03/28/17 update: Much revised, more removal added, plus 4 Succumb to Temptation to draw/keep it moving. Been doing okay with this current version on MTGO lately. 13 total artifact and/or creature removal/exile cards in the main board now. Any other suggestions? Better draw card than Succumb to Temptation in Standard?

A Standard Black/White Life Drain Allies deck. I'm looking for something to cut through the current Standard meta which essentially only allows 2 decks (Saheeli and Mardu Vehicles) to be viable. Gotta try, and that's half the fun, right?! I brewed a version of this deck about 9 months ago, and just made a few revisions given the last few expansions released. Please comment and make suggestions, and upvote if you like it.

I want the Yahenni's Expertise/Zulaport Cutthroat combo, Eerie Interlude/Kalastria Healer combo, and the March from the Tomb/Kalastria Healer combo to be the main win cons. I'm not really looking to do damage to my opponent via attacking, but if there's a clear opportunity I will of course. The deck needs to remain heavy on the Allies too (obviously!).

And in case it's not obvious, the title of this deck is a reference to that Justin Timberlake song ;p




Tsarius says... #2

Mindwrack Demon
Eerie Interlude
Transgress the Mind

The first two benefit your strategy, Mindbreak is good for beats and dodges Languish, plus you're not running green so you're not limited to 3 CMC or lower. Eerie Interlude, if all the stars align for you, works just as good as March from the Tomb.

The latter two are almost purely for the control matchup, but you're definitely going to want to be using them.

Oh, and Caves of Koilos

May 31, 2016 8:33 p.m.

mr_funk says... #3

if youre going to use Panharmonicon, you should have more things that trigger from it. seems like you only have Kalastria Healer

February 17, 2017 11:09 a.m.

Agreed mr_funk. I'm resurrecting this deck that I first made 9 months ago, trying to update it given the last few sets. Maybe the Pan is not worth it at all...

February 17, 2017 12:31 p.m.

KaraZorEl says... #5

February 18, 2017 1:21 a.m.

LeValente says... #6

Try Retreat to Emeria to spawn some tokens

March 21, 2017 5:12 p.m.

I recommend Captain's Claws because paired with Kalastria Healer it has massive damage and spawns allies practically every turn

March 21, 2017 10:18 p.m.

I like the deck-list, but it seems very slow. You could drop the allies and go for a more control aspect? I mean, Black and White have access to some of the best removal in the game, and some pretty big plays in itself, such as Noxious Gearhulk. And if you're in the the lifegain shtick, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim could do well in this deck. You could even splash in blue for counters and the like.

March 21, 2017 11:53 p.m.

RicketyEng says... #9

I think it would be worth changing 1 Expedition Envoy and 2 Drana's Emissary into 3 Kambal, Consul of Allocation. I think he paired with one or more Cliffhaven Vampire should be a threat you want to focus on.

March 22, 2017 9:56 a.m.

b4nchs says... #10

no shambling vent?

March 22, 2017 1:31 p.m.

Yeah, you definitely want a Shambling Vent.

March 22, 2017 2:13 p.m.

Thanks for the comment b4nchs and Brainstrain2424! I do have Shambling Vent in my Maybeboard, but I'm not sure it won't slow me down since it comes in tapped. What do you think? Is that a legit concern?

March 22, 2017 4:22 p.m.

You have almost no one drops. You're deck is mainly two mana or above. Putting in Shambling Vent wouldn't slow you down at all. Also, since you're playing Orzhov, you absolutely need 4 Concealed Courtyard. It's to good a land to pass up.

March 22, 2017 5:20 p.m.

My biggest problem with this deck is not its plan, but its mana base. You need to invest a lot more in your mana base. It would improve your deck a ton.

March 22, 2017 5:23 p.m.

Thanks again Brainstrain2424. I played this deck in one FNM 9 months ago, and honestly, had no issues with not having the proper color mana when needed. It was a bit different than though. So your suggestion is 4 Concealed Courtyard AND 4 Shambling Vent? Or maybe 2 and 2? I do have the 4 Ally Encampment too don't forget, and that applies to more than half of my spells.

