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May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

Commander / EDH Aristocrats Lifegain Primer Reanimator Tokens WB (Orzhov)



Ah the old phrase: "'til death do we part". People like to believe that they move on after death, I'm afraid that isn't possible around here. You see, a debt is still owed to the Orzhov Syndicate, and Teysa Karlov intends to collect. It's best to be prepared for your Debtors' Knell, because I'm afraid that the Tithe Taker intends collect. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the Field of Souls, because I'm afraid that the Grave Pact you made with Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts will last for centuries. In the Orzhov Syndicate the end of life does not mean the end of your debt!

In this deck we plan to take full advantage of Teysa Karlov. First off we have her ability that makes death triggers happen again, commonly called "deathmonicon" after the beloved Panharmonicon. This is an ability that we plan to take full advantage of, and our deck reflects that. Pretty much everything in the deck interacts with this ability. Teysa's second ability is interesting, and one that can lead to some fun strategies: Creature tokens you control have Vigilance and Lifelink. Tokens, now we have a direction to take our death triggers. Now we have the goal to make as many tokens upon death as possible. This is done through cards from Ravnica Allegiance that have afterlife like Tithe Taker and cards that will simulate it like Field of Souls and Open the Graves. Additionally, we also have some cards that can give us a huge payoff upon death like Elenda, the Dusk Rose and Hangarback Walker.

So, let's sum up our game plan:

  • Put stuff on the board that does stuff upon creatures dying.

  • Make stuff die.

  • Profit.

In the deck we want to create lots of tokens so we can take advantage of Teysa's second ability. We aim to do this in two ways: Token creation on death, and cards that just create them for the fun of it.

Notable cards here include:

  • Elenda, the Dusk Rose. An amazing card with Teysa. Elenda can get out of hand very quickly, so your opponents better act fast when she hits the board. Otherwise there's gonna be a whole lot of vampire tokens for them to stare down.

  • Hangarback Walker. Similar to Elenda, but harder to scale. The amount of flying tokens you can get from this is amazing though.

  • Requiem Angel, Field of Souls, Ogre Slumlord, Open the Graves. These cards give our whole team a form of afterlife, which is pretty good.

Here we have some other notable cards for token creation.

These are the ways that we can get rid our creatures to take advantage of them dying. Notable cards here include:

  • Attrition: Doubles as recurring removal, can't go wrong with that!

  • Krav, the Unredeemed: Just a good way to make sure we draw the cards we need.

  • Priest of the forgotten gods: Just gives us a lot of value at the small cost of two creatures.

  • We don't just create tokens, not when there's other ways that death can be taken advantage of!

  • Dictate of Erebos, Grave Pact, Martyr's Bond: One of our creatures dies, opponents lose two. That's just straight value right there.

  • Bastion of Remembrance, Cruel Celebrant, Zulaport Cutthroat, and Kokusho, the Evening Star: Because sometimes your opponents just won't die.

  • Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Grim Haruspex, and Erebos, Bleak-Hearted: Because a way to draw cards when we want is always helpful.

  • This deck doesn't bring a whole lot back from the grave, but it has some good ways to do it.

  • Luminous Broodmoth/Athreos, God of Passage: An awesome way to bring stuff back, I sure hope that your opponents didn't want to boardwipe!

  • Sheoldred, Whispering One/Debtors' Knell/Oversold Cemetery/Sun Titan: Good ways to bring stuff back repeatedly

  • Ophiomancer + Divine Visitation

    Requiem Angel + Divine Visitation

    I just find these combos ridiculously hilarious since they. Just. Keep. Happening.

    This deck went through a major overhaul on 5/2/2020. I felt the original deck was unfocused, so I decided to remake it into a more token-centric theme. Primer was also remade to reflect the new decklist.

    The original list can still be seen here:

    I hope you like the deck! Comments, suggestions, and upvotes are encouraged.

    If you want a more budget friendly/casual version of a Teysa Karlov deck then feel free to check out My Personal Teysa Karlov EDH.

    As of January 31, 2019 this deck is the #1 Teysa Karlov deck on TappedOut! Also, special thanks to scotchtapedsleeves for doing the coding for the deckpage!


    Updates Add

    I felt that the original version of this deck was very unfocused. So, I decided to remake the deck. It is now more focused on a token theme, and, in my opinion, way better now!

    Never fear, the original list is still available for those who want to see it!

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