Sometimes the best unions are made with the most diametrically opposed allies, and thanks to Kambal, now you can turn every day into April 15th and celebrate as if you were the IRS. The old adage that speed kills has never been so true, and the reality is you don't need to kill anything, you just need to stay above at least 40 life and combo to a win. Just like life and death, black and white are in perfect harmony in this deck, which makes for an awfully successful tax team.

There are just so many options to be abused in this deck concept, but I've done my best to come up with a very quick and complimentary build. I will freely admit my knowledge of white is somewhat limited, as I play it pretty sparingly otherwise, but the concepts of speed, life gain, opponent taxes, and killer combos led to a fairly straightforward build. With Kambal, Consul of Allocation at the helm, gaining life should be fairly straightforward. He doesn't exactly scream of an early-game threat either, so gaining some life off of his ability is usually a pretty safe bet. Once you hit 50 life, comboing out should happen very quickly.


One of the most important cards in the deck is Academy Rector, as your ability to combo to a win with it happens in an instant, and is very difficult to counter. Depending on your life total and board state, the ability to sacrifice the Rector into enchantments like Greater Auramancy, Necropotence, Test of Endurance, and Sanguine Bond or Exquisite Blood (if the other is in play), often leads to wins. Having spells like Costly Plunder and Altar's Reap, where the sacrifice is part of the casting cost (at instant speed), as well as cheap sacrifice outlets like Ashnod's Altar and Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim gives you the ability to make the sacrifice at the end of the untap step, leading to an instant win with Test of Endurance at your upkeep if you have 50 life.

Other straightforward combos and/or auto-win options like Mindcrank and an activated Bloodchief Ascension, as well as Felidar Sovereign are included. The deck otherwise is built to control the board state, taxing opponents with tapped ETB lands, artifacts and creatures, limiting activated abilities, lots of tutors to find the answers needed for any given situation, and dozens of ways to gain life or drain life, with instant speed spells to exile primary threats as needed. Children of Korlis and Cliffhaven Vampire serve as potential game changers as well, allowing you to then play off your primary win combos.

The deck has been designed specifically with low CMC and 2 or less power/toughness creatures to further tax opponents via Meekstone and Winter Orb which become board state threats that require opponents to use their answers/responses. Sun Titan is another effective way of expanding your low CMC creature value, while Lone Missionary, Soul's Attendant, Soul Warden and Auriok Champion gain the life you need while just existing. Children of Korlis combos amazingly with Necropotence and Ad Nauseam to give you as many cards in hand as needed without dropping your life total. Similarly, Karmic Guide and Reveillark can play off one another with a sac outlet, and are especially effective with Blood Artist or Zulaport Cutthroat in play.

Take a look and feel free to provide suggestions on other options you think might fit the deck well, as there were more than 20 cards in my maybe pile that almost made the cut, but were left out for one reason or another. That said, if I'm missing some other strong options, especially white cards, I'm always interested in improving the deck's function. Thanks for looking.


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.50
Tokens 1/1 Spirit
Folders XD, Inspiration / Reference EDH, Maybe, LifeGainDecks, Interesting Commander Decks
Top rank #22 on 2018-03-11
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-1 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim main
-1 Zulaport Cutthroat main
+1 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim main
+1 Zulaport Cutthroat main
-1 Fetid Heath main
+1 Fetid Heath main