Teysa: unconventional combos for an unconventional deck.
I have always enjoyed Teysa, Orzhov Scion as a character in the world of Magic: the Gathering. Yet where I have seen her played the most is in Elder-Dragon-Highlander or EDH (a format that uses 100 single cards of which there are no multiples and one cards is used as the commander). However, as someone how does not know enough people, that or those that I know just don’t have the time, I wanted to find a 60 card deck that I could give Teysa the most bang for her abilities. I had the original idea to make a Cleric deck that would utilize the Rotlung Reanimator’s abilities of producing a 2/2 zombie creature every time a cleric died while at the same time utilizing Teysa’s first ability where: “Sacrifice three white creatures: Remove target creature from the game.” I however, overlooked the fact that Teysa herself was not a Cleric—yes I do play Magic, and I still over looked this one major detail.
After searching through the Gatherer’s database for cards before Zendekar, I was introduced to a unique Enchantment called Darkest Hour that makes all creatures black. So now, Teysa’s second ability—“Whenever another black creature you control is put into the graveyard from play, put a 1/1 white spirit token with flying into the game”—all you need now is a sacrifice outlet. Ashnod’s Altar was my first choice, then a good friend and Magic player suggested to me Plagued Rusalka. Now I only need a finishing move to end the game…this is where if anyone wants to make this deck I encourage you to find your own unique end-game combo piece.
One suggestion I can give you is a nice Exsanguinate, this only coast two Black mana then X which goes nice with Ashnod’s Alter. Keep sacrificing creature to the altar, which in turn get you another white flyer that becomes black. Sacrifice the newly gotten flyer to the Alter, wash rinse repeat until you have enough to wipe all your opponents off the map.
Option two: You could utilize the Cathars’ Crusade allowing you to give every creature a +1/+1 counter for each creature entering the battlefield. My only concern is you will need protection. Luckily white comes well equipped with nice protection spells—from damage.
Option three: Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. If Ashnod’s Altar, Darkest Hour and Teysa, Orzhov Scion all enter the battlefield without being countered and you have one creature so sacrifice, why not? A 15/15 for 15 that you get practically for free off Ashnod’s Altar.
Option four: You could remove their entire deck by using Bitter Ordeal. This 2B (three converted mana cost) reads, “Search target player’s library for a card and exile it. Then that player shuffles his or her library,” then it has the nasty effect of Gravestorm, copying the spell for each creature put into the graveyard this turn. The question that might come up is, “Wait, tokens do not go to the graveyard, how can this be infinite?” While tokens do “fizzle” (leave play all together) it still goes to the graveyard then is removed. So even the tokens are being sacrificed, Gravestorm does trigger for each sacrificed token.
Option 5: Your own unique idea. I encourage all players to find a combo that, maybe, no one would have thought of (if you do find a combo that not even the top players could think of you are golden, but don’t feel like you have to) and make it work for you.