Killian, Ink Duelist
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy 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
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Pre-release Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Standard Legal
Standard Brawl Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Killian, Ink Duelist

Legendary Creature — Human Warlock


Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)

Spells you cast that target a creature cost less to cast.

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mtgchecker on

4 months ago

Thank you very much! I will consider your suggestions. I just had a test run today with a similar deck and the Midnight Charm was really not that useful like you said. I will definitely get the Unearth. Regarding the Killian, Ink Duelist I agree and I will replace him. The same is true for Drana's Emissary.

Thank you for the suggestions!

wallisface on

4 months ago

This seems pretty decent for a budget brew - so good work!

My thoughts on things to improve are:

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6 months ago

Killian, Ink Duelist is a decent inclusion, but also a great budget option for this style of deck.

doodkyle on What happens if you give …

1 year ago

Assume i have Hanna's Custody and Liquimetal Torque on the battlefield. If my opponent tries to cast Spirit Mantle on their Killian, Ink Duelist and I make Killian an Artifact in response using liquimetal torque, what happens to the spirit mantle?

multimedia on Liesa, Liesa, they so flying...

1 year ago

Hey, good latest update, really nice additions of Archivist of Oghma and Bolas's Citadel. Don't forget Caves of Koilos, it's in the precon and an Orzhov dual land that enters the battlefield untapped.

You're right you want more draw and you could cut several lesser creatures for more draw. Use life to get draw by either drawing when you gain life or when you pay life. Well of Lost Dreams is another four drop that like Greed once you get onto the battlefield it can draw a ton of cards because of Liesa's lifelink. Sigarda's Splendor can draw an extra card at your upkeep if your life total changed and it's another source of repeatable life gain from casing white spells.

Dawn of Hope each time you gain life you can pay 2 mana to draw a card. Eye of Vecna draws a card when it enters the battlefield and then it can be repeatable at your upkeep for 2 mana + 2 life.

Fell Stinger can sac itself for it's exploit to have interaction with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel and other reanimation or recursion that you could add such as Sun Titan, Witch of the Moors, Apprentice Necromancer, Priest of Fell Rites. When your Commander has flying then Mask of Memory can be consistent repeatable draw as well as discard to fuel reanimation or recursion.

Court of Grace makes you the monarch for repeatable draw a card at your end step. If you're the monarch at your upkeep then you create a 4/4 Angel or if you're not the monarch a 1/1 Spirit. Palace Jailer makes you the monarch, it also exiles an opponent's creature and that creature never returns to the battlefield unless you lose the monarch which can only happen if an opponent does combat damage to you or plays a card that makes them the monarch.

Some cards to consider cutting for more draw, reanimation, recursion.

  • Killian, Ink Duelist: you have very few cards that have a single target to reduce the mana cost.
  • Vampire Outcasts: the lifelink is nice, but that's all it does for a four drop creature, no other abilities, can do better for four mana.
  • Dawnhart Geist: there's very few enchantments here and it only triggers for your enchantments, can gain more life from other cards.
  • Vampire Scrivener: I know you like this card, but it's too slow and doesn't do anything for five mana. You have Necropolis Regent at one more mana than Scrivener who can put the counters on Liesa the same turn it enters the battlefield. Putting counters on Liesa will do more because she has lifelink.
  • Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts: not a fan of this seven drop, could replace it with Sun Titan.

Well of Lost Dreams or Sigarda's Splendor could replace Vampire Outcasts. Dawn of Hope or Eye of Vecna could replace Killian, Ink Duelist. Mask of Memory is a good swap for Malefic Scythe. Mask can give you repeatable draw where as Scythe isn't doing much because it only triggers when equipped creature dies.

Fell Stinger is an easy swap for Dawnhart Geist. Vampire Scrivener could be cut for more reanimation Witch of the Moors, Apprentice Necromancer, Priest of Fell Rites. Sun Titan could replace Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts. Court of Grace or Palace Jailer could replace Heron of Hope. Heron's ability is fine to gain a little more life, but more draw would help more.

Sorgol on

2 years ago

Hi there.

Since both of your playing partners like playing creature heavy decks and you like the white/black playstyle, why not punish them for playing creature heavy decks? How about choosing Killian, Ink Duelist as your commander? And since you like enchantments and spells you could make it voltron/removal heavy.

He works well also with aura-enchantments, which could also work as removal like Pacifism-type cards. Protect him by making him indestructible with cards like Indestructibility while wiping the board with mass removal spells in case you opponents overwhelm you.

Add other creatures that last like Athreos, Shroud-Veiled that last just by being indestructible by himself, and even give you the chance to steal some big dragon from your opponent maybe (by placing a coin on it, then destroying it).

I think this deck could even be quite budget friendly, since there are a lot of budget removals out there that get even better with Killian as your commander.

And that's it. Hope I could help somehow.

SynergyBuild on Highlander 2.0 (Feedback Welcome)

2 years ago

Sadly your commander and deck need to fit for the companion to work, which is why currently only a few commanders work with Lurrus, that fit both Lurrus into the color identity and fit the commander into Lurrus's companion requirement, namely the following:

Killian, Ink Duelist, Karlov of the Ghost Council, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, and Will the Wise all work on their own, as well as the following partner variants in Miara, Thorn of the Glade with any of the following: Livio, Oathsworn Sentinel, Keleth, Sunmane Familiar, and Akiri, Line-Slinger, or the variation from the new Friends Forever when pairing specifically Will the Wise with Lucas, the Sharpshooter.

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