Karlach, Fury of Avernus
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Karlach, Fury of Avernus

Legendary Creature — Tiefling Barbarian

Whenever you attack, if it's the first combat phase of the turn, untap all attacking creatures. They gain first strike until end of turn. After this phase, there is an additional combat phase.

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Profet93 on Samut, Vizier of Naktamun

2 months ago

SufferFromEDHD +1 because of you, interesting deck.

Dualcaster Mage - For the combo potential with hit shimmer and twinflame, as well as general utility.

At the risk of being winmore, Alhammarret's Archive?

What is the point of squee, synergy with survival of the fittest? Reminds me of when I used to run Genesis for a similar interaction.

Skullclamp - Draw, or is it not needed?

Do you have enough mountains to trigger valakut? I feel the slot would be better utilized with a Castle Garenbrig?

Command Tower/Cragcrown Pathway  Flip - Color fixing

Turntimber, Serpentine Wood  Flip - Utility

War Room - Draw

Have you considered adding some extra combat step cards to trigger your commander's ability and deal additional damage such as Karlach, Fury of Avernus, Relentless Assault, Seize the Day, Scourge of the Throne, World at War, Breath of Fury, Combat Celebrant or my personal favorite Aggravated Assault?

Last_Laugh on Bipedal Beastmode (Éowyn Human Tribal)

6 months ago

Azoth2099 I like the idea of extra combats but that card requiring combat damage to a player adds a really big hoop to jump through. I've considered Aurelia, the Warleader, Karlach, Fury of Avernus, and/or Moraug, Fury of Akoum though and ty for taking the time to post.

Crow_Umbra on Isshin, We Couldn't Budget the Second Heaven

8 months ago

You've got a pretty decent looking deck here. I love the name, +1 for that alone.

If you're open to suggestions, I do have some thoughts on potential changes you could make. I get that a lot of the expensive stuff in deck is stuff you already own, so my suggestions are being made with budget not necessarily being an issue:

  • I think you can replace Chaos Warp and Mortify, mostly because Mardu has some more versatile options like Anguished Unmaking, Generous Gift, Stroke of Midnight, Soul Partition, and Wear / Tear.

  • I highly recommend adding Dolmen Gate and Reconnaissance as additional board protection effects. Reconnaissance basically acts a pseudo-Vigilance anthem that can untap and save your creatures at the end of combat, since they are considered attacking until the end of combat.

  • Karlach, Fury of Avernus and/or Aurelia, the Warleader could be potential swaps with Raiyuu, since you aren't limiting yourself to a single Samurai or Warrior attacking, and can swing with the whole team. Both Karlach and Aurelia get some additional mileage with vigilance anthems.

  • Chivalric Alliance could be a potential swap with Thorough Investigation or Search the Premises.

  • As much as I love Alesha, she was my first Mardu commander before I converted her to Isshin over a year ago, I don't think she really fits this deck. Only ~8 of your creatures have power 2 or less. Perhaps Professional Face-Breaker could be a swap to reward your aggro plays, and also give you another means of (impulse) drawing.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. I'm happy to chat through any additional suggestions or ideas if you're up to it. Best of luck with your deck and its games!

joni1707x on Isshin Double Attack Trigger

10 months ago

Crow_Umbra Thank you so much for you suggestions! This REALLY helps me out a lot!

Aurelia, the Warleader is already included in the deck, maybe you missed this? Do you think, cutting Raiyuu, Storm's Edge and adding Karlach, Fury of Avernus is still good? Or should i consider to add something else in this place?

Dolmen Gate is definately a Card i am going to add in the future! I didn't know this was existing^^ Awesome!

All your other Suggestions speak for themselves. Thank you so much!

