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Kaalia, the Queen of Heaven, Hell, and the Skies

Commander / EDH Angels Demons Dragons Midrange RBW (Mardu)

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Description

Kaalia is filled with rage summoning the strongest forces of the multiverse. She uses her powers for herself and non other. Her creatures are terrifying to her enemies and slice through any competition. She commands the sky, the heavens, and even hell to do her bidding and enact her revenge on the world that so cruelly treated her.

I chose to run Kaalia of the Vast because she encompasses all that I enjoy in magic, Mardu colors , Angels, Demons, and Dragons. I chose to do my own take on the deck and put in my own flavor and spins on the cards that typically make up the deck.

Removal and Control:

There are a couple board wipes in the deck with Akroma's Vengeance and Merciless Eviction. As for the kill spells in the deck, I picked the best and most flavorful of them offered in the color. Also, I chose the kill spells that would have the most bang for their buck and could be used to destroy multiple different card types. I chose to run Dreadbore, Anguished Unmaking, Crackling Doom, Doom Blade, Hero's Downfall, Mortify, Unmake, and Utter End. Many of those kill spells can hit a variety of permanents ranging from creatures to planeswalkers and everything but lands. I also have some creatures in the deck that help control the board. Archfiend of Depravity is one of the best of them because it stops people from building their board too large and gets around indestructible. Angel of Despair destroys any permanent on entrance. Reaper of the abyss destroys creatures every time a non demon creature dies, which is a ton with this deck. Another card that controls the opponent is Ob Nixilis, Unshackled as he grows larger when a creature dies and makes opponents not want to search their library for cards. Balefire Dragon offers a board wipe if it hits the opponent in the face. Similarly, Tyrant's Familiar deals 7 damage to a creature that the defending player controls. Liliana Vess allows you to force your opponents to discard, keeping them down cards. Finally, the last controlling card in the deck is Angelic Arbiter which keeps you from being attacked if the opponent wants to cast spells.

Protection:

The cards in the deck that offer protection to you and your creatures are necessary for victory with a deck like this. You become a target and need to protect yourself and your creatures as much as you can. The majority of the cards in the deck that offer protection are creatures and artifacts. The creatures that offer indestructible are Adarkar Valkyrie, Aegis Angel, and last but not least Avacyn, Angel of Hope. The other creatures that protect you are Platinum Angel and Resolute Archangel. The one spell in the game that protects the board is a very versatile and necessary one. Boros Charm helps protect you from any board wipes or targeted destruction. Dolmen Gate is protection for all attacking creatures. Finally, the artifacts that protect single equipped creatures are Darksteel Plate, Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots, Sword of Light and Shadow, and Whispersilk Cloak.

Swinging Power:

Arguably the most important aspect of a Kaalia deck is the swinging power that it gets and uses on its opponents. The creatures that offer extra combat phases are Scourge of the Throne, Aurelia, the Warleader, and Hellkite Charger. The other creatures in the deck that offer strong swinging power are Anya, Merciless Angel, Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury, Moonveil Dragon, Thundermaw Hellkite, Utvara Hellkite, and arguably the best swinging power card in commander, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. Luminarch Ascension does not essentially equal swinging power, but it is a mana sink for the deck that spawns 4/4 flying angels, which is very powerful later in the game if left unchecked. Finally, the last card that offers swinging power is an artifact. Strionic Resonator allows for an additional trigger on either Kaailia or additional combat phases, or any ability that pressures the opponent.

Utility:

This is a broad category for the deck, so I will break it up as best I can. One of the subcategories for utility is creature revival and recursion. I have many cards that allow for this. Some of the best revival in the deck are my creatures. Emeria Shepherd and Reya Dawnbringer help get creatures out of the grave. The spells in the deck that offer revival are Defy Death and Unburial rights. Both are great for different reasons and are useful in all situations. Liliana Vess haas a n ultimate that reivives all creatures to your side of the board. The last recursion card in the deck is Sword of Light and Shadow as it allows me to get creatures back to the hand to feed Kaalia. Another subcategory is card draw. Card draw is important to the deck to keep feeding Kaalia, so I use Bloodgift Demon, Indulgent Tormentor and Harvester of Souls to draw cards and keep the opponent scared of my strong swinging threats as well. A small category, but a category on its own is giving haste. Dragon Tempest damages opponents if a dragon enters the field and gives all flyers hast. The last subcategory in the deck is tutoring. Tutoring cards to hand in Kaalia is essential because you can answer any issue on board. The cards that allow me to tutor are Rune-Scarred Demon, Behold the Beyond, Dark Petition, Increasing Ambition, Vampiric Tutor, and Liliana Vess. With all these tutors it is possible to tutor up 11 different cards in the deck, and possibly more because of Liliana.

