Well, it’s official. I have now published my second article about the same commander. Truth be told, I felt that I had made enough changes to my 2013 version of Kaalia of the Vast to warrant a fresh slate. It has been about 15 months since I built my Kaalia deck and one thing still runs true: you either have a Kaalia EDH Deck or you despise her Human existence.
So why the second article? Honestly, I didn’t play Kaalia a whole lot. On the rare occasion I wanted to be competitive or break a losing streak I would crack open the pink dragon sleeved beauty and go to work. Other than that, she was near the bottom of my favorite decks to play. I believe that it was mainly a morale issue. I did not like playing land destruction and there were a few angels/dragons/demons that made me feel like a bully for using them.
Amiable Kaalia EDH Deck
So after a complete rebuild I am proud to announce my newest version of Kaalia of the Vast. I like to call this my Amiable Kaalia EDH Deck. Amiable means friendly or agreeable. By being amiable, this version of Kaalia can still be competitive without going over the top with all of the nastiness that players hate her for. Don’t get me wrong, the Angels/Dragons/Demons in this decklist are still quite effective and can pack quite a punch when cheated into play on turn 4, but the heavy hitters have found a seat on the sidelines.
What has been left out to make this decklist playgroup friendly? First, and foremost, Land Destruction. No ‘geddon, no Cataclysm, no popping land. It’s unfun. We are also missing Rakdos the Defiler and Master of Cruelties. These cards are nasty and designed to take a single player out of a multiplayer game. Sire of Insanity is also missing. Wrecking hands leads to top decking mode for everyone… slow, boring, and unfun. Plus, he doesn’t fly. Stupid demon. Iona, Shield of Emeria, **sigh**, No longer in the deck. Avacyn, Angel of Hope? Um, hey, I’m not that crazy. Kaalia isn’t Kaalia without her best friend. 🙂
Kaalia EDH Sunforger and Isochron Scepter
In addition to land destruction, I have removed most of the graveyard recursion. The new civil version of Kaalia revolves around a protection strategy and a bag of tricks to give Kaalia the element of surprise, protection, provide answers and tilt the game in our favor. Most of our tricks are Instants that can be cast from our hand or from our library by disconnecting Sunforger from one of our equipped creatures (hence the Kaalia archaeotype Sunforger). I have also added an Isochron Scepter as the secondary theme. There are over a dozen targets in my Kaalia EDH Deck that can be imprinted on the Isochron Stick.
In addition to building around Scepter and Sunforger, I have also reduced the mana cost of Kaalia’s Angels/Dragons/Demons. To prepare for future battles of Kaalia being tucked, stolen, countered or costing too much to cast, I want to be able to have other creatures that can be cast and sent into battle. Therefore I have included a decent list of 4 and 5 mana cost flying A/D/D to help us stay in the game.
Winning with Kaalia is simple in theory, but strategically challenging with each and every game. The “challenging” aspect comes from Kaalia’s reputation. By simply announcing Kaalia of the Vast as our commander we have painted a huge target on our forehead. This EDH Deck has a simple win condition – take to the skies and utilize the attack phase. Aiding us in achieving this goal will be a slew of tricks, cheaper Angels/Dragons/Demons and our two main Artifacts – Sunforger and Scepter. With no land destruction, hand disruption and very little recursion a playgroup friendly version of Kaalia will be vulnerable, yet competitive. This version of the deck will have boom or bust type matches, provide more interaction and become a fun deck to play again.
Have I hit the mark on this lighter version of Kaalia of the Vast? Since we took out some of the nastiness that she is known for, does this make her more acceptable at the kitchen table? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Kaalia of the Vast Sunforger Scepter EDH Deck
Thank you for reading! As always, please comment below with thoughts and questions!
For further reading I recommend the following:
Kaalia Decklist Database on MagicEDH.com
Video Gameplay of this Kaalia Deck
On to the next!