This is an incredibly fun and sneaky deck that plays in a very unique way. The whole idea is that your life is a resource and a tool, and your opponents' life is a toy. There are several different themes going on here:

Much of this deck involves you eating your own life, so we need to find ways of staying alive once our life is low. Cards that keep your life total stable include Worship, Fortune Thief, Elderscale Wurm, and Platinum Angel. There are additional combos, such as Solemnity + Glacial Chasm or Phyrexian Unlife that also help keep you in the game when you should have bit the dusk. There are also a slew of instant-speed spells that help prevent damage or keep you alive. Some examples of spells that allow you to keep on kicking when you should have died include the likes of Angel's Grace and Stunning Reversal, and some spells that prevent damage like Comeuppance, Deflecting Palm and Bastion Protector.

In addition, Resolute Archangel, Exquisite Archangel, and Oketra's Last Mercy all help you bounce back to full health in case things stat slipping out of your control.

So, why in the world would we want our own life so dangerously low? It allows for all sorts of fun. Cards like Axis of Mortality, Soul Conduit, and Reverse the Sands allow you to redistribute life, allowing you to drain your opponents by draining yourself. Repay in Kind pops everyone at once, which puts you at a huge advantage because of the spells explained in the section above. Fun really kicks in once you play things that prevent your opponents from gaining life, such as Erebos, God of the Dead, Archfiend of Despair, and Tainted Remedy. Having one of these guys means that if you choose to redistribute two of your opponent's life totals, they won't actually switch - they will both become the lowest total between the two of them. Once you get your opponents lives low, finish them off with cards like Aurelia's Fury or Rakdos's Return.

Some of the cards that enable you to drain your life include Wall of Blood, Necropotence, Phyrexian Processor, and Toxic Deluge. Playing these at instant speed and draining your life to one in your opponent's end step is an instant win with Near-Death Experience on the board.

In addition to your own life manipulation, there are a host of cards that affect your opponents as well. Heartless Hidetsugu, Dire Fleet Ravager and Havoc Festival are all examples of cards that half or take a way a third of your opponents life in one go. Having out Archfiend of Despair or Wound Reflection when one of those hit is devastating. Check out the combos section to see some more fun examples of life manipulation straegies.

Here are some of the potential combos in the deck: Phyrexian Unlife + Solemnity to get your life to 0, then Repay in Kind to kill everyone at once.

Tainted Remedy + Congregate has the potential to deal tons of damage.

Stuffy Doll + Pariah or Pariah's Shield for some spiky protection.

Anything that prevents opponents from gaining life + anything that switches life totals.

Wound Reflection or Archfiend of Despair + anything that halves your opponents life totals.

Saskia the Unyielding + Hatred for lethal damage.

Wall of Blood (or anything that can get your life total to one in one fell swoop) + Near-Death Experience

Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond - classic combo.

And there you have it! There is a lot more that goes into this deck beyond what I explained, but you should get a good feel for what it is capable of and how it should run from that description.

Bonus: Nothing feels better than playing Mages' Contest when no one expects it.

Let me know what you think - I am always open to suggestions!


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Splash colors G

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.33
Tokens X/X Minion, 2/2 Morph
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Top rank #3 on 2018-07-10
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