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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.

As for the Angels of the deck I tried to make them play a specific role in the creature slot. I wanted the Angels to control the board state of myself. I wanted the abilities to grant indestructible, grave revival, extra combat phases, and an overall presence of power and stability that Angels instill in all that follow them.

For the Demons in the deck I attempted to make them the tools of the deck. I wanted the Demons to draw me cards, tutor out cards, cause opponents to sacrifice creatures, destroy creatures, and to overall prohibit what the opponents can do, which is much like what they do in the lore of magic.

Finally for the Dragons of the deck I tried to make them the power behind the board control. I use them to spawn more creatures, grant additional combat phases, give power through board firebreather, and to wipe the board of opponents if allowed to hit the player directly.

The spells in the deck also really show that I want my deck to be filled with juicy flavor. Defy Death is one of my favorite cards as it is an aggressively costed return creature to the battlefield card and it buffs it if it is an Angel, an overall flavor win in this deck. I run Seraph Sanctuary because it is literally a land that is a sanctuary for angels that gain life for me when the enter. Another land that I run is Vault of the Archangel because that is where the Angel Avacyn was created. Anguished Unmaking is the actual unmaking of an Angel by its creator. Doom Blade is an art of destroying an angel. The tutor cards that I run are all about the dark demons corrupting the good intention of people for the overall increase, for a price. Finally, Liliana Vess sold her soul to the demons of Innistrad creating a perfect dynamic and flavor for the deck.

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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 4.59
Tokens 4/4 Angel, 6/6 Dragon
Folders Commander Decks, commander
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Revision 14 (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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