Description

So you like to live life on the edge?

So you want power?

What will you give to get what you want?

This is a combo oriented EDH deck based around life totals. The goal is to manipulate your life total for tremendous value, which often requires dropping to 0 life (which Selenia's activated ability allows you to do from any even life total). Necropotence goes from being a very strong card draw engine into becoming the single most unfair card draw engine while also setting up your combos and evening your life total. Nice.

Typical combos include:

-Angel's Grace/ Lich /Phyrexian Unlife/ Soul Echo + Mirror Universe/Repay in Kind/Soul Conduit/Reverse the Sands

-Angel's Grace/ Lich /Phyrexian Unlife/ Soul Echo + Ad Nauseam + any other kill combo

- False Cure /Tainted Remedy + Beacon of Immortality/any life swap if the gap is large enough

- Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond/Vizkopa Guildmage

-Hatred + Selenia, Dark Angel + 18 or more life

-Lots of Mana + Debt to the Deathless

-3 or less life + Reverse the Sands/Mirror Universe/Soul Conduit + attack with Selenia, Dark Angel

This deck takes advantage of not caring tremendously about its life total, meaning it can afford to take more attacks than the average deck since those attacks just help you hit 0 (or near it). Nonetheless, it runs some sweepers and targeted removal to keep the game somewhat in check until it can assemble a combo to win or start picking off opponents.

It's worth noting that when piloting this deck it is generally to your advantage to keep your life total even when able. With an even life total you can use Selenia's ability to drop your life total by increments of two any number of times (just hold priority) until your life total hits 0. From there you can go for a combo kill if needed. There are many tools which help maintain an even life total, ranging from pain lands to necro style effects. Be sure not to neglect these, as there's little more dissatisfying than failing to combo off because you accidentally cast Hatred for 18 instead of 19.

Inspired by:

Inspired By Ulka's "Selenia, Life Swapping" on mtg salvation

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Comments

poox523 says... #1

Need's Pigs!

January 31, 2016 9:16 p.m.

antagon1st says... #2

cool. no plunge into darkness?

May 12, 2016 5:44 a.m.

langler says... #3

antagon1st, it's definitely on my list of cards that I've considered and want to fit in. Other than the super cool art though it feels like it's probably just worse than Spoils of the Vault when the deck's so poorly set up to take advantage of sacing creatures.

May 12, 2016 10:27 p.m.

antagon1st says... #4

True, its not quite Spoils of the Vault, but i think you shud have both. Sacrificing Academy Rector (for Near Death Experience) at instant speed AND Plunging for however much you want is just SICK.

Even when Plunge is not uber useful, you can still cycle it away for 1 life, which has been really effective for me.

Top decking it later has won me tons of games, its totally necessary!

In this list, i personally think ancient craving is the weakest draw spell and wud strongly considering replacing with Plunge.

This deck is AWESOME!

May 13, 2016 6:16 a.m.

langler says... #5

Hmm, these are some good points - plus it's good with False Prophet and a way to even out an odd life total. I've actually found Ancient Craving to be pretty useful, as this deck has so much air/mismatched combo pieces that the large number it draws tends to be worthwhile.

I need to get some more reps in with the deck to see what I want to cut, but when I do I'll probably swap for Plunge. If nothing else I love the art and this deck is so much about pet cards that I cant resist that. :3

Thanks for the recommendation - much appreciated!

May 14, 2016 12:19 a.m.

@YourGod says... #6

Children of Korlis' reminder text is amusing - damage causes loss of life.

May 20, 2016 1:01 a.m.

langler says... #7

So redundant and yet so important for this deck. Good old Children.

May 20, 2016 3:10 p.m.

K34 says... #8

In your description you say you prefer an even life total, because of that I am going to suggest Unspeakable Symbol. It allows you to abuse your life total, even more important for your strategy it allows you to switch from an odd number to an even one.

July 15, 2016 11:42 a.m.

langler says... #9

That might be worth testing. I haven't gotten in enough games recently to have a good feel for whether or not I want more life eveners, but I'll add it to the maybeboard in case I do.

July 15, 2016 1:04 p.m.

Rabid_Wombat says... #10

Wall of Blood is a great life drainer..just sayin'

July 17, 2016 6:43 a.m.

langler says... #11

I've considered it. So far I haven't struggled with life eveners/drainers so much as finding my "survive below 0" cards, but if that changes the wall is definitely coming in. It's flavor is on point too.

July 17, 2016 4:43 p.m.

scrobacca says... #12

You almost need to add Sigarda's Aid so you can flash in a "can't die for having 0 life or less" enchantment...also helps if you can flash in Near Death Experience at the end of the opponent's turn right before yours.

August 23, 2016 3:23 a.m.

langler says... #13

Saving yourself from dying at 0 doesn't work as well as it might sound like (since once you've hit 0 you are already dead) so it's often best to just cast the enchantment and ship the turn if you can't win on the spot.

But flashing in Near-Death Experience... Almost too cute to resist. That's what dreams are made of.

August 23, 2016 10:38 a.m.

antagon1st says... #14

Too bad Sigarda's Aid says "Auras and Equipment". Not just Enchantments in general.

I can't believe you didn't put Plunge into Darkness in :( You have a subtheme of sacrificing your own creatures for crying out loud!

Instead of drawing 2 pieces of junk and a decent card with Ancient Craving, you're better off filtering with Plunge for half the mana cost.

I guarantee you chuck Ancient Craving when you Necro into it every time.

August 23, 2016 10:40 p.m.

langler says... #15

Learn to read, Ben. Learn to read. Good point on Aid

Well, the issue with Plunge is that I have so few creatures to sac, so its mostly just the scry effect. I may well replace Ancient Craving in time, but I think I'm more likely to just jump to Demonic Consultation or Doomsday if I want to lean more on the combo side of it than the card advantage control side of the deck.

August 24, 2016 12:23 p.m.

ThatoneGuy94 says... #16

Is there a reason to avoid Platinum Angel? It might be a bit squishy but I think it'd be good here.

September 12, 2016 12:18 a.m.

langler says... #17

I could certainly see it having a place.'ostly it's the mana cost. Generally you want to be winning the game at 7ish mana, as having to pass the turn after casting your survival spell is a recipe for disaster.

Still, if I find I need more of that part of the combo, it would be first on my list to consider adding.

September 12, 2016 9:14 a.m.

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