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.)
|Want (2)||Pyrezz , mvas|
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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
22 hours ago
MindAblaze I've never actually played this deck, I have it 100% built but with no play due to the shops closing down. This is a deck meant to play with friends, but I would LOVE to take it up a notch. Originally, this was a Vilis, Broker of Blood deck, but as soon as I saw Licia I fell in love. This deck is meant to go against my playgroup's Lifegain decks. Karlov of the Ghost Council and Kambal, Consul of Allocation are some of this deck's competition. I don't expect to be on the saim tier of lifegain, but I wanted an element of 'life goes up and I benefit somehow' to be involved. There's no specific desires going forward, but general improvements are always liked!
1 week ago
Hi Heliogabale! First of all, thanks for the upvote and hi from a fellow Montreal Magic player. This list is heavily inspired by just kill me lmao (Selenia PRIMER). Vilis, Broker of Blood is a solid addition to the original primer in a lower power level. I am still testing the deck a lot and trying to pilot it as best as I can!
1 week ago
It's not a bad start, but there are some clear ways to take the deck in a better direction. Firstly, keep in mind your playgroup and the ever-present specter that ruins people, "play group politics". When approaching a deck, always consider how certain cards and interactions will affect the playgroup. Some people will not particularly care until you just dome someone out of nowhere, while other people may just act when they see things they dislike. Playing to politics isn't something Rakdos does well, but the ideal way to approach is through "minimal" bad stuff that helps you keep the target off your back. It's always fun to talk about how oppressive a deck or strategy can be, but once people grow aware and start countering you, the tables will indeed table against you.
But that said, onto the said ways to better this little carnival cruiseliner of doom.
Let's start with the fun stuff. The whole point here is to play every Big Chungus for minimal cost. You should be looking for either beefy dudes to beat your opponents with or high end utility cards that aren't literal neanderthals.
Akroma, Angel of Fury: Not the most exciting of cards, but in a W/U heavy meta, she'll put in work.
Vilis, Broker of Blood: A beefy fella that keeps the machine movin', or dare I say, schmoovin'.
Maga, Traitor to Mortals: Ever slap someone with this guy for 87? It never gets old.
Artisan of Kozilek: Recursion plus Annihilator. It's self-explanatory.
Ulamog's Crusher: A useful ape.
Demon of Death's Gate: Not the most elegant of chonkers, but never underestimate a good old fashioned ass whoopin'.
Drakuseth, Maw of Flames: Burninate the countryside. Burninate the peasants.
Grave Titan: Generates free board presence while applying pressure.
Pathrazer of Ulamog - Annihilator 3 that demands lots of stuff to be thrown under the bus.
Hateflayer: Wither makes for an all around strong option when slapping something for 5 damage.
It That Betrays: "This is mine now" the card.
Here I'll go over more miscellaneous creatures. You mostly are going to want creatures that either fulfill Rakdos's requirement or are general good stuff.
Nirkana Revenant: Old fashioned mana ramp that can go super Chonk.
Crypt Ghast: Ironically, the church will help the demon. Extort puts life loss on board while opening up mana.
I'll address the deck further another day as I'm getting tired.
2 weeks ago
Looks nice, Vilis, Broker of Blood would be my first recommendation for additional card draw on theme. Dread Presence is another good option. Bontu's Monument & Whip of Erebos would be other good additionals for life gain.
1 month ago
Hey, Worldgorger would make your deck unfair. Without it you could still play reanimation, but fair reanimation. There's nothing wrong with fair reanimation it can still be powerful and fast, it will just take longer to win a game. The upgrade would be to reanimate better budget creatures and add support creatures/other cards that can help reanimation. Reanimation would be one of the most simple of upgrades you could make by replacing subpar creatures with better ones to reanimate and subpar cards that only belong in a precon with better ones.
Glint-Horn Buccaneer can be an unfair creature with combos or just a fair creature who can repeatedly hurt your opponents, but not kill the table. Buccaneer is good with wheels because wheels make you discard all the cards in your hand which can be a lot. Repeatable wheels can really do a lot of damage to your opponents with Buccaneer. Wheels are good with reanimation. Could replace Scaretiller with Buccaneer.
Dragon Mage is an upgrade of a big creature to reanimate who can be a repeatable wheel. Chainer, Nightmare Adept is good with repeatable reanimation with Doomed and Apprentice Necromancers. Chainer is also amazing with Magus of the Wheel who can be a repeatable wheel effect. Could replace Boneyard Parley with Mage. If not playing Worldgorger then Bloodhall Priest is lackluster esspecially with wheels. Could replace Priest with Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion, who can be another repeatable wheel effect.
These are just a few examples of upgrades to expand on reanimation.
1 month ago
You might also like a reanimation package with your Vilis, Broker of Blood. If you run Reanimate, you don't actually lose life until he's on the field, so Reanimate-ing him lets you draw 8 cards for the 8 life you lost. Also, Entomb works will with Reanimate.
1 month ago
Hey, Worldgorger Dragon combo could replace Iona. Emergence Zone could replace Sanctuary. Reanimation is a good secondary strategy with Kaalia and reanimation is what enablers Worldgorger combo. Bogardan Hellkite can be a win condition with the Worldgorger combo and Kaalia can cheat Hellkite onto the battlefield. The Worldgorger combo would give you an alternative way to win the game which has synergy with Kaalia and strategies you want to play with Kaalia.
Cards to consider adding for Worldgorger combo:
- Enablers: Necromancy, Dance of the Dead, Emergence Zone
- Win Conditions: Bogardan Hellkite, Sunscorched Desert, Cut / Ribbons
Other cards to consider adding:
- Phyrexian Reclamation: repeatable recursion for Kaalia so she doesn't have to keep going to the Command Zone. Combine the repeatable recursion with hand/wheel discard to have more access to putting big creatures into your hand to cheat them onto the battlefield with Kaalia.
- Dark Ritual
- Faithless Looting
- Buried Alive
- Arcane Signet
- Exotic Orchard
- Forbidden Orchard
Cards to consider cutting:
- Seraph Sanctuary
- Dragonskull Summit
- Clifftop Retreat
- Isolated Chapel
- Iona, Shield of Emeria
- Archfiend of Depravity
- Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
- Lord of the Void
- Angelic Arbiter
- Baneslayer Angel
- Merciless Eviction
- Duelist's Heritage
- Strionic Resonator
- Utter End
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Not saying he's a bad choice at all, but I'd like to hear your reasoning for Vilis, Broker of Blood.