Debt to the Deathless

Debt to the Deathless


Each opponent loses two times X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Set Rarity
Dragon's Maze (DGM) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Debt to the Deathless occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

WB (Orzhov): 0.73%

Debt to the Deathless Discussion

golgarigirl on MtgVirgin

3 weeks ago

I would take a good look at your pet cards and figure out what they want, and then build around what Commander best enables that.

Sorin Markov wants to sit on the board and tick up and down.

Debt to the Deathless wants you to have a lot of mana.

Revel in Riches wants opposing creatures to die, and to have lots of Treasure tokens.

Sorin is going to want lots of removal and creatures on your board to keep him safe from enemy creatures. Debt requires two colors very strongly and black can ramp very well. Revel likes the removal angle Sorin agrees with, and any Treasures generated can also go to Debt in a pinch.

As mentioned above, Orzhov (Black/White) or something 3-color centered around that is going to be really great for you. These cards are pretty generically good, so I think anything taking those colors into account could really work for you. Take a peek at what you have access to, and what is interesting to you.

WalkingIllusion on Elenda, the First Vampire

1 month ago

Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile are the best removal in the GAME, regardless if you don't get the death trigger with Elenda YOU RUN THESE TWO CARDS IN EVERY DECK THAT IS WHITE!

So when you run black you run multiple tutors otherwise you are playing the color wrong, you have vampiric tutor which im proud of you that you have it in the deck but please consider one to two more tutors Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Intent, Grim Tutor or worse case scenario at least Diabolic Tutor...

You could run more blood artist triggering cards like Falkenrath Noble, Bastion of Remembrance, Vindictive Vampire or Zulaport Cutthroat.

You don't need Exsanguinate or Debt to the Deathless to go infinite as stated above by you and players can respond to the stack if you are playing against good magic players. You could just sac a creature and get a blood artist trigger to go off with sanguine bond/exquisite blood combo then if they respond to the trigger you can just do it again and win; easier and better in EVERY way... those two spells are horrible filler. Bishop of Binding, Pitiless Pontiff, Sorin Markov, Syphon Mind, Go for the Throat, Mortify are cards that I feel like they fall in the same category as being filler.

Other interesting cards you might want to consider. Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Aetherflux Reservoir, Return to Dust, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodcrazed Paladin, Captivating Vampire, Kindred Dominance, Living Death, Phyrexian Reclamation, Generous Gift, and Grand Abolisher.

That's all I got for you on the top of my head, gl on your deck!

MtgGoofy on MtgVirgin

1 month ago

Hello everyone!!!

I’m building my first edh homebrew after playing with the symbiotic swarm deck with my roommates for awhile and I fell hard for the format but now I’m stuck between the two following generals for my first brew.

Najeela, the Blade-Blossom Warrior Tribal

General Tazri Allies Tribal.

I’ve been doing research on edhrec about which cards they can main but I’m still unable to decide which one I should go with.

My big question is to figure out which one would be more aggro and which one can work the best with my 3 "pet" cards

1.Sorin Markov

2.Debt to the Deathless

3.Revel in Riches

I’ll look at everyones opinions and I’ll post my decklist afterwards for tips and questions.

Thanks guys!!!

jimu85 on Esper Extort

1 month ago

Most of your board wipes are on the rather high end of the mana curve, I would recommend swapping some of them out for (in terms of mana cost) cheaper cards. Unless you are using them specifically for their extra or asymmetrical abilities, but even if you are I would say you would want at least 3 cheap or cheaper board wipes such as, Damnation, Toxic Deluge, or Profane Command. In terms of extort, some of these cards are pretty bad despite having that ability, cards such as Basilica guards should probably be replaced with more mana efficient extortioners. I would also recommend, adding in some on theme win cons the best of which being Debt to the Deathless

Openil on [Primer] Political Subterfuge - Marchesa Aikido

1 month ago

At the risk of posting back to back can I also ask your thoughts on Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Cabal Coffers, and Debt to the Deathless. the first 2 interact well with Weathered Wayfarer and debt goes well with that interaction and Smothering Tithe I also think an earlier debt for even 3 to 5 is still significant.

Thanks again.

Ziu on Teysa's Rebirth

1 month ago

I like the theme of the deck :) There is a significant overlap with my Athreos, God of Passage deck. Feel free to check it! However, I think this deck may be quite slow. With your token subtheme and the need for a lot of mana, Pawn of Ulamog may be a good addition. I would e.g. drop Debt to the Deathless because you cannot use it in early phases of the game and you probably have enough lifegain anyway. You could add something like Cliffhaven Vampire to potentially convert your ligegain into damage.

