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Vilis, Broker of Blood
Legendary Creature — Demon
, Pay 2 life: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
Whenever you lose life, draw that many cards. (Damage causes loss of life.)
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1 month ago
Ravenous Chupacabra for more removal
Agent of Treachery for steal shenanigans
2 months ago
I have replaced Ring of Three Wishes with Vilis, Broker of Blood, which very unfortunately did increase this deck's average converted mana cost from 4.00 to 4.05, but I hope that that increase shall be worth the replacement, since I expect Vilis to provide me with excellent card advantage.
2 months ago
You're better off running Vilis, Broker of Blood and drawing an absolutely insane number of cards each time you cast your Commander. Just use things such as Thought Vessel, Venser's Journal and Reliquary Tower so you don't discard down to hand size each turn.
If you run 8 or 10 removal spells, chances are highly favorable you'll merely draw into whatever you'd want to tutor in the first place, as an example.
Sure Raz can tutor a bunch of cards by paying life and sacrificing creatures. But you also need a boardstate that can function with that.
Vilis comes with built in removal with his -1/-1 ability, and draws you cards for it as well.
I mean just run both, but if I had to choose I'd say Vilis because he holds immense synergy with your Commander. When you pay 6 life to cast her for the 4th time, that's 6 cards in hand. Versus 1 tutored card.
The tutor may be better, but again just balance your deck appropriately and run redundancy.
2 months ago
Honestly, I would look at Burning-Rune Demon then you get to pitch something ridiculous to the graveyard & tutor a reanimation spell. I enjoy something like Vilis, Broker of Blood to the graveyard & Incarnation Technique to the hand, there are way more possibilities than that ranging in power level.
4 months ago
Some commander focused thoughts on the main set since my last little blurb:
Bootleggers' Stash will be quite a strong commander card (outside of the highest power levels). It's green, so it's probably coming down on T4, and all of your lands basically become storage lands that can be cashed in right away. I think folks doubting the card need to remember that similar things were said about the fairly similar Old Gnawbone, and that turned out to be quite strong. I think Bootleggers' Stash is a bit stronger than Old Gnawbone since it avoids more removal and doesn't require the combat step.
Shadow of Mortality wins the "best art in the set" award in my opinion. I don't fully agree with the Death's Shadow comparisons since it only ever hits for 7. Feels more like Scourge of the Skyclaves to me.
Seeing Hideaway come back is really cool and fits the set's flavor well. They all seem fairly strong in the right decks, but the red one randomly being 5-color kind of sucks for commander.
Slip out the Back is a cool take on Reality Ripple. It is more narrow, but it has the added benefit of pumping a creature.
All of the ascendancies seem flavorful, the jund one being my favorite
Professional Face-Breaker is an auto include in every mono red commander deck. Most R/X decks will want this as well.
Body Launderer is probably a better piece in the Karmic Guide combo than Reveillark due to the cheaper mana cost. That being said, I'll probably just run both in my Tymna the Weaver/Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools deck.
Overall, the set has a couple intriguing individual cards, but I still don't find the set that interesting from either a game play or flavor perspective. Since a fair chunk of the precon legends have been spoiled already, I had originally planned to skip most of the set/precons and just pick up a couple individual cards. But this morning a yet-to-be-spoiled jund legend from the commander precon was leaked. I nearly spit out my tea when I saw the leak this morning. So I guess I'll be grabbing that precon, or at least that particular card if the rest of the deck isn't worth it.
Based on some of the spoilers/leaks so far, I suspect the monetary value in the precons will come from the new white cards (barring an expensive reprint...looking at you Dockside Extortionist).
4 months ago
The absurd value from a density of fetch lands is omg, lol.
3 colors, I believe you can use 9 of the 10 fetch lands. Only one you don't have access to is the Izzet one.
Grab shock lands and Vilis, Broker of Blood so you get immense card draw. You can use K'rrik to pay less for Vilis so he ETB faster.
Harsh Sustenance would be amazing in this deck.
Lots of fun Timmy builds to explore here. I may do it this weekend <3
4 months ago
I've not seen him played but I wouldn't build him with the expectation of being able to flip him consistently. You'll need to lose exactly 27 life and have that 6 mana available before one of your opponents knocks you out of the game. 13 damage is such an easy thing to do really. Even if they don't knock you out of the game they only have to push you off 13 life before your end step. That said there are some options for you that could really make the deck tick and allow you to get to that life total quickly.
Unspeakable Symbol, Soul Channeling, Phyrexian Processor, Infernal Contract, Plague of Vermin, Toxic Deluge, Hatred, Razaketh, the Foulblooded, Doom Whisperer, Wall of Blood, K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth, Blood Celebrant, Vilis, Broker of Blood, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, and Bolas's Citadel.
Some of these will just set you to 13 life, others will get you close. Things like Hatred I really like here because that could be knocking someone out of the game. Then flipping your commander and going right into drawing a bunch of cards. You'd need 11 mana to do that in 1 turn though so I'd also include black's big mana cards like Nirkana Revenant and Crypt Ghast. A number of these things are mana hungry to do in one turn. All in all I wouldn't say this is looking half bad. Some rather strong cards here at the core of your strategy.