This is a fun casual deck I intend on making for my local FNM. This is a white/artifact deck with a lot of lifegain that finishes with a Chalice of Death  Flip. This has done very well in testing, able to stabilize against many decks thanks to the numerous lifegain and white control cards. Please comment!




hazzaismyname says... #1

no creature to protect your life. combo rendered useless

March 4, 2012 9:02 a.m.

gravesville says... #2

Hi hazzaismyname. Thank you for your valuable input. However, the next time you try criticizing a deck, I would try, you know, looking at it (or maybe even trying it). This deck only runs a total of 4 creatures (though Perilous MyrMTG Card: Perilous Myr is many times a two-for-one), but has 12 other cards to handle creatures (DispatchMTG Card: Dispatch, Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Ring, Day of JudgmentMTG Card: Day of Judgment). The deck also normally gains upwards of 3 life per turn, which can be difficult for some decks to overcome, especially once you start gaining 6 or 7 life per turn.

So, in short, this deck runs very few creatures, but has multiple other ways of handling enemy creatures to "protect my life". Therefore, the the combo is not rendered "useless".

March 4, 2012 9:13 a.m.

velant says... #3

Love it, I will give it a +1 for sure. Something else you could try is adding in some of the M12 Empire set cards (Scepter, Throne, and Crown) just to give it some more options for getting a win as well as creature control. The best part about this deck is the low build cost by the way.

March 4, 2012 9:46 a.m.

Phlogisten says... #4

I think this deck looks really fun to play. I would maybe replace the Perilous MyrMTG Card: Perilous Myr with Etched ChampionMTG Card: Etched Champion. Because he'll almost always have metal craft he will have protection from all colors and can be a win condition on his own. You might also think about throwing in a few Mox OpalMTG Card: Mox Opal to help get your life gain out faster before they are able to mass an army. You could also test Peace StriderMTG Card: Peace Strider.

March 4, 2012 10:07 a.m.

hazzaismyname says... #5

what im saying is you need quick reliable protection. so use creatures like Pride GuardianMTG Card: Pride Guardian that can last.

March 4, 2012 10:30 a.m.

esterk says... #6

I think Pride GuardianMTG Card: Pride Guardian is a great suggestion. Turn one you can drop him and he'll probably be able to fend off attackers for a couple turns while you build up your stock of artifacts. He also gives you life when he finally takes the fatal attack. He's got ShockMTG Card: Shock evasion, as well. Seriously, great addition.

Honestly, not sure if you need the Ghost QuarterMTG Card: Ghost Quarters. They're more a sideboard choice, against decks running Wolf Run or Moorland Haunt. Buried Ruin is a great choice.

Otherwise, cool deck! I definitely dig the focus on Chalice of Life, I think it's a great card.

March 4, 2012 9:50 p.m.

Hachi88 says... #7

I like it, but what if you splashed blue and used drogskol reaver? 2 of him would make for some interesting games and win conditions.

I mean it may be a bit expensive to use u/w dual land but idk, experiment, I think it would be pretty cool.

March 4, 2012 10:11 p.m.

No says... #8

In regards to not having creatures to protect your life, splash green and benefit from cards such as FogMTG Card: Fog and MoonmistMTG Card: Moonmist.

Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Ring, whilst useful, can be destroyed and avoided.

All the best.

March 8, 2012 8:55 a.m.

TylerJohns says... #9

Pride Guardian is a good suggestion

March 9, 2012 10:09 a.m.

Vman says... #10

i dont see whats stoping you from splashing blue for Moorland HauntMTG Card: Moorland Haunt and Drogskol ReaverMTG Card: Drogskol Reaver just saying =P

March 14, 2012 8:12 a.m.

Askani28 says... #11

Sweet. I love it. +1!

March 14, 2012 8:15 a.m.

geomonty says... #12

I would run 1 White Sun's ZenithMTG Card: White Sun's Zenith as a finisher. I found myself in a few games with an excessive amount of mana.

March 14, 2012 2:22 p.m.

gatheringgreg says... #13

Sword of War and PeaceMTG Card: Sword of War and Peace equipped to Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusader or Etched ChampionMTG Card: Etched Champion. Life gain plus all that beautiful damage. Plus they help you out with control match-ups. Personally i would sideboard Ghost QuarterMTG Card: Ghost Quarter for specific match-ups.

March 14, 2012 3:17 p.m.

magnus0423 says... #14

Pretty fun deck idea. Seems to me that it makes decks push harder to defeat it.

March 14, 2012 4:25 p.m.

like the deck, due to budget nonsense may have to switch the wurmcoil for manor gargoyle or Indomitable Archangel

March 14, 2012 7:10 p.m.

slowtyper77 says... #16

[Batterskull] is also a good choice, it has vigilance so it is really x2 life gained. Also, maybe you get away with running [Vault of the Archangel] (probably 2 of), and also some [Lingering Souls] if you subbed in Isolated Chapel for some Plains. [Vault of the Archangel] + [Perilous Myr] = 3 Life, 2 creatures removal.

