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Basic Idea:For my advanced-beginners decks I wanted to create an Orzhov deck. The basic strategy I wanted to follow in this deck would be lifeleech. Cardpool:To keep this deck simple I decided to stay modern-legal even if this would only be played at the kitchen table. I also tried to stick to editions I knew I had enough cards at home to build this deck in real.Budget:The overall budget for the more complex beginner's decks be between 48 to 52$ (Mid value).Building it:Like most decks nowadays I started with 20 basic lands that would later be replaced with some according duallands. 4 Drana's Emissary and 4 Suture Priest where added for long-term lifeleech, 2 Highway Robber for "burst" leech. 4 Nip Gwyllion, 2 Vampire Outcasts and 4 Vampire Nighthawk where thrown in to get some some lifelink-creatures into the deck. Last came 3 Ajani's Pridemate to benefit further from all this lifegain. On the support-side I added 2 Sign in Blood and 2 Ambition's Cost for carddraw. 4 First thing that got added where 4 Doom Bladefor removal, followed by 2 Ambition's Cost and 2 Sign in Blood for Carddraw. 3 Consume Spirit would take care of any excess and they can be used to either finish an opponent or remove something not targetable by Doom Blade. Last came 1 Exquisite Blood and 3 Sanguine Bond. To stabilize the mana-base I added 4 Isolated Chapel (which would also activate Ajani's Pridemate), 2 Orzhov Basilica, 4 and 4 Evolving Wilds. Tests:At the moment this deck exists only on this site and has never been played against another deck. Regardless I'm open to all suggestions and ideas that may help to further improve this deck.
This deck is all about gaining life and leeching life from your opponent. Drana's Emissary allows you to slowly drain your opponent without having to attack. Supported by Suture Priest and Highway Robber this can be speeded up a little bit. Nip Gwyllion, Vampire Outcasts and Vampire Nighthawk are creatures with lifelink that will help you to stay alive a little bit longer. The Gwyllion (or any other creature, but this one comes as real surprise) combined with Righteousness can be a real shocker for your opponent when he attacks. To further enhance the lifegain Ajani's Pridemate will grow stronger whenever you gain life while Sanguine Bond converts each life you gain into damage your opponent takes. Endless-combo with Exquisite Blood is possible.
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NOTE: Set by owner when deck was made.
I've made a deck like this before and I really liked Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond because they create an infinite loop of death. Also if you're willing to risk a little go for Drain Life and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. If you're a little more risky you can pair Urborg with Cabal Coffers. I use all these cards in my life deck and it works VERY WELL.
Good suggestions but I wanted to keep this deck real easy to play, e.g. for first timers, and I simply don't want to overload them with a combo and advanced stuff. Also I have limited myself to 1 rare choice per deck to keep the costs low and get a good balance between the decks. As I'm targeting a modern legality Consume Spirit would be the version to take instead of Drain Life. Question is what to get rid of? The only thing I would be willing to trade against would be Wall of Limbs.
I agree, Wall of Limbs is a little bit slow because the rules are "whenever you gain life put a +1 +1 counter on it" not "put that many +1 +1 counters on it" like Ageless Entity ( <-- Green creature so it doesn't matter). So if you left Wall of Limbs in the deck, Consume Spirit wouldn't even work very well with it. That is if I understand the rules correctly.
I won't get that many +1/+1 counters but I see Consume Spirit more as a finisher that helps to "burn" your opponent down or a removal against things that Doom Blade won't be able to kill. Using Consume Spirit instead of the Wall will shift the balance a little bit more into aggressive direction...I have removed the simple tag and reworked the description a little bit because, when taking a closer look and re-considering an event I had with complete new players, this deck is pretty complex for a starter with many things to consider and to look at. This allows me to use Consume Spirit instead of the Wall as the basics have to be clear and new elements, like "X"-man spells, can be added. I have reworked the deck a "little" bit now. Basically I will have to male a new, real simple, Orzhov deck now ;)
Good luck with the new deck.