Liesa is back with a vengeance, baby! Yeah, we all thought she was dead because, y'know, Avacyn killed her. But apparently not! She's alive, and boy does her ability make sure your opponent's creatures aren't alive.

While there isn't any new lore on Liesa, Forgotten Archangel yet (though there should be an update soon), I find that Leisa's ability leans on her lore quite a bit. Liesa was killed by Avacyn, Angel of Hope after making a pact with a demon. Liesa was a bit controversial in her views on the monsters that plagued Innistrad. She said that in order to defeat her enemies, she needed to know them. However, this was a step too far and she was killed and eventually forgotten… until now.

Liesa, Forgotten Archangel ability reflects this past. Whenever your creatures die, they return to your hand at the beginning of the next end step. However, this is not the same for your opponent's creatures. Their creatures are instead exiled.

The strategy: control your opponents' boards with removal and swing into empty battlefields with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel.

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Enters-the-Battlefield Effects

When building this list, I wanted to include a lot of enters-the-battlefield effects that either kill creatures or end up making your opponents sacrifice things in order to automatically send them to exile. The goal is to make sure your opponents have little to no defenses so you can swing in with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel.

I thought it would be really fun to run Fleshbag Marauder effects. This includes cards like Plaguecrafter, Demon's Disciple, Merciless Executioner, and Slum Reaper which force you and your opponents to all sacrifice a creature. Thankfully, you get all your creatures back! Shriekmaw, Cavalier of Night, and Cavalier of Dawn also function in a similar fashion.

Your final notable piece of pain comes in the form of Cataclysmic Gearhulk. This rusty buddy not only gets rid of creatures, but artifacts, enchantments, and planeswalkers as well!

Repeatable forms of removal are key to this list's strategy. However, creature removal isn't the sole focus of our creatures with ETB triggers.

Let's talk about how cool Liliana's Standard Bearer is. This Zombie badboy is a powerhouse in this list, since you'll be killing a lot of your own creatures. This equates to some massive, much-needed card draw.

Next we have Karmic Guide and Reveillark, which both return creatures from your graveyard to the battlefield. They're also both expendable. The Guide will die on your upkeep unless you pay the echo cost, and you can simply pay the evoke cost for Reviellark. Normally this wouldn't be as powerful, however, with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel ability you'll be able to get them back at your next end step and eventually recast them! What was once a single instance of recursion now turns into something repeatable!

Lastly, we have Sidisi, Undead Vizier. This piece is so cool because she can exploit herself! This means that you can sacrifice Sidisi in order to tutor for a card, then have her return to your hand so that you can recast her as another tutor later. Sidisi goes from chump change to major value when Liesa, Forgotten Archangel is at the helm!

Aristocrat Effects

Now while your main strategy is to control your opponent's boardstate, it definitely doesn't hurt to have a few alternate synergies here and there, right? This list involves a lot of creatures being destroyed which got me thinking… why not add a few aristocrat effects?

Before we fully dive into this section, I want to make a note about a few things. You might be wondering why I don't run the newly spoiled The Meathook Massacre. While this piece may seem good at a first glance, Liesa, Forgotten Archangel exile effect is a replacement effect, meaning that your opponent's creatures don't die. They immediately go into exile. As a result, the third ability on Meathook Massacre won't trigger. This also is the same for your aristocrat pieces in the deck. This list runs many aristocrats that will trigger life gain and life loss off of creatures dying, however, they will only trigger when your creatures die as opposed to your opponents' creatures.

While this may be a bit frustrating, there are plenty of ways within Magic to profit off of killing your own creatures. Let's say hello to some of this list's hottest socialites!

Let's start out with the tried-and-true aristocrats we all know and love. Of course this list runs cards like Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Corpse Knight, and Vindictive Vampire. These are pillars in the aristocrat theme.

However, at the core of it all lies Syr Konrad, the Grim.

