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November 30, 2015

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Sacrificial Recipes with Lyzolda

Now that I’ve finished my introductory articles on the format, as well as my obligatory post regarding the new Commander products from Wizards, my articles will find themselves having a bit more of a pattern to them. One such pattern is going to be a new in-depth deck list every other week. Today we’re going to cover a deck I made early in the year, with Lyzolda, the Blood Witch at the helm.

Blood, Attrition and Card Draw. All the Fun Stuff

Lyzolda always seems to be one of those Commanders that screams at you exactly how they want to be played. When I first started playing with her, I built a Rakdos aggro deck. Using things that want to be sacrificed like Bloodghast, Reassembling Skeleton and Bloodsoaked Champion in tandem with aggressive bodies such as Rakdos Cackler, Spike Jester and Ashenmoor Gouger. While this build was a lot of fun when it worked, I decided that losing to anyone who had a board wipe wasn’t that fun.

How Can it Be Fun for Me? But Not my Opponent?

I am a competitive EDH player at heart. I have a few silly casual decks to play with my less competitive friends, but I want Lyzolda to be my competitive general as I had taken apart an incredibly grindy and competitive Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed deck to get pieces to play with her. So I made a substantial amount of changes to reflect my desire for this deck, and to make it more refined.

The New Game Plan

I cut out a lot of cards that while fun, were incredibly slow or underwhelming, the aforementioned aggressive creatures, some of the less useful removal/tutors/board wipes. Instead, I put in a few combos that were entirely new, many cards that had extensive synergy with the remaining core pieces of the deck, and Olivia Voldaren.

Some of the core pieces that stayed (and continued to be frequent tutor targets) were.
Bloodghast and Reassembling Skeleton
Skullclamp
Sire of Insanity
Urabrask the Hidden
Murderous Redcap

Some of the more notable new toys were.
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Altar of Dementia
Bitterblossom
Rakdos’s Return
Olivia Voldaren

How Does it all Work Now?

The essential game plan is still to win with combat damage, however my new build allows you to grind your opponent out so they can’t fight back as easily. Backup methods include an infinite damage combo produced by Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Murderous Redcap and one of the decks two sacrifice outlets; and filling the graveyard using Bloodghast and Altar of Dementia then unloading everything using Living Death. Although not common and certainly not something I try to tutor for, this deck is capable of a turn two Sire of Insanity with a perfect hand.

The Decklist

Lyzolda, Rakdos Fun Witch

Commander (1)
Lyzolda, the Blood Witch

Creatures (19)
Bloodghast
Bloodgift Demon
Corpse Augur
Crypt Ghast
Disciple of Bolas
Graveborn Muse
Grim Haruspex
Harvester of Souls
Kothophed, Soul Hoarder
Manic Vandal
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Murderous Redcap
Olivia Voldaren
Reassembling Skeleton
Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Sire of Insanity
Urabrask, the Hidden
Viscera Seer
Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed

Spells (32)
Black Sun’s Zenith
Blightning
Chainer’s Edict
Chaos Warp
Dark Petition
Dark Ritual
Demonic Tutor
Dismember
Faithless Looting
Foul Renewal
Geth’s Verdict
Go for the Throat
Hero’s Downfall
Increasing Ambition
Innocent Blood
Kolaghan’s Command
Living Death
Mutilate
Night’s Whisper
Rakdos Charm
Rakdos’s Return
Read the Bones
Rolling Earthquake
Sign in Blood
Slaughter Pact
Starstorm
Sudden Death
Sudden Spoiling
Terminate
Toxic Deluge
Vandalblast
Yawgmoth’s Will

Enchantments (6)
Bitterblossom
Dark Prophecy
Necropotence
Phyrexian Arena
Stranglehold
Vampiric Rites

Artifacts (6)
Altar of Dementia
Oblivion Stone
Rakdos Signet
Skullclamp
Sol Ring
Talisman of Impulse

Lands (36)
12 Swamp
Mountain
Badlands
Barren Moor
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Bojuka Bog
Buried Ruin
Cabal Coffers
Command Tower
Dragonskull Summit
Forgotten Cave
Graven Cairns
Polluted Delta
Reliquary Tower
Smoldering Marsh
Strip Mine
Sulfurous Springs
Tainted Peak
Tectonic Edge
Temple of Malice
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Wasteland

How does it Perform?

Quite well, I played this thing in a tournament for the first time recently, and proceeded to not lose a single round. So I must say I’m quite satisfied with this list currently, and can’t foresee any major changes coming up.

I hope you enjoy my take on this highly underrated general. If you give it a try, let me know what you would change you would make. Until next week, thanks for reading

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