"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."-Woody Allen

Woody Allen has it right by saying he doesn't want to die. Just like how nobody_ likes to lose in Magic. This deck is created to prevent, or prolong, the inevitable. Death! By gaining life, and sucking the life out of your opponents you will build up your life force and eventually you might be able to put your heart in a box and hide it!(If becoming a lich is your goal) With combos like the few listed below you have a variety of ways to win, and stop yourself from dying.

Even though there is the possibility of dying by command damage many commander aren't used to attack very often. Unless you're fighting a beat down deck or voltron deck this shouldn't be an issue. The gamble is well worth it. I have won many games with this deck, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Win Conditions

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 Enlightened Tutor, Demonic Tutor, and Vampiric Tutor. (Vizkopa Guildmage, and Defiant Bloodlord can act as substitute for Sanguine Bond)

Celestial Convergence with a Vampire Hexmage, or Hex Parasite played after is a sure way to win the game. Play Celestial Convergence then play Vampire Hexmage, or Hex parasire: and target Celestial Convergence. The counters will Disappear and you win the game.

(Main Win Con) 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. Generally I use Chant of Vitu-Ghazi on the combat phase of whoever goes before me. That way I ensure a win on my upkeep. If you're above fifty or fourty life you could always play Teferi's Protection and without a counter you're guaranteed a win.

You could also use Reliquary Tower, Necropotence (or Well of Lost Dreams) to get crazy card draw. then use Gerrard's Wisdom to get an insane amount of life, and combo into Felidar Sovereign or Test of Endurance; however, you could also just draw into Celestial Convergence, Vampire Hexmage, or Hex Parasite

Lastly you could just do the ol' make your opponents life totals 0. There are enough cards and effects this is a reliable strategy.

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


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.

HunterClaise says... #21

Debating on changing the commander to Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim. Tell me what you think.

June 29, 2017 6:07 a.m.

K34 says... #22

I think Karlov of the Ghost Council is actually the real powerhouse. Your deck is already built for him.

June 29, 2017 8:18 a.m.

HunterClaise says... #23

That's actually who I've been looking at. A lot of people have been pointing me in his direction.

June 29, 2017 7:22 p.m.

NV_1980 says... #24

I don't get why Solemnity is in this deck. Won't that basically disable everything that's cool about Karlov? I'd add Angelic Accord to replace it. Also, I'd consider Erebos, God of the Dead, Athreos, God of Passage andToxic Deluge.

June 30, 2017 5:15 a.m.

HunterClaise says... #25

I added Solemnity into the deck to combo with Celestial Convergence It doesn't remove the counters from Karlov if he has any when it ETBs. Plus it shuts down other people's decks more than it would this one. I wouldn't play Solemnity unless I knew I had Celestial Convergence. If you play Solemnity then Celestial Convergence it'll enter with zero counters, instantly winning you the game.

I had Angelic Accord in the deck before I made the major update to it. It was removed because it honestly never helped me much. The deck isn't focused around creatures like that, so I figured removing it for a card like Path to Exile would be more beneficial.

Erebos and Athreos both don't fit well in the deck in my opinion as well. I love Athreos, but I felt like there were better choices so he was never put into the deck in the final product. Erebos doesn't do me any good because ideally I'll win by Test of Endurance, Felidar Sovereign, Celestial Convergence, or the Exquisite Blood x Sanguine Bond combo. Usually the only time I win by reducing opponents to zero life is when they've all been hitting each other and ignoring me. Then I just swoop in with a hefty Debt to the Deathless or Exsanguinate. Then it's game over, so his "Opponents can't gain life" doesn't do much for me.

I also thought about putting Toxic Deluge into the deck, but when the final touches were being put onto it I decided one more board wipe wouldn't do me much good. Plus I couldn't afford the cut. I liked how the deck was shaping up, and Toxic Deluge just didn't seem to fit in that final image. Plus I'm greedy and like keeping all my life haha.

I really appreciate the feed back though! Thank you :) I love getting comments and discussing decks and strategies.

June 30, 2017 7:24 a.m.

The deck looks pretty fun and honestly probably annoying to play against. I looked through and it seems you are lacking a little in ways to remove enchantments/artifacts especially the former being an issue. Sulfuric Vortex Havoc Festival Leyline of Punishment Erebos, God of the Dead and Tainted Remedy could all be problematic especially since they all could be in the same deck. Solemn Offering seems like it would be on theme, and there are so many other options in white. I dont really have suggestions on what to take out to make room, but if you could free up 2 or 3 slots it might be worthwhile.

June 30, 2017 8:09 a.m.

HunterClaise says... #27

Thanks for the compliment haha. I use actually use Mortify, Vindicate, and Austere Command to get rid of enchantments and artifacts. Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Fumigate, and Black Sun's Zenith takes care of indestructible creatures along with normal ones. Using Karlov of the Ghost Council as the general definitely doens't hurt anything either haha.

June 30, 2017 8:21 a.m.

Bighimmy says... #28

Aether Flux reservoir?

October 31, 2017 2:04 a.m.

HunterClaise says... #29

Eh, I've thought about adding Aetherflux Reservoir but it really doesn't seem right to me. I'm always taking damage so people can keep me under 40 or 50 life (thanks to Felidar Sovereign and Test of Endurance), and 9 time out of 10 I'm paying life to Necropotence to draw cards. While it would fit alright in the deck I feel like the slot it would take up could be used on other things that fit with the deck more.

October 31, 2017 2:09 a.m.

Bighimmy says... #30

Use serra avatar and angelic chorus with flicker effects or even true conviction with her

October 31, 2017 2:33 a.m.

HunterClaise says... #31

Even though that might work it's getting Serra Avatar out on board is the hard part. Plus if I get Serra Avatar the game is usually over. Aetherflux Reservoir just isn't a combo I want to try and fit into the deck. It would really fit better in an Oloro or storm deck.

October 31, 2017 2:37 a.m.

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