Brogan54 on Oloro, Ageless Ascetic

1 month ago

My recommendations :

I think most people will tell you that Oloro offers little competitive advantage to you compared to other esper commander like Zur (who can fetch Necropotence into play) or even Aminatou (who is a combo piece in the command zone). I think upsides for Oloro would be that he can do larger ad nauseam and possibly can even run Humility which few decks can win while it is on the board.


Teferi's Protection

Rhox Faithmender

Debt to the Deathless



Merciless Eviction

Anguished Unmaking


Thran Dynamo


Mox Tantalite

Phyrexian Arena

Twilight Prophet

Crypt Ghast

Winds of Abandon


Search for Azcanta  Flip

I would first add better ramp, better draw, potential Stax, tutors and then other win cons.


Dark Ritual

Fellwar Stone

Mox Diamond

Talisman of Hierarchy

Talisman of Progress

Copy Artifact

Mox Opal

Cabal Ritual

Grim Monolith

Lotus Petal

Dramatic Reversal


Ad Nauseam

Night's Whisper



Whispering Madness




Verity Circle (good against dorks)

Plunge into Darkness (a good Impulse)

Mindblade Render

Sygg, River Cutthroat


Drannith Magistrate

Aven Mindcensor

Cursed Totem

Notion Thief


Blind Obedience

Rest in Peace

Torpor Orb


Mental Misstep




Spell Pierce

Spell Snare


Tale's End


Chain of Vapor

Gilded Drake

Yahenni's Expertise

Into the Roil

Blink of an Eye


Vampiric Tutor

Imperial Seal

Transmute Artifact


Whir of Invention

Praetor's Grasp


Academy Rector


CONSULT COMBO Demonic Consultation

Tainted Pact

Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

Laboratory Maniac


Ad Nauseam (draw whole deck, can Windfall and make everyone die while AG means you can't lose

Helm of Obedience

Rest in Peace / Leyline of the Void

Heliod Walking Ballista

Approach of the Second Sun

Dramatic Scepter

Isochron Scepter

Rocks that produce at least three mana total (outlet is extort with blind obedience or crypt ghast) If have pristine Talisman gain infinite life, which is infinite draw with commander

Didn't look at landbase

GenericCola on Orzhov Aristocrats - EDH Theme Deck

2 months ago

ShadowAblaze, thanks for the comment. I am very aware of all of those cards; they have all been left out deliberately, for different reasons (except Teysa, who is actually my commander-- you seem to have overlooked her). I'll address them individually:

Blood Baron of Vizkopa - At 5 mana, with no real synergy with the rest of the deck, and no immediate impact on the board state, he is not viable in this build.

Immortal Servitude - This is a fantastic card, and I will actually probably put a copy in. I just need to work on finding a copy. Unfortunately, it's usually going to be a strictly worse Rally the Ancestors, but casting it for X=2 should usually yield good results.

Obzedat, Ghost Council - This is another creature which offers no synergy with the rest of the deck's aristocrat goals. I will probably make a separate deck for the Ghost Council in the future.

Obzedat's Aid - I love this card, and I have tried to make it work so many times, but it is unfortunately too slow, most of the time. This card lives in my maybeboard.

Karlov of the Ghost Council - This is a very strong card, but again, it lacks any meaningful synergy with the deck. The best I get from Karlov is a bunch of triggers from my Lifelink tokens, but usually Karlov ends up being a "win-more" card. He, too, lives in my maybe-board.

Teysa Karlov - This is literally the commander of the deck. I'm not sure why you think she's not in here, lmfao.

Kaya's Guile - I have playtested this card, and I have found that more often than not it under-performs. It may find its way back into the deck as my meta shifts, but more often than not it's not worth playing, for me.

Debt to the Deathless - This has been one of my favorite cards since its release. It simply is not well suited to this deck, however. More often than not, it simply gets countered, and even if it didn't, it does nothing to support the aristocrats strategy of this deck. The current build usually does not accelerate to the amount of mana required to make this card viable.

High Priest of Penance - This is another one of my all-time favorite Magic cards, and nearly made the cut, but since I do not have any way of dealing damage to him on my own, he more often than not ends up sitting in play and doing nothing until the board gets wiped. He's another one of those cards that lives in my maybe-board, and may one day be added to the roster-- but for now, he doesn't have the synergy required to make it work.

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