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.
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|Ravnica Allegiance: Mythic Edition (RNAMED)||Mythic Rare|
|Ravnica Allegiance (RNA)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper Discussion
1 month ago
Add Dark Tutelage for more draw. You can spare the life.
Additions to consider:
2 months ago
Kiran_M Sry, that's on me. I havn't updated the description so far, I'm working on it. Basically this is a classical control deck. This means many board whipes (e.g. Wrath of God) and some Counterspells to keep the battlefield clean from creatures and other game changing stuff.
There are just a few creatures included, because of cards like Proteus Staff to get them out way cheaper. Lands, that can switch into creatures are very helpful therefor (also Dowsing Dagger Flip can be transformed with them easier).
Win condition beside the creatures: Exiling each opponent's graveyard and activate the last activated ability of Kaya, Orzhov Usurper.
4 months ago
With 16 different plansewalkers in the deck it may be difficult to have some consistency in the deck in terms of effects.
To start off, I'm surprised Kaya, Orzhov Usurper isn't in the list. She's good against RDW and exiling cards in the graveyard like Cauldron Familiar and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath plus possible Elspeth Conquers Death targets.
A copy of Garruk, Cursed Huntsman could serve as an additional late game threat and can kill off a creature for card draw if needed. Him together with Liliana, Dreadhorde General and Chandra, Awakened Inferno.
Teyo, the Shieldmage and Tibalt, Rakish Instigator feels slow and not as impactful compared to the rest of the suite. For The Wanderer, could try just running a single copy since her ability does not come too often unless mata calls for it.
Just my suggestions so far. Hope it helps.
4 months ago
I just put this list together. It is a little different than what you have as it doesn't run Karn or a companion; however, I think it should be really consistent. Might be something you would be interested in? I personally don't think Karn would be that good. There just isn't enough good artifact sb cards that you would really want to grab. The main deck can deal with pretty much anything you need.
5 months ago
I really like this take. I wanted to try and build this guy myself but I need to see how the precon plays first and decide which aspects of humans I like best.
Have you considered Kaya, Orzhov Usurper? To potentially take advantage of all those exiled cards?
6 months ago
My favorite Planeswalkers are:
- Kaya (Kaya, Orzhov Usurper or Kaya, Ghost Assassin, not Kaya, Bane of the Dead, which seems weird for her)
- Wrenn and Six
- Sorin Markov (Other Sorins are very cool, but I'm super happy to see him in monoblack again
- Serra the Benevolent, very cool design
- Mu Yanling and Tamiyo, the Moon Sage. I don't like what they did to Tamiyo, making her multicolored, so I'm happy to see her tempo style abilities put on a new walker, still an Asian woman, lol.
- Aminatou, the Fateshifter
- Elspeth (My favrorite representation of white's power)
- Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, I like him over .
Huatli I mainly like for her Huatli, Radiant Champion card, and this is her set on Ikoria, personally, I'd rather her, Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, and Mu Yanling on the plane, and have each of them be a tribal walker, rather than have Narset of the Ancient Way on the plane.
This would make Elementals more viable, I think, not just Temur Elementals, with 3 relevant walkers.
Ajani and Lukka as curve toppers in a Cats tribal deck would be cool. Maybe Mardu to include the Cauldron Familiar? Unsure.
Huatli, Advocate of the Dinosaurs
Legendary Planeswalker - Huatli
+2: Put a loyalty counter on Huatli, Radiant Champion for each dinosaur you control.
-X: Put X +1/+1 counters on each dinosaur you control. You may chose one of the following counters: first strike, lifelink, menace, reach, trample, or vigilance, and put one of them on each dinosaur you control.
-12: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your upkeep, create X 3/3 green Dinosaur creature tokens with Trample, where X is the number of Dinosaurs you control."
I'd like to see another tribal walker, as described above
- Ashiok - Nightmares
- Lukka - Cats
- Vivien - Beasts
- Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer - Elemental
7 months ago
fasmith718 that's sweet to hear you killed it at a paper event! I've been competing on MTGO and doing decent. Kaya, Orzhov Usurper has been a popular discussion point in that discord that I shared in the description. I, personally, am not a fan of planeswalker cards, but that's the aggro in me. Kaya, Orzhov Usurper is good as a recurring grave exile threat, and as a small cmc creature threat. However, Kaya's Guile can be at instant speed, adds to grave for Bedlam Reveler and can force opponent to sacrifice an expensive creature (which has come in hand against Primeval Titan, Gurmag Angler, Bedlam Reveler, and other big creatures we find it difficult to remove at instant speed. As for the synergy with Leyline of the Void, I agree that that could close out games really well IF opponent lets Kaya, Orzhov Usurper get there. Generally, you don't judge a planeswalker based on ultimate alone, but you do bring up very strong points. If you like the synergy, and it works for you, keep it! Keep reporting back to us on how it works for you. Also, as for Chalice of the Void, I usually use Kolaghan's Command or Wear when I know opponent uses it. Usually, Mardu Pyromancer can work at the 2 or 3 cmc range really well, until artifact hate is found. Opponent usually doesn't have 6 mana super early to use Chalice of the Void to counter 3cmc spells.
YamishiTheWickedOne there are new Rakdos lists that use Lightning Skelemental, Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger, Dreadhorde Arcanist, and Seasoned Pyromancer to absolutely blaze through opponents. I think I've generally seen them forgo to also threaten with Blood Moon and Magus of the Moon. They are somewhat susceptible to early interaction and grave hate, so that's why I've kept my list this way. That being said, Unearth doesn't work here super well, since most creatures are not 3 cmc or lower pre-sideboard. I actually just did a league and I found myself not needing more card draw. I had plenty of threats and just had to "toolbox" and figure out which I needed to cast at that moment.
Thank you for your comments! Please feel included and encouraged to critique and suggest anything else to the deck, or even the primer to make it better! :)
8 months ago
Hey man, I finally made the change to 0x Young Pyromancer and once again used your guide as my jumping-off point. Came in 2nd in my first paper event with it out of 17, so a pretty nice start :) One of my only differences so far is putting Kaya, Orzhov Usurper in the board. I liked it as
- additional gy hate
- lifegain & 1 drop removal against burn and blitz
- death's shadow removal
- additional answer to Chalice of the Void
In practice I saw that it can work alongside Leyline of the Void in the Death's Shadow matchup as a wincon as they are geared to fill the yard and lower their life total, which plays well into Kaya's ultimate. It also would have been handy when and opponent dropped a Marit Lage against me, but that was a pretty fringe case!
Anyway, thanks again!