Kaalia of the Vast Commander deck


Deck Overview

The Kaalia of the Vast Commander Deck wields an arsenal of angels, demons, and dragons, meticulously crafted to overwhelm opponents with powerful, cost-cheating summons and sheer aerial might.

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Main deck

Commander

Kaalia of the Vast - MTG Card versions

Kaalia of the Vast

Creatures (28)

Akroma, Angel of Wrath - MTG Card versions

Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Quantity: 1
Angel of Despair - MTG Card versions

Angel of Despair

Quantity: 1
Archfiend of Depravity - MTG Card versions

Archfiend of Depravity

Quantity: 1
Archfiend of Despair - MTG Card versions

Archfiend of Despair

Quantity: 1
Arni Metalbrow - MTG Card versions

Arni Metalbrow

Quantity: 1
Aurelia, the Warleader - MTG Card versions

Aurelia, the Warleader

Quantity: 1
Avacyn, Angel of Hope - MTG Card versions

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Quantity: 1
Balefire Dragon - MTG Card versions

Balefire Dragon

Quantity: 1
Demonlord Belzenlok - MTG Card versions

Demonlord Belzenlok

Quantity: 1
Drakuseth, Maw of Flames - MTG Card versions

Drakuseth, Maw of Flames

Quantity: 1
Esper Sentinel - MTG Card versions

Esper Sentinel

Quantity: 1
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight - MTG Card versions

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Quantity: 1
Harvester of Souls - MTG Card versions

Harvester of Souls

Quantity: 1
Hellkite Tyrant - MTG Card versions

Hellkite Tyrant

Quantity: 1
Isshin, Two Heavens as One - MTG Card versions

Isshin, Two Heavens as One

Quantity: 1
Kaalia, Zenith Seeker - MTG Card versions

Kaalia, Zenith Seeker

Quantity: 1
Liesa, Forgotten Archangel - MTG Card versions

Liesa, Forgotten Archangel

Quantity: 1
Lord of the Void - MTG Card versions

Lord of the Void

Quantity: 1
Lyra Dawnbringer - MTG Card versions

Lyra Dawnbringer

Quantity: 1
Master of Cruelties - MTG Card versions

Master of Cruelties

Quantity: 1
Mother of Runes - MTG Card versions

Mother of Runes

Quantity: 1
Overseer of the Damned - MTG Card versions

Overseer of the Damned

Quantity: 1
Platinum Angel - MTG Card versions

Platinum Angel

Quantity: 1
Rune-Scarred Demon - MTG Card versions

Rune-Scarred Demon

Quantity: 1
Scourge of the Throne - MTG Card versions

Scourge of the Throne

Quantity: 1
Sephara, Sky's Blade - MTG Card versions

Sephara, Sky's Blade

Quantity: 1
Vilis, Broker of Blood - MTG Card versions

Vilis, Broker of Blood

Quantity: 1
Worldgorger Dragon - MTG Card versions

Worldgorger Dragon

Quantity: 1
Akroma, Angel of Wrath - MTG Card versions

Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Quantity: 1
Angel of Despair - MTG Card versions

Angel of Despair

Quantity: 1
Archfiend of Depravity - MTG Card versions

Archfiend of Depravity

Quantity: 1
Archfiend of Despair - MTG Card versions

Archfiend of Despair

Quantity: 1
Arni Metalbrow - MTG Card versions

Arni Metalbrow

Quantity: 1
Aurelia, the Warleader - MTG Card versions

Aurelia, the Warleader

Quantity: 1
Avacyn, Angel of Hope - MTG Card versions

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Quantity: 1
Balefire Dragon - MTG Card versions

Balefire Dragon

Quantity: 1
Demonlord Belzenlok - MTG Card versions

Demonlord Belzenlok

Quantity: 1
Drakuseth, Maw of Flames - MTG Card versions

Drakuseth, Maw of Flames

Quantity: 1
Esper Sentinel - MTG Card versions

Esper Sentinel

Quantity: 1
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight - MTG Card versions

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Quantity: 1
Harvester of Souls - MTG Card versions

