Please upvote if you like it!This is my Orzhov gain/drain deck. This is not the typical drain/gain deck. I wanted to add a different flavor so it's a very passive-aggressive deck with a little splash of control. It's based around not actually having to attack. Just sit back and let your creatures gain and drain. Which, yes, does not make it super competitive but very very fun to play.

-SoulWarden is a cornerstone in this deck. She gains the life from creatures entering the battlefield and they trigger separately so it will trigger Cliffhaven Vampire and Karlov of the Ghost Council each time.

-Authority of the Consuls is control and life gain. Same goes for this as Soul Warden with added effect of opponents creatures coming in tapped.

-Cliffhaven Vampire and Drana's Emissary is to drain while I gain.

-Kambal, Consul of Allocation is control as well as a gain and drain. It keeps my opponents second guessing if a spell is worth the life loss. Which has actually saved me quite a few times ;)

-Karlov of the Ghost Council gains a ridiculous amount of counters quickly, in this deck. If Soul Warden is out on turn 1and this guy turn 2, by turn 3 or 4 you can have an 8/8! On top of that he has creature removal. Combine that with his low CMC, he's a top notch choice fur this deck.

- Kaya, Ghost Assassin is great in this deck. She can fade herself or other creatures out. Gives me draw and life gain and drain. Best of all if you fade her out, her loyalty counters reset!

-Sanguine Bond is for when I gain I can drain.

-Thrull Parasite is for its extortion. So I can at least ping here and there for one life.

-Batwing Brume for protection as well as to punish those for attacking.

-Mortify for those pesky creatures and enchantments.

-Nyx-Fleece Ram is defense as well as gaining 1 life each upkeep which in turn triggers my life gain abilities.

- Blighted Steppe is for late game when I have my drain and gain cards out. It can do quite a bit of life loss.

If you like this deck please upvote! If you have any suggestions to improve this or questions please feel free to comment. Thanks for taking a look!


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Love how passive it is! you just sit back and let it happen haha Probably already considered but Rhox Faithmender would be great for defense and would double the drain/gain speed

March 1, 2017 8:52 p.m.

Dredgar says... #2

Thanks for the comment and suggestion! The reason I don't have him is he getes hated hard lol

March 1, 2017 8:54 p.m.

my dorm floors meta is basically just this deck with slight variances. Kambal, Consul of Allocation is so annoying to fight against, Kambal chicken noodle soup with extra salt as we refer to him. one of my friend plays this but with things cards that make it so you have to pay mana to attack for each creature, he calls it his jew fort (he is jewish).


i made a deck specifically to fight against this kind of deck, my ob nixilis deck. ive changed it quite a bit since i made it, but its still effective in our games. while other people focus the one or two life gain deck and get them down (or try to) and fight each other, my deck just grows and gains like 50 life a turn late game. then my demons mop up the survivors. very fun games.

March 4, 2017 5:42 p.m.

Tainted Sigil may be of some use?

March 4, 2017 5:53 p.m.

Dredgar says... #5

3InchMeatMonster thanks for the comment! Sounds like fun, the reason I play this deck is my play group is extremely aggressive towards aggressive decks. So this is a perfect combo of being passive and aggressive without drawing attention to myself.

March 4, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Dredgar says... #6

Journeytodiscoverychannel, I tried that card in my play group and it got hated real quick, I never got a chance to use it lol

March 5, 2017 2:24 p.m.

Hamilamako says... #7

Love the concept of passive draining, working on a semaler deck with Divinity of Pride.

March 15, 2017 7:20 a.m.

randazanda says... #8

Another very cool gain and drain deck. This deck brought Authority of the Consuls to my attention, and I've added it to my own Orzhov gain and drain. Also putting a copy in the Esper Commander precon deck I'm tweaking with Oloro, Ageless Ascetic as general. Big +1!

March 15, 2017 7:36 a.m.

AugustEarth says... #9

What about Anguished Unmaking instead of Mortify you'll probably have the life to spare.

April 8, 2017 12:39 a.m.

Dredgar says... #10

AugustEarth you're right. It would work perfect! Thanks!

April 8, 2017 7:53 a.m.

SpectraDevil says... #11

Exquisite Blood would be perfect in this deck, not to mention an instant win when combined with Sanguine Bond :)

April 17, 2017 11:05 a.m.

Dredgar says... #12

SpectraDevil I have had that suggested before. I don't use it because I don't like infinite combos, I don't find them all that fun to play against and play. But I appreciate the suggestion nonetheless! ;)

April 17, 2017 11:42 a.m.

magicguigui says... #13

Love this deck, perfect like the way i want to play mtg.Good job, also the new add of Trespasser's Curse seems great!

You get any other great/fun deck in other colors to recommand?

April 27, 2017 6:14 p.m.

Dredgar says... #14

magicguigui thanks for the upvote an praise! As soon as I saw trespassers curse I knew it would work perfect here, only problem is I can't seem to figure out what to cut haha.

April 27, 2017 8:56 p.m.

mjschwenne says... #15

Try adding Exquisite Blood.

Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond is a feedback loop that will kill everyone but you...

You gain life, which takes life, which gains life, which takes life, etc...

Exquisite Blood also works with Cliffhaven Vampire

June 5, 2017 5:42 p.m.

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