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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
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal



, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.

Azoth2099 on Oloro, Where Art Thou?

2 months ago


Great Commander choice, dude, greatly underrated nowadays imho.

I'll get right to it. Considering that they also translate into card draw, I'd have to recommend an abundance of low-cost Lifegain effects. Archivist of Oghma, Serra Ascendant, Soul's Attendant, Soul Warden, Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim, Leonin Elder, Profane Memento, Spectrum Sentinel, Authority of the Consuls & Blind Obedience will trigger often. Zuran Orb allows you to just straight up turn your excess Lands into card advantage mid-late game, provided you tap them for mana before you sacrifice them. Not bad for a 0-drop.

Some higher costed stuff like Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Queza, Augur of Agonies, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse, Life Insurance, Shabraz, the Skyshark & Sunscorch Regent will all draw you a bunch of cards.

As far as winning goes, there are a few combos that work intrinsically with what the deck is already trying to do. I see you're running Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood as one of your WinCons, so you're off to a good start. Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista fits here, as does Aetherflux Reservoir + Bolas's Citadel + Sensei's Divining Top. All of these combos can be easily Tutored within Esper, with the only dead card being Walking Ballista. "Dead" meaning it's useless on it's own, not that it's hard to Tutor.

Speaking of Aetherflux Reservoir & Bolas's Citadel, using your Life as a resource is obviously a good strategy here since you'll be gaining so much of it no matter how you build this one. Greed, Unfulfilled Desires, Phyrexian Processor, Phyrexian Reclamation & Defiler of Faith are good examples. Necropotence & Ad Nauseam obviously exists as well. You could also run stuff like Razaketh, the Foulblooded & Vilis, Broker of Blood, but that would require a Reanimator strategy...

Other than that I'd probably add some more Tutors & Ramp for your combos, & more protection for Oloro, Ageless Ascetic.


Fasrielyn on The King Has Returned.

4 months ago

DareiJuxis, I completely agree about wipes. I was just curious which ones may synergize the best with Brimaz. Thank you for some of those recommendations. I put in Austere Command and Farewell on top of keeping Sunfall. I did think about putting in Basalt Monolith and Rings of Brighthearth to get infinite colorless mana in order to keep up with the amount of incubate tokens that are made.

I did add Greed like you recommended. The reason I kept things like Corrupted Conviction is the sac additional cost to the card in order to sac any phyrexian token I have to help trigger Brimaz. Would you recommend against that? Like an Ashnod's Altar in order to help pay for another to take its place?

TijuanaBachelorParty on Date Night with Phage

4 months ago

Thank you SufferFromEDHD, I appreciate the comment. I have enjoyed piloting the deck and feel like it is really close to where I want it. The addition of Hall of the Bandit Lord would be great.

Greed is a little slow, but I have enjoyed using it in games and will happily pay a black mana and two life for cards until I die.

I have not used Street Wraith in a game, though I hope to see it will play well as a swampwalking body or one less card in the deck. To be determined if it will stay.

Crucible of Worlds has not found a place in the deck without any other land-graveyard synergies. I would consider it if I ran Rain of Filth or the fetches.

I have wondered about more effects like The Golden Throne or Lich's Mirror. One of which is slightly less detrimental....

DareiJuxis on The King Has Returned.

4 months ago

Looks like the list lacks wipes and mana in general, something Brimaz, Blight of Oreskos takes advantage of/desperately needs. I'm also not much of a fan of instants/sorceries like Costly Plunder since it's a one-time draw, I'd rather see creatures/enchantments here (Chronomancer and Esper Sentinel synergize somewhat as artifacts, Greed or Idol of Oblivion and the like as a permanent form of draw.) Or even bigger bursts of draw like Stinging Study if it has to be inst/sorc. Patriarch's Bidding seems like an auto include here.

SufferFromEDHD on Date Night with Phage

4 months ago

Phage is a great commander as she has one of the most unique restrictions in the game. Your list is really well balanced and focused.

Crucible of Worlds to recycle Command Beacon.

Hall of the Bandit Lord crucial.

The Golden Throne the more of these effects the better.

The only cards that seemed weak in your list were Street Wraith and Greed.

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