Hello and welcome to my take on a Karlov Lifegain deck. Omitting infinite combos and fast mana is how I make sure I keep this deck casual. However, this deck can definitely do some powerful stuff. I try to keep this deck around a power level 7, not strong enough for high power, but too strong for precon level decks. At this power level this deck has a win percentage of 10% with the average win taking place around turn 11.

The goal of this deck is to gain a lot of life. However your commander triggers based on the amount of Lifegain triggers rather than the amount of life itself. Getting Karlov to commander damage range is really easy so use cards like Rogue's Passage and Shizo, Death's Storehouse to make it unblockable.

Some cards I’d like to highlight include Test of Endurance and Felidar Sovereign which will win you the game during your upkeep if you have a certain amount of life. Also Aetherflux Reservoir is not only a great wincon but also a deterrent. If you have more than 50 life you can hold it as a threat to make sure people don’t mess with you. Cards like Boon Reflection and Rhox Faithmender make sure every instance of Lifegain gets doubled. And finally you can use Sanguine Bond and Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose to weaponize that Lifegain by draining your opponents.

If you like my take on this orzhov Lifegain deck then leave an upvote. If you have any questions or feedback then also feel free to leave a comment. I love to talk magic and would love to hear what you guys think!


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45% Casual

55% Competitive

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(2 weeks ago)

-1 Dawn of Hope main
+1 Elenda's Hierophant main
Date added 10 months
Last updated 2 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

10 - 0 Mythic Rares

47 - 0 Rares

17 - 0 Uncommons

15 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.73
Tokens City's Blessing, Elephant 3/3 G, Horse 5/5 W, Treasure, Vampire 1/1 W
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