March 14, 2012 9:10 p.m.

seibertross says... #17

I really like this deck. I thought having 2 of the lifegain artifacts could have a deck floating around it. Couple comments for you

Inquisitor ExarchMTG Card: Inquisitor Exarch should be better for this build rather than Perilous MyrMTG Card: Perilous Myr for most games. The exception would be against white decks that are playing a good bit of the same removal you are.

Sadly there is a need for a couple additional win conditions. If you'd like to take this deck off the super budget build, Gideon JuraMTG Card: Gideon Jura & Elspeth TirelMTG Card: Elspeth Tirel should both fit into the Wurmcoil slots nicely, and anything that gets around DoJ will be highly valuable to an alternate win condition. I think I'd opt for Gideon just how the current meta seems to be (I haven't played in a few weeks now mind you). I'd change that if you're running into Black decks a good bit. Either way they'll be awesome to load up on out of the sideboard as kill spells get dumped for control. As mentioned before having 2 White Sun's ZenithMTG Card: White Sun's Zenith coming out of the sideboard can be quite devestating as well, and will maintain this budget build quality of this deck.

I'd throw Indomitable ArchangelMTG Card: Indomitable Archangel into the mix, particularly as players will be dropping removal for the second game in favor of Ancient GrudgeMTG Card: Ancient Grudge, with 21 artifacts it should be very easy to get the metalcraft trigger, and leave your opponent with little answers for either card making it a solid sideboard here.

If you're running into a lot of artifact destruction don't forget about Frantic SalvageMTG Card: Frantic Salvage as well. If you happen to be playing a lot of hex proof, it may be worth it to play around with having 2 Sunblast AngelMTG Card: Sunblast Angel or Phyrexian RebirthMTG Card: Phyrexian Rebirth in the sideboard as well.

Looks like a great start to a solid deck though. Hope it goes well!

March 14, 2012 11:44 p.m.

What about a bant turbo fog in standard, using the chalices'. Sounds like a lot of fun and budget friendly. Just add some blue for protecting your chalices' from removal and green for fog and moonmist. Also, the new exhausted knowledge combo would help out A LOT

March 15, 2012 8:39 a.m.

awesome, really like it :D i would recommend an Elspeth TirelMTG Card: Elspeth Tirel btw.

March 15, 2012 1:31 p.m.

lsp314 says... #20

How do you protect against artifact removal?

March 15, 2012 10:05 p.m.

+1 This is sweet!

March 15, 2012 10:21 p.m.

keneke01 says... #22

Pretty Cool! +1...let us know how it goes at FNM!

March 16, 2012 12:29 p.m.

Strangelove says... #23

Does Unwinding ClockMTG Card: Unwinding Clock stack?

March 16, 2012 5:50 p.m.

Nope, they modify how the untap step works, they're not a trigger you can respond too

March 17, 2012 2:15 a.m.

Strangelove says... #25

Then why 4x?

March 17, 2012 10:57 a.m.

MacKillicutty says... #26

I like it. It looks fun. +1

March 17, 2012 6:45 p.m.

windf0rce says... #27

Might want to consider +1x - healPristine TalismanMTG Card: Pristine Talisman - heal and mana

Phyrexia's CoreMTG Card: Phyrexia's Core allows you to sacrifice your Ichor WellspringMTG Card: Ichor Wellspring or other duplicated artifacts to draw more cards and heal.

Might want to reconsider to reduce the numbers of Trigon of MendingMTG Card: Trigon of Mending to slot in Prototype PortalMTG Card: Prototype Portal, as duping any artifacts stated above = win.

Too much Unwinding ClockMTG Card: Unwinding Clock though.

My 2 cents :)

March 17, 2012 8:54 p.m.

I love it. It confirms my motivation to use the Chalice of DeathMTG Card: Chalice of Death as the basis for a late-game win condition as long as I'm using lifelink.

Despite all the spurious what-ifs and suggestions for other cards (Except for maybe the Ghost QuarterMTG Card: Ghost Quarter->Inquisitor ExarchMTG Card: Inquisitor Exarch substitution), I think this is a well thought out, focused deck. You're not trying to be flashy with a bunch of expensive cards and planeswalkers that have nothing to do with your theme. You've avoided colour-screwing yourself by keeping it mono-white.

This is a real inspiration. I tend to be very creature focused, but I'm trying to try my hand at a more control scenario. This is a good step.

If you have the time or inclination, feel free to comment on some of my decks. I have built a Chalice of Death deck, but I still haven't input it. I'll do that soon!

March 18, 2012 12:13 p.m.

jstache93 says... #29

I love this. This is one of the few Standard decks actually has a place in. I really like windf0rce's suggestion of Prototype PortalMTG Card: Prototype Portal. That card has so much potential in this deck.

March 20, 2012 6:34 p.m.

killersuv says... #30

Ok, I am telling everyone who is building Chalice decks you need War ReportMTG Card: War Report!!!! Not gonna like it flips calico so fast it is not even funny.

March 21, 2012 1:06 p.m.

