Rhystic Study: Leovold, Emissary of Trest

by Prophet of Kruphix on 20 September 2016, Tuesday

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Rhystic Study: Leovold, Emissary of Trest


Leovold, Emissary of Trest


Greetings, chosen one... Welcome to the 18th column of "Rhystic Study"!

Last weekend, we built a deck with Queen Marchesa, one of the few Legendary creatures from Conspiracy: Take the Crown. This time round, let's experiment with Leovold, Emissary of Trest. He has a rather interesting ability and it basically prevents your opponents from drawing additional cards.

Wouldn't it be nice if you were the only one getting extra cards while denying your opponents theirs? In addition, Leovold, Emissary of Trest's second ability will draw you even more cards when any of your opponents tries to target you or one of your permanents!

Both these abilities, his low mana cost and very disruptive ability make it an excellent Commander! Now, let's find ways to wreck havoc!




Building Blocks #1: Howling Mine Effects


There are a lot of Howling Mine effects in Magic and it is more fun when they only benefit you instead of everyone at the table.


Howling Mine Kami of the Crescent Moon Dictate of Kruphix

Temple Bell Font of Mythos Geier Reach Sanitarium


With Leovold, Emissary of Trest on the table, only you'll be drawing the extra cards and with these extra resources, you should be able to overwhelm your opponents. Now, if only there were a way to render your opponents helpless.




Building Blocks #2: Timetwister Effects


Since Leovold, Emissary of Trest prevents your opponents from drawing cards, how about if we forced them to discard their entire hand?


Day's Undoing Time Reversal Dark Deal

Wheel and Deal Teferi's Puzzle Box Windfall


Many of these effects were designed to refill everyone's hands but Leovold, Emissary of Trest totally breaks the symmetry. What this means is that all of your opponents will be reduced to topdeck mode, while you continue forging ahead with a full grip of cards. I originally considered cards like Plagiarize but I thought they were unneccessary since your Commander alone is sufficient, besides we also have Notion Thief!




Building Blocks #3: Fast Mana & Additional Land Drops


Because there are so many effects in the deck that draw you cards, you can also break the symmetry by playing a lot of cheap spells and fast mana. Aside from the regular mana rocks and green ramp spells, we're also going to play a lot more cheap mana accelerants. You'll be able to empty your hand before firing off Time Spiral and then recast your entire hand once more! Cards like Exploration and Oracle of Mul Daya will also help you make extra land drops and reduce the odds that you discard excess lands. Burgeoning might also be a good addition.


Mana Crypt Simic Signet

Deathrite Shaman Elves of Deep Shadow Bloom Tender

Exploration Oracle of Mul Daya


This is why I made sure to have a low mana curve compared to other Commander decks and you should also keep that in mind when modifying your very own Leovold deck!




Building Blocks #4: Tutors


Leovold, Emissary of Trest really works like a combo deck. Once you manage to pull it off, you'll be able to control the entire table. What are the components we really need?


So really, we're playing a two-card combo deck, which means that our tutors are very, very important.

Muddle the Mixture Demonic Tutor Mystical Tutor

If you wish to take a more spike-y approach, you can cut a few of the bigger spells and play even more tutors, such as Diabolic Tutor, Grim Tutor and Diabolic Intent. After all, once you manage to pull it off, you practically dominate.




Building Blocks #5: Win Conditions


For this unique deck, I decided to go light on win conditions. Once you are constantly having ten or twenty cards more than your opponents, they'll likely concede or you can simply grind them out with seven hits of Commander damage. I chose these three cards to help us win the game.


Waste Not Villainous Wealth Laboratory Maniac




The Final Product!


Putting all of that together and adding in nice lands and cool mana rocks, we have this following product.


Rhystic Study: Leovold, Emissary of Trest (Commander - Others)

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I believe Leovold, Emissary of Trest is an interesting approach to build a Sultai deck. It utilizes a lot of extra cards that you don't usually use, such as the Howling Mine effects and the Timetwister effects. However, the downside is that the mana base is pretty intensive and you also want a lot of tutors and fast mana to make it work, so it isn't exactly building on the budget.


What Sultai Commander are you currently running and would you consider the switch to Leovold, Emissary of Trest?



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