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I only play commander and I've been tinkering with my slivers deck for about 2 years now:


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Commander / EDH hfvalenz

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I really liked the Ravnica novels, so I felt compelled to build a Teysa deck, Baroness Teysa Karlov.

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Said on Kaalia of the ......

#1

Oh I missed that Abolisher was already on your list, sorry about that

February 17, 2018 3:30 p.m.

Said on Kaalia of the ......

#2

Hey, I've never piloted a Kaalia deck, I have only played against her and from my experience, she gets the attention on the table most of the times and for good reason. People really know Kaalia. So I think that playing her has some key elements that could be improved.

Get her out fast fast fast.

In order to do that I'd replace these with basics and boost your speed since you're playing all those fetchlands.

Protecting her.

Kaalia has been around long time so people know how dangerous she can be.

  • Darksteel Plate could be useful, specially against wraths but it doesn't do much against bouncing or exiling, which is why Whispersilk Cloak could be a better alternative, and can help you avoid combat damage as well.
  • Mother of Runes will give her protection in response to whatever spot removal targetting her.
  • Grand Abolisher helps you avoid getting Kaalia countered.

If Kaalia has died several times, what now.

As you probably know, she will get focused and sometimes you just can't protect her enough. You need alternatives when this happens.

Other things I noticed

  • You lack card drawing. It's essential to have angels / demons / dragons on your hand on each of your attack phases. Phyrexian Arena and Necropotence. Watch out for Emrakuls on your meta with the latter. Some wheels could prove useful refilling your hand, though Wheel of Fortune is expensive, Winds of Change, Magus of the Wheel, Wheel of Fate and Dragon Mage are good alternatives.
  • On the same issue as above, Sire Of Insanity and Malfegor aren't helping you with that.
  • You have access to the best colors for removal. Ditch Soul Snare and Angelic Edict for the more versatile ones Vindicate, Anguished Unmaking or Utter End. Even Chaos Warp is a better alternative than the two I mentioned. Instant speed removal is crucial.
  • Same as above with sweepers. Wrath of God, Day of Judgment, Damnation are much better than Armageddon, because as it let's you a great advantage and all it also puts a huge target on your head, because you basically stop them from having fun at all. And in my experience, people tend to remember those who broke their lands, it's just the way it is. You don't need more hate, Kaalia will draw enough herself. On the borderline of this are Cataclysm and Rakdos the Defiler. The other Rakdos, Rakdos, Lord of Riots is a way better alternative. Imagine swinging with Kaalia, on her trigger putting RTR Rakdos, then on your second main you'll be able to cast a creature with it's cost reduced.
  • You have 4 instants now (more coming in the future I hope) and 3 creatures with activated abilities requiring mana. Price of Glory punish your for using those. I know it will punish counterspells as well, but there are some alternatives for that that won't draw the hate on your head, as stated above.
  • Lastly, I know I insisted a lot on avoid drawin unnecesary hate on you, but Ob Nixilis, Unshackled is another one to give some thought. People really love their ramping and tutoring. Though in this case I'm not saying you should remove him, just re-evaluate his inclusion.

I hope some of this suggestions help in any way.

February 17, 2018 3:27 p.m.

@Suns_Champion Hey, thank you for commenting and upvoting.

Tail Slash and Soul's Fire doesn't work with Zada as both have two targets and Zada's ability will only trigger with spells that have a single target. I currently don't own a copy of Neheb, maybe he could prove useful.

I liked Chandra's Ignition, but it will only work once Eldrazi Monument (which was alrady in the list) is on the battlefield, because as I commented on another Zada deck a while ago, the ruling goes like this:

6/22/2015: If the creature becomes an illegal target by the time Chandra's Ignition tries to resolve (perhaps because another player controls it or it's left the battlefield), Chandra's Ignition will be countered and none of its effects will happen. No damage will be dealt.

So, as the copies begin resolving and dealing damage to each other creature, the tokens will begin to die and so, the copies of Ignition will not resolve.

And lastly, Akroma's Memorial seems great, but it also gives your creatures protection from red, making it impossible to target Zada with all the drawing and pumping spells, so I don't think it will be included.

February 14, 2018 10:48 p.m.

Another thing I was thinking when looking at your build concerns Chandra's Ignition. The ruling says:

6/22/2015: If the creature becomes an illegal target by the time Chandra's Ignition tries to resolve (perhaps because another player controls it or it's left the battlefield), Chandra's Ignition will be countered and none of its effects will happen. No damage will be dealt.

So as you cast Ignition on Zada, her ability will trigger and copy it several times, right? But then, as the copies begin resolving your tokens will eventually die and the rest of the copies will be countered, so it may be not as good as it looks at first glance.

February 14, 2018 3:27 p.m.

Reconsider Make Mischief. Combined with Otherworldly Outburst equals value. I think I'll try and squeeze one in on my version of Zada.

Also, combine it with Arcbond for the lolz.

February 14, 2018 3:16 p.m.

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