"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

  • Japanese Proverb

One for a good cat and one for a hungry dragon.

You're looking for a challenging general which rewards high skill, tempo based plays and that can win through either combo or combat.

 Kaalia is relatively impervious to stax and can break parity on many of the strongest of those effects in the game.

 She puts up one of the fastest combat based clocks available and can very quickly change the composition of the board due to the nature of the creatures she can drop. With minimal stax effects on board, this can very easily be game winning.

 Finally, Kaalia is a compact and quick way to cheat in the powerful demon Razaketh and enable a combo win on the spot, often with minimal setup. In this light, the general is functionally a copy of Sneak Attack in the command zone, and in this application she can be quite dangerous.
While Kaalia is a powerful creature that can enable back breaking tempo plays, she cannot directly provide card advantage. This, compounded by the fact that she is in RBW, a color combination long lamented for it's lack of draw capability, means that you can be burned out if too much removal is thrown your way.

 Due to her aggressive nature it is very easy to become the archenemy of the table (yes even in cedh). This can be somewhat navigated around by learning how to become unpredictable and aloof, but it is important to be aware of and opponents are slow to forget things like being locked out under a Scourge of Kher Ridges or Balefire Dragon.
These are the combos you are attempting to pull off. You don't need them to win. But they help.

Worldgorger Dragon + Animate Dead + Win Condition

Colors to prioritize:

Leonin Relic-Warder + Animate Dead + Razaketh, the Foulblooded

Colors to prioritize:

Gisela, the Broken Blade + Bruna, the Fading Light

Colors to prioritize:

Possibility Storm + Eidolon of Rhetoric

Colors to prioritize:

You do not have the card draw in the command zone offered by other generals. What kaalia provides is dual nature with unparalleled tempo plays via the monsters she drops and in a sneaky way is essentially a one card combo with your any card search tutors. How the little lady does these things needs to be broken down and each examined on its own.

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The number of routes you can use to win with Razaketh, the Foulblooded could constitute a primer on their own, but for Kaalia the most fundamental ones to know are the single sacrifice lines.

Requirements: Razaketh, one other creature (usually Kaalia), and . The line can be short cut to or if you have a mana rock on the field.

Get Razaketh into play and sacrifice your creature (-2 life) Tutor up Leonin Relic-Warder and cast it ()

If you have a mana rock you can exile it here to flicker it, otherwise target an opponent's piece.

Sacrifice Leonin Relic-Warder (-2 life)

Tutor for Animate Dead and bring back the Leonin ()

When the Leonin comes into play target Animate Dead to create an infinite etb and ltb loop

At this point you can sacrifice the Leonin to Razaketh in response to its ltb trigger for a number tutors bounded by half of your life total.

Having a combo is nice but the real power comes from the lines used to get it into play.

Entomb + Animate Dead (bb1c)

Rune-Scarred Demon and either Animate Dead or Entomb in hand. Use Kaalia to cheat in Rune-Scarred Demon to find either Animate Dead or Entomb (whichever is not currently in hand). Entomb Worldgorger Dragon, Animate it, tutor your deck, flash in Bogardan Hellkite to win.

Buried Alive + Animate dead (bb3c)

Cast Buried Alive to put Worldgorger Dragon, Rune-Scarred Demon, and a third creature of your choice into the graveyard. Animate the dragon and continue the loop until you have a huge amount of mana. Re-target the Animate effect onto Rune-Scarred Demon. Tutor up Cut//Riboons. Burn out the table.

Sneak Attack + Rune-Scarred Demon (RRR3c)

Cast Sneak Attack. Cheat Rune-Scarred Demon into play. Demon finds Worldgorger Dragon. Cheat in Worldgorger. End the turn. At the end of the turn the dragon will die and your permanents will re-enter, including Rune-Scarred Demon. Tutor Necromancy and flash it into play targeting Worldgorger Dragon. Tutor your deck and use Sneak Attack to cheat in any creature you'd like. Win by flashing in Bogardan Hellkite.

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Information gleaned from almost two years of running in the competitive edh discord cockatrice meta

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"Living well is the best revenge." - George Herbert

Link to CEDH Kaalia Discord

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

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