March 22, 2017 9:36 p.m.

I suggest 4 Concealed Courtyards and at most 3 Shambling Vents, though two is probably fine.

March 22, 2017 11:28 p.m.

I have been looking for a way to use allies in standard and as I see here life drain looks like then way to do so. I also agree that you should put at least 2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation, it is really a great card in this deck.

March 23, 2017 3:15 p.m.

So Tylerisdabest01 and RicketyEng, I guess I take out 2 Allies for 2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation? Maybe 1 Drana, Liberator of Malakir and 1 Drana's Emissary? I'm willing to try it out, just gotta have a lot of Allies. Hopefully I can test this deck on MTGO this weekend.

March 23, 2017 3:21 p.m.

Take out 1 Expedition Envoy and 1 Drana's Emissary, Drana, Liberator of Malakir is too good to be a one of and makes the deck better.

March 23, 2017 3:29 p.m.

wolfging says... #20

I am running something similar to this right now and I added in 3 Aethersphere Harvesters. The card has gotten a lot of flack but I feel it does a lot of work. My logic is, you rarely want to swing with your Zulaport Cutthroats or your Kalastria Healers, but tapping them to crew and gain more life is a huge plus. Plus a 3/5 flier helps a lot with some painful blocks otherwise. Check out my build at

Hi Meta, my name is Allies... It's been a while.

Standard wolfging


March 24, 2017 6:12 a.m.

Thanks wolfging, interesting suggestion with the Aethersphere Harvester. I'm going to playtest this deck on MTGO this weekend with the 2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation, and if those don't seem to be worth it, I might swap them for 2 Aethersphere Harvester.

March 24, 2017 8:29 a.m.

Mornelith says... #22

I would definitely try to find room for 2x Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. He's too good not to run in an Ally strategy. His +1 and +0 can manufacture a free Ally Trigger every turn whether you want to swing in with a 5/5 Indestructible, or just chump block with a 2/2 Ally Token to trigger off Cutthroat.

+1 for Orzhov Allies. I love my own similar deck, good stuff.

March 25, 2017 12:39 p.m.

Thanks Mornelith. I put him in the Maybeboard for now. I like that it's pretty budget with my current build though, only $25 on MTGO, which I recently switched to. He would be good though.

March 25, 2017 1:49 p.m.

Wyrmweird says... #24

This is a fun deck but I beat one just like it last night using a white human aggro. The healers did a good job of slow gain/drain but just couldn't do anything against my attacks.

Deck is weak vs control/ counter spells.

Of course this is just witnessing one player pilot the deck in one evening, so your results may differ. A shame that tribals can't flourish in the current meta. Good luck/ have fun

March 25, 2017 2:37 p.m.

Wyrmweird, yeah I would definitely side in the Fumigate and Fatal Push/Declaration in Stone against an aggro deck. Those plus the 3 Yahenni's Expertise in the main board would definitely help a lot against aggro, and that's what the SB is for ;) My one play against control is that, if my creatures get countered, I have 4 March from the Tomb. Of course, those could be countered, but they can't counter everything. Thanks!

March 25, 2017 4:31 p.m.

clark1424 says... #26

Auto lose against saheeli combo. Unless... you have a plan against it.

March 26, 2017 1:04 a.m.

Wyrmweird says... #27

Anguished Unmaking and Fatal Push stop Saheeli. Could add Authority of the Consuls in the side board as well.

March 26, 2017 7:34 a.m.

clark1424 says... #28

Fatal push in this deck will not do it's job. Where's your revolt trigger?

March 26, 2017 1:14 p.m.

clark1424 says... #29

If you're planning to use eerie interlude before casting fatal push, i think that will not get the job done. I suggest adding a card that has sacrifice activate ability instead.

