Monday, November 4, 2013

Commander Mondays (11/4/2013): Kaalia of the Vast

"Everyone knows I'm in over my head..." - The Fray, "Over My Head"

NOTE: I'm catching up! Two left before I can fully catch up, just haven't had time. I'm on break next week, so hopefully I'll have time to finish the Edric, Spymaster of Trest deck, and then do this week's deck, which I'm not going to say what it is. I will say that it does happen to involve five colors...\

Without further ado, here is the Kaalia of the Vast deck I developed...


Kaalia of the Vast

Legendary Creatures

x1 Kaalia of the Vast (Commander)
x1 Oros the Avenger
x1 Tariel, Reckoner of Souls
x1 Aurelia, the Warleader
x1 Basandra, Battle Seraph
x1 Bladewing the Risen
x1 Gisela, Blade of Goldknight
x1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
x1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
x1 Ob Nixilis, the Fallen

Creatures

x1 Admonition Angel
x1 Akroma, Angel of Fury
x1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath
x1 Alabaster Dragon
x1 Angel of Despair
x1 Angel of Salvation
x1 Angelic Skirmisher
x1 Blinding Angel
x1 Bogardan Hellkite
x1 Carnifex Demon
x1 Deathless Angel
x1 Dega Disciple
x1 Degavolver
x1 Demon of Death's Gate
x1 Desecration Demon
x1 Divinity of Pride
x1 Firemane Avenger
x1 Flameblast Dragon
x1 Furyborn Hellkite
x1 Harvester of Souls
x1 Hellkite Charger
x1 Lord of the Void
x1 Mana-Charged Dragon
x1 Moonveil Dragon
x1 Mother of Runes
x1 Nobilis of War
x1 Shattered Angel
x1 Slumbering Dragon
x1 Thundermaw Hellkite
x1 Utvara Hellkite

Instants

x1 Boros Charm
x1 Executioner's Swing
x1 Hero's Downfall
x1 Lightning Bolt
x1 Lightning Helix
x1 Magma Jet
x1 Profit // Loss
x1 Wear // Tear

Sorceries

x1 Toil // Trouble

Enchantments

x1 Dark Favor
x1 Dega Sanctuary
x1 Deviant Glee
x1 Divine Favor
x1 Fervent Charge
x1 Madcap Skills
x1 True Conviction

Artifacts

x1 Elbrus, the Binding Blade
x1 Hammer of Purphorous
x1 Lightning Greaves
x1 Sol Ring
x1 Spear of Heliod
x1 Whip of Erebos

Lands

x1 Battlefield Forge
x1 Blackcleave Cliffs
x1 Blood Crypt
x1 Boros Garrison
x1 Cavern of Souls
x1 Caves of Koilos
x1 Clifftop Retreat
x1 Command Tower
x1 Dragonskull Summit
x1 Evolving Wilds
x1 Fetid Heath
x1 Godless Shrine
x1 Graven Cairns
x1 Isolated Chapel
x1 Lavaclaw Reaches
x1 Orzhov Basilica
x1 Opal Palace
x1 Rakdos Carnarium
x1 Rugged Prairie
x1 Sacred Foundry
x1 Sulfurous Springs
x1 Temple of Silence
x1 Temple of Triumph
x5 Plains
x5 Swamp
x5 Mountain

So, with Kaalia, everything is pretty much self-explanatory. You cast her, you attack with her, and then you drop really powerful angels, demons, or dragons onto the field. I did go a little more to the Angels and Dragons side of it, but I didn't find many Demons that suited my purpose, especially since one of my favorites, Griselbrand, is banned in this format. Can't use one of the best. However, my second favorite, Desecration Demon, gets a nice spot in this deck.

So, I won't go into too much about the deck, because obviously it has Angels, Demons, and Dragons.

Dega Cycle from Apocalypse

Dega Disciple  Dega Sanctuary  Degavolver

It is insanely hard actually finding anything that can interact with all three of these colors. I mean, consider all of the shards for a second. Pick one of them. Any of them will do. How many things are available for use? There are more than three legendary creatures, you have the Panorama lands from Shards of Alara, you have the Tri-Lands from the same set, and then you have a new commander deck put together and sold this year that involve the shard colors again. What do we have for these colors? Cycles for the wedges and the 2011 Commander decks. Not much to go on, but let's use these cards anyway because they have a nice interaction with the colors.

Theros Enchantment Artifacts


Hammer of Purphoros  Spear of Heliod  Whip of Erebos

Because. That's my reason. +1/+1, Haste, and Lifelink. Can't ask for more, and they have other cool abilities...

Elbrus, the Binding Blade

Elbrus, the Binding Blade  Withengar Unbound

I actually took out Sarkhan the Made to put this in the deck. Not only do you get to have fun multiplayer shenanigans with Withengar Unbound, but he's a demon, not that he can actually be played for free with Kaalia, but he fits the deck's tribal element flavor. I regret nothing.

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