Harvester of Souls

Quantity: 1
Hellkite Tyrant - MTG Card versions

Hellkite Tyrant

Quantity: 1
Isshin, Two Heavens as One - MTG Card versions

Isshin, Two Heavens as One

Quantity: 1
Kaalia, Zenith Seeker - MTG Card versions

Kaalia, Zenith Seeker

Quantity: 1
Liesa, Forgotten Archangel - MTG Card versions

Liesa, Forgotten Archangel

Quantity: 1
Lord of the Void - MTG Card versions

Lord of the Void

Quantity: 1
Lyra Dawnbringer - MTG Card versions

Lyra Dawnbringer

Quantity: 1
Master of Cruelties - MTG Card versions

Master of Cruelties

Quantity: 1
Mother of Runes - MTG Card versions

Mother of Runes

Quantity: 1
Overseer of the Damned - MTG Card versions

Overseer of the Damned

Quantity: 1
Platinum Angel - MTG Card versions

Platinum Angel

Quantity: 1
Rune-Scarred Demon - MTG Card versions

Rune-Scarred Demon

Quantity: 1
Scourge of the Throne - MTG Card versions

Scourge of the Throne

Quantity: 1
Sephara, Sky's Blade - MTG Card versions

Sephara, Sky's Blade

Quantity: 1
Vilis, Broker of Blood - MTG Card versions

Vilis, Broker of Blood

Quantity: 1
Worldgorger Dragon - MTG Card versions

Worldgorger Dragon

Quantity: 1

Sorceries (6)

Blasphemous Act - MTG Card versions

Blasphemous Act

Quantity: 1
Farewell - MTG Card versions

Farewell

Quantity: 1
Reanimate - MTG Card versions

Reanimate

Quantity: 1
Ruinous Ultimatum - MTG Card versions

Ruinous Ultimatum

Quantity: 1
Vandalblast - MTG Card versions

Vandalblast

Quantity: 1
Vindicate - MTG Card versions

Vindicate

Quantity: 1
Blasphemous Act - MTG Card versions

Blasphemous Act

Quantity: 1
Farewell - MTG Card versions

Farewell

Quantity: 1
Reanimate - MTG Card versions

Reanimate

Quantity: 1
Ruinous Ultimatum - MTG Card versions

Ruinous Ultimatum

Quantity: 1
Vandalblast - MTG Card versions

Vandalblast

Quantity: 1
Vindicate - MTG Card versions

Vindicate

Quantity: 1

Instants (6)

Deflecting Swat - MTG Card versions

Deflecting Swat

Quantity: 1
Pyroblast - MTG Card versions

Pyroblast

Quantity: 1
Red Elemental Blast - MTG Card versions

Red Elemental Blast

Quantity: 1
Return to Dust - MTG Card versions

Return to Dust

Quantity: 1
Swords to Plowshares - MTG Card versions

Swords to Plowshares

Quantity: 1
Teferi's Protection - MTG Card versions

Teferi's Protection

Quantity: 1
Deflecting Swat - MTG Card versions

Deflecting Swat

Quantity: 1
Pyroblast - MTG Card versions

Pyroblast

Quantity: 1
Red Elemental Blast - MTG Card versions

Red Elemental Blast

Quantity: 1
Return to Dust - MTG Card versions

Return to Dust

Quantity: 1
Swords to Plowshares - MTG Card versions

Swords to Plowshares

Quantity: 1
Teferi's Protection - MTG Card versions

Teferi's Protection

Quantity: 1

Artifacts (14)

