Vizkopa Guildmage

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Commander 2013 Uncommon
Gatecrash Uncommon

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Vizkopa Guildmage

Creature — Human Wizard

1WB: Target creature gains lifelink until end of turn.1WB: Whenever you gain life this turn, target opponent loses that much life.

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Vizkopa Guildmage Discussion

landofMordor on What life?

1 week ago

Hey friend, cool deck! One of my first EDH decks was an Oloro gain'n'drain build a lot like this. I'd suggest checking out my deck @ Ageless Artifacts for the broad picture of it, but here's what I noticed about your build:

Some of your cards, like Filigree Angel, want to be in a deck with a TON more artifacts than you actually have. Those are the cards I'd cut first. Next, I'd take out cards that want you to attack, like Odric, Lunarch Marshal, It That Betrays, and Archetype of Imagination, since a gain'n'drain build doesn't really want that as much as it wants protection and deterrence. Then, I'd take out some of your removal encahntments like Banishing Light in favor of WB "unconditional" removal like Anguished Unmaking and Utter End or WB board wipes like Retaliate and Fell the Mighty.

As far as cards to put in, I'd shoot for some more of those explosive combos that this deck does so well. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim is nuts with Serra Avatar and Vizkopa Guildmage, as is Cradle of Vitality. I'd put in more card draw like Underworld Connections and Greed (Oloro is an expensive and easily-killed commander, so don't always rely on his second ability).

In general, I'd say you need to take out cards that don't enable your primary win conditions or help you survive long enough to find those win cons. However, that's not to say that this isn't a well-thought-out and explosive deck, because it certainly is. Good luck! and mention me in the comments if I can do anything else for you.

Darth_Savage on Black White Life Gain Deck

1 week ago

Gamer101Reborn I'd drop Vizkopa Guildmage as the effect is slow. You want 22 lands minimum, simplest option is take Scoured Barrens to 4...

JaysomeDecks on Kambal's Advisory Board

1 week ago

I'd definitely include a Rhox Faithmender. Doubling any life you gain in a lifegain deck is just about the best thing you could wish for. Especially when you start gaining 4 life for every non-creature spell your opponents cast.

Divinity of Pride is a powerhouse in EDH, since your life both starts at and will, in this deck, likely remain above 25. Just treat him as a flying, lifelink 8/8 for 5cmc.

Serra Ascendant is absolutely amazing in a lifegain deck. One mana for a 6/6 flying lifelink. You get this out turn one and you'll almost always get in at least two hits with it before someone is forced to waste an answer on your one-drop creature. The downside, and literally the only downside, is it'll run you about $15-18. It's a good long-term goal though.

Exquisite Blood. Any life loss is your gain. It doubles the lifegain your commander does for you, (as you now gain life off of the damage he does), but any time one opponent hits another, or loses life for any reason, you gain it. And if you hit someone with a lifelink creature, you gain it twice: once for the lifelink and once for the life they lost.

Ok, the big 3: Sanguine Bond, Defiant Bloodlord, and Vizkopa Guildmage. In a lifegain deck, these can become your ultimate wincon. Say you swing your Divinity of Pride at an opponent for 8 damage. Well, with lifelink, you gain 8 and they take another 8, for a total of 16. If they block, they still take 8 because of the life you gain. Or better, with your commander, they are losing 4 life for every non-creature spell they play, 2 from him, and 2 from the life gain.

The Guildmage may look like the worst of the three, as you have to pay to activate the ability, but keep in mind that you can activate it multiple times. If you're gonna gain 10 life in a turn, pay 6 to activate it twice, and each opponent loses 20 life.

Some other cards that are on theme for your deck are Polluted Bonds and Sunscorch Regent. Ok cards, but fun and really fit the theme.

projectneptune on Ayli Tribal Clerics

2 weeks ago

I'm in the process of revamping my Ayli deck into a tribal deck and your decklist gives me some great ideas so thank you for that. Welcome back to magic :) Some feedback for you:

  • I think instead of categories named "ramp" and "mana rocks", they should be "ramp" and "draw". This will give you a better idea of how many draw spells you actually have, which (in my opinion) you don't have enough for such a low mana curve. And on the ramp side of things, I'd stick in 2-3 more.

  • More commander protection.

Considerations for adds

Considerations for removal

  • Exorcist - I'm not a fan because it's only black, that's too restrictive
  • Orzhov Signet - *my issue with the signet is that it's CMC is 2 which conflicts with Ayli. I'd rather get slightly more value out of a 3 CMC the turn after
  • Orzhov Pontiff - Ability seems minimal at best but maybe i have tunnel vision
  • Hidden Stockpile - Maybe switch to Bitterblossom if price isn't a concern. Or, if you add some of the other token generators maybe this one won't be needed anyway
  • Martyr of Sands - Not nearly enough card draw to get a huge benefit out of this

bytetyb on Political Intrigues - Mardu EDH

3 weeks ago

Looks very fun! You could put Vizkopa Guildmage in here for another infinite combo with Sanguine Bond if you wanna be extra spicy ;)

Journeytodiscoverychannel on Life Strife V2

3 weeks ago

First these are just suggestions.

Get rid of Defiant Bloodlord and replace with Sanguine Bond and/or Vizkopa Guildmage

Get rid of Divine Favor and Ethereal Armor they only give you buff no counters to help with Abzan Battle Priest if you want first strike use Archetype of Courage and for a buff just use Honor of the Pure

In order to set off these "When you gain life" effects you want to gain life multiple times not just bunch at once

with the number of creatures you have you should have Soul Warden in hear maybe even Soul's Attendant and Nyx-Fleece Ram

with that add Ajani's Pridemate and Spectral Procession and you can even put in Serene Steward

I also recommend Either Children of Korlis (low cost) Or Tainted Sigil for whenever you take a big hit and pair them with Sanguine Bond maybe 2 of each that way when you gain life the first time you can sac the Tainted Sigil and gain the life your opponent lost and then double up on damage. you can put those in for the Healing Salve

Mortify gives you enchantments for the same cost as unmake

It will make the price go up a bit but a Serra Ascendant is pretty great

Isolated Chapel could be added too

Journeytodiscoverychannel on Stop hitting yourself

4 weeks ago

Get rid of Hex Parasite and put in Rhox Faithmender trust me on that.

And if you would like toss out Valor Made Real and one Sanguine Bond you only need 3 (its a 5cmc what would you do with that the first 4 turns?) and put in 3 Phyrexian Unlife. You can then have multiple win cons

Get a Immolating Souleater out with a phyrexian unlife you can pay 40 life and give him +20/0 then use one of your children or tainted sigil and gain it back and if you have a Rhox Faithmender out you gain 80 life and now your sitting at 60 life.

You can bid up Pains reward for 40 life when you have 20 if you need four cards or just give up the number of life the opponent has and use Vizkopa Guildmage or Sanguine Bond

Fraksimus on vamps

1 month ago

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim can be fun but might not fit since Bloodghast ain't got a high toughness. Defiant Bloodlord is expensive but acts as another source of Sanguine Bond. Divinity of Pride is always fun to use. Karlov of the Ghost Council as removal. Souls of the Faultless are good blockers and trigger Sanguine Bond. Suture Priest. Vizkopa Guildmage. Wall of Reverence as a defender and its ability is fun with Karlov if he's big. Gift of Orzhova if you want to help Karlov a bit, but might be superfluous. True Conviction is fun. Death Grasp and Exsanguinate if you have extra mana. Vault of the Archangel gives stuff deathtouch and lifelink.

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