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February 8, 2016

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Commander Mondays – Teysa’s Token Toys

Continuing from my Sygg, River Cutthroat article, I’m bringing another one of my old decks out of the vault. Teysa, Orzhov Scion was the first Commander I ever built, and I throw the deck back together with revisions every once in a while. This exact deck list is not one that I have played yet, as it is updated to include cards from post-Theros (the last time I built the deck), but I plan to be tossing it together in a week and playing it myself.

What’s the Core Strategy?

The deck performs similarly to my Lyzolda, The Blood Witch deck – it’s an aggro-based attrition deck relying on sacrificing creatures. The main difference is the deck is more about securing a large board state by flooding the battlefield with tokens, as opposed to Lyzolda’s graveyard shenanigans.

Teysa’s main use as a general is simply sitting on the battlefield, ready to be used for removal at any moment. But her second ability comes into play more often than one would think. One of my favourite uses of it is Skullclamp on Bloodghast or a token made by Bitterblossom drawing two cards, then using Skullclamp on the Spirit token produced by Teysa. Draw four cards for two mana every turn seems pretty strong, no?

Just Turn Everything Sideways

Besides these few synergies, and a couple of more obvious ones, the deck is mostly just token aggro. I don’t like running “anthem” effects, because they tend to be dead draws if I’m trying to draw an out, or a way to win, but there a few cards in the build that pump up my board state to speed up games. Drana, Liberator of Malakir can get out of hand really quickly if not dealt with properly.

The Decklist

Magic Deck

Commander (1)
Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Creature (24)
Archon of Justice
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Blood Artist
Bloodghast
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Corpse Augur
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Fleshbag Marauder
Geist-Honored Monk
Hero of Bladehold
Karmic Guide
Mentor of the Meek
Merciless Executioner
Mirror Entity
Monastery Mentor
Oreskos Explorer
Reveillark
Sadistic Hypnotist
Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Smothering Abomination
Solemn Simulacrum
Twilight Drover
Viscera Seer
Zulaport Cutthroat

Spells (28)
Austere Command
Decree of Justice
Demonic Tutor
Diabolic Intent
Dread Return
Entreat the Angels
Increasing Ambition
Increasing Devotion
Lingering Souls
Martial Coup
Night’s Whisper
Read the Bones
Spectral Procession
Toxic Deluge
Vindicate
Wrath of God
Yawgmoth’s Will
Abolish
Hero’s Downfall
Mortify
Path to Exile
Return to Dust
Secure the Wastes
Sudden Death
Swords to Plowshares
Utter End
White Sun’s Zenith
Wretched Confluence

Artifact (3)
Orzhov Signet
Skullclamp
Sol Ring

Enchantment (4)
Bitterblossom
Grasp of Fate
Land Tax
Phyrexian Arena

Planeswalker (4)
Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Sorin, Solemn Visitor

Land (36)
Cabal Coffers
Caves of Koilos
Command Tower
Godless Shrine
Isolated Chapel
Marsh Flats
17 Plains
Scrubland
10 Swamp
Temple of Silence
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

That’s all for this week, I hope you enjoy another of my favourite Commanders! Been missing this deck so much that I’ve been paying an arm and a leg to build it again. Next week I’m going to start a short series on Five-Colour Commander decks. Have a great week everyone, and thanks for reading!