This Knight fits perfectly with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel because not only does he trigger when your things die, but he triggers when your creatures return to your hand at the next end step! While this last creature doesn't necessarily function like the average aristocrat, I still felt that he should be included in this section because his ability triggers off of your creatures dying.

Let's talk about Pitiless Plunderer. The irate pirate gives you Treasure whenever your creatures die, making this a fast way to ramp in Orzhov. Liesa, Forgotten Archangel turns this guy into a Treasure-making madman! You definitely gotta love this get-rich-quick scheme… I mean, all it costs are the lives of a few creatures.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Don't You (Forget About Her) by Chase Carroll

'Don't You (Forget About Her)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Commander

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Cards

Caves of Koilos

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.

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Sidisi, Undead Vizier

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Deathtouch
Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)
When Sidisi, Undead Vizier exploits a creature, you may search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Ashnod's Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add {C}{C}.

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Brightclimb Pathway // Grimclimb Pathway

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Generous Gift

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Elephant creature token.

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Haunted Crossroads

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{B}: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Godless Shrine

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Luminous Broodmoth

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Flying
Whenever a creature you control without flying dies, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a flying counter on it.

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Blood Artist

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Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Despark

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Exile target permanent with mana value 4 or greater.

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Phyrexian Tower

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Reliquary Tower

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You have no maximum hand size.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Selfless Savior

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Sacrifice Selfless Savior: Another target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Vault of Champions

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Vault of Champions enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Vindicate

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Destroy target permanent.

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Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt

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Return from your graveyard to the battlefield any number of target creature cards that each have a different mana value X or less.

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Isolated Chapel

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Isolated Chapel enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Karmic Guide

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Flying, protection from black
Echo {3}{W}{W} (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.)
When Karmic Guide enters the battlefield, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Castle Locthwain

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Zulaport Cutthroat

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Whenever Zulaport Cutthroat or another creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Lightning Greaves

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Equipped creature has haste and shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {0}

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Orzhov Signet

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{1}, {T}: Add {W}{B}.

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Damn

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Destroy target creature. A creature destroyed this way can't be regenerated.
Overload {2}{W}{W} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Remorseful Cleric

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Flying
Sacrifice Remorseful Cleric: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Kaya, Ghost Assassin

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0: Exile Kaya, Ghost Assassin or up to one target creature. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of your next upkeep. You lose 2 life.
−1: Each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
−2: Each opponent discards a card and you draw a card.

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Leyline of the Void

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If Leyline of the Void is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Demon's Disciple

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When Demon's Disciple enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker.

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Fracture

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Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or planeswalker.

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Plaguecrafter

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When Plaguecrafter enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker. Each player who can't discards a card.

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Elenda, the Dusk Rose

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Lifelink
Whenever another creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Elenda, the Dusk Rose.
When Elenda dies, create X 1/1 white Vampire creature tokens with lifelink, where X is Elenda's power.

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Cavalier of Dawn

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Vigilance
When Cavalier of Dawn enters the battlefield, destroy up to one target nonland permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token.
When Cavalier of Dawn dies, return target artifact or enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Cruel Celebrant

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Whenever Cruel Celebrant or another creature or planeswalker you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Syr Konrad, the Grim

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Whenever another creature dies, or a creature card is put into a graveyard from anywhere other than the battlefield, or a creature card leaves your graveyard, Syr Konrad, the Grim deals 1 damage to each opponent.
{1}{B}: Each player mills a card.

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Tainted Field

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Activate only if you control a Swamp.

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Torment of Hailfire

Color Identity:B

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Repeat the following process X times. Each opponent loses 3 life unless that player sacrifices a nonland permanent or discards a card.

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Cabal Coffers

Color Identity:B

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Shriekmaw

Color Identity:B

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Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
When Shriekmaw enters the battlefield, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
Evoke {1}{B} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Midnight Reaper

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, Midnight Reaper deals 1 damage to you and you draw a card.