Aetherflux Reservoir - MTG Card versions

Aetherflux Reservoir

Quantity: 1
Arcane Signet - MTG Card versions

Arcane Signet

Quantity: 1
Bolas's Citadel - MTG Card versions

Bolas's Citadel

Quantity: 1
Commander's Sphere - MTG Card versions

Commander's Sphere

Quantity: 1
Helm of the Host - MTG Card versions

Helm of the Host

Quantity: 1
Lightning Greaves - MTG Card versions

Lightning Greaves

Quantity: 1
Mana Crypt - MTG Card versions

Mana Crypt

Quantity: 1
Sensei's Divining Top - MTG Card versions

Sensei's Divining Top

Quantity: 1
Sol Ring - MTG Card versions

Sol Ring

Quantity: 1
Swiftfoot Boots - MTG Card versions

Swiftfoot Boots

Quantity: 1
Sword of Hearth and Home - MTG Card versions

Sword of Hearth and Home

Quantity: 1
Talisman of Conviction - MTG Card versions

Talisman of Conviction

Quantity: 1
Talisman of Hierarchy - MTG Card versions

Talisman of Hierarchy

Quantity: 1
Talisman of Indulgence - MTG Card versions

Talisman of Indulgence

Quantity: 1
Aetherflux Reservoir - MTG Card versions

Aetherflux Reservoir

Quantity: 1
Arcane Signet - MTG Card versions

Arcane Signet

Quantity: 1
Bolas's Citadel - MTG Card versions

Bolas's Citadel

Quantity: 1
Commander's Sphere - MTG Card versions

Commander's Sphere

Quantity: 1
Helm of the Host - MTG Card versions

Helm of the Host

Quantity: 1
Lightning Greaves - MTG Card versions

Lightning Greaves

Quantity: 1
Mana Crypt - MTG Card versions

Mana Crypt

Quantity: 1
Sensei's Divining Top - MTG Card versions

Sensei's Divining Top

Quantity: 1
Sol Ring - MTG Card versions

Sol Ring

Quantity: 1
Swiftfoot Boots - MTG Card versions

Swiftfoot Boots

Quantity: 1
Sword of Hearth and Home - MTG Card versions

Sword of Hearth and Home

Quantity: 1
Talisman of Conviction - MTG Card versions

Talisman of Conviction

Quantity: 1
Talisman of Hierarchy - MTG Card versions

Talisman of Hierarchy

Quantity: 1
Talisman of Indulgence - MTG Card versions

Talisman of Indulgence

Quantity: 1

Lands (35)

Arid Mesa - MTG Card versions

Arid Mesa

Quantity: 1
Blood Crypt - MTG Card versions

Blood Crypt

Quantity: 1
Cabal Coffers - MTG Card versions

Cabal Coffers

Quantity: 1
Canyon Slough - MTG Card versions

Canyon Slough

Quantity: 1
Caves of Koilos - MTG Card versions

Caves of Koilos

Quantity: 1
Clifftop Retreat - MTG Card versions

Clifftop Retreat

Quantity: 1
Command Tower - MTG Card versions

Command Tower

Quantity: 1
Dragonskull Summit - MTG Card versions

Dragonskull Summit

Quantity: 1
Exotic Orchard - MTG Card versions

Exotic Orchard

Quantity: 1
Godless Shrine - MTG Card versions

Godless Shrine

Quantity: 1
Haunted Ridge - MTG Card versions

Haunted Ridge

Quantity: 1
Isolated Chapel - MTG Card versions

Isolated Chapel

Quantity: 1
Luxury Suite - MTG Card versions

Luxury Suite

Quantity: 1
Minas Tirith - MTG Card versions

Minas Tirith

Quantity: 1
Mountain - MTG Card versions

Mountain

Quantity: 4
Plains - MTG Card versions

Plains

Quantity: 4
Plaza of Heroes - MTG Card versions

Plaza of Heroes

Quantity: 1
Reliquary Tower - MTG Card versions

Reliquary Tower

Quantity: 1
Rogue's Passage - MTG Card versions

Rogue's Passage

Quantity: 1
Sacred Foundry - MTG Card versions

Sacred Foundry

Quantity: 1
Savai Triome - MTG Card versions

Savai Triome

Quantity: 1
Shattered Sanctum - MTG Card versions

Shattered Sanctum

Quantity: 1
Slayers' Stronghold - MTG Card versions

Slayers' Stronghold

Quantity: 1
Swamp - MTG Card versions

Swamp

Quantity: 3
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - MTG Card versions

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Quantity: 1
Vault of Champions - MTG Card versions

