This entry is part 14 of 24 in the series Unexpected Results

Posted by Brian aka ChaosMTG.

ohlookapictureI’ve recently found myself with an overabundance of certain legends and, in a singleton format, that means that unless I can somehow fit them all into separate decks, they’re doomed to rot in a binder somewhere. So, this week, I’ll be taking a trip in the exact opposite direction of Chris’s article from last week and attempt to take a well known commander out of the command zone and into a (hopefully) viable 60 card constructed deck.

Teysa is one of the queens of EDH land. Two powerful colors, plenty of removal, and the option of going control, agro, or combo. While I know that she was playable when she was in standard, I also wasn’t playing much competitively at that time and don’t feel like trying to research that deck.

Looking at her, two real decks come to mind: BW Tokens, and the Aristocrats, one recently rotated from standard, the other a fairly common modern deck… This will definitely be a modern deck.

In a token deck, I can see herĀ  primarily acting as a backup token maker. Unfortunately, there aren’t many cards that make black tokens (Xathrid Necromancer and Sorin, Lord of Innistrad are the first two viable ones that come to mind.) and her use as a sac outlet would probably go to waste without backup with something like Beckon Apparition.

Aristocrats it is!

The standard list looked something like this before it rotated:

4 Blood Crypt
4 Godless Shrine
4 Isolated Chapel
4 Sacred Foundry
3 Mutavault
3 Cavern of Souls
1 Dragonskull Summit
1 Clifftop Retreat

4 Xathrid Necromancer
4 Blood Artist
4 Cartel Aristocrat
4 Falkenrath Aristocrat
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Doomed Traveler
2 Skirsdag High Priest

4 Gather the Townsfolk
4 Tragic Slip
2 Brimstone Volley

Now that we have access to a larger card pool, let’s see what can be swapped out…

Isolated ChapelMarsh FlatsLands
Well, here’s where there are some obvious changes… Fetches!
Control is also a lot less prominent in modern, so I think the Cavern of Souls can be cut to add some basics for Path to Exile protection.
Teysa seems like a good replacement for Xathrid Necromancer, replacing humans with black creatures. There’s probably a version of this deck that could run a balance of the two of them, but I’m just presenting a concept, not tuning this deck.
Blood Artist and the aristocrats definitely stay.
Skirsdag High Priest is far too slow for my liking, especially given all the removal it’s bound to eat. Bloodghast seems good in its place, a 2/1 black creature for 2 that can recur itself for free for further sacrifice and swing for the win later. In the Xathrid Necromancer version of this deck, these could probably be Gravecrawlers.
After cutting a few humans, Champion of the Parish doesn’t seem right; I think Figure of Destiny fits the growing 1-drop slot well.
Doomed Traveler stays.

Tragic SlipPath to ExileInstant/Sorcery
The card the tribal aspect of Gather the Townsfolk worked for is out, now only Falkenrath Aristocrat cares about human triblal, and that’s only incidental. Raise the Alarm is now a strict upgrade.
Tragic Slip and Brimstone Volley get hugely outclassed in modern; Path to Exile fills Slip’s remove everything role, and in place of Volley we have Lightning Bolt… Because it’s Lightning Bolt.




And here’s the final list:

4 Arid Mesa
2 Blood Crtypt
4 Godless Shrine
4 Marsh Flats
1 Mountain
3 Mutavault
1 Plains
4 Sacred Foundry
1 Swamp

4 Blood Artist
3 Bloodghast
4 Cartel Aristocrat
4 Doomed Traveler
4 Falkenrath Aristocrat
4 Figure of Destiny
3 Teysa, Orzhov Scion

4 Lightning Bolt
2 Path to Exile
4 Raise the Alarm


Well… That was a weird and slightly unpleasant experience… But it was fun and I might try actually playing this deck, so I might do this again.

Also, I’m not done with Teysa quite yet, I’ll have another article about her coming up sometime this season. (Hint: it’s for a theme week)

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