Vilis, Broker of Blood

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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Set Rarity
Core Set 2020 (M20) Rare

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

Vilis, Broker of Blood Discussion

esbean on licia, woman of life

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!

SwagCrab on Selenia's Avaricious Box of Masochism

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!

Vulnoth on Turbo Aggro Grind Time

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.

Utility Dudes

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.

I'll address the deck further another day as I'm getting tired.

shwanerz88 on matters!

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.

multimedia on Merciless rage needs upgrading

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.

An example is Vilis, Broker of Blood. Powerful budget creature who you want to reanimate and who's busted with Krrik's Phyrexian mana ability. Could replace Soul of Innistrad with Vilis.

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.

Anger is very good when you have a consistent way to discard it, since giving reanimated creatures haste makes them so much better. Could replace Skyfire Phoenix with Anger.

These are just a few examples of upgrades to expand on reanimation.

SideBae on Discarding hurts

1 month ago

Words of Waste? With Geth's Grimoire this can clear opponents' hands.

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.

Good luck

multimedia on Angelic Hellfire!

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:

Other cards to consider adding:

You could upgrade some threats with Vilis, Broker of Blood and Doom Whisperer.

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
  • Ghostway
  • Utter End

Good luck with your deck.

musicman3310 on Rise to Glory Re-animator

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.

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