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Lyzolda, the Blood Witch

Commander / EDH




What do I need to change to make this deck competitive?



Firebones675 says... #1

Is it designed for duel commander (2 player) or regular commander (3+ players)? As duel commander starts with 20 life now whereas regular starts with 40, different strategies are more viable. There is also a slightly different banlist so some of the cards i would recommend for one are not legal in the other.

Here are some suggestions that hold true for either case.

Burn spells: A lot of the burn spells in the deck at present like Lightning Strike aren't ideal. Instead you should run Lightning Bolt, Flame Javelin, Exquisite Firecraft, Char, Chain Lightning

spot removal: Dreadbore, Terminate, and Murderous Cut kill most creatures. Yes you can use your burn for this but idealy you would rather save burn to hit players directly and bigger creatures can't be killed by damage as easily. Planning on burning your opponent out is a bit more relevant in duel commander but you still need removal for big creatures in either format.

some of my other comments are a bit dependent on which format you want to build for.

February 25, 2017 6:18 p.m.

AndrewSpikes says... #2

Firebones675 I need help with the 2 player format that's my target right now 3+ I play this version for fun

February 25, 2017 7:20 p.m.

Firebones675 says... #3

Ok for 2 platers you can afford to get a bit more aggressive. This may sound obvious but you are going to want to unload the 20 damage you need to win as quickly as possible. To that end there are 2 things to keep in mind:

1) keep cmc low: cards like Grave Betrayal are nice but at 7 mana your opponents life total should be relatively low and you would rather have direct damage or more creatures to finish them off. Cards like Vile Requiem that arent useful into late game are also iffy

2) your life total is irrelavent. The longer the game goes on the less likely aggressive decks will win. As such don't fell bad about paying some life.

On that note you will want cards like Bitterblossom to provide a stream of creatures to beat down with and cards like Phyrexian Arena can keep your hand full.

here are cheap creatures to beat face with: Carnophage, Diregraf Ghoul, Firedrinker Satyr, Goblin Guide, Jackal Pup, Vampire Lacerator, Rakdos Cackler, Ash Zealot, Bloodghast, Blood Scrivener, Crimson Muckwader, Dark Confidant, Dauthi Slayer, Hellspark Elemental, Keldon Marauders, Rakdos Shred-Freak,Spike Jester, Young Pyromancer, Shambling Remains, Hell's Thunder, Anathemancer. I'm not saying you need to include all those cards but cards like that are nice. I's worth noting that they are efficient for their mana cost which is where aggressive decks want to be. The game plan can be attacking with cheap creatures and finishing them off with burn.

This means you want your lands to be able to come in untapped. assuming you don't want to buy a Badlands, there are still other lands that can tap for both colors and come in utapped like Blood Crypt, Dragonskull Summit, Blackcleave Cliffs, Sulfurous Springs. If you have in your deck the fetchlands (Bloodstained Mire/Polluted Delta/Wooded Foothills/Verdant Catacombs/Marsh Flats/Arid Mesa/Scalding Tarn) you can always fetch for your one-of blood crypt.

You can throw in hand disruption like Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, Hymn to Tourach, Blightning but i'd keep the amount relatively low.

Sign in Blood/Night's Whisper can also refill your hand

Price of Progress/Smash to Smithereens are also ways of dealing damage

Burst Lightning is a strictly better shock.

Sorry if this was long but I hope this helped. I think your deck is a good start but just needs to be a bit faster.

February 25, 2017 7:49 p.m.

Firebones675 says... #5

Last of the suggestions. Again I know it's a lot but i wanted t show that you have options and point out what some of them were:

Wooded Foothills/Verdant Catacombs/Marsh Flats/Arid Mesa/Scalding Tarn

Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, Hymn to Tourach, Blightning

Sign in Blood/Night's Whisper

Price of Progress/Smash to Smithereens

Burst Lightning

February 25, 2017 7:52 p.m.

AndrewSpikes says... #6

Thanks for the info I will try to pick some of the cards you suggested up when I can and try to play test them against other people online if I get xamge on my pc I'll test it right away

February 25, 2017 9:42 p.m.

AndrewSpikes says... #7

Firebones675 what would you suggest if I want to play multiplayer what would you suggest then.

April 25, 2017 2:50 p.m.

Firebones675 says... #8

Hey sorry it's taken me a bit to get back to you. I'm a senior in college and my last day of classes is this tuesday so between my exams and reports i havent had much time. Should be able to review your decks after everything finishes up. Sorry again for the delay

April 29, 2017 3:02 p.m.

Firebones675 says... #9

Generally speaking, the more people in the game, the longer the game will last. This is due to the starting life being 40 in multiplayer and that there are more people to interact with. It's also more likely for a removal spell or boardwipe to be drawn to take out your creatures.

What all this boils down to is that you aren't going to be able to just sweep in and bash face as even if you focus down on one player, by the time you kill them, the others will have a more developed board. As a result trying to play for a longer game by using less of cheap creatures that will get quickly outclassed in the long game like Carnophage and look at ways to keep going in the late game like Phyrexian Arena and Stalking Vengeance.for the most part the deck is set up decently as it is for a multiplayer environment whereas the sideboard is what has more of an emphasis on 2-player games

May 6, 2017 6 p.m.

AndrewSpikes says... #10

Firebones675 thanks for the help my friend who built the deck told me similar things that this is built for multiplayer i usually have 3-6 people playing against me and such at my college they usually have top tier decks i found out the tier list of commander in the group I'M in i have a tier 3 and tier 4 commander some times they target me early sometimes.tier 3 ezuritier 4 lyzolda

May 6, 2017 6:18 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.52
Tokens 0/1 Kobold, 1/1 Thrull, 1/1 Elemental
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