March 26, 2017 1:18 p.m.

clark1424 says... #30

Experience wise, i think you should run at least 12 cards who are capable of killing another creature/planeswalker at instant speed. Authority of the consuls seems great against saheeli decks but you need to get it from your sideboard to do that. Might as well have a deck ready against most meta decks.

March 26, 2017 1:21 p.m.

Chewy5150 says... #31

consider Vampire Cutthroat Cheap, hard to block due to skulk, early simple lifegain.

March 27, 2017 11:22 p.m.

Chewy5150 says... #32

I'd run 2 more Anguished Unmaking and scrap the Murder, you can afford to lose the 3 life and it is better removal for artifacts/planeswalkers. Have you thought about Authority of the Consuls?

March 27, 2017 11:26 p.m.

Thanks Chewy5150. I had 3 Anguished Unmaking originally, and a few times it got me too close to putting me in a bad position life-wise. I do still have 2 in the main and 2 in the SB. Plus, Murder can take care of a Vehicle that's crewed since it's an instant. Most of what I'm seeing on MTGO the past 2 weeks (since I switched to MTGO) has been heavy creatures decks. Immolating Glare has been working out extremely well.

I have considered Authority of the Consuls, but it's the kind of card that adding 1 or 2 of means I won't likely draw it early (chance-wise), and it seems like a waste late-game when I could be drawing another Ally or removal spell. If I could fit 4 in the deck, maybe. What do you think about that reasoning?

March 28, 2017 7:31 a.m.

Chewy5150 says... #34

Reasonable reasoning! Authority of the Consuls shuts down the Saheeli/Felidar combo and also adds lifegain which allows you to safely run Anguished Unmaking all for 1 mana. I tend to run into plansewalkers and artifact decks which get stifled if you have Anguished Unmaking.

March 28, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Chewy5150 says... #35

Here's a link to a B/W deck I run with good success, different concept but the sideboard seems to be pretty potent. I can't link my deck for some reason, but if you have click my name link, it comes up as Odric's March.

March 28, 2017 10:25 a.m.

Thanks Chewy5150, I'll check it out.

March 28, 2017 10:28 a.m.

MontyAWOL says... #37

I play white black allies in commander and Ondu Cleric really boosts your life nicely.

March 28, 2017 10:14 p.m.

i play 5 color allies in commander and people get mad when i go infinite on whatever ability whatever i want, Panharmonicon, Rite of Replication, or Urza's Incubator into ally spewing.

March 30, 2017 5:01 p.m.

creepybeagle says... #39

Sign in Blood is just a better pay life and draw card. It costs 1 less and i don't think that you'd use succumb to temptation as an instant anytime soon.

April 1, 2017 3:37 a.m.

Diogenes says... #40

Hot poop! Love it!

April 1, 2017 11:04 a.m.

I'm a simple man, i see a good name, I upvote it.

April 5, 2017 8:39 p.m.

Thelulz356 says... #42

Coming from a fellow Ally lover;I would take out all 4 Zulaport Cutthroat and Succumb to Temptation for, and bear with me on this one, 2x Captain's Claws, 2xSorin, Grim Nemesis, and a combination of 4x Oath of Gideon/Authority of the Consuls

I ran a mardu lifegainer and I never really liked Zulaport for allies. Hes better for mono-black zombies IMO. Succumb is mehhh draw power. takes longer but I prefer Sorin and his added versatility. Claws are added Kalastria Healer triggers, as well as Oath. Consults is just stall for your higher CMC cards. I would also make room for 2 more Ally Encampment. That last ability can save your Kalastria Healer's from hate. I'd personally take out 1 Shambling Vent and 1 Concealed Courtyard, or 2 of the latter.

Thats my advice :) I really like what you got going here. I might have to revisit my old deck ;)

April 7, 2017 3:54 a.m.

Thelulz356 says... #43

Actually, running the Captain's Claws would be added fodder for Zulaport Cutthroat. Keep him in and only remove the Succumb to Temptation's for Sorin, Grim Nemesis and Claws

April 7, 2017 4 a.m.

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+4 Authority of the Consuls maybe