Vona, Butcher of Magan

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Mythic Rare

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Vona, Butcher of Magan

Legendary Creature — Vampire Knight

Vigilance, lifelink

, Pay 7 life: Destroy target nonland permanent. Activate this ability only during your turn.

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Vona, Butcher of Magan Discussion

ballesta25 on Kambal, Consul of Allocating Gains

9 hours ago

Exquisite Blood is an infinite combo with several of the cards in your deck (Sanguine Bond, Cliffhaven Vampire, ...). It's kinda expensive, but even if you don't want to pick up a copy, you should know about it so you know why if everyone tries to destroy your Sanguine Bond.

Words of Worship is a rather bizarre old card (there's a whole cycle) that lets you pay {1} to gain 5 life instead of drawing a card. In most circumstances, that's a bad trade, even in a dedicated life-gain deck, but it lets you survive if you've been milled out, and sometimes you just need one more lifegain trigger. It's main use is to be super fun with things like Well of Lost Dreams ("Instead of drawing this card, I'll gain life and also draw cards!") Sadly, you don't have blue in your color identity, so you can't play Drogskol Reaver, but for redundant copies of that effect, you do get Dawn of Hope once Guilds of Ravnica releases and even Lich's Mastery if you're crazy enough. (I don't recommend Lich's Mastery in EDH - Cyclonic Rift or Bane of Progress type effects are too common.)

You may want more token produces for your soul sisters. Martial Coup seems like a good include because you can use it to make tokens or as a board wipe.

This deck could use some more ways to spend life for value. Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, Phyrexian Reclamation, Tymna the Weaver, Vona, Butcher of Magan, Chainer, Dementia Master Razaketh, the Foulblooded, and Necropotence all let you trade life for other resources and are mostly fairly budget. I would recommend including a few effects of that sort.

Blood Tithe and Remorseless Punishment seem low-impact in Commander: everyone starts with a lot of life so hitting everyone for 3 or one player for 10 in a non-repeatable way doesn't accomplish that much.

Zidantur on Edgar Markov's Vampire Horde [Primer]

3 days ago

Hey,

How do you feel about Battle Strain and Heat of Battle? Are they too conditional?

Also, Campaign of Vengeance. Although, I think most of the other 5 drops are better. Except, I don't really like Vona, Butcher of Magan. 5 mana and 7 life to destroy something a turn after you play it is rough.

DanyTmG on Edgar Markov's Vampire Horde [Primer]

6 days ago

@Spacebeest

Just my thoughts on your suggestions.

1) Price of Progress is definitely a great card for this style of deck, but I much rather prefer permanent effects that ping opponents. It seems like a fantastic finisher later in the game however seems like a very dead card early.

2) I had Iroas, God of Victory in my list earlier and I think its great for Markov. It just happened to be one of the cuts I made earlier when building/testing this deck. Dolmen Gate is another lower CMC card that I've also tested and have found to be useful.

3) Honestly due to how low of a curve this deck functions on you really don't need much ramp/fast mana. Of the Moxen you suggested, the only one I would consider running is Mox Diamond, since it can really help with color fixing. Chrome Mox, makes you lose too much tempo by pitching a card that would be far more useful in play than as fodder for ramp (I tested this in earlier iterations of this deck). As for Mox Amber, I really am not a fan of the card; it ends up being way too inconsistent as it relies on you having a legendary permanent out to do anything.

4) Wheel of Fortune is definitely not in my list due to cost reasons. Amazing for this list though.

5) I have tested Yawgmoth's Will in this deck in the past. Good card for the list for sure, I just chose to use it in another deck and since this is one of my more casual decks I didn't feel bad removing it from this deck.

6) You hit the nail on the head about Aether Vial. I'm using 1-drops to get eminence triggers out early to swarm opponents. Aether Vial really goes against what I'm trying to accomplish since it bypasses the eminence triggers.

