Synopsis

Kaalia is one of the most strange type of effects in EDH.It has a great possibility of breaking through the gates with great creatures that will take down the game.

I always liked Kaalia and wanted to have a good list both for multilayer and 1v1. This is because we sometimes keep both kind of tourneys in the same day. It is challenging and fun.

About the deck.

For single player you want to fast kill your opponents. This means that you have to get Kaalia out quickly and bash with it. You need some creatures in starting hand, but not to many as the hand become clogged.

For multiplayer, you need resiliency, and that’s why this deck is based on reanimating stuff over and over.

I believe that 36 lands and some artifact ramp will do ok. The lands are spread out the entire colors of mana and will fix them ok.

Kaalia’s power stands in her attack phase. This means that you need to attack with her as soon as possible. In the first it was paired with Anger and Entomb. But having a mountain proved to be difficult. Now i am using a triad of artifacts that makes her hasty : Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot boots and Ring of Valkas. You’d like one of these early on, and also another big creature in hand. These artifact also protects kaalia from targeted removal, and in addition, the Darksteel plate will protect her of the mass removal. Also good with your Obliterate.

Some tutoring is in the form of Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Shred Memory, Enlightened tutor and Tithe. Also Rune-scarred Demon provides same as Demonic Tutor. Liliana Vess provides a different card advantage, and it’s here becasue of versatility.

Creature base:

Karmic Guide

Recurring creatures, at instant speed (with Kaalia’s attack).

Linvala, Keeper of Silence

Needed to stop creatures with activation abilities that might stop your onslaught.

Restoration Angel

She is here because of the some EBT-abilities and the options to save Kaalia from targeting. Sme good interactions are with Rune-scarred Demon, Thundermaw Hellkite to attack undisturbed, Sun Titan

Baneslayer Angel

Just a good 5/5 Lifelink beater. Very good creature for its cost.

Bloodgift Demon

Phyrexian Arean on a stick.

Thundermaw Hellkite

Tapping opponents’ creatures and attacking undisturbed

Harvester of Souls

He draws at least 1 card (replaces himself) and he is the appropriate creature type

Rakdos the Defiler

He is a powerhouse. Getting him into attack using Kaalia will not trigger his first ability. He can be devastating with Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion

Sun Titan

Recurring Animate Dead (and the functionals) is fun.

Angel of Despair

Vindicate on a stick

Balefire Dragon

All your creatures have firebreathing (but activated only once for all).

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Double damage, half to receive, plus an body of 5 that attacks for 10 ?

Rune-Scarred Demon

Demonic Tutor on a stick.

Sheoldred, Whispering One

Recurring threats. She is here just because of its sheer power.

Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Fast. Deadly. Almost unblockable. Gorgeous.

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Who cannot love this goth chick ? Ok. Indestructibility for all my perms ? Comboes well with obliterate.

Bogardan Hellkite

Good body, good EBT ability.

Myojin of Night’s Reach

This is here for multiplayer purpose. It is the case when the game goes long and you need that specific advantage. This will give you that.

Iona, Shield of Emeria

Shutting down 1 color against a multiplayer game is good. Some opponents cannot get rid of her. Monocolor deck are almost destroyed by this.

Reya Dawnbringer

Same as Sheoldred, but she trades the sac effect for the good creature type.

Other utility cards:

The deck has also other utility cards like removal (terminate, swords to plowshares, etc), mass removal (wrath of god, damnation…), and reanimators : necromancy, dance of the dead, animate dead. These have been chosen because their interaction with sun titan and will provide resiliency. Also in the reanimating plan Volrath’s Stronghold Is a gold mine. Also Sword of Light and Shadow provides recursive threats.

The Deck

Commander (1)
Kaalia of the Vast

Lands (36)
Arid Mesa
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Bojuka Bog
Boros Garrison
Cabal Coffers
Cavern of Souls
Clifftop Retreat
Command Tower
Dragonskull Summit
Fetid Heath
Godless Shrine
Graven Cairns
Hall of the Bandit Lord
Homeward Path
Isolated Chapel
Marsh Flats
Mountain
Orzhov Basilica
Phyrexian Tower
Plains
Rakdos Carnarium
Reliquary Tower
Rugged Prairie
Sacred Foundry
Shizo, Death’s Storehouse
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Vault of the Archangel
Vesuva
Volrath’s Stronghold

Creatures (20)
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Restoration Angel
Karmic Guide
Thundermaw Hellkite
Baneslayer Angel
Bloodgift Demon
Angel of Despair
Balefire Dragon
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Rune-Scarred Demon
Sheoldred, Whispering One
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Bogardan Hellkite
Harvester of Souls
Rakdos the Defiler
Sun Titan
Myojin of Night’s Reach
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Reya Dawnbringer

Artifacts (11)
Sensei’s Divining Top
Boros Signet
Sol Ring
Orzhov Signet
Rakdos Signet
Ring of Valkas
Lightning Greaves
Swiftfoot Boots
Darksteel Ingot
Darksteel Plate
Sword of Light and Shadow

Other spells (32)
Enlightened Tutor
Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares
Tithe
Vampiric Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Shred Memory
Terminate
Ashes to Ashes
Chaos Warp
Mortify
Oblation
Yawgmoth’s Will
Diabolic Tutor
Hoarder’s Greed
Leyline of Sanctity
Leyline of the Void
True Conviction
Phyrexian Arena
Necromancy
Animate Dead
Dance of the Dead
Return to Dust
Cataclysm
Damnation
Wrath of God
Hallowed Burial
Rout
Austere Command
Decree of Pain
Obliterate
Liliana Vess