Vilis, Broker of Blood
Legendary Creature — Demon
, Pay 2 life: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
Whenever you lose life, draw that many cards. (Damage causes loss of life.)
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|Core Set 2020 (M20)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Vilis, Broker of Blood Discussion
3 days ago
But continuing the discussion, your deck would benefit from token generators. There are several, currently at work. Once you update the deck, we can talk about more cuts and discuss further.
6 days ago
Vilis, Broker of Blood would work well with your commander, as it'll let you draw twice as many cards when Seizan's ability triggers. It would also synergize well with that Font of Agonies (and K'rrik too if you decide to pick him up later).
1 week ago
So it's not a "combo", so much as a "synergy".
The difference (Purely based in my own braincase) is that a synergy means several cards interact with one-another, allowing tighter play. Each card complements each other card, and together they complement the deck as a whole. For example, True Conviction pairs up lovely with Karlov of the Ghost Council , as does Archangel of Thune .
Combos are when you use one card to interact with another card to gain benefit, then use that benefit to interact with another card.
In my opinion, a synergy is like soup; The blended ingredients all work in harmony together to make a stronger experience. Meanwhile a combo is like a Rube Goldberg Machine; One event leads into another and this causes a chain reaction, which sometimes is repeatable.
With Bolas's Citadel , you want to cast Omniscience by paying 10 life. This in turn now means you can free-cast literally everything for the rest of the game (Barring that it stays on the field, which it won't).
It does not interact with Bolas's Citadel , by the way. Citadel is a replacement effect. You are paying life instead of mana. Omniscience is saying you don't have to pay the mana. Well, Citadel is already saying this because you don't pay for a spell, you pay 4 life for a spell. You're already NOT paying the .
Because Citadel is not an option, you don't have the choice on what happens. It's because of the wording.
It says you MAY play the top card of your library. However, if you do you MUST pay the life instead of spend mana. So Omniscience would not assist you here. It helps you for cards in your hand, but not for cards on your library.
However, here's where the synergy happens.
With Vilis, Broker of Blood out, you will draw that many cards off of whatever you play. For example, if you play a spell off the top of your library for the aforementioned 4 life, you'd now draw 4 cards, which are now in your hand and thus may be played for free.
Effectively, the setup works like this: (Assume Citadel, Omni and Vilis are all on the field)
- Step 1: Look at the top card of your library
- Step 2: Play it by paying life
- Step 3: Draw that many cards
- Step 4: Freecast anything you'd like to in your hand; If you don't have anything you'd like to cast for free, move onto Step 5
- Step 5: Repeat
So yes, this is actually an extremely strong synergy. You'll end up locked once you hit a land, since you probably can only play one land per turn. So I'd recommend going until you hit a land, and play the land off the top of your library rather than one from your hand. This way, you can continue the synergy past the land you topdecked.
If you venture into Sultai, you can use the plethora of green spells that allow you to play additional lands per turn. This way, you can move past those roadblocks more effectively.
In that case, it becomes a combo with synergistic feels to it. The "combo" is in the synergy they create together.
1 week ago
To be honest, I don't see the combo here..you may be able to draw out your deck...but if you pull off the set up you can win the game using other cards much easier. Maybe I'm just missing something, can you clarify the interactions here?
1 week ago
While maybe not that related to your deck theme, a cool card to include would be Vilis, Broker of Blood . Without even doing anything else with Vilis, each time you get the Erebos death proc and pay 2 life, you draw 3 cards instead of 1. And Vilis is not only removal that gets you more cards each time you use it, but you can also use his ability to kill your own creatures, seeing as most of them are 1-2 toughness like Bloodghast and Reassembling Skeleton. If you kill your creatures like that with Erebos out, you would instead draw 5 cards for 1 mana. Vilis would be a pretty good late game play when you have all your ramp ready and maybe be some kind of finisher, but if you're going multiplayer it might also make you archenemy of the table. You can also include Font of Agonies to go along with your life loss from Erebos, so if you kill 2 of your own creatures, you draw 2 cards and then also have a 2 mana removal spell for whenever.
1 week ago
Hey, nice overall concept, but I think you can be doing a lot more slugging :)
Harsh Mentor , Zo-Zu the Punisher , Ankh of Mishra , Spellshock can be more repeatable damage to your opponents and these cards are good in a large variety of deck matchups. Spellshock and Mentor can alone shut down infinite combos. Torbran, Thane of Red Fell makes Mogis do 4 damage instead of 2 each turn and he's good with other sources of damage especially Manabarbs since 3 damage is a lot more than 1 damage. Torbran and Loyal Subordinate with Mogis can increase the bleeding of your opponents.
Cards also can do damage to you which is good draw with Vilis, Broker of Blood and Vilis is busted with K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth . Sire Of Insanity can be a backbreaking effect in multiplayer Commander and it goes with the idea of gaining turns to bleed out your opponents. Sire is good with Bloodchief Ascension . Vilis and Sire are worth including a small reanimation package with some enablers to cheat them onto the battlefield.
Smoke is an underrated disruptive card for red. Not only is good to stop lots of attackers, but also mana dorks since an opponent can only untap one of them.
Good luck with your deck.
2 weeks ago
Hey, nice budget version of Kaalia.
All my suggestions are $3 or less each and for casual play. Cards to consider adding:
- Lands: Exotic Orchard , Slayers' Stronghold , Ash Barrens
- Big creatures: Vilis, Broker of Blood
- Ramp: Dark Ritual , Fellwar Stone
- Tutors: Open the Armory , Mausoleum Secrets
- Draw: Azra Oddsmaker , Arguel's Blood Fast Flip
- Recursion: Phyrexian Reclamation
- Removal: Generous Gift
Oddsmaker and Reclamation may seem like odd suggestions, but these cards are good with Kaalia. Oddsmaker is a very underrated card for reanimation strategies as a repeatable enabler to discard creatures. It's repeatable draw is especially good with Kaalia because she has flying.
Reclamation doesn't reanimate, but what it does is recur a creature you want to cheat into play with Kaalia or even Kaalia herself to avoid Commander tax. Kaalia is going to die, she will have a huge target on her head, you would rather her go to the graveyard then back to the Command Zone because then there's the tax. Having to burn a reanimation spell on Kaalia is not good therefore you want other ways to be able to play Kaalia which Reclamation can help with. Reclamation is a good card with Kaalia in the later game when there's creatures in your graveyard that you would like to cheat into play with Kaalia, but can't because they're not in your hand and you don't have reanimation.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Boros Guildgate
- Stone Quarry
- Temple of Silence
- Canyon Slough
- Heretic's Punishment
- Moltensteel Dragon
- Ryusei, the Falling Star
- Desecration Demon
- Mardu Banner
- Phyrexian Rebirth
I offer more advice, good luck with your deck.
2 weeks ago
Hello there! +1 from me!
- Vilis, Broker of Blood : is so ridiculously bonkers, especially with...
- Reanimate , which I'm surprised you don't have. This and Vilis make a one mana draw 8.
- This guy seems perfect for this deck.
- Is... is Sol Ring banned in your meta or what? Is all ramp banned in your meta?
Some cut suggestions:
- It That Betrays doesn't seem worth it with out grave pact effects.
- Spirit of the Night seems like just a big beater.
- Lord of Extinction again, just a big boy. And this one dies to graveyard hate.
- Resolute Archangel Will the multiple fog effects, I wonder how good she usually is. Plus just life gain seems boring.