Rooah711 says... #31

possibly Whitesun's PassageMTG Card: Whitesun's Passage?

March 21, 2012 9:02 p.m.

Phalynxx says... #32

Instead of White Sun's ZenithMTG Card: White Sun's Zenith I would sideboard Divine OfferingMTG Card: Divine Offering that way you can respond to artifact removal by gaining life and use it against swords and other artifacts etc...

March 22, 2012 5:54 p.m.

S3L3KA says... #33

Running this exact deck at FNM tonight. I'll follow up with the results. :)

March 23, 2012 9:51 a.m.

Mason1s says... #34

Ended up with garbage opening hands and not enough land during early game on cockatrice several times. This deck fails against aggro/mana ramp.

March 24, 2012 3:59 a.m.

roflnya says... #35

Great deck. Making this one for the next FNM :)also i would like to add 2 Norn's AnnexMTG Card: Norn's Annex in my build :)

March 25, 2012 10:45 a.m.

Azureal says... #36

I like it. +1 reminds me of my old white deck with Beacon of ImmortalityMTG Card: Beacon of Immortality and makes me want to rebuild that idea. I agree with the White Sun's ZenithMTG Card: White Sun's Zenith as I've discovered with life gain decks late gain tend to have more mana then they need to function, also may want to consider using or side boarding some Golden UrnMTG Card: Golden Urn and some Peace StriderMTG Card: Peace Strider as using the Prototype PortalMTG Card: Prototype Portal with the Stirder will help pump out life and annoy your opponent with a token to block.

March 28, 2012 9:05 a.m.

Theophilus says... #37

Fiend HunterMTG Card: Fiend Hunter for some extra creature control, and Butcher's CleaverMTG Card: Butcher's Cleaver for the lifegain.

March 29, 2012 8:07 p.m.

jstache93 says... #38


I would like to note the complete lack of humans in this deck.

March 30, 2012 12:33 a.m.

Theophilus says... #39

OK, so maybe that wasn't the most well thought out tip. But Fiend HunterMTG Card: Fiend Hunter is a human and some people have been recommending Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusader which is also human.

March 30, 2012 1:41 a.m.

Azureal says... #40

Honestly I wouldn't use Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusader here, maybe Suture PriestMTG Card: Suture Priest if you pumped up the creature output, a good side combo with White Sun's ZenithMTG Card: White Sun's Zenith and if you truly want a equipment with Lifelink I'd say just use BatterskullMTG Card: Batterskull that way you get another creature and can give a Perilous MyrMTG Card: Perilous Myr Lifelink and Vigilance. Another few good choices being True ConvictionMTG Card: True Conviction, Drogskol ReaverMTG Card: Drogskol Reaver, Victory's HeraldMTG Card: Victory's Herald And Vault of the ArchangelMTG Card: Vault of the Archangel Though the Reaver and Vault only if you don't mind another color being added, though I'd say the reaver more.

March 30, 2012 9:26 p.m.

Rooah711 says... #41

I'd say add some Timely ReinforcementsMTG Card: Timely Reinforcements, at least in sideboard, they can be very useful against decks with early agro. Let them hit you, then timely, gain 6 life, and three blockers, continue to gain life through your other lifegain sources. flip chalice, win. Also, BatterskullMTG Card: Batterskull would be an excellent addition, gives another blocker, plus it will give you some agro to keep your opponent on their toes without sacrificing a blocker seeing as it has vigilance. you might also want to consider War ReportMTG Card: War Report.

March 30, 2012 9:34 p.m.

Azureal says... #42

In that case might want to consider Sword of War and PeaceMTG Card: Sword of War and Peace too, possibly even Sword of Feast and FamineMTG Card: Sword of Feast and Famine to reuse you mana and get more out of it. I wouldn't use Sword of Body and MindMTG Card: Sword of Body and Mind in this deck unless you really want that wolf token.

March 30, 2012 9:38 p.m.

wei3721 says... #43

my favourite blocker to fend ppl off... Wall of TanglecordMTG Card: Wall of Tanglecord lol

April 13, 2012 8:14 a.m.

Rooah711 says... #44

Have you tried Pride GuardianMTG Card: Pride Guardian?

April 16, 2012 9:01 p.m.

Tower_Sage says... #45

Rhox Faithmender is great for this deck. I recently started working on a life gain deck myself that incorporates chalice of life so you should check it out if you're looking for any ideas (deck is titled 'life').

July 11, 2012 7:40 p.m.

zdogg says... #46

Definitely try to find space for the Faithmender. I run a red/white with a splash of black lifegain deck. Just him out there with one or two cups and a little Faith's Shield wins games. If your removal happens to show up late, the Rhox will put you right back in it.

August 19, 2012 11:30 p.m.

Joker1430 says... #47

May 26, 2016 5:19 a.m.

NayaNoob says... #48

Rest for the Weary, perhaps?

September 14, 2016 1:22 p.m.

Gus550 says... #49

I have a very similar deck, you should check it out! i didn't even copy you, but they're almost identical!

its called Whack them with a chalice, why not?

June 20, 2017 11:19 p.m.

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