Vizkopa Guildmage

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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

Vizkopa Guildmage

Creature — Human Wizard

: Target creature gains lifelink until end of turn.

: Whenever you gain life this turn, each opponent loses that much life.

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

3 months ago

Hey, if you want to stop No Mercy then consider Cathar Commando? It's a budget creature so it can be reanimated or recurred with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel as well as other ways which I will mention in my next comment :)

If your getting Jumpstart packs there's several cards to look for other than Exquisite Blood:

I believe in using my money getting singles to build my decks not on $5 packs, but if you enjoy cracking Jumpstart packs look for these cards. Selfless Savior and Blood Artist are uncommons, you might have these cards.

If you're interested in Exquisite Blood then maybe you want to make your deck more combo? I don't think Exquisite is worth $18 since with $18 you can make several upgrades not just one card. For $18 you can make close to 20 card upgrades. Even if you're playing casual having a combo to win the game is helpful. Just don't combo off right away, let the game build up, have fun and then boom.

There's no budget alternative card for Exquisite Blood, but you can mimic the outcome of what the Blood combo does with budget cards. By making yourself lose a lot of life and then gaining the life you lost right back.

Vizkopa Guildmage's ability is like Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose/Sanguine Bond except it's more powerful because it affects each opponent all at once not just one opponent. It however costs three mana to have the effect until end of turn. The combo is to cast a spell or activate an effect to lose a lot of life such as Bond of Agony where you can control how much life you lose which then makes each opponent lose that same amount of life. When you lose the life then sac either Children of Korlis or Tainted Sigil to gain all that life back. This then triggers Guildmage to make each opponent lose that same amount of life again, most likely killing each of your opponents for having 0 life and you win the game.

Children of Korlis is a good card for gaining life because it looks at all life you lose for the entire turn. You can gain a lot at one time after a big attack from opponent doing combat damage to you or a small amount, you choose. It's a one drop creature who can be reanimated or recurred to repeat this effect, great with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel. Outside the combo if you're paying a lot of life for draw such as with Greed then Children can help to gain that life back.

In my last comment I mentioned you can get quality from filler creature cards you play with Infantry Veteran as example of not quality. Children of Korlis and Selfless Savior are examples of quality budget one drops. Mischievous Poltergeist/Wall of Blood's ability can be paid as much as you want, each time losing 1 life, but it's not a good card outside the combo. I suggested it because it's a creature who can be easily reanimated or recurred which can be helpful to more easily combo or repeat the combo. If I was playing this combo I would play it for that reason.

I'll continue with more advice in another comment later.

RecReyna on Ageless Classic

4 months ago

thefiresoflurve you're right. I should give in. Do you have any fun stax pieces off the dome? I went ahead and switched out Teleportation Circle, it was a card i want to use but forced it on the list. As for Ajani's Mantra, I didn't even think about how my commander already does that haha thanks for taking off the blinders! Rhox Faithmender would help with Sanguine Bond and Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose damage, but i was on the fence on the include cause is it worth it if it only synergizes with two cards? I'll probably make the swap for Vizkopa Guildmage.

thefiresoflurve on Ageless Classic

4 months ago

"I don't want to go to heavy into a stax strategy because I think it could be a fun killer."

Mate, you are playing Esper. We are meant to be the villain; embrace it. : )

Also, I would recommend dropping Ajani's Mantra. It takes a card and 2 mana to do what your commander does better for free.

Rhox Faithmender is also a little bit win-more, I think - if you're already gaining life, gaining twice that much life doesn't do that much more for you (unless of course you're playing against heavy creature-based aggro, then disregard this).

Teleportation Circle has exactly 5 cards in your deck it interacts with at all. I'd recommend probably replacing it.

Some possible replacements for the two could be: Vizkopa Guildmage, Anguished Unmaking, Generous Gift.

SufferFromEDHD on #SorryNotSorry

5 months ago

I really like the enchantment package. I'm looking at your 3 creatures and I think you can upgrade 2 into enchantments leaving Academy Rector to grab them all! Children of Korlis becomes Exquisite Blood and Vizkopa Guildmage becomes Sanguine Bond.

Void Snare, Vindicate and/or Vanishing Verse worth a spot?

Also, I like Absorb in Oloro simply because it feeds the trigger. Might be too slow considering how aggressive your counter package is. Maybe An Offer You Can't Refuse?

calvo099 on Can i drain my life …

5 months ago

My idea of a bizarre modern deck is a bunch of creatures like Wall of Blood that you can drain your life a lot, and gain it back with, for example, Children of Korlis and play with your life basically with Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose or Vizkopa Guildmage and cards like that, and i found Carrion Howler and was asking myself if i can activate its abillity, and before it resolves, acivate it again and again and again, so the creature will die but i will drain my life to whatever number i want to, but i'm not sure if i'm correct.

Thank you!

VensersJournalist on Commander without the Legendary Rule

8 months ago

I agree that Drogskol Captain is a solid non-legendary commander. Along those lines, I’ve wondered how a deck built around Lord of the Unreal would play.

Other fun build arounds would be:

Lorescale Coatl

Vizkopa Guildmage

Creeping Trailblazer

Side question: I know Pauper EDH is a fairly popular format, but is there some format that allows both commons and uncommons in the 99 and you’re only allowed a single rare (as the commander)? Would it be called something like “Merchant EDH” or “Peasant EDH?”

enpc on Ayli/Lurrus (Chromatic Project)

9 months ago

It's a bit janky, but you could run Vizkopa Guildmage (already in the deck) + Blood Celebrant + Children of Korlis. Use celebrant to drain a bunch of life and then gain it back with Children, but first activate Guildmage's second ability.

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