Angel of Despair
Creature — Angel
When Angel of Despair enters the battlefield, destroy target permanent.
|Have (2)||orzhov_is_relatively_okay819 , CompleteWaste|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Angel of Despair Discussion
1 month ago
Hey, good first attempt and decent budget version of Kaalia.
You have a few Angels/Demon/Dragons who are impactful when you cheat them onto the battlefield with Kaalia, but many could be improved to get more repeatable effects.
Some budget Angels/Demons/Dragons to consider adding:
- Angel of Despair: destroy any permanent.
- Emeria Shepherd: repeatable reanimate with Plains or recursion of nonland permanents with other lands.
- Liesa, Forgotten Archangel: repeatable recursion of nontoken creatures you control that die and lifelink.
- Sephara, Sky's Blade: protect Kaalia and all other flying creatures you control and lifelink. Pairs well with Aegis Angel to give Sephara indestructible to then have all flying creatures you control have this protection.
- Bloodgift Demon: repeatable draw at your upkeep for the cost of only 1 life.
- Steel Hellkite: repeatable destroy opponents nonland permanents.
On a low budget lands are last to think about, but there's a few more that are $2 or less to consider for some improvements:
- Caves of Koilos
- Path of Ancestry
- Foreboding Ruins
- Furycalm Snarl
- Shineshadow Snarl
- Rogue's Passage
- Tyrite Sanctum
Some changes to consider:
- Angel of Despair --> Black Dragon
- Emeria Shepherd --> Furnace Whelp
- Liesa, Forgotten Archangel --> Serra Angel
- Sephara, Sky's Blade --> Radiant, Serra Archangel
- Bloodgift Demon --> Shieldhide Dragon
- Steel Hellkite --> Sunblade Angel
- Caves of Koilos --> Scoured Barrens
- Path of Ancestry --> Vivid Meadow
- Foreboding Ruins --> Rakdos Carnarium
- Furycalm Snarl --> Wind-Scarred Crag
- Shineshadow Snarl --> Orzhov Basilica
- Rogue's Passage --> Darksteel Citadel
- Tyrite Sanctum --> Unclaimed Territory
If interested I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.
3 months ago
Hey, you're welcome. Well done with the changes.
Angel of Despair is better removal than Oblivion Ring because it's an Angel who can be reanimated many different ways. Emeria Shepherd can reanimate Ring, but it can also reanimate Despair. If you don't want to cut Ring than an Angel replacement to consider is Cleaving Reaper. Reaper can return to your hand from graveyard for 3 life which is nice, but it's not needed here with all reanimation and having to cast Reaper again for five mana is subpar.
Orzhov Cluestone is a lesser mana rock compared to Mind Stone and Commander's Sphere especially with Emeria Shepherd. Consider Wayfarer's Bauble? It's just been reprinted in one of the AtFR Commander decks. Wayfarer is another artifact that has interaction with Shepherd since for two mana search for a basic Plains putting it onto the battlefield to trigger Shepherd. It's also a one drop to keep recurring to your hand with Shepherd to cast again for Firja.
Mentor of the Meek is consistently not going to give enough draw for a three drop. What makes Mentor a strong draw source is when your theme is to create 1/1 token creatures, but that's not the theme here. Angel tokens are the token theme and they're 4/4s as well as most other Angels have more than 2 power which doesn't trigger Mentor. Firja does have 2 power, but her alone is not enough of a reason to play Mentor.
Mentor is not needed since you've added Dawn of Hope which it's a draw source that has overall much more interaction with the theme here. Consider Moon-Blessed Cleric to replace Mentor? Moon is a budget way to tutor for any enchantment who can reanimated, she's also a Cleric.
3 months ago
Hey, well done so far on a budget.
Consider the Emeria Shepherd + Pyre of Heroes interaction with basic Plains? Shepherd is an Angel to reanimate because then she along with Plains can reanimate any nonland permanent. The interaction of these two cards comes from being able to sac an Angel to tutor for to cheat another one onto the battlefield and then reanimate the Angel you just saced with Shepherd. Just by playing a land Shepherd can get a nonland permanent into your hand such as Mind Stone to cast to help to trigger Firja.
Angel of the Ruins has a powerful ETB effect and is another nice Angel with Shepherd because any land can return Ruins to your hand to then plainscycle to search for a Plains. Another interaction with Pyre is repeatedly sacing the same Angel such as Angel of Despair and reanimating it with Shepherd as long as you have Plains.
Firja as a five drop starts the chain nicely with Pyre when saced to get a six drop Angel such as Valkyrie Harbinger and then Harbringer the next turn gets Shepherd. From there get back Harbringer with Shepherd and then sac it later on to get Sephara, Sky's Blade.
Profane Tutor is a budget low CMC tutor that you cast from suspend. Open the Armory is a low CMC tutor to get Mask of Memory or Animate Dead. Dawn of Hope can do a lot when your Commander has lifelink as well as has evasion.
Court of Grace can be repeatable Angels as well as draw from the monarch. Flying Angels especially ones with vigilance can help to defend for you to keep the monarch, not letting your opponents do combat damage to you. Cleric Class is another one mana card that can help to gain life to trigger various effects and the other levels are good too.