7) Falkenrath Aristocrat is a great aggro card, you curve very nicely into it on turn 3/4, it is evasive, has haste and can protect itself; this card is exactly what I'm looking for in this deck for later turns. Vona, Butcher of Magan is a vampire that functions as repeatable removal (my meta calls for a lot of removal) and as a larger body for later turns; I really don't want to be playing 1-drops on turn 5+ and would rather be playing larger threats which is why it's important to curve into these larger vampires. Vampire Nighthawk is def a pet card of mine, but that's not really the reason I run it. It has so many useful keywords on it that make it an extremely valuable threat. I have had all three (Mirror Entity, Adaptive Automaton and Taurean Mauler) in my list before and I think they are all fine cards to run, I've just replaced them with cards that are lower on the curve as I found I had too many cards in the 3CMC slot.

8) Had Lightning Greaves in the list earlier, the mass haste is far more valuable in this deck as it lets you get more damage out earlier. While the protection you get from greaves is nice, I've found running mass protection/recursion spells to be far more useful in this deck since you're almost always trying to protect your board rather than individual creatures. I had Olivia, Mobilized for War in my list also at one point and even though it's a great haste enabler, more often than not I found myself not wanting to discard cards to its effect or not even having cards to discard for its effect.

9) I think Elenda, the Dusk Rose is better suited to an aristocrats style deck as it is more reliable if you have more sacrifice outlets (which my deck doesn't really run much of). I think it's a fantastic card to provide resilience against board wipes assuming you have the pieces to get that big payoff of tokens. I feel the same way about Bloodtracker; I think it's a fantastic card but like Elenda I think it requires too much setup in my list for the payoff I'm expecting it to provide. I've been running Bloodtracker in my Marchesa, the Black Rose deck and have been loving it, but I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that it has far more synergy with the game plan of that deck than my Edgar Markov deck. As for Bloodcrazed Paladin, I'm not a fan of it after trying it out when Ixalan came out. It's a very reactive card, so you tend to hold onto it and unlike Elenda, its payoff is consolidated into one threat (itself) rather than a board of tokens.

Spacebeest on Edgar Markov's Vampire Horde [Primer]

2 weeks ago

Ok sorry for the double post but did some thinking and most of my suggestions are probably not that helpful. So here my second attempt

Option 1) still stands, think this is a good card for the deck

Option 2) is probably already considered and dismissed by you since you run multiple god cards

Option 3-5 are probably not viable considering the casual nature of your deck. Although if your play Necropotence I think these are fair game as well :)

Option 6), I'm not (yet) willing to play (bad) 1 drop vampires since I want some more value per card so that's probably why the vial works for me. Looking at your deck it's probably not as good.

So here some new suggestions/comments 7) Falkenrath Aristocrat and Vona, Butcher of Magan stand out as not really fitting your game plan as in they are expensive and don't greatly benefit your agro plan. Even Vampire Nighthawk seems a bit off not being a lord. Cards like Mirror Entity, Adaptive Automaton and Taurean Mauler feel more fitting with your game plan to me (and entity and mauler give tokens as well :D)

8) Might I suggest Lightning Greaves over Fervor? Provides protection in addition to haste, however only haste to one creature a turn. I'm also playing Olivia, Mobilized for War and am surprised at how often I use her to give haste

9) What are your feelings towards Elenda, the Dusk Rose and Bloodtracker? Can these provide a bit resilience vs mass removal? Or maybe Bloodcrazed Paladin ?

hydrothermia on Give and Take

1 month ago

A lot of things have changed since you last played. No worries though. Just to let you know, Kaladesh/Aether Revolt and Amonkhet/Hour of Devastation will rotate out of Standard in October to make room for Guilds of Ravinica. I will be excluding cards from those four sets so you don't invest in cards cycling out of a format.

I also need to know if you're going for a budget, mid-cost or no limit in cost deck.

Here are some Artifacts, Colorless, Lands and (B/W)Orzhov to look for in Standard are as follows in no particular order.