Vault of Champions

Quantity: 1
Vault of the Archangel - MTG Card versions

Vault of the Archangel

Quantity: 1
Arid Mesa - MTG Card versions

Arid Mesa

Quantity: 1
Blood Crypt - MTG Card versions

Blood Crypt

Quantity: 1
Cabal Coffers - MTG Card versions

Cabal Coffers

Quantity: 1
Canyon Slough - MTG Card versions

Canyon Slough

Quantity: 1
Caves of Koilos - MTG Card versions

Caves of Koilos

Quantity: 1
Clifftop Retreat - MTG Card versions

Clifftop Retreat

Quantity: 1
Command Tower - MTG Card versions

Command Tower

Quantity: 1
Dragonskull Summit - MTG Card versions

Dragonskull Summit

Quantity: 1
Exotic Orchard - MTG Card versions

Exotic Orchard

Quantity: 1
Godless Shrine - MTG Card versions

Godless Shrine

Quantity: 1
Haunted Ridge - MTG Card versions

Haunted Ridge

Quantity: 1
Isolated Chapel - MTG Card versions

Isolated Chapel

Quantity: 1
Luxury Suite - MTG Card versions

Luxury Suite

Quantity: 1
Minas Tirith - MTG Card versions

Minas Tirith

Quantity: 1
Mountain - MTG Card versions

Mountain

Quantity: 4
Plains - MTG Card versions

Plains

Quantity: 4
Plaza of Heroes - MTG Card versions

Plaza of Heroes

Quantity: 1
Reliquary Tower - MTG Card versions

Reliquary Tower

Quantity: 1
Rogue's Passage - MTG Card versions

Rogue's Passage

Quantity: 1
Sacred Foundry - MTG Card versions

Sacred Foundry

Quantity: 1
Savai Triome - MTG Card versions

Savai Triome

Quantity: 1
Shattered Sanctum - MTG Card versions

Shattered Sanctum

Quantity: 1
Slayers' Stronghold - MTG Card versions

Slayers' Stronghold

Quantity: 1
Swamp - MTG Card versions

Swamp

Quantity: 3
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - MTG Card versions

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Quantity: 1
Vault of Champions - MTG Card versions

Vault of Champions

Quantity: 1
Vault of the Archangel - MTG Card versions

Vault of the Archangel

Quantity: 1

Deck Overview

The Kaalia of the Vast Commander Deck wields an arsenal of angels, demons, and dragons, meticulously crafted to overwhelm opponents with powerful, cost-cheating summons and sheer aerial might.

Deck Composition

  • Mana Curve: A Kaalia of the Vast Commander Deck is structured with an ascending mana curve, prioritizing early control and ramp to unleash powerful creatures in mid to late game. Key to this strategy are affordable ramp spells like “Rakdos Signet” to accelerate into impactful angels, demons, and dragons.
  • Land Count: With a total of 36 lands, this deck ensures a stable foundation for casting Kaalia consistently. The land selection includes tri-lands such as “Savage Lands,” shock lands like “Blood Crypt,” and a suite of check and filter lands to maintain a smooth color balance.
  • Win Conditions: Kaalia thrives on cheating high-cost creatures into play. Win conditions are met by dropping formidable threats like “Avacyn, Angel of Hope” or “Master of Cruelties” directly into the battlefield, bypassing their mana costs for immediate impact.
  • Card Synergy: Synergistic elements revolve around Kaalia’s ability. Cards like “Quicksilver Amulet” and “Sneak Attack” mimic her effect, while “Strionic Resonator” can double her trigger, offering multiple creature deployments in a single attack phase.
  • Color Balance: Color balance is key in a three-color deck. The inclusion of commander-specific lands like “Command Tower” alongside various mana rocks ensures access to the right color combinations when needed.
  • Card Advantage: Granting card advantage through tutors like “Demonic Tutor” and “Enlightened Tutor” allows for the fetching of missing pieces, while “Phyrexian Arena” and “Wheel of Fortune” ensure a constant flow of options.
  • Tempo: Maintaining tempo is achieved through board control and early creature deployment. Removals like “Path to Exile” and “Anguished Unmaking” eliminate threats, letting Kaalia and her celestial entourage press the offensive.
  • Versatility: Versatile cards such as “Chaos Warp” and “Austere Command” adapt to a variety of situations, giving the deck tools to handle different challenges it might face.
  • Sideboard Strategy: Although commander typically lacks a sideboard, having strategic swaps like “Dragon’s Hoard” for additional draw or “Dragon Tempest” for haste and damage can be invaluable for adjusting to your playgroup’s meta.
  • Resilience: The deck’s resilience lies in its ability to recover from board wipes and targeted removal. “Reya Dawnbringer” and “Karmic Guide” offer recursion, ensuring that even if Kaalia falls, her heavenly host will rise again.