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Vindictive Vampire

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Whenever another creature you control dies, Vindictive Vampire deals 1 damage to each opponent and you gain 1 life.

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Anguished Unmaking

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent. You lose 3 life.

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Pitiless Plunderer

Color Identity:B

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Whenever another creature you control dies, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Liliana's Standard Bearer

Color Identity:B

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Flash
When Liliana's Standard Bearer enters the battlefield, draw X cards, where X is the number of creatures that died under your control this turn.

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Cavalier of Night

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
When Cavalier of Night enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice another creature. When you do, destroy target creature an opponent controls.
When Cavalier of Night dies, return target creature card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature you control dies, draw a card.
+1: Create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
−4: Each player sacrifices two creatures.
−9: Each opponent chooses a permanent they control of each permanent type and sacrifices the rest.

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Slum Reaper

Color Identity:B

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When Slum Reaper enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.

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Phyrexian Reclamation

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you cast a creature spell, create X 1/1 black Thrull creature tokens, where X is that spell's mana value.
When you control seven or more Thrulls, sacrifice Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder.

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Westvale Abbey // Ormendahl, Profane Prince

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {C}.
{5}, {T}, Pay 1 life: Create a 1/1 white and black Human Cleric creature token.
{5}, {T}, Sacrifice five creatures: Transform Westvale Abbey, then untap it.

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Concealed Courtyard

Color Identity:B,W

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Concealed Courtyard enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
{2}{B}, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

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Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

Color Identity:B,W

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+1: Exile up to two target cards from a single graveyard. You gain 2 life if at least one creature card was exiled this way.
−1: Exile target nonland permanent with mana value 1 or less.
−5: Kaya, Orzhov Usurper deals damage to target player equal to the number of cards that player owns in exile and you gain that much life.

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Attrition

Color Identity:B

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{B}, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonblack creature.

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Fleshbag Marauder

Color Identity:B

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When Fleshbag Marauder enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.

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Fanatical Devotion

Color Identity:W

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Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate target creature.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Vona's Hunger

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.13

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Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
Each opponent sacrifices a creature. If you have the city's blessing, instead each opponent sacrifices half the creatures they control, rounded up.

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Grim Haruspex

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.59

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Morph {B} (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for {3}. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, draw a card.

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Merciless Executioner

Color Identity:B

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When Merciless Executioner enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.

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Corpse Knight

Color Identity:B,W

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Teysa Karlov

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.93

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If a creature dying causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an additional time.
Creature tokens you control have vigilance and lifelink.

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Killing Wave

Color Identity:B

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For each creature, its controller sacrifices it unless they pay X life.

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Liesa, Forgotten Archangel

Color Identity:B,W

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, return that card to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.
If a creature an opponent controls would die, exile it instead.

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Talisman of Hierarchy

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Talisman of Hierarchy deals 1 damage to you.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Ayara, First of Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Ayara, First of Locthwain or another black creature enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
{T}, Sacrifice another black creature: Draw a card.

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Priest of Fell Rites

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}, Pay 3 life, Sacrifice Priest of Fell Rites: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Activate only as a sorcery.
Unearth {3}{W}{B} ({3}{W}{B}: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.)

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Reveillark

Color Identity:W

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Flying
When Reveillark leaves the battlefield, return up to two target creature cards with power 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Evoke {5}{W} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Vampiric Rites

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 1 life and draw a card.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $33.90

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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Bastion of Remembrance

Color Identity:B

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When Bastion of Remembrance enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Thought Vessel

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You have no maximum hand size.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Athreos, God of Passage

Color Identity:B,W

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to white and black is less than seven, Athreos isn't a creature.
Whenever another creature you own dies, return it to your hand unless target opponent pays 3 life.

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Phyrexian Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color.

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Vanquish the Horde

Color Identity:W

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
Destroy all creatures.

