Rhystic Study: Vona, Butcher of Magan

by Prophet of Kruphix on 06 October 2017, Friday

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Rhystic Study: Vona, Butcher of Magan


Vona, Butcher of Magan


Greetings, chosen one... Welcome to the 47th column of "Rhystic Study"!

Vona, Butcher of Magan is a pretty powerful Commander on its own. It attacks and provides a huge life swing and then later destroys a permanent of your choice. It is a threat that must be dealt with quickly, or opponent will stand to lose their most treasured permanents.

Not only is this a source of card advantage and board control, there are also several combos that we would like to incorporate into the deck. Let's find out all about this exciting Vampire Commander!




Building Blocks #1: Gaining Life


Since you get to destroy a permanent with every seven life you pay, that means gaining seven life really equals one removal spell. Due to this property, it isn't a complete waste of space to play with lifegain cards! Let's take a look at some of these options that can really boost up your life total quickly!


Beacon of Immortality Boon Reflection Sanguine Sacrament Exsanguinate Debt to the Debtless Rhox Faithmender



Building Blocks #2: Life Exchange


Due to the fact that we are going to be paying a lot of life, there is a lot of merit in exchanging life totals with our opponent! Mirror Universe effects are present in both white and black, such as the following:


Axis of Mortality Magus of the Mirror Reverse the Sands Tree of Perdition


Indeed, you can reduce your life total to a low amount, do the exchange, and attack an opponent for lethal! In particular, you can also pay (almost) all your life to Phyrexian Processor and then swap it with your opponent!




Building Blocks #3: More Life-Related Combos


Exquisite Blood Sanguine Bond


The combo of Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond never gets old. In addition, there are also many cards that provide great combos with the other cards in your deck, as well as your Commander.


Strionic Resonator Illusionist's Bracers Tainted Remedy Well of Lost Dreams Wound Reflection Cradle of Vitality




Building Blocks #4: Removal


Orzhov colors are not lacking in removal spells. Here are some of the best ones that can help you stabilize your board before you find your combo, or accumulate enough mana to fire off some nasty spells!


Path to Exile Swords to Plowshares Vindicate Mortify Anguished Unmaking Utter End Damnation Wrath of God Fumigate Decree of Pain Return to Dust Grave Pact




The Final Product!


Rhystic Study: Vona, Butcher of Magan (Commander - Others)

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Vona, Butcher of Magan is a rather straight-forward deck to build and it can be lots of fun. Aside from zapping a permanent every turn, you could also have a lot of fun casting a gigantic Divinity of Pride, or winning the game with Felidar Guardian!

You can also experiment with other life gain / life loss themes to better enhance the deck! What other ideas can you come up with? Enjoy experimenting!




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