Apprentice Necromancer has interaction with Sun Titan to repeatedly reanimate any 3 CMC or less permanent for one black mana. With Titan in your graveyard reanimate him with Necromancer. Titan ETB reanimates Necromancer and Titan has haste thus he attacks reanimates any other 3 CMC or less permanent. At your end step Titan is saced putting him in your graveyard to reanimate again with Necromancer on your next turn and repeat.
Titan can reanimate Evolving Wilds which is fuel for Emeria Shepherd. Because of Titan For one black mana you could repeatedly trigger Shepherd two times until you run out of Plains or nonland permanents to reanimate/recur. Patriarch's Bidding and Victimize are upgrades for some reanimate spells and Bidding is now a budget card.
Dark Ritual is one mana to help to cast a second spell to trigger Firja or use it to help to cast Firja since she's double black mana cost. Orzhov Signet, Talisman of Hierarchy, Mind Stone are some budget mana rock additions/upgrades. Caves of Koilos, Shineshadow Snarl, Snowfield Sinkhole, Path of Ancestry, Esper Panorama, Ash Barrens are some budget lands to consider adding.
If interested in any of these suggestions then I offer more advice of cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.
4 months ago
Vessiliana Angel of Despair did not even cross my mind, but I will definitely consider her now! I am glad that this deck has helped to re-inspire you to build these two; I would love to see it when you're done!
4 months ago
I love the deck idea, and I have built and rebuilt various iterations of Krav and Regna for much the same reason! (That and they reminded me of an old AD&D 2e campaign I ran...)
You have possibly inspired me to rebuild my old favorite.
And have you considered Angel of Despair ? The bridge between the angelic and demonic in her seems cool, and several demons might be interested in her, as well as providing some on-theme removal.
4 months ago
Hey, nice upgrades of the precon and keeping the overall deck price under $100 is impressive.
Arcane Signet is a budget staple of Commander that you should strongly consider adding in place of Sphere of the Suns . The deathtouch theme looks out of place/used as filler from the all the other cards that show me that you do have good card sense on a budget. The deathtouch theme isn't needed here as it's not giving bonus interaction with Aminatou's blink or draw/put card on top of library.
Some creatures with deathtouch are good such as Baleful Strix and Gonti, Lord of Luxury , but these cards are good not because they have deathtouch instead because they do something when they enter the battlefield (ETB) which blinking them gives you more value. The deathtouch is a nice bonus, but it's not needed.
The card spots that are being used by Mardu Hateblade , Alchemist's Gift , Coat with Venom , High Priest of Penance , Tidehollow Strix and Gifted Aetherborn could be replaced with more permanents that have interaction with Aminatou, blink or cards with miracle.
- Felidar Guardian
- Oath of Kaya
- Reality Acid
- Omen of the Sea
- Solemn Simulacrum
- Ravenous Chupacabra
Felidar Guardian + Aminatou is a combo to infinite blink Guardian and Aminatou since when you blink Aminatou with Guardian a new object of Aminatou ETB which lets you use it's -1 loyalty ability again to blink Guardian who then again blinks Aminatou and repeat. If you add Oath of Teferi then each time you -1 loyalty Aminatou you can do it again thus you can blink two permanents with each Aminatou. The first being any other permanent you control which can be a win condition and the second is Guardian and repeat.
- Oath of Kaya do 3 damage as many times as you need to each opponent.
- Gonti, Lord of Luxury to exile all your opponents libraries.
- Reality Acid or Angel of Despair to destroy all your opponents permanents.
- Peregrine Drake is infinite mana.
- Baleful Strix , Omen of the Sea or Mulldrifter is draw as many cards you want or draw Peregrine, cast it and then draw Oath to win.
- Solemn Simulacrum is put all basic lands in your library onto the battlefield tapped.
- Ravenous Chupacabra or Massacre Wurm is kill all your opponents creatures.
If interested I offer more advice including some budget land upgrades. Would you like more help? Good luck with your deck.
5 months ago
7 months ago
I actually made an entire deck around this concept that works surprisingly well. Steve Argyle is a particularly great resource for this topic. In addition to Liliana of the Veil and Chosen of Markov Flip, he's also done Deadly Allure , Guul Draz Vampire , Naya Battlemage , and Night Revelers . Other notable artists are Jason Chan ( Deathpact Angel , Fires of Undeath , Kiora, Master of the Depths , Mayael the Anima , Maul Splicer , Treasured Find ) and Volkan Baga ( Elspeth, Knight-Errant , Korozda Gorgon , Stoic Angel , Student of Warfare ). I ended up going with vampires + knights and some other cards I included are Hero of Bladehold , Knight Exemplar , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , Elenda, the Dusk Rose , and possibly the most ridiculous piece of Magic art ever created: Soul Collector . Some cards that came close to making the cut are Angel of Despair , Bloodflow Connoisseur , Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief , Knight of Dusk , Magister of Worth , Avacyn, Angel of Hope , Vampire Hexmage , and Veteran Cavalier .
Other cards that I like (sorted by type) include Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch , Lyzolda, the Blood Witch , Kemba, Kha Regent , Sunspear Shikari , Elvish Champion , Gaea's Herald , Quirion Dryad , Nimbus Naiad , Dreamborn Muse , Mistral Singer , Shipwreck Singer , Siren of the Fanged Coast , Akroma, Angel of Wrath , Archangel of Strife , Basandra, Battle Seraph , Razia, Boros Archangel , and Ire Shaman . Looking at this list now, it's clear I've spent far too much time researching this subject.