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Teysa Orzhov Scion
Send them off into exile. You have been banished.

Utilizing Teysa, Orzhov Scion's ability to exile creatures and the many reanimate spells offered to black and white this deck not only cheats death, but makes your opponents permanents something of an afterthought. While a lot of people have pointed out that Ashen Rider is the real threat in the deck, I've found that Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Massacre Wurm are so much more deadly.

This deck is a reworking on a previous build I had that focused heavily on reanimate, but lacked draw power and speed. This iteration has added in more bounce abilities like Flickerwisp and Panharmonicon and a few others to make the remaining ETB abilities even more devastating. Draw power has also been increased by adding in Ob Nixilis Reignited and Phyrexian Arena among others. All the interactions are pretty straight forward, and though this deck doesn't focus on going infinite with Darkest Hour, it competes well against other tuned decks because of it's versatility and threat removal ability.

Only downsides so far are storm style combo decks, or anything that relies on direct damage combos since the deck doesn't have many life-gain or counterspell options. I've definitely thought about putting something in that would combat those decks, but didn't think sacrificing so many card slots with situational counterspells would really solve the issue. Better to lock them down in other ways and take those players out early

  • Ashen Rider - it's just so damn powerful
  • Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim - good exile mechanic once you get enough life gained. Not too hard to do when you can abuse Gray Merchant of Asphodel easily
  • Puppeteer Clique - useful to spot remove something problematic in opponent's graveyard and make use of it. I'm looking at you Eternal Witness
  • Sin Collector - more useful with bounce effects in play, but can help deal with the direct damage combo deck problem
  • Teysa, Orzhov Scion - the deck generates tokens and has enough white targets to make use of her ability on a consistent basis
  • Descend upon the Sinful, Merciless Eviction, Anguished Unmaking, Utter End - self explanatory
  • Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed+Victimize+Teysa, Orzhov Scion - devastating with a graveyard full of creatures
  • Yosei, the Morning Star+Sheoldred, Whispering One - lock out one player
  • Eerie Interlude+Descend upon the Sinful - useful board wipe and ETB abuse
  • Teysa, Orzhov Scion+Elspeth, Sun's Champion - or anything that drops tokens like Springjack Shepherd
  • Any comments or +1's welcome. I'm always looking to make this deck more tuned, so feel free to mention anything that you think is weak in the deck or has a better replacement.

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    64% Casual

    36% Competitive

    Date added 7 years
    Last updated 2 weeks
    Exclude colors URG
    Legality

    This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

    Rarity (main - side)

    11 - 0 Mythic Rares

    50 - 0 Rares

    19 - 0 Uncommons

    4 - 0 Commons

    Cards 100
    Avg. CMC 3.97
    Tokens C Emblem Elspeth, 1/1 W Token Creature Soldier, Liliana, C Emblem Liliana, Zombie 2/2 B, C Emblem Nixilis, 0/1 Serf, 0/1 W Token Creature Goat, Spirit 1/1 W
    Folders EDH, EDH Orzhov, Den, EDH, bootylicious, inspo, EDH Ideas, Fun EDH, reanimate, Black EDH, See all 15
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    2 weeks ago)

    +1 Castle Ardenvale maybe