Vilis, Broker of Blood


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

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2020 (M20) Rare

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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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Vilis, Broker of Blood Discussion

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Mono black good stuff/ comments suggested

1 day ago

FYI, Griselbrand is banned in commander. You might want to replace him with Vilis, Broker of Blood if you are looking for a big value demon.

I think your ramp package could be improved to deal with the high mana curve of this deck:

I'd swap out Journeyer's Kite for Thaumatic Compass  Flip which is a strictly better version.

Bontu's Monument lowers casting costs and can buffer your life total.

Expedition Map is a must as it will help you find either Cabal Coffers or Urborg.

Myriad Landscape is ramp in land form

Burnished Hart and Solemn Simulacrum are always great ramp in mono-black that serve as sacrifice fodder and early blockers.

Then I think you could do well to include any of Mind Stone , Fellwar Stone , Commander's Sphere , Thran Dynamo , Charcoal Diamond , Hedron Archive , or Thought Vessel . Basically you want to have enough low CMC ramp to power yourself to the late game.

Also you could consider Font of Agonies as you will inevitably be paying life to Erebos. Bolas's Citadel could be another option to get around casting your high CMC cards. Just make sure you have enough life.

One last suggestion I have is to maybe narrow the focus of the deck a bit. 'Mono-black Good Stuff' is a fine idea, but I see elements from multiple strategies throughout the deck. You might want to pick one or two ideas and focus in on those. For example, you have a decent amount of lifegain cards so you could lean more into that strategy and include Exquisite Blood (to pair with Sanguine Bond ) and Exsanguinate as win-cons. Just some food-for-thought.

Happy deck building!

SideBae on Pain and Drain!

2 days ago

Hey man! This guy looks like an interesting commander... Here're some suggestions. Feel free to ignore any or all of them.

  1. Blood Celebrant : I don't know how important this is, but being able to pay three life for a generic mana seems pretty good. This means you can use phyrexian mana in order to cast your artifacts like Prism Ring .

  2. From a perspective with zero experience with your general, repeatable life-gain seems really good. I approve of your extort stuff; consider running Twilight Prophet . Your current average CMC is 4.34, which means it's usually gonna do a little more than a bolt and gain you that much life, while building card-advantage.

  3. Life may get tight, so Toxic Deluge is going to have an unusually high cost. I still think it's good and that you should run it, but consider Dead of Winter and all Snow-Covered Swamp s as well. The cost on that would be lower, as it doesn't cause you to lose life, which you use to cast spells.

  4. Dark Petition is a good tutor to consider. I think it's better than Cruel Tutor , assuming you don't want to run Vampiric Tutor (which is better yet).

  5. Mana Vault , Mana Crypt , Charcoal Diamond , Thought Vessel , Mind Stone , Prismatic Lens , Jet Medallion and Coldsteel Heart are all worth considering. The two-mana rocks will allow you to cast your general turn-three, which enables your deck.

  6. A reanimation package is something to think about, especially with concern to recurring your Kokusho, the Evening Star . Entomb / Buried Alive paired with Animate Dead , Dance of the Dead , Necromancy , Reanimate or even straight-up Zombify is a great way to recur threats for cheap, or Entomb them and then reanimate them.

  7. Speaking of reanimation, Vilis, Broker of Blood is an EXCELLENT reanimation target for this deck.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck!

TypicalTimmy on [COMMUNITY] What cards do you ...

5 days ago

Unban: Griselbrand

With cards such as Ad Nauseam , Greed , Necropotence and now Vilis, Broker of Blood the way I see it is if you want to dump your life total into your library, so be it. It makes it easier for the rest of us to win. If you pay 21 life and draw 21 cards, you may have the answers but you have two hurdles now to overcome:

  • 3v1 Archenemy style gameplay.
  • You only have so much mana. You will eventually run out of options.

So go ahead, drain half of your life away. I'll swing for lethal next turn turn ;)

TypicalTimmy on Throwing Shade [A Shade Tribal Deck]

5 days ago

I would very strongly recommend running Vilis, Broker of Blood as a "second Commander" in this deck. Each you pay 2 life for draws you 2 cards on top of it.

IrateWarrior on Swippity Swappity, your form is my Property

1 week ago

hmm i do enjoy Vilis, Broker of Blood for the draw, but most times im hoping to draw something that gives counters, you might be onto somthing. Im going to swap them for some play testing and see what happens.

As for Soul Snuffers I do have Phyrexian Reclamation Reanimate and Meren of Clan Nel Toth to get more then the one use. I do love it and Carnifex Demon due to my table always using some form of tokens, most notably Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer and The Locust God

Spirits on Kaalia, M.D. of Destruction and Havoc

1 week ago

Hi Demarge,

Drakuseth, Maw of Flames won't work, because he enters the battlefield tapped an attacking, never attacks.

Skyline Despot is a risky Bloodgift Demon , may not provide the card advantage. But fun, agreed.

Sephara, Sky's Blade is difficult to utilize her lower cost mechanic, doesn't protect herself, and only protects creatures ( Avacyn, Angel of Hope protects all permanents. I'm still thinking on her, but seems wrong.

Vilis, Broker of Blood was a welcome replacement to Iona, Shield of Emeria .

Strangelove on Chainer & Gonti's Mono-Black Party Shack

1 week ago

Hey +1 for Mono-Black! I've been brewing this edh Belzenrok deck since brawl started. I like to wheel through my deck, wipe the board, and then Command the Dreadhorde , etc.

My favorite cards are the lifegain cards: Noxious Gearhulk , Sangromancer , and especially Whip of Erebos . Also Venser's Journal .

Shadowborn Demon is seriously underrated. It is removal on a fat stick with a sacrifice trigger.

Vilis, Broker of Blood and Dread Presence are going to be slower than you might think. If you can easily discard Vilis, though, he's amazing, especially for Chainer.

If you have the life to run Bolas's Citadel , it's broken and a lot of fun.

Chainer, Kokusho, the Evening Star , and with a sac outlet like Ruthless Knave would be a good wincon combo for this deck.

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