Crow_Umbra on Isshin Double Attack Trigger

10 months ago

Welcome to tappedout and to Isshin brewing! Great choice for a first deck, he's definitely one of my favorites of the past year. I have a few suggestions to consider as you continue to tune the deck:

  • I think you can replace like 3 of your equipment with a few more mana rocks like Talisman of Indulgence and the others in Mardu colors. I mostly suggest this because your deck isn't as Equipment focused, and some of the equipment are mana intensive to cast and equip,

  • Reconnaissance is one of the best cards out there for any Isshin build variant. This EDHREC article better explains how Reconnaissance is basically a pseudo-Vigilance anthem, and can prevent combat damage that would be dealt to your creatures. A bit pricey though, but worth it.

  • Dolmen Gate - Another excellent card for pretty much any Isshin build. Also a bit pricey, but has had a recent reprinting.

  • Breena, the Demagogue - She can be a fun draw engine in Isshin, and has helped me win a few games with how much she can grow threats. Because opponents can benefit from her, they may be less likely to remove her until it's too late.

  • Aurelia, the Warleader or Karlach, Fury of Avernus can potentially replace Raiyuu. Raiyuu doesn't have haste like Aurelia, or triggers off you attacking outright like Karlach.

  • I think you can maybe replace Chaos Warp with some other removal options that are a bit more versatile, like Generous Gift, Anguished Unmaking, or Wear / Tear.

I hope these suggestions are helpful starting places for potential changes. Let me know if you would like some additional feedback, as Isshin is one of my favorite commanders. Best of luck with your games and brewing!

NV_1980 on Aurelia, the Warleader

11 months ago

Not sure what your budget is, but I'd imagine cards like Aggravated Assault, Bloodthirster, Gleam of Battle, Karlach, Fury of Avernus all seem like useful additions.

Crow_Umbra on Obi-Wan Budget

1 year ago

The recent Aurelia Multiverse Legends reprint is such a huge benefit to budget decks. I know your overall budget is $75, but do you have a budget per card? I have a few suggestions within budget that I think could push your deck a little more without breaking the bank:

  • I think you can probably cut Heiko Yamazaki, the General and Raiyuu, Storm's Edge you currently have 5 Warriors & 3 Samurai in deck. From playing Isshin extensively this past year, you definitely want to be attacking with more than one creature per combat haha. Solo attacking usually only happens in early game or after recovering from board wipes.

  • Since you already have Duke Ulder Ravengard and Hammers of Moradin, you could lean a bit more into Myriad. Hammers of Moradin is one of my favorite cards in my list, and usually punches above its weight. Some other Myriad creatures you could include are Genasi Enforcers and Elturel Survivors.

  • To pair with Myriad and your creature token production in general, I'd recommend getting in some ETB damage effects like Corpse Knight, Impact Tremors, and/or Witty Roastmaster. This helps get some damage in "around" defenses, and softens up opponents even further for when your creatures connect.

  • I think Delina, Wild Mage could be an eventual swap/upgrade to Flamerush Rider. Yes, you can Dash out the Rider, but the copies that Delina makes are not Legendary, which can have a higher ceiling on doubling up those triggers you typically wouldn't be able to.

  • Karlach, Fury of Avernus could be a budget-ish (less than $10) swap for Raiyuu if you want another extra combat effect. Karlach doesn't even need to attack, she just checks if you are attacking.

  • Breena, the Demagogue or Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant could be potential swaps with Glint-Sleeve Siphoner. Both are a blast, and add some fun political wrinkles to games while helping you (and opponents) draw cards. They're high risk/high reward. Breena can help grow herself or your other threats, and Karazikar can help deflect aggro away with Goad.

  • Lastly, I'd recommend Gruesome Realization as a swap for Faithless Looting. Yes, Looting is cheap & has Flashback, but it isn't super helpful in this deck since you're not utilizing your graveyard as a resource. Gruesome Realization has helped me cut down other opposing creature token boards in a few games, or drawn me cards if I wasn't playing against those types of strats.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Overall your deck has decent synergy, but I think a handful of the suggested swaps can get it a bit more honed in. Hope you have fun with Isshin, he's a blast.

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