bit more for you than Grave Pact , depending on if you have one of your three treasure-generating cards out, which themselves are dependent on other things in order to create any treasure tokens. Not sure if the potential synergy is worth it.

Black Market will be nice in some cases, but will otherwise result in either a) unused mana or b) a blowout if anyone points removal at it. It's too undependable a source of ramp, especially because it limits your usage of the mana to your main phase. That you don't have a reliable mana sink with which to use the mana is even less ideal. More efficient, consistent sources of ramp will work better in its slot.

Is Open the Graves better than Field of Souls ? I like the latter much more in that it gives you flying creatures that are also Skullclamp -able.

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Teysa Karlov occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.18%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

W/B (Orzhov): 1.11%