Deck Strengths

Legendary Power: Kaalia of the Vast taps into the battlefield, summoning dragons, demons, and angels, tilting the power balance instantly in your favor.

Multi-Angle Threats: This commander deck brings a barrage of diverse and potent creatures capable of attacking from the air and imposing formidable board presence.

Adaptability: Flexibility in tactics makes the deck resilient, shifting playstyles to match various opponents seamlessly.

Deck Weaknesses

Complexity: Piloting a Kaalia of the Vast Commander deck demands intricate planning and a nuanced understanding of when to deploy its commander for maximum impact, challenging even seasoned players.

Targeted Removal: This deck’s cornerstone, Kaalia, can fall prey to pinpoint disruption, making the inclusion of counterspells and hexproof-enabling cards essential in shielding your celestial lineup from such threats.

Cards Breakdown

  • Kaalia of the Vast: At the heart of the deck, Kaalia enables you to cheat Angels, Demons, and Dragons onto the battlefield without paying their mana costs.
  • Mother of Runes: This creature offers protection for Kaalia, allowing her to evade removal and swing in safely with her powerful trigger ability.
  • Rakdos the Defiler: A devastating Demon that, when dropped into play via Kaalia’s ability, decimates opponents’ board states without sacrificing your own permanents.
  • Master of Cruelties: A game-ender in combination with Kaalia, potentially dropping an opponent’s life to a perilous 1 when unblocked.
  • Aurelia, the Warleader: Grants additional combat phases, which can be lethal when combined with the powerful creatures Kaalia puts into play.
  • Avacyn, Angel of Hope: Offers indestructible to your permanents, providing resilience against board wipes and targeted removal.
  • Lightning Greaves: Equipping this on Kaalia provides the much-needed haste and protection to ensure her abilities are utilized quickly and safely.
  • Quicksilver Amulet: An artifact that mirrors Kaalia’s ability, enabling you to put massive creatures into play at instant speed for little cost.
  • Blood Speaker: Allows you to repeatedly search for Demons, ensuring you always have a threat to put into play with Kaalia’s ability.
  • Dragon Tempest: Grants your Dragons haste and pings opponents or their creatures — synergizes well with Kaalia’s ability to summon flying behemoths.

Similar Decks

Players captivated by the Kaalia of the Vast Commander Deck often explore similar builds that invoke the might of legendary creatures. The “Ur-Dragon Tribal” deck, brimming with a horde of dragons, commands respect on the battlefield. “Animar, Soul of Elements,” thrives on a colorful cascade of creature spells, growing stronger with each cast. Enthusiasts may also delve into the angelic domain with “Avacyn, Angel of Hope” that embodies indestructibility. “Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice” entices with proliferate mechanics, multiplying counters across the field. Each deck, akin to Kaalia’s own strategic arsenal, harnesses the power of iconic MTG legends to dominate games.

How to Beat

  • Board Wipe Heavy Deck:
    • Relies on sweepers like “Wrath of God” to reset the field.
    • Eradicates Kaalia’s creatures to halt her momentum.
    • Minimizes the impact of her cheat-into-play ability.
  • Stax and Lockdown Deck:
    • Employs tactics such as “Winter Orb” to restrict mana usage.
    • Reduces the number of threats Kaalia can deploy each turn.
    • Limits Kaalia’s explosive potential and controls the pace.
  • Targeted Discard Deck:
    • Leverages cards like “Thoughtseize” to disrupt hand synergy.
    • Forces crucial creatures out of the opponent’s hand pre-emptively.
    • Weakens Kaalia’s ability to apply pressure with surprise drops.

BurnMana Recommendations

Pilot the Kaalia of the Vast Commander Deck with strategic finesse, maneuvering between the deck’s powerful synergies and the threats you face. Keep a careful balance of mana, synergy, and power cards. Protect your commander to capitalize on her unique abilities and adapt your strategy to manage the deck’s inherent complexities and vulnerabilities.

Whether facing control or aggro opponents, having a plan and a responsive approach will guide you to victory with this celestial armada.

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