Olivia, Mobilized for War
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Olivia, Mobilized for War

Legendary Creature — Vampire Knight

Flying

Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may discard a card. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature, it gains haste until end of turn, and it becomes a Vampire in addition to its other types.

Yogei on Beyond the Grave (Abzan)

2 months ago

Hi, I’ve taken a look at both this deck and its Abzan sibling. The comment on the Abzan deck says the same thing, but it felt appropriate to leave the comment on both decks since I ended up comparing them a little. I should also say that I have little experience with graveyard/reanimator decks. But I’ll give what little input I can :p

Haakon, Stromgald Scourge looks like a fun card to build combos with. He’s a bit fiddly but such decks can be a lot of fun to play.

My first impressions are that the Abzan deck is currently the stronger deck, based on its creatures. But, the Mardu version has better graveyard-synergy and more potential. Call the Bloodline and Aether Vial seem like cards you’d want in both decks. Breathless Knight looks perfect for these decks, I imagine it being a key card if “tended” properly. Knight Exemplar on the other hand seem almost counterproductive. She’s a fantastic card but is indestructibility really necessary when you can play knights from the graveyard?

Speaking of the graveyard, Unearth could be worth looking at. It grants extra reanimation if Hahkoon doesn’t find his way to the battlefield. Something like Changeling Outcast could be good too since it’s so cheap, even if it’s a fake-knight.

Lastly, and this might come down to deck building style more than anything else, but why run just 1 copy of some cards? Olivia, Mobilized for War especially? If a card adds to the decks strategy wouldn’t you want better than 1 in 60 odds of finding it? And if not, is the card really necessary? In “my style” of building I focus a lot on consistency. I rarely want less than 3 copies of a card in a deck, and I try to always double down on key mechanics for the decks strategy.

Like I said, I’m a little out of my element here, but hopefully I’ve said at least one useful thing. Good luck with the decks, I like the idea of them, they have potential!

Yogei on Beyond the Grave (Mardu)

2 months ago

Hi, I’ve taken a look at both this deck and its Abzan sibling. The comment on the Abzan deck says the same thing, but it felt appropriate to leave the comment on both decks since I ended up comparing them a little. I should also say that I have little experience with graveyard/reanimator decks. But I’ll give what little input I can :p

Haakon, Stromgald Scourge looks like a fun card to build combos with. He’s a bit fiddly but such decks can be a lot of fun to play.

My first impressions are that the Abzan deck is currently the stronger deck, based on its creatures. But, the Mardu version has better graveyard-synergy and more potential. Call the Bloodline and Aether Vial seem like cards you’d want in both decks. Breathless Knight looks perfect for these decks, I imagine it being a key card if “tended” properly. Knight Exemplar on the other hand seem almost counterproductive. She’s a fantastic card but is indestructibility really necessary when you can play knights from the graveyard?

Speaking of the graveyard, Unearth could be worth looking at. It grants extra reanimation if Hahkoon doesn’t find his way to the battlefield. Something like Changeling Outcast could be good too since it’s so cheap, even if it’s a fake-knight.

Lastly, and this might come down to deck building style more than anything else, but why run just 1 copy of some cards? Olivia, Mobilized for War especially? If a card adds to the decks strategy wouldn’t you want better than 1 in 60 odds of finding it? And if not, is the card really necessary? In “my style” of building I focus a lot on consistency. I rarely want less than 3 copies of a card in a deck, and I try to always double down on key mechanics for the decks strategy.

Like I said, I’m a little out of my element here, but hopefully I’ve said at least one useful thing. Good luck with the decks, I like the idea of them, they have potential!

lhetrick13 on Neverending Knights: Haakon Knight Tribal

4 months ago

ajbshizle - I have a and Haakon deck I am working on and although I like the cards give me access to, I feel like the deck with access to is the better of the two as it gives me so much access to discard abilities such as Olivia, Mobilized for War, Lightning Axe, etc. and draw/discard abilities like Stormfist Crusader, Thrill of Possibility, etc. Between the and also have access to all the madness cards like Fiery Temper and all that just makes it extremely efficient at finding Haakon and getting him in the graveyard.

With that all said, I am assuming with 4xAether Vial to flash him in and 6 ways to get cards in the graveyard you do not find it to hard to get Haakon onto the field but I do wonder if at times you find it challenging to get him in your hand.

lagotripha on Sangre Por Sorin

7 months ago

Another note on the rakdos train - if you're prepared to muck around with double tribal, Olivia, Mobilized for War/Haakon, Stromgald Scourge can be pretty hilarious. Its a shame there aren't heavyweight madness cards to bring it up into competitive. Does get hated out by void and such too.

DixietheGod on Witcher EDH

7 months ago

Hey there!

Love the idea and what you've done with this! All of the thoughts I've seen have been either Chevill, Bane of Monsters as Geralt thus Golgari which limits you in terms of colors, or 5-color something as a catch-all. This is very interesting and as I said, I love what you've done with it.

I am not in love with your Dijkstra pick but understand that he is probably ideally Dimir which is not possible. That being said, I do definitely think of him more from the books as someone who somehow knows everything and is involved, more like a spy than a stereotypical government official, though all of his work is for Redania and not exactly personal gain.

