Life gain with Obzedat, Ghost Council is great! I absolutely love this deck! I've always loved life gain decks. When the Return to Ravnica block was still in standard I ran a Orzhov life gain deck. However, as you know, Commander is way different twenty-one command damage in Commander and you're dead. No matter how much life you have. As I see the downside to that, I ultimately take my chances while playing this deck. Generally speaking I don't get swung at my generals very often (pun intended). So let me tell you a little about this deck.

This deck only runs one infinite combo; Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond This is a fairly easy combo to pull off if you get both enchantments on the field, or you can tutor them out. With tutors like Diabolic Tutor, Diabolic Revelation, Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, and Idyllic Tutor (Vizkopa Guildmage, Cliffhaven Vampire, and Defiant Bloodlord can act as substitute for Sanguine Bond)

Two other win conditions are Test of Endurance and Felidar Sovereign Even though you need fifty life to win with Test of Endurance rahter than the forty from Felidar Sovereign it does have a lower CMC. verses Plus Enchantments seem harder to destroy than creatures, depending on what you're up against.

You could also use Reliquary Tower, Necropotence to get crazy card draw.

Lastly you could just cause your opponents to run out of life by attacking them here and there, and causing them to lose life via the given cards.

I hope you've enjoyed this deck, and if you did then do me a favor and Up Vote it. Thank you!

Note: Foils, and alternate art cards are just cards I have and I am going to by. It works just as well without the crazy expensive art!

If you cant afford a Scrubland then substitute it with either Caves of Koilos or Tainted Field.


Hamster2558 says... #1

You can use Reliquary Tower+Purity+Necropotence to draw a lot of your library in case you did not know.

March 20, 2017 10:48 a.m.

Idyllic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor can find your combo pieces.

March 20, 2017 10:52 a.m.

Catalog9000 says... #3

Cliffhaven Vampire and Defiant Bloodlord also can stand in for Sanguine Bond. Also, there is Demonic Tutor if you need another.

March 20, 2017 11:09 a.m.

Catalog9000 says... #4

Also, Jimmy_Chinchila mentioned Vampiric Tutor. Well if you want to get your card you tutored on top, you can use Ob Nixilis Reignited. Also gives you a nice way to quickly destroy their Commander.

March 20, 2017 11:16 a.m.

HunterClaise says... #5

Idyllic Tutor Actually isnt that bad of an Idea. It'd definitely help to get some winning combos out; however, I've never been a big fan of Vampiric Tutor because of it goes on top rather than In hand. It Is a good card though, so adding it might be a good idea, eveb if It's just in the sideboard. Two life isnt anything when comparing it to what I've seen this deck do.

In response to Ob Nixilis Reignited I just feel like he wouldn't fit well within the deck. I've ran him in some other decks and I've never been a big fan.

Cliffhaven Vampire and Defiant Bloodlord are cards that would totally be worth adding into the deck! It'd definitely allow me to focus more on the combo. A Demonic Tutor wouldn't hurt either. Having that extra tutor never hurts.

Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll look into making so adjustments. The feed back helps tremendously.

March 20, 2017 11:57 a.m.

The 2 life should be negligible with the all the life gain and if it helps you get infinite life it's totally moot. Also, since its instant speed you can cast it on the other person's end step right before your turn so no one can sorcery-speed mill it. Idyllic Tutor is solid but obviously has less range, as Vampiric can grab other things you may need. Cool build.

March 20, 2017 3:29 p.m.

HunterClaise says... #7

That's very true! Honestly I hadn't thought about the instant speed affect. That's definitely an upside to the card. I'm still working on a couple edits, taking out, and adding a few cards, but I'll definitely look into adding it in. Thanks :)

March 20, 2017 4:53 p.m.

HunterClaise says... #8

I do love the Necropotence+Purity+Reliquary TowerCombo. It's one that's very easily over looked, yet works so well. Thanks for pointing it out.

March 20, 2017 5:11 p.m.

HunterClaise how does the combo work? Paying life is not the same thing as damage, which is what Purity prevents. Activating Necropotence's ability with Purity doesn't gain you life, because it's life payment, which isn't damage.

March 20, 2017 6:15 p.m.

HunterClaise says... #10

Actually you are correct. The combo wouldn't work nearly as well as I thought it would, as I thought Purity read, "If noncombat damage would be dealt to you, prevent that damage. You gain life equal to the life lost this way." It'd be super epic if the combo could get pulled off. I might have to look into finding a card to combo with Necropotence!

March 20, 2017 7:25 p.m.


No need to find a card that combos with Necropotence; it already combos with your library. :P

March 20, 2017 11:41 p.m.

HunterClaise says... #12

Necropotence is definitely one of favorite cards in magic. It's affect is wild, and I love it's art. Mark Tedin is just such a fantastic artist.

March 20, 2017 11:55 p.m.

K34 says... #13

Have you met Auriok Champion?

March 23, 2017 2:39 p.m.

rinaru says... #14

yeah, Necropotence wouldn't be prevented by Purity, because its not damage, its loss of life. completely different mechanic.

but if you are screwed if someone is playing Angel of Jubilation

March 23, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Is it a reason to why so few edh players in WB plays Deathbringer Liege? I think it would be a fantstic removal and boost to your creatures.

March 24, 2017 5:24 a.m.

Thatguy795 says... #16

If you looking to combo off I'd recommend Solitary Confinement & Glacial Chasm which can buy you time while you assemble your combo pieces, Replenish is also probably the best recovery card if you lose some of your pieces. Tainted Remedy combos with Beacon of Immortality as another option and Hatred is a one shot kill with lifelink or commander damage.

March 24, 2017 4:20 p.m.

azuae says... #17

I play a similar deck with Oloro. This is giving me some new ideas.

March 25, 2017 11:57 p.m.

Spooktacular says... #18

With all your life gain, and spell potential, have you looked into Aetherflux Reservoir?

March 26, 2017 1:41 p.m.

griffstick says... #19

Hahaha (crying face emoji) there is soo much text as I was going through the spoiler that says "gain life" lmao! If I could upvote this more then once I would +1 upvote from me love it. Great work!

March 27, 2017 5:55 p.m.

HunterClaise says... #20

Sorry for not responding to everybody's comments! Still making a large deck update. Thank you all for the kind words and suggestions. I'll respond to you all soon. :)

March 29, 2017 2:24 a.m.

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