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My Pure Old School Volrath Deck

I have for the longest time been wanting to build a deck using only cards with decksets from Scourge or older (burnt paper textbox editions), for pure nostalgia and absolute coolness!

I chose Volrath the Fallen as commander - he was the most viable and fun, being able to discard Draco and such, for 1-shot voltron kills and cheat in big bad beasties with Necromancy or other such spells.

Uses mostly enchantments such as Dauthi Embrace for evasion to get through enemy lines.

Has a some protection like Soul Channeling and Darkness , but maybe more is needed.

Works very well even with the limiting decksets and is always a ton of fun!

Basic tactic should be to keep it cool and take your time, explosive plays too early can cost you the game easily by making you a big target. The strongest play isn't always the best play. Also politics play a big part in this deck since you can possibly one-shot someone, so making deals or threatening/bluffing goes a long way.

Big beasties to discard and recur:

Draco +16 dmg = 0 commander dmg remaining until death.

Hypnox +11 dmg = 4 commander dmg remaining until death.

Stratadon +10 dmg = 5 commander dmg remaining until death.

Teeka's Dragon +9 dmg = 6 commander dmg remaining until death.

Spirit of the Night +9 dmg = 6 commander dmg remaining until death.

Scion of Darkness +8 dmg = 7 commander dmg remaining until death.

Avatar of Woe +8 dmg = 7 commander dmg remaining until death.

Devouring Strossus +8 dmg = 7 commander dmg remaining until death.

Pit Spawn +7 dmg = 8 commander dmg remaining until death.

Phage the Untouchable +7 dmg = 8 commander dmg remaining until death.

Delraich +7 dmg = 8 commander dmg remaining until death.

Shauku, Endbringer +7 dmg = 8 commander dmg remaining until death.

Visara the Dreadful +6 dmg = 9 commander dmg remaining until death.

Get back cards to discard or cheat big beasties on to the battlefield:

Phyrexian Reclamation - gets a beastie back into hand to be discarded again for dmg.

Tortured Existence - gets a beastie back into hand to be discarded again for dmg.

Dance of the Dead - gets a beastie or utility creature.

Necromancy - gets a beastie or utility creature.

Reanimate - gets a beastie or utility creature.

Stitch Together - gets a beastie back into hand to be discarded again for dmg or onto the battlefield.

Strands of Night - gets beasties or commander onto the battlefield with Flash.

Volrath's Stronghold - gets a beastie back into hand to be discarded again for dmg.

Hell's Caretaker - sacrifice a beastie to get a utility creature or vice versa.

Apprentice Necromancer - gets a beastie or utility creature.

Coffin Queen - gets a beastie or utility creature.

Phyrexian Delver - gets a beastie or utility creature.

Sword of Light and Shadow - gets a beastie back into hand to be discarded again for dmg.

Living Death - late game or at key moment can be devastating.

Evasion mainly for our commander to get through enemy lines:

Dauthi Trapper - gives shadow.

Filth + Blanket of Night - makes all your creatures unblockable.

Dauthi Embrace - gives shadow.

Sword of Light and Shadow - gives protection from WB.

Dragon Shadow - gives fear.

Sword of Fire and Ice - gives protection from RU.

Sleeper's Guile - gives fear.

Sword of Feast and Famine - gives protection from BG.

Soul Channeling - gives regenerate.

General wincons:

Volrath the Fallen - Voltron is the main way this deck wins.

Hatred - very good to finish of the last opponent.

Living Death - late game overrun with big beasties.

Phage the Untouchable - good to finish of the last opponent.

BIG 13 BEASTIES - good old fashioned beatdown.

I always appreciate suggestions to make the deck more effective, just please keep in mind that the cards need to be from "Scourge" or older, at least with old borders, thanks!

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Casual

86% Competitive

Top Ranked
Date added 1 year
Last updated 2 weeks
Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

38 - 0 Rares

25 - 0 Uncommons

11 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.05
Folders Uncategorized, Commander, snazy (EDH), Old-School EDH, Other Decks
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