Ayara, First of Locthwain
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Ayara, First of Locthwain

Legendary Creature — Elf Noble

Whenever Ayara, First of Locthwain or another black creature enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

, Sacrifice another black creature: Draw a card.

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seshiro_of_the_orochi on Ayara or Liliana, heretoc healer

3 days ago

For reference:

Ayara, First of Locthwain

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip

This depends on your preferences, obviously.

Both will be an aristocrats list, but serve very different purposes in the strategy. Ayara is your sac outlet and a prime source of damage. You'll want to cast her early and recast her often. She'll be a centerpiece of her deck.

Liliana should enter and then be immediately transformed. I'd imagine she occupies a rather weird spot on your curve. You want to cast her early so you can benefit from her the most, but then again, she's a payoff for the lategame. Even if you just ignore the ultimate, she'll need a crowded graveyard to do something useful with her -X.

Tl;dr: I think Ayara is a lot more powerful, but Lili definitely wins the flavour contest.

wallisface on -1/-1 Counters

1 month ago

Interesting brew. I've been playing -1/-1 counters for a long time now (deck here), so with that in mind, some thoughts:

  • I think you want as many cards as possible either applying -1/-1 counters, or profiting from -1/-1 counters. In that vein, I'm not convinced Ayara, First of Locthwain is worth it at all here.

  • I'm also skeptical of Village Rites, as you want your creatures to be in play, and you already have card draw via Scarscale Ritual.

  • 19 lands feels waaay too low, even with your various mana-ramp dorks. I'd think you'd need at least 22-23 lands.

  • Grind / Dust would probably serve you a lot better than Go for the Throat. You don't need to bother with white to cast is secondary effect, but if you are able to splash white it can be quite useful.

  • You have too many cards being run as 1-ofs and 2-ofs - try playing more things as playsets to get your deck feeling a bit more consistent.

Hogodar on Black Devotion The black sea!

1 month ago

I am thinking of replacing Ayara, First of Locthwain by either Tymaret, Chosen from Death or Dread Shade I have a feeling Ayara doesn't work as well in this deck except for her CMC. What do you think?

DrukenReaps on Your Cheap Obscure Overperformers?

2 months ago

I only quickly perused EDHrec but pretty sure none of the following came up on the pages of the commanders I use them with. Each has done some impressive work at my table. I used sorting by Card Kingdom price on this website to find sub $2.

In Olivia, Crimson Bride I have Shifting Shadow. Since Olivia's attack reanimates Shifting Shadow ends up just giving me free creatures at effectively no cost to me. In a way it actually fuels the deck's plan.

In Ayara, First of Locthwain I have Aetherworks Marvel and Mimic Vat. This deck just loves getting more and more creatures into play. Both of the artifacts assist in doing that over and over again. Sometimes Aetherworks even drops in Plague of Vermin too, a finisher in that deck.

In Mairsil, the Pretender I have Captivating Crew, Chandra, Flamecaller, and Xathrid Gorgon. Seems to be a rare cheap commander to begin with... lol. Xathrid typically turns commanders off, highly effective card against the likes of Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and Zacama, Primal Calamity. Chandra does an amazing job of filling up my graveyard. Every turn a new hand +1. Captivating Crew lets me "borrow" some pretty sweet attackers and other effects, there are instant versions of this effect but not on a stick to my knowledge. 1 or 2 activations often opens someone up to attacks too.

SufferFromEDHD on Shadowborn Doomsday Rave

2 months ago

Ayara, First of Locthwain = blood artist #2

Starlit Sanctum decent sac outlet.

Skullclamp incredible sac outlet.

Secret Salvage Shadowborn tech

Remembrance Shadowborn tech

Aven Shrine this cycle typically has 0 value in EDH. Your engine/strategy breaks this jank!

Fushiii on Sorin - Competitive Modern Vampires

2 months ago

Balaam__, hey, thanks for taking the time to comment. I actually used to run Ayara, First of Locthwain for some time, but removed her for two reasons -

  1. She isn't a vampire, though I wish she was! Anowon, the Ruin Sage would kill her.
  2. I dislike sacrificing my own vampires, as I prefer to build a board state with buffs from Cordial Vampire.

To be fair, the passive life gain / loss for opponents she provides was great, however.

If you can recommend other cards for draws, I'm all ears.

Balaam__ on Sorin - Competitive Modern Vampires

2 months ago

The artwork is definitely thematically on point, but I recommend ditching Sign in Blood in favor of another draw source. Maybe Ayara, First of Locthwain would fit? She’s not a vampire, but offers much better utility (that’s also repeatable) and certainly looks like she fits right in with the whole vampire aesthetic.

philsonwilson on Witch's Brew

4 months ago

The website went down for a bit there and I appear to have lost part of my reply!

I wanted to mention Fate Unraveler and Ayara, First of Locthwain are great early on to add to the previously mentioned tick damage.

For extra punch with creature hits, Diviner's Wand can be great on cards like Fallen Shinobi or a flipped Kindly Stranger  Flip, but also Sedgemoor Witch (flying, menance and ward is always nice!). Speaking of Sedgemoor, her and Chittering Witch can add pesky little 1/1's that are great for sac fodder or adding to the poke damage we've accrued.

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