Deckbuilding – The Angel of DoT

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Hey Commander players! I’m on a roll here! This is the third decklist/mini article today. It helps that these ones are pretty simple and straightforward. This one’s all about DoT, which stands for Damage over Time. Or maybe, if you’re into romanticism, the Death of a Thousand cuts. Little bits of damage and drain and lifeloss that all add up to a bunch of dead opponents.

Black and white do lifegain and lifeloss well, often together, and that’s the kind of card we’re looking to play with Liesa, Shroud of Dusk. We have all the Sanguine Bond-style cards, for triggers galore. One of the beautiful things about this deck is that we want our opponents to play their stuff and do their things, we just want to ping them every time they do it. And ping them for some other things they did, too. Check it out.

The Angel of DoT

Commander (1)
Liesa, Shroud of Dusk

Creatures (14)
Alms Collector
Blood Artist
Cliffhaven Vampire
Dross Harvester
Epicure of Blood
Erebos, God of the Dead
Indulging Patrician
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Karlov of the Ghost Council
Marauding Blight-Priest
Skyclave Cleric // Skyclave Basilica
Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose
Vizkopa Guildmage

Artifacts (13)
Cryptolith Fragment
Hierophant’s Chalice
Isolation Cell
Norn’s Annex
Nyx Lotus
Orazca Relic
Orzhov Cluestone
Orzhov Locket
Orzhov Signet
Paradise Plume
Pristine Talisman
Sol Ring
Well of Lost Dreams

Enchantments (23)
Authority of the Consuls
Baneful Omen
Blind Obedience
Council’s Judgment
Curse of Fool’s Wisdom
Dark Tutelage
Darksteel Mutation
Dawn of Hope
Font of Agonies
Ghostly Prison
Karmic Justice
Lightmine Field
Palace Siege
Phyrexian Reclamation
Price of Knowledge
Righteous Aura
Sanguine Bond
Sphere of Safety
Starfield of Nyx
Tainted Remedy
Trespasser’s Curse
Underworld Connections

Sorceries (6)
Deadly Tempest
Merciless Eviction
Nightmare Unmaking
Read the Bones
Winds of Abandon

Instants (9)
Anguished Unmaking
Crush Contraband
Forsake the Worldly
Heliod’s Intervention
Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares
Utter End
Zof Consumption // Zof Bloodbog
Lands (34)
Arcane Lighthouse
Bojuka Bog
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Brightclimb Pathway // Grimclimb Pathway
Castle Locthwain
Caves of Koilos
Command Tower
Concealed Courtyard
Detection Tower
Esper Panorama
Evolving Wilds
Glacial Chasm
Godless Shrine
Hall of Heliod’s Generosity
Isolated Chapel
Leechridden Swamp
Maze of Ith
Mistveil Plains
Mortuary Mire
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Orzhov Basilica
Orzhova, the Church of Deals
Scoured Barrens
Seraph Sanctuary
Shambling Vent
Silent Clearing
Temple of Silence
Terramorphic Expanse
Vault of Champions
Vault of the Archangel

While either of Karlov of the Ghost Council or Kambal, Consul of Allocation could Command this deck, Liesa, Shroud of Dusk makes the best use of the Command Zone. Any Commander that gets around the Commander Tax has enjoyed a lot of success. Think Derevi, Empyrial Tactician or Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow. Liesa stands to be as strong a presence, providing we can keep our life totals nice and high.

We’ve got all sorts of lifegain triggers from all sorts of sources, including our lands, like Seraph Sanctuary, and our mana rocks, like Pristine Talisman. We’re also looking to use our life total as a resource. Anguished Unmaking is a classic, but we’ve got some sweet payoffs like Righteous Aura, Dawn of Hope, Phyrexian Reclamation, Well of Lost Dreams and Dark Tutelage. Font of Agonies is another payoff for when we pay. Keeping our enchantments coming back are Starfield of Nyx and Hall of Heliod’s Generosity.

Black and white offer a powerful removal suite, specializing in exile. We’ve got all the best of those here. Winds of Abandon is simply excellent, and should be played more. While just about everything in the deck that pings could be considered a finisher, the cards I expect to do the most finishing are Curse of Fool’s Wisdom, Tainted Remedy, and Trespasser’s Curse. The kinds of cards that will maul opponents who just can’t help themselves. I probably shouldn’t lend this one out to play against me.

I don’t know that this is the most fun deck, or the most fun to play against, but I’m going to give it a whirl. Who knows. It should at least be fun to play a dark angel, like the ones on TV. Trade in the harp for a badass electric guitar and shake the heavens a bit. Liesa and the Shroud of Dusk could totally be a metal band! Thanks for reading. Your life matters. Black Lives Matter!

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