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May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

Commander / EDH Aristocrats Lifegain Reanimator Tokens W/B (Orzhov)



Ah, the old phrase: 'Til death do we part. I'm afraid this clause no longer applies, it seems that last time we came around with a notice of Blood Tax Payments are Due you did not pay. I'm afraid that means Teysa Karlov will have to alter your contract. Instead of simply paying money or selling the souls of your ancestors, you must now serve the Orzhov in the Afterlife. Unless the Tithe Taker is payed, I'm afraid that this will be the fate of many more souls. If you are indebted to the Orzhov you may also make payments at the Godless Shrine to Elenda, the Dusk Rose or the Hallowed Spiritkeeper . I would not suggest trying to bargain or avoid your debts, all who have done so have met a gruesome end at the hand of a Pitiless Pontiff . If the Syndicate is not paid in a timely manner I'm afraid that Teysa Karlov will have to issue a Merciless Eviction and you will spend the rest of your days at the Debtors' Knell . That being said, I would suggest you lay in full unless you want to spend the Afterlife in service of the Orzhov Syndicate.

Basically this deck tries to take advantage of die/Exit the Battlefield triggers, especially the ones centered around creatures. Cards such as Hangarback Walker , Elenda, the Dusk Rose , and the new afterlife mechanic are good examples of this. We also just want to generate value through creatures dying with cards like Blood Artist and Dictate of Erebos . To take advantage of all these triggers we try to have sac outlets in place to get rid of our creatures at will. Ways to bring those creatures back are also important, it allows us to get more value by just doing it all over again. Once the tokens are out we want to abuse the lifelink and vigilance given by Teysa Karlov to gain tons of life, then take advantage of creatures dying by chump blocking where needed.
We have some good options when it comes to creating our tokens in this deck.

Alright, we have all these tokens created. The question is: What can we do with them?

  • Ashnod's Altar and Priest of the Forgotten Gods : These help generate mana so we can cast more spells.

  • Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim and Plaguecrafter : These cards can act as removal, especially for those pesky indestructible creatures.

  • Pitiless Pontiff : Just an amazing chump blocker when need be.

  • Viscera Seer and Yahenni, Undying Partisan : These just give us value.

  • Razaketh, the Foulblooded : If there is a card that is just crucial to the current situation then he can go grab it for us.

  • Great, now we have a problem. In our quest for value we sacrificed our creatures that gave us value, we need them back. Without recursion this deck can run dry, which would be very bad. Besides, who wouldn't want to get tons of tokens off of Elenda, the Dusk Rose , twice!

  • Repeated Recursion: Debtors' Knell , Lifeline , Sheoldred, Whispering One , Sun Titan , Demon of Dark Schemes , and Ravos, Soultender all give us this benefit.

  • Wait, I didn't want everything gone!: Well, good thing Faith's Reward is here to return everything that we lost.

  • Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip: Once this flips and we are able to get her Emblem out this will be powerful recursion. This will give us the power to sac things multiple times, allowing us to get tons of value.

  • Now, what is the point of having this cool stuff going on if we can't keep it relatively safe?

    • Lightning Greaves : With this we can give any creature that we want to stay safe a way to avoid targeted removal.

    • Leyline of Sanctity : This can protect against targeted graveyard hate, which is extremely deadly to this kind of deck.

    • Teferi's Protection : This can help us avoid boardwipes or mass exile that we want to avoid.

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    The Maybeboard is here for 2 reasons:

    1. Cards I am thinking about. I basically just have cards that I think would be good in the deck, but want to test the deck to see what doesn't work before I put them in for.

    2. For people who see the deck an want to build it. That's right, I build the maybeboard for you guys as well! Basically you can play the deck as it is, and make adjustments according to your meta. The maybeboard can help because it has tools that I feel could be put in to help the deck according to your personal meta. The deck as it stands is well rounded, but if you need to protect against a certain type of deck then hopefully the maybeboard can help you with that

    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!


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    Holy crap, this deck (as of January 31, 2019) is the #1 Teysa Karlov deck on TappedOut! This is a big achievement for me, as this is the first deck to do so. Let's hope it's not the last!

    As you can probably see I have a new look to the deck. A special thanks goes to scotchtapedsleeves for doing such an amazing job on the coding to make it happen!

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