Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

Legendary Planeswalker — Kaya

+1: Exile up to two target cards from a single graveyard. You gain 2 life if at least one creature card was exiled this way.

-1: Exile target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 1 or less.

-5: Kaya, Orzhov Usurper deals damage to target player equal to the number of cards that player owns in exile and you gain that much life.

lhetrick13 on Pox Prison

4 months ago

I see...you are banking entirely on keeping the early board clear with the low CMC removal, keeping the opponent from having any hand by all via the discards you can force so they can only play their draw each turn, and if something does hit the board more in the mid to late game, you have several pieces that make them sacrifice a creature...which also deals with hexproof or indestructible creatures that might have hit the board that you can not deal with. All that said, you are just buying time until you can hit them with Kaya, Orzhov Usurper's ultimate.

Symph0nyS0ldier on Esper Control

6 months ago

DeVerbalen I didn't know they were making shard triomes already I'll for sure slot one or two in.

I don't run Drown in the Loch because my playgroup is pretty graveyard matters and I main 3 Kaya's Guile and 2 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper and they make drown bad. It was in the deck for a while along with Anticognition though.

Delay becomes a hard counter with Teferi, Time Raveler without him I agree is okay at best in most situations.

I did mess with my removal suite a bit after some goldfishing and a couple games online. Murderous Rider was good but double black isn't easy to get quickly as I need to prioritize triple blue and black is the colour I have the least of by a large margin.

zapyourtumor on

9 months ago

Damn, the creatures in this deck really look like a blast from the past. Shriekmaw, Geist, Tasigur?? (I love Shriekmaw btw)

I've seen esper stoneblade lists with Dakkon before, the card is pretty cool.

I think you could do with a little more threats, since this isn't like esper stoneblade control and more like esper stoneblade midrange. Esper Sentinel is a great proactive t1 play, and usually draws a card even if its removed. With more 1 drops I think you can cut the Thoughtseize and maybe go to 4 IoK.

I recommend cutting the two paths for more Prismatic Ending. Also I recommend cutting Damnation for a second Damn.

Not sure what else to suggest. Solitude maybe? Kaya, Orzhov Usurper can deal with opponent delirium and exile opposing reanimation targets, and also exile ragavan and drc.

DigitlViking on Serra's Descendants, competitive Angel Tribal

10 months ago

I have not tried Seraph of the Scales at all, but then I also do not think I have specifically played this against any sort of reanimator. When I did play it, they had not really caught on at my LGS and lately I have been back on Grixis Control.

Anyway...I do not know what it is that I would pull out of the 4 slot for that as opposed to hanging on to a Path to Exile or Vindicate might end up being better than replacing anything in that slot, just my thoughts though. I was also considering a Kaya, Orzhov Usurper or two in the side since the reanimator decks have caught on.

Coming up, I am thinking about trying Markov Purifier for some card draw as a two of. Gaining life here is really easy, but unsure how bad that extra mana might be in the long run, but I figure it is worth a shot.

cyeRunner on Serra's Descendants, competitive Angel Tribal

10 months ago

Upvoted!

What do you think about running Seraph of the Scales ? Deathtouch seems quite good against Murktide Regent or Archon of Cruelty and you still have 2x 1/1 Blockers left after it dies.
For your Maybeboard: Night's Whisper seems like a better Sign in Blood to me in this deck since it's easier to cast.
Also a single Kaya, Orzhov Usurper in the sideboard seems nice in the current Meta: "+1" against Living End and other Graveyard strategies and "-1" against Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Dragon's Rage Channeler.

philosopher on Kaya's Exile Ale

11 months ago

what do you use Kaya, Orzhov Usurper for?

bvowles on BW Control

1 year ago

I'd play less lands, probably around 24-25, play more Fatal Push and some Path to Exile in your sideboard. Maybe Ashiok, Dream Render in place of Dovin. I'm not a big fan of Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and I'd suggest Elspeth, Sun's Champion as a one or two-of at most. Inquisition of Kozilek is really good right now, I'd suggest playing three main. For sideboard I don't recommend more than one Flaying Tendrils. I'd play a few Path to Exile's like I said earlier as they're still the best answer for Murktide Regent and other large CMC threats that are hard to deal with using Prismatic Ending or Fatal Push. Can't always top deck Kaya's Guile to make the opp sac a creature.

Skyclave Apparition might be really good in this deck too.

Speaking of good right now, I'd play 4 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper as that card is really good right now.

It's cool, I like the idea playing a mid range, super grindy orzhov deck. All of the previous was just suggestions and personal opinion, obviously play whatever is fun for you. Is this intended to be FNM, competitive or kitchen table? I have more suggestions but it depends on how you answer lol. For instance I'd say play a set of Dauthi Voidwalker with more Ashiok, Dream Render because Ashiok's minus will exile all of those cards with Voidwalker counters on them.

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