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Sacrifice Outlets

In order for you to recast your Fleshbag creatures, or even to cast your evoke creatures that you didn't evoke previously, you're going to need to kill them first. Sure, you can do this through combat, but your opponents aren't guaranteed to block. What you need is something much more reliable: sac outlets.

Sac outlets allow you to systematically kill your own creatures so that you can recast them later. One such outlet is Ayara, First of Locthwain, who allows you to draw a card after you sacrifice a black creature. Killing Wave is a fun sac outlet because it also counts as a board wipe! However, in this particular list you can use it either way. You can cast it for a decent amount of mana to hurt your opponents and their boardstate… or you can cast it for 0, and refuse to pay 0 to just sacrifice your Fleshbag creatures so that you can recast them on your next turn. That is 1000% funnier.

Our next sac outlets come in the form of artifacts and enchantments. Of course we're running the infamous altars, Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar. These are top-tier sac outlets because they're free to activate and give you mana!

Another free sac outlet is Fanatical Devotion, which allows you to regenerate a creature. Next we have Vampiric Rites which allows you to gain 1 life and draw a card whenever you pay mana and sacrifice a creature. Attrition allows you to pay mana and sacrifice a creature in order to destroy a nonblack creature!

Our final sac outlet comes in the form of a land: Phyrexian Tower. This piece is a bit on the pricier side, and could be swapped for High Market. However, I feel this piece is great because it generates two black mana whenever you sacrifice a creature. This list runs more black cards than white, making the Tower a nice way to get the pips you need.

The MVP

This week's MVP comes in the form of a Planeswalker: Kaya, Orzhov Usurper.

Liesa, Forgotten Archangel is integral for this deck's strategy of exiling your opponent's creatures. However, if she's gone and Kaya, Orzhov Usurper is out, you can still exile creatures from your opponent's graveyard! Kaya's +1 allows you to not only act as Liesa for a brief moment, but gains you life as well.

However, the reason Kaya, Orhov Usurper is this week's MVP is due to her -5. She fires a laser beam at target player equal to the number of cards they have in exile. In a list where the sole focus is putting things into exile, this makes Kaya practically lethal. Not only that, but you gain that much life as well! As a red player, I'm definitely a fan of finding ways of dealing mass amounts of damage to opponents. Kaya definitely stands out as a sleeper in this list, making her the perfect MVP!

Sample Hands

This first sample hand is what I'd like to call optimal. It has more than three lands, which is the average I'd encourage you to shoot for when getting a hand with this deck. It also has an early game mana rock, a playable Fleshbag effect, and a board wipe that decreases in cost the longer the game goes on. With how this hand looks, I'd expect a turn-four Liesa, Forgotten Archangel, which is pretty great!

However, this hand is a bit more realistic! This hand has the perfect amount of lands (with the added bonus of scrying thanks to the Temple). It also has an early play with the Celebrant of Bounty. Leyline of the Void will ensure that your opponent's creatures will be exiled even if Liesa, Forgotten Archangel is destroyed or won't come out for a while. If you're able to draw into a land, then Luminous Broodmoth will definitely be your next play, ensuring that when you do start killing your creatures, they could possibly get flying counters (that is, if Liesa remains in the command zone).

This final playtest hand hits numerous marks. While yes, we are lucky with the early game mana rock, what makes this hand stand out is Vampiric Rites and Phyrexian Reclamation. These are great ways for you to set up a strong boardstate. This strong mana base can also lead to an easy Liesa, Forgotten Archangel cast as well, and once she's out, Syr Konrad, the Grim will start doing what he does best!

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I've always wanted to be inspired by an Orzhov legendary. I always thought they were neat, but nothing really sparked creativity until I saw Liesa, Forgotten Archangel previewed! I loved her death-centric ability, and thought it was a cool way to establish control over an opponent's boardstate. Regardless of how she came back, I am beyond excited bring Liesa and this list to life in paper! Happy brewing, deck builder!