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Comments

TitanOfLorem says... #1

Thanks for the list, by pure chance I bought most of these cards and made a kitchen table deck out of them when some of the more expensive pieces were dirt cheap so I think I have this deck for about $50 or so (ignoring some cards).

The only issue I am finding is that the test hands aren't giving a good enough mana base and there is little in the terms of early game or acceleration to make up for that. There is a lot of fixing, but if you can't cast Kaalia on turn 2 or 3 you are missing out on your advantage. I would suggest replacing Boros Keyrune + Orzhov Keyrune + Rakdos Keyrune with Orzhov Signet+etc. Then, you can get her out as early as turn 2 (Swamp into Sol Ring into Boros Signet on turn 1) and have your land drop free next turn for whatever you feel like.

As for cards that you could fit into the deck or work as alternate win-cons, I suggest Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon against life gain decks, Deflecting Palm against "One Punch" decks, and Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond for the long haul or as an Big Red Button.

Fun cards that I found work well for more political games were; Slumbering Dragon as it comes in turn 1 and acts as a deterrent against early aggression but can still come in later with Kaalia to hit for 5 and retaliate against aggression later, Mark of the Vampire because a lifelink Balefire Dragon earns you 8 life when it hits face plus 8 more for each creature that player owns (make that 16+32 per creature with Gisela, Blade of Goldnight on the field), Tariel, Reckoner of Souls for even more big impact angels, and Conspiracy to make everything you could ever wish to throw in a potential target for Kaalia.

As much as I loved playing this deck as a 60 card kitchen table deck, the biggest fear that I have for it in this Commander list is how much aggro it is going to draw. While I am all for blowing an opponent out in a 1v1 with powerhouse beatsticks one after another, you have to play carefully in multiplayer to avoid stepping on toes. In the end though, I really appreciate the decklist and I will definitely use it as a guideline. Nice work!

October 20, 2016 12:57 p.m.

Master of Cruelties?????

October 20, 2016 4:50 p.m.

ABellGargoyle says... #3

NukeRallyBywalker, I like Master of Cruelties, but I don't want to have to be forced to attack with just him. I want to be able to attack with Kaalia of the Vast instead of him.

TitanOfLorem I really appreciate the advice, the praise, and the upvote! I will take all you said into consideration and see what I can squeeze in! This is a work in progress deck and I want to shape and mold it for months to come into my perfect deck!

October 20, 2016 7:57 p.m.

Dpooser says... #4

Kaalia revised again

Check it out. Additionally, master of cruelty is a instant kill when using Kaalia to beat his attack restraint.

Another thought, too many slow lands. You're better off with basics.

October 20, 2016 9:13 p.m.

You could look at my Kalia deck for inspiration

October 21, 2016 2:52 a.m.

VampiricMoon says... #6

you could always throw in an Archfiend of Depravity for a little extra field control.

November 14, 2016 12:09 p.m.

angelusmortis says... #7

An auto include in Kaalia is Iona, Shield of Emeria. I also recommend Linvala, Keeper of Silence if you can afford it. Nahiri, the Harbinger over Vess because it offers more removal but if you can find a spot for both that would be the best. I also recommend the new angels from Eldritch Moon Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade.

January 11, 2017 10:59 a.m.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.65
Tokens 6/6 Dragon
Folders Commander Decks, commander, EDH decks
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Revision 17 (1 week ago)

-3 Mountain main
+1 Sol Ring main
+1 Godless Shrine main
+1 Aegis Angel main
+1 Mortify main
+1 Evolving Wilds main
+1 Sacred Foundry main
-1 Evolving Wilds main
-1 Godless Shrine main
+1 Vampiric Tutor main
+1 Hero's Downfall main
+1 Chromatic Lantern main
-1 Aegis Angel main
+1 Kaalia of the Vast main
+1 Avacyn, Angel of Hope main
-1 Hero's Downfall main
+6 Swamp main
+1 Sword of Light and Shadow main
+1 Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury main
+1 Liliana Vess main
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