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[EDH] Child of Alara: The Circle of Life. /\A, by MasterA      (100 cards)

 
Deck Info
Created: 12/9/2008
Updated: 6/2/2018
Colors: Colorless White Blue Black Red Green

Intended Format: Casual/Fun
Vintage: Not Legal
Block: Not Legal
Standard: Not Legal
Extended: Not Legal
MTGO Open: Not Legal
MTGO Vinta: Not Legal
MTGO Exten: Not Legal
MTGO Stand: Not Legal
MTGO Block: Not Legal
Legacy: Not Legal
Modern: Not Legal

Deck Cost: $354.23*

Average Ratings
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Creatures
1 View Picture Angel of Serenity Buy
1 View Picture Apprentice Necromancer Buy
1 View Picture Ashen Rider Buy
1 View Picture Athreos, God of Passage Buy
1 View Picture Avacyn, Angel of Hope Buy
1 View Picture Burnished Hart Buy
1 View Picture Child of Alara Buy
1 View Picture Disciple of Bolas Buy
1 View Picture Eternal Witness Buy
1 View Picture False Prophet Buy
1 View Picture Fierce Empath Buy
1 View Picture Glen Elendra Archmage Buy
1 View Picture Greater Gargadon Buy
1 View Picture Karmic Guide Buy
1 View Picture Kokusho, the Evening Star Buy
1 View Picture Magister Sphinx Buy
1 View Picture Molten Primordial Buy
1 View Picture Protean Hulk Buy
1 View Picture Puppeteer Clique Buy
1 View Picture Rune-Scarred Demon Buy
1 View Picture Sakura-Tribe Elder Buy
1 View Picture Solemn Simulacrum Buy
1 View Picture Sphinx of Uthuun Buy
1 View Picture Sun Titan Buy
1 View Picture Twilight Shepherd Buy
1 View Picture Undead Gladiator Buy
1 View Picture Veteran Explorer Buy
1 View Picture Waker of the Wilds Buy
1 View Picture Yahenni, Undying Partisan Buy
1 View Picture Zealous Conscripts Buy


Spells
1 View Picture Bitter Ordeal Buy
1 View Picture Bound Buy
1 View Picture Cauldron Dance Buy
1 View Picture Chart a Course Buy
1 View Picture Corpse Dance Buy
1 View Picture Demonic Tutor Buy
1 View Picture Diabolic Intent Buy
1 View Picture Eladamri's Call Buy
1 View Picture Eldritch Evolution Buy
1 View Picture Faith's Reward Buy
1 View Picture Grisly Salvage Buy
1 View Picture Living Death Buy
1 View Picture Living Wish Buy
1 View Picture Mind Extraction Buy
1 View Picture Momentous Fall Buy
1 View Picture Praetor's Counsel Buy
1 View Picture Reap and Sow Buy
1 View Picture Tempt with Discovery Buy
1 View Picture Worthy Cause Buy


Enchantments
1 View Picture Animate Dead Buy
1 View Picture Dance of the Dead Buy
1 View Picture Diabolic Servitude Buy
1 View Picture Dream Halls Buy
1 View Picture Gift of Immortality Buy
1 View Picture Necromancy Buy
1 View Picture Pattern of Rebirth Buy
1 View Picture Survival of the Fittest Buy
1 View Picture Vessel of Nascency Buy

 
Artifacts
1 View Picture Birthing Pod Buy
1 View Picture Nihil Spellbomb Buy
1 View Picture Tormod's Crypt Buy


Lands
1 View Picture Arid Mesa Buy
1 View Picture Badlands Buy
1 View Picture Bayou Buy
1 View Picture Bloodstained Mire Buy
1 View Picture Bojuka Bog Buy
1 View Picture Command Tower Buy
1 View Picture Evolving Wilds Buy
1 View Picture Exotic Orchard Buy
1 View Picture Flooded Strand Buy
2 View Picture Forest Buy
1 View Picture High Market Buy
2 View Picture Island Buy
1 View Picture Krosan Verge Buy
1 View Picture Marsh Flats Buy
1 View Picture Misty Rainforest Buy
2 View Picture Mountain Buy
1 View Picture Phyrexian Tower Buy
2 View Picture Plains Buy
1 View Picture Plateau Buy
1 View Picture Polluted Delta Buy
1 View Picture Reflecting Pool Buy
1 View Picture Savannah Buy
1 View Picture Scalding Tarn Buy
1 View Picture Scrubland Buy
2 View Picture Swamp Buy
1 View Picture Taiga Buy
1 View Picture Terramorphic Expanse Buy
1 View Picture Tropical Island Buy
1 View Picture Tundra Buy
1 View Picture Underground Sea Buy
1 View Picture Verdant Catacombs Buy
1 View Picture Volcanic Island Buy
1 View Picture Windswept Heath Buy
1 View Picture Wooded Foothills Buy


How it Works

This is what you get when you take the circle of life and short-circuit it.

It is my main Elder Dragon Highlander deck. It's mostly built around sacrifice, abilities that trigger upon death and reanimation. I only ever put Child of Alara Buy in the command zone if I really don't want to reset the table or if it would be exiled.

{B} The Engine
"Sacrifice a creature" on any card is more of an advantage in this deck than a drawback. Please note that most of the instants and sorceries have been errata'd to 'as an additional cost to play ~, sacrifice a creature', so our opponents can no longer respond to prevent the sacrifice.

Bound Buy has not been errata'd. It does not target the cards (and sacrifices The Child before it returns the cards), so it can return The Child to your hand immediately, as well as four other cards! However, The Child will only destroy all nonland permanents after this spell has resolved, so your destroyed permanents can't be returned by Bound(/Determined).

The engine this deck runs on can also work with most other creatures in the deck, for example: Ashen Rider Buy, False Prophet Buy,Molten Primordial Buy, Yosei, the Morning Star Buy, Solemn Simulacrum Buy and Twilight Shepherd Buy.

Sun Titan Buy works wonders with any of the three black reanimation-enchantments. (Animate Dead Buy Necromancy Buy and Dance of the Dead Buy)

{R} Finishing the enemy
To finish the enemies, hit them with big creatures that have haste, creatures that you have gained control of until end of turn and direct lifeloss (looking at you, Kokusho, the Evening Star Buy) If the enemy is gainig a lot of life and stalling the game in desperation, Magister Sphinx Buy can break the stall.
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