Teysa Divine Aristocrats

By MarkXero Created Apr 9, 2019 Updated May 6, 2019
Commander Unknown
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Building around Teysa Karlov leads inevitably to an Aristocrats style deck, but for Commander it needs to do more than just sac Lingering Souls to Blood Artists. Rather than pure token generators, this deck uses creatures that create tokens when they die, all bolstered by Teysa's deatharmonicon effect, with plenty of recursion to bring them back to do it all over again. It also throws in Divine Visitation as an alternative win-con, creating a horde of angels to sweep into the red-zone.


There are four main areas to this deck: Sac outlets, saccables, profit cards, and recursion.

Being WB, it also chucks in plenty of removal, and there are a few bits of extra tech.

Divine Visitation:
This is the card the tutors are for, and Auramancer to bring back if we need to. With Visitation out, the deck takes on a slightly different character. All those tokens become 4/4 angels, meaning it can become a brutal army very quickly. Or ideally, have Requiem Angel, a sac outlet, and a Blood Artist variant —
· sac a non-spirit to trigger the Artist;
· Requiem gives us a spirit (or two, or four) to replace it...
· which Visitation turns it an angel instead, to be sacced to start the sequence again. Loop as necessary until everyone else is dead.

Other tech:
Elesh Norn and Ethereal Absolution help suppress the other side of the board.
Athreos is amazing - each non-token sac triggers two 'return to hand unless' situations, so 6 life has to be spent to stop them!

Sac Outlets

Really only need one free sac outlet on the board, but there are multiple options for redundancy.

  • Bloodflow Connoisseur
  • Cartel Aristocrat
  • Maw of the Obzedat
  • Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter
  • Viscera Seer
  • Attrition
  • Sadistic Hypnotist
  • Phyrexian Altar

Sac Fodder

All generate tokens on their demise, which are doubled by Teysa. Predominantly humans so Angel of Glory's Rise can bring them all back. And B creatures preferred for extra tokens if Teysa 1.0 is on the board.

  • Deathpact Angel
  • Doomed Dissenter
  • Doomed Traveler
  • Hunted Witness
  • Imperious Oligarch
  • Mausoleum Guard
  • Ministrant of Obligation
  • Orzhov Enforcer
  • Orzhov Racketeers
  • Seraph of the Scales
  • Tithe Taker
  • Xathrid Necromancer
  • Elenda, the Dusk Rose


The cards that gain us the benefits from all those human sacrifices... Most of the Blood Artist variants (the principal win-con), plus cards like Martyr's Bond, Elenda, Requiem Angel etc. Elenda in particular can go crazy - quintuple your sacs!

  • Blood Artist
  • Elenda, the Dusk Rose
  • Falkenrath Noble
  • Requiem Angel
  • Teysa, Orzhov Scion
  • Vindictive Vampire
  • Zulaport Cutthroat
  • Martyr's Bond
  • Xathrid Necromancer
  • Grim Haruspex
  • Pitiless Plunderer
  • Dictate of Erebos
  • Cruel Celebrant


Angel of Glory's Rise says "That was fun! Let's do it again..." Mainly though, these are just to get back any important pieces of the deck if they get destroyed.

  • Angel of Glory's Rise
  • Athreos, God of Passage
  • Auramancer
  • Sheoldred, Whispering One
  • Unburial Rites
  • Obzedat's Aid
  • Debtors' Knell
  • Emeria, the Sky Ruin


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