Teysa pushes you towards Sacrifice and Token themes, both of which are heavily supported in Orzhov colors.

Sacrifice

Playing cards with death triggers aren't going to do us much good if creatures aren't dying. Creatures are going to die naturally over the course of any game, but in a aristocrat deck like this, we're going to need ways to kill our own creatures on demand when we need to.

The best sac outlets are always going to be ones that don't cost mana, are repeatable, can be used at instant speed, and have some worthwhile payoff. That's why most Sacrifice decks end up running sac outlets like Phyrexian Altar.

Tokens

Teysa Karlov gives all our tokens lifelink and vigilance. The best token generators are going to fit one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Good, mana-efficient cards even without Teysa Karlov on the battlefield (Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder);

  2. The token generation happens due to a death trigger so Teysa can double it (Sifter of Skulls);

  3. The card itself has the Creature type, since Orzhov has so much Creature recursion (Requiem Angel);

  4. If the tokens are small (1/1, 2/2) then they should have evasion so we can still attack with them (Afterlife mechanic).

Card Choices

Sac Outlets: Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim; Phyrexian Tower; Diabolic Intent; Phyrexian Altar; Bolas's Citadel; Razaketh, the Foulblooded; Carrion Feeder.

Token Generators: Elenda, the Dusk Rose; Orzhov Enforcer; Divine Visitation; Open the Graves; Elspeth Sun's Champion; Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder; Requiem Angel; Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath; Skirsdag High Priest; Hidden Stockpile.

Card Advantage and Recursion: Mentor of the Meek; Solemn Simulacrum; Diabolic Intent; Grim Haruspex; Sun Titan; Emeria, The Sky Ruin; Living Death; Faith's Reward; Victimize; Bolas's Citadel; Angelic Renewal; Razaketh, the Foulblooded.

Ramp: Sol Ring; Gilded Lotus; Burnished Hart; Solemn Simulacrum; Revel in Riches; Smothering Tithe; Pitiless Plunderer; Orzhov Signet; Talisman of Hierarchy.

Taxation: Thalia, Heretic Cathar; Smothering Tithe; Kambal, Consul of Allocation; Zulaport Cutthroat; Martyr's Bond; Ghostly Prison; Falkenrath Noble; Vindictive Vampire; Cruel Celebrant.

Notable Sinergies

Smothering Tithe + Revel in Riches or Pitiless Plunderer + Teysa Karlov: Revel in Riches will create 2 treasure tokens per death, while Smothering Tihthe will either slow your opponents or accelerate you. If not responded, you win.

Zulaport Cutthroat + Sac Outlet + Teysa Karlov: Our main wincon. Zulaport Cutthroat and friends can deal tons of damage over the course of a game while we just play our deck normally.

Divine Visitation + Dreadhorde Invasion: One free Angel per turn.

Infinite Combos

These combos sacrifice a creature an infinite number of times, and use the triggers combined to a card that turns it into a win, like Zulaport Cutthroat.

Sifter of Skulls + Reassembling Skeleton + Phyrexian Altar: Sacrifice Reassembling Skeleton to Phyrexian Altar, generate one Eldrazi token and one black mana. Sacrifice the Eldrazi token for one colorless mana, and then spend the two mana to return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to play. Repeat.

Pitiless Plunderer + Reassembling Skeleton + Phyrexian Altar: Sacrifice Reassembling Skeleton to Phyrexian Altar, generate one treasure token and one black mana. Sacrifice the treasure token for one mana, and then spend the two mana to return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to play. Repeat.

Requiem Angel + Reassembling Skeleton + Phyrexian Altar: Sacrifice Reassembling Skeleton to Phyrexian Altar to generate one black mana. As it dies Requiem Angel will trigger and get you a spirit token. Sacrifice it to Phyrexian Altar to get another black mana and return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to play. Repeat.

Divine Visitation + Requiem Angel + Phyrexian Altar: Sacrifice any creature and Requiem Angel will create a spirit that will become an angel with Divine Visitation. Sacrifice the angel token and Requiem Angel will create a spirit that will become an angel with Divine Visitation. Repeat.

Animate Dead + Leonin Relic-Warder: Reanimate the leonin and target the aura when he ETB, causing him to die again. Repeat.

Angelic Renewal + Sun Titan: Sac titan and sac the enchant to revive the titan. When titan ETB bring back the enchant. Repeat.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

6 - 0 Mythic Rares

42 - 0 Rares

27 - 0 Uncommons

8 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.30
Tokens Treasure, 2/2 Zombie, City's Blessing, 4/4 Angel, 0/0 Zombie Army, 5/5 Demon, 1/1 Servo, Nixilis, 1/1 Human Soldier, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 1/1 Spirit, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 1/1 Soldier, Elspeth, 2/2 Morph, 1/1 Human Cleric, */* Vampire
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