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Commander / EDH Control Lifegain W/B (Orzhov)




Ixalan is here since something like 4/5 weeks now. However, when I discovered Vona, Butcher of Magan, to me, it was a great oppotunity to make a good lifegain/control Orzhov deck.

To star:

Vona is a 4/4 for with lifelink and vigilance. Her ability is powerful if you succeed in having much life. In EDH, it is quite easy, because you start with 40hp.

Then, Vona can make a lot of value with her ability if you keep her on the board, combined with other control cards like Path to Exile or Hero's Downfall.


How to play it in multiplayer EDH?

As you certainly already know, the multiP EDH format can be quite horrible if your opponent's see you as a major threat. Vona is not really sneaky and has no self protection like hexproof or shroud. Yet, it is not that bad. Vona is important but not so much. You've got other good cards in your deck which can deal with your opponents' stuff.

You have to stay alive, to gain life, and set up your plan.

Main control cards.

Targeted control spell: Anguished Unmaking, Corrupt, Go for the Throat, Hero's Downfall, Mortify, Noxious Gearhulk, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Tendrils of Corruption, Utter End, Vindicate, Vraska's Contempt

Boardwipes: Austere Command, Bontu's Last Reckoning, Merciless Eviction, Wrath of God, Fumigate.

Nevermore is also important. Use it to prevent your opponent's from casting a spell you fear, or just name a commander. This card is stupidly strong in the commander format.

Win conditions:

The main win condition is to attack wwith your creatures (thanks Sherlock), but you can see some strong creatures among them like Kokusho, the Evening Star, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or Ormendahl, Profane Prince coming from Westvale Abbey  Flip.

That's all for now. I'll try to make a better description in the future.

If you've got advice, suggestions, or just insults, don't hesitate! An Upvote is also appreciated, enjoy!



There are a few cards that confuse me such as Inspiring Cleric, Sanguine Sacrament, and Heroes Remembered. These life gain effects just don't seem nearly as impactful as something like Debt to the Deathless or other drain effects.

December 7, 2017 8:19 a.m.

Will_Of_Ulamog says... #2

Actually, those cards are there because I didn't know what to put in the deck. I've forgotten Debt to the Deathless. I think I'll put it in the deck instead of Sanguine Sacrament. Thank ;)

December 7, 2017 7:01 p.m.

CharonSquared says... #3

December 7, 2017 7:16 p.m.

Will_Of_Ulamog says... #4

CharonSquared thanks for your comment! Archangel of Thune, Crested Sunmare and Sanguine Bond may be, indeed, great, espacialy the horse which can make a lot of value, I'll look at it, thanks again

December 8, 2017 7:55 a.m.

Wicked_N_Irish says... #5

Love the name of the deck. Aetherflux Reservoir seems good here.

December 8, 2017 8:37 a.m.

skroes says... #6

Toxic Deluge, Beacon of Immortality, Celestial Mantle, Exquisite Blood, Well of Lost Dreams, Cradle of Vitality all seem like good adds if the point is to gain a bunch of life and use life as a resource.

December 8, 2017 8:53 a.m.

Sargeras says... #7

Exquisite Blood gives you an infinite combo with Sanguine Bond

December 9, 2017 3:34 a.m.

Will_Of_Ulamog says... #8

Yup, I was thinking about it, thanks dear ;)

December 9, 2017 6:49 a.m.

SlavicGhaespar says... #9

Great idea, great deck!! Have you considered Gray Merchant of Asphodel since you have a decent amount of black creatures?

December 9, 2017 12:43 p.m.

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