Karlov of the Ghost Council

Karlov of the Ghost Council

Legendary Creature — Spirit Advisor

Whenever you gain life, put two +1/+1 counters on this.

Remove six +1/+1 counters from this: Exile target creature.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Karlov of the Ghost Council Discussion

kellpiece on Black and White Lifegain Deck

1 month ago

Karlov of the Ghost Council is an INSANE card for a deck like this when you combo it with ajani. its pricey, but kicks major ass. I'd look into cheaper dual lands like Caves of Koilos and Temple of Silence . They both work pretty well for me

Vizkopa Guildmage huge in decks like this. I might consider replacing some Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord with Sorin, Lord of Innistrad for the vampire and life gain theme.

Kaya's Guile and Mortify are super strong here too. perhaps consider ditching Vampire of the Dire Moon and Vizkopa Vampire for Gifted Aetherborn or Vampire Nighthawk since those 1 drops are easy targets for cheap removal.

Rhox Faithmender , Cradle of Vitality and Dawn of Hope all great additions as well

BrassLord on Firja's Dark Disciples

2 months ago

Looks like a fun starter commander! Black White lifegain is a definite fun archtype to build, maybe work up towards something like Karlov of the Ghost Council or Oloro, Ageless Ascetic ! I know starting out budget is important as you don't want to invest in cards you might not like, so I've made the recommendations with that in mind!

On the first look, your commander can filter through your deck fairly consistently, so some reanimation spells like Dread Return Unburial Rites Victimize might work out for you!

Revival / Revenge and Light of Promise are both fun cards that offer some utility and can get out of hand.

Spirit Loop seems like it could have a home in your deck, as it's a consistent 2cmc spell that you can keep casting and getting back to trigger your commander.

Well of Lost Dreams Dawn of Hope Cosmos Elixir Are all sources of card draw that synergize with your lifegain gameplan! Your commander's colors are notoriously known for lacking card draw and ramp, so these might help keep you in the game!

Soul Warden Soul's Attendant and Suture Priest are decent lifegain triggers, as they trigger on each creature entering the battlefield.

Blind Obedience seems perfect for your deck!

Vampire Nighthawk Indulging Patrician Basilica Bell-Haunt Angel of Vitality are creatures that seem to fit with your gameplan.

Lurrus of the Dream-Den offers consistent recursion and allows you to cast lower cmc permanents. Kami of False Hope could also pair with this really well, as it's basically a fog effect that you can cast for cheap over and over!

In your current list, it appears a little removal light (which to be fair is meta dependent). since you're playing white, you have access to cards like Darksteel Mutation and Reprobation , which can be a headache for your opponents to deal with if you enchant their commander. Also Victimize is a great catchall removal spell.

Colored mana seems at a premium in your deck, so I'd also look into getting some cheaper artifact ramp like Marble Diamond and Charcoal Diamond .

For cuts, I'd recommend evaluating your cards in terms of whether they actively win the game or help you do what you want. In your current list Fortified Rampart I've found to be underwhelming and doesn't further your gameplan. I'd also recommend replacing the following: Star-Crowned Stag Skeleton Archer Reaper of Night Kor Scythemaster Inspiring Captain Hailstorm Valkyrie Gargoyle Sentinel Fiend Binder Angel of the Dawn Courier Griffin Silverflame Ritual Chaplain's Blessing Splendid Agony Djeru's Renunciation Sinister Possession .

That being said, it can sometimes be fun just trying your best with whatever cards are lying around! Hopefully the suggestions can give your deck a little pep!

TheVectornaut on A sweet ass B/W deck

2 months ago

Hero of Precinct One and Tome of the Guildpact are some decent cards that care about multicolored without being so themselves. Orzhov picks could be Pillar of the Paruns , Beckon Apparition , Blood Baron of Vizkopa , Nightsky Mimic , Kaya's Guile , Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim , Karlov of the Ghost Council , Resolute Rider , Seraph of the Scales , or Vizkopa Guildmage . I tried to pick card suggestions that fit in with either the multicolored or the lifegain plans. Popular inclusions in more tempo or aggro focused Mimic/Divinity builds include Castigate , Orzhov Charm , Mourning Thrull , Cartel Aristocrat , Sin Collector , and Gift of Orzhova . Combine the two and you might get some value out of a shell of Ajani's Pridemate , Heliod, Sun-Crowned , Light of Promise , Wall of Limbs , and Archangel of Thune .

Anyway, now that I've probably named every black and white card ever printed, do let me know if you have questions. Good luck!

Gidgetimer on Complicated Legendary Rule Question

9 months ago

Karlov of the Ghost Council and Soul Warden both have triggered abilities. These will trigger any time their condition is met, but wait to be put on the stack.

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord has an activated ability. You can activate an ability when you have priority.

Both activated and triggered abilities go on the stack and wait to resolve. When all players pass in succession the topmost object on the stack resolves and then there is another round of priority before the next object on the stack resolves.

The legendary rule is a State-Based Action (SBA). They do not use the stack and can not be responded to.

Whenever a player would receive priority SBAs are checked and performed until none are performed. Then all triggered abilities waiting to go on the stack are put on the stack. This procedure is repeated until no SBAs are performed and no triggers are put on the stack. Then the player receives priority.

What happens in your scenario, assuming one opponent, is:

  1. The second Karlov enters the battlefield.

  2. Soul Warden triggers and waits for the trigger to be put on the stack.

  3. SBAs are checked and one of the Karlovs are put into the graveyard.

  4. SBAs are checked and nothing happens.

  5. The Soul Warden trigger goes on the stack.

  6. SBAs are checked and nothing happens.

  7. The game checks for triggers waiting to go on the stack and there are none.

  8. You receive priority. (This is the point where you could activate Jarad, but you only have 1 Karlov.)

  9. Step 6 and 7 again.

  10. Your opponent receives priority.

  11. Assuming nothing was added to the stack, Soul Warden's trigger resolves.

  12. Karlov triggers.

  13. Step 4-11 again replacing "soul warden trigger" with "karlov trigger".

IdRatherBPlayingYuGiOh on Complicated Legendary Rule Question

9 months ago

I'm unfamiliar with the all of the Legendary Rule interactions as I am still fairly new to the game, and had this situation today that I didn't know how it would resolve.

If I had Soul Warden + Karlov of the Ghost Council + Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord on the board and played a second Karlov of the Ghost Council from hand, do the Soul Warden + Karlov of the Ghost Council abilities trigger before the Legendary Rule kicks in?

Do both Karlov of the Ghost Council get the tokens from Soul Warden triggering, and am I able to respond with Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord ability to sacrifice one of the Karlov of the Ghost Council before one is sent to the graveyard from the Legendary Rule?

RiotRunner789 on Jank Control?

10 months ago

There are a lot of different kinds of control. Since you mentioned Jank, I would recommend staying away from blue (or go deep end blue jank).

The Orzhov recommendation is pretty good. I would recommend Kambal, Consul of Allocation or Karlov of the Ghost Council, or Teysa, Orzhov Scion. Intermix elements of pillow fort and lifegain with control elements of board wipes and spot removal to get you ahead. Also, black has the best discard and acts as a great counter to blue/opponent card advantage.

Speaking of discard, you could go with a mono-black discard strategy which is an amazing resource denial (black at its best) for your opponents. There is Rankle, Master of Pranks and Tinybones, Trinket Thief who would probably work best but there are also others.

RambIe on None

11 months ago

Karlov of the Ghost Council
I always count my commanders cmc with tax, because lets face it there going to get pocketed at least once.
with that in mind 7 cmc for Vona, Butcher of Magan in these colors is unbearable for me.

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