Cleansing Nova | Vraska's Contempt | Cast Down | Seal Away | Twilight Prophet

Karn, Scion of Urza | Isolated Chapel | Field of Ruin | Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip | Settle the Wreckage

Invoke the Divine | Sovereign's Bite | Arvad the Cursed | Take Vengeance | Aryel, Knight of Windgrace

Baird, Steward of Argive | Benalish Marshal | Danitha Capashen, Paragon | Divest | Duress

Shalai, Voice of Plenty | Resplendent Angel | Axis of Mortality | Bishop of Rebirth | Call to the Feast

Vona, Butcher of Magan | Champion of Dusk | Profane Procession  Flip | Elenda, the Dusk Rose | Legion Lieutenant

Kogarashi on lose life to win

1 month ago

You're off to a decent start, I'd say. Your curve looks good, though you're mana base is a bit weak at the moment (you should be running about 40 land for consistency). Some commentary as I took notes:

Heliod, God of the Sun doesn't seem to fit with the overall theme of the deck. You'd be better off with a card that will give you lifelink creatures or something, to help offset the life-loss from your various effects. Whip of Erebos would be my pick for this deck.

Blood Tribute is going to want more vampires, which are kind of slim in your deck at the moment.

Brainspoil is...poor removal. I would remove it. Killing Wave, on the other hand, is a good choice for sweep, and Remorseless Punishment and Temporal Extortion are nice. I like Near-Death Experience as an alternate win-con, but Path of Bravery is going to hamper that, especially since you don't appear to have super-consistent lifegain.

You have...two? infect cards. I would remove them since infect is really an alternate win-con that you aren't geared toward. Diseased Vermin might make for an alternate rat if you must have a rat, especially if you can give it evasion somehow, and it works with lifelink. It's not a strong pick for the deck, though.

Knight-Captain of Eos wants more soldiers. There are quite a few vampire soldiers, and some of them would work well in this deck. Vicious Conquistador is one that works with your theme.

Seekers' Squire doesn't really seem to fit any of your themes.

Wall of Shards short-circuits your life-drain by giving increasingly large amounts of life to opponents. You don't need it. I would also skip the Hyena Umbra and Hatred.

As for further suggestions, things with Extort are good. There's always the Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond combo, which can also use Vizkopa Guildmage in place of Sanguine Bond.

Other suggestions:

Ones that work somewhat with the life drain: Defiant Bloodlord, Retreat to Hagra, Thrull Parasite, Bontu's Monument, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Underworld Coinsmith (this would be a reason to keep Heliod, actually), Zulaport Cutthroat, and maybe Vizkopa Confessor

Others that pay life or give you life somehow: Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, Chainer, Dementia Master, Cruel Sadist, Phyrexian Reclamation, Vona, Butcher of Magan, and Elenda, the Dusk Rose (for working with your creatures dying).

All of this, of course, is subject to what you're willing to buy, and you don't have to listen to anything I say. It's your deck, after all.

Ian7d7 on Bloodthirsty Command

2 months ago

Thanks Optimator! I do often find myself starved for cards if I don't draw Necropotence. I'm most likely going to add in a Phyrexian Arena once I get my hands on one! I also want to get a Twilight Prophet for card draw. I usually don't put Vona, Butcher of Magan into play very often. My playgroup tends to remove her on sight (sadness). She is the commander mostly for flavor and inspiration. When she is out she helps, but the deck doesn't depend on her being on the field. Thanks so much for your thoughts!

RunTheJewels on The Fountain of Life

2 months ago

I like the deck! I think I would put in Vona, Butcher of Magan For taking away game changer cards from opponents. I also noticed that this paired with Exquisite Blood is a big game over.

Have you thought about: Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim -could work well with Sanguine Bond and Resplendent Angel -sacrifice the angel after attacking if you have not gained enough life or at the end of opponents turn Drana's Emissary -sit back and watch them slowly die or combine with Anguished Unmaking - - if you have extra life to spare it is a powerful card Kambal, Consul of Allocation -good against creature-less or creature-deficient decks Obzedat, Ghost Council - don't need a defender? Deal 2 damage/gain 2 life each turn after attacking! Also works well with Fatal Push Vizkopa Guildmage - Whenever you gain life, deal equal damage to opponent. With a lifelink creature and Sanguine Bond that is triple damage. Intervention Pact - they won't see it coming Scholar of Athreos - no limit to this ability

These cards may not have lifelink, but may pair well with the deck.

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