I also don't love your Regis pick, I think he has a lot more to him than the thoughtful partier, Yahenni. Especially since Yahenni is really doing what he is doing to extend his life, though he has and had some conflicting thoughts about what he does and must do. I am not sure if there is a reluctant vampire card, it kind of goes against the whole idea of being a vampire, but that is Regis to a certain extent. Something I found that is not legendary is Oathsworn Vampire, which works well with Mathas in terms of gaining life. It also works well in terms of flavor as Regis does not drink blood because of the oath he swore to himself, and he was believed to be dead for a while. Another option is Arvad the Cursed due to how his lack of blood-drinking is a pseudo-curse as it makes him weaker and suffer.

Orianna could definitely be one of the Olivias: Olivia Voldaren or Olivia, Mobilized for War (not so much Olivia, Crimson Bride). The red hair and being a vampire is very fitting, especially that they both party and run those parties.

Detlaff could be Sengir, the Dark Baron; he likes and benefits when things die and when people fail. Transformed Detlaff does look a bit more like The Haunt of Hightower but I know you are already thinking of that.

All in all, thank you for this!! Sorry for the long and late message, just got into Witcher in the past year-ish :).

multimedia on Olivia, Crimson Bride Commander

10 months ago

Hey, nice start on a budget version, but I think you're relying too much on reanimation and Olivia without enough enablers.

Olivia and reanimation needs creatures in your graveyard. Thrill, Looting, Deal are good and Gravebreaker is fine, but currently that's really it for cards that can discard a creature/get a creature into your graveyard before you want to cast Olivia.

Buried Alive is very good enabler for reanimation since tutoring for and putting three creatures into your graveyard is a lot for three mana. Buried can get Anger and Anger or another haste enabler is needed for the infinite attacks combo of Port Razer + sac outlet + Olivia since Razer needs to be about to attack on the extra combat phases. Seize the Spoils and Unexpected Windfall do both effects, discarding a creature and ramp from treasures.

Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion can be repeatable discard and ramp. Olivia, Mobilized for War is a another legendary Vampire to help to keep your reanimated creatures from being exiled. She can also be a discard outlet and a haste enabler. Consider cutting a few of the lesser creatures to reanimate for these enablers?

If interested I offer more advice, good luck with your deck.


Omniscience_is_life, Master of Cruelties does work with Olivia, the same way it works with Kaalia of the Vast. The trigger to make a player's life total become 1 happens if Master isn't blocked, after Declare Blockers step, not when it's declared as an attacker.

multimedia on The Undying

1 year ago

Hey, nice casual budget version, but are undying creatures other than Mikaeus and Flayer really worth it?

Consider more enablers to get +1/+1 counters on your creatures?

If you're going for an attacking strategy then consider a few more fliers that have some added value when they die or when they ETB?

Bloodtracker + Sword of Hours is a nice interaction. Some sac outlets are helpful to sac creatures who have counters to get their die or ETB triggers.

You have several high CMC creatures here, more reanimation and enablers could help.

Olivia, Mobilized for War is a +1/+1 counter enabler and an enabler for reanimation.


Some cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

TheVectornaut on red and black

1 year ago

I second the idea of cutting down to just 60 cards in 2 colors. Then, I'd try to identify the main gameplan you like to follow when playing the deck. That will inform any cuts, additions, and other revisions you make down the line.

The first archetype that jumps out at me is definitely knights. They are often Mardu () these days, but just Rakdos () should work just fine for casual play. You already have Belle of the Brawl , Barrow Witches , Charity Extractor , Embereth Paladin . Locthwain Paladin , Garna, the Bloodflame , Ogre Errant , Raging Redcap , and Tentative Connection which can definitely fit such a style. Most of the lower cost creatures and spells wouldn't be that bad either. I'll list some cards from the modern card pool under $5 that I think could be strong additions to such a deck.
Ashenmoor Liege , Bloodcrazed Paladin , Cavalier of Flame , Cavalier of Night , Champion of Dusk , Elite Headhunter , Embereth Shieldbreaker , Foulmire Knight , Hanweir Lancer , Hero of Oxid Ridge , Knight of the Ebon Legion , Kulrath Knight , Midnight Reaper , Murderous Rider , Olivia, Mobilized for War , Stormfist Crusader , and Weaselback Redcap are all knight creatures with various effects, costs, and price points that I see as playable. For more general knight synergy, Blacklance Paragon , Fervent Champion , Joust , Sigiled Sword of Valeron , Tournament Grounds , and my favorite, Smitten Swordmaster are options too. Toss in some solid removal like Lightning Bolt , Terminate , or Bedevil and you have the recipe for a strong tribal aggro deck.

The other major archetype I see being possible here is some sort of angel/dragon/demon big stuff deck. The problem is that such a deck is likely to be much slower, making it tougher to keep up in 1v1 games. Plus, a lot of those cards are legendary, so they tend to come with a hefty real-world price tag. Still, I've seen Kaalia of the Vast do some very scary stuff in casual. Such a deck would support your larger creatures as well as spells like Cauldron Dance and Victimize .

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