Wombo Combo - Best Orzhov Combo Cards in EDH
Welcome back to the premier combo experience that is Wombo Combo, where we explore the best combo cards for Commander in each distinct color identity, with help from EDHREC and Commander Spellbook. In this edition, we will focus on a color combination that was at the center of the latest set Murders at Karlov Manor; this, of course, would be the combination of white and black, commonly referred to as Orzhov.
Orzhov is an example of two enemy colors working together. White typically represents law, order, and justice in Magic, while Black represents the opposite, with things such as chaos, death, and demons. When you pair both colors together, you get a unique mix of both, with main focuses of abilities that trigger on creatures dying and life alteration, in the form of lifegain, lifeloss, and life payments. Lets deluge into the monochrome waters of Orzhov and see what combo treasures await us!
#10: Daxos the Returned
is the reincarnation of , and has a unique effect taking advantage of experience counters. For three mana, you get a Spirit enchantment creature token with power and toughness equal to the experience counters you have. It also has an affinity for enchantments, giving you an experiment counter for each enchantment you cast. Daxos is easily combo-able using cards such as and to get infinite creature tokens and generally mana, alongside infinite enchantments.
#9: Kaya the Inexorable
largely focuses around recursion in two distinct ways. Kaya's first loyalty ability causes a creature to return to its owner's hand when it dies or is exiled, and also creates a 1/1 Spirit creature token as compensation. Kaya's third loyalty ability gives you an emblem that allows you to cast a legendary spell from your hand, graveyard, or exile during your upkeep without paying its cost. The easiest combo with Kaya is to repeatedly cast while you have the emblem. The first ability can also be used with cards like and to infinitely recur Felidar Guardian, blinking Kaya infinitely.
#8: Teysa, Orzhov Scion
features a character that was at the center of the recently release Murders of Karlov Manor, but before the perilous events at Karlov Manor, Teysa was sacrificing white creatures to exile other creatures. Because Teysa's triggered ability creates a 1/1 white Spirit whenever a black creature dies, if you sacrifice three white and black creatures to Teysa's ability, you will get the three creatures back. This opens up for some creature lock possibilities with cards such as and . If you want a more unique way to accomplish this, you can use and change all instances of "black" to "white", causing the triggered ability to trigger whenever a white creature dies.
#7: Lurrus of the Dream-Den
comes from the infamous Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Companion cycle, and is the favorite card of fellow Commander Spellbook moderator (and EDHREC author) Goldshot. Lurrus has a similar, more limited effect to , allowing you to cast a permanent spell with mana value two or less from your graveyard once per turn. This is a great value ability to get from a Companion, and allows you to run an aggro-style deck with cheap creatures and continuously recur them. This also has lots of combo potential, with cards like , , and . After all, who doesn't want to win the game due to two cats creating an infinite combo?
#6: Priest of Fell Rites
is another recursion piece that sacrifices itself, along with some of your life total, to return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Priest of Fell Rites can be combo'd with a clone effect, such as , or who can inherit Priest's ability. With an additional way to counteract the life payments and a haste enabler, you can exchange Priest for Ooze, and then Ooze for Priest infinitely in a truly sinister game of peek-a-boo.
#5: Vizkopa Guildmage
's second ability allows it to gain a or effect until end of turn. This allows you to execute the classic Sanguine Bond and combo using an Orzhov creature alternative. You can also cast to double your life total while simultaneously causing catastrophic lifeloss to your opponents. There are also unique opportunities using and a life payment ability, such as that of .
#4: Teysa Karlov
is the most popular Orzhov commander according to EDHREC, and it is easy to see why looking at its ability. Teysa doubles any triggers you get from a creature dying, perfect for combos that revolve around repeated sacrifices. Teysa allows you to get additional Treasures from , return two artifacts with , and get two triggers. Teysa is an instrumental part of many Orzhov combos, or in increasing your benefits from said combos.
#3: Athreos, Shroud-Veiled
If you like Theros gods and unique counters, thenis a great pick for your next deck. Athreos puts a coin counter on a creature, which allows you to put that creature onto the battlefield under your control when it dies or is exiled. This allows for a repeated effect on any creature you choose. The most popular combo uses to continually move the counter around, or putting the coin counter on . You can also put the coin counter on to save it instead.
#2: Orzhov Basilica
As with every other dual-colored Wombo Combo we've done so far, Orzhov's resident bounceland,, makes it towards the top of the Top 10. Bouncelands are great combo pieces for landfall decks, as they can return themselves to your hand. All you need is a way to play it repeatedly, with the help of cards such as and . Even if you can't combo with it, Orzhov Basilica is a perfectly reasonable include for Orzhov+ mana bases.
#1: Ratadrabik of Urborg
Being Orzhov's favorite Zombie is an easy job for, who is very equipped for recursion combos. Ratadrabik creates a nonlegendary token copy of any legendary creature you control that dies, which opens up some infinite and some extremely large combo lines. One such line involves , which creates so many Mondrak and Ratadrabik tokens that we couldn't even put the number on the site. You can also use to make a token of it, and then make the token your Ring-bearer, thus making the token legendary. Alternatively, you can use the tokens to return and/or to your hand and cast them over and over again. Ratadrabik is an excellent card to include in either a Zombie deck or in a legendary matters deck.
It isn't always black and white on what makes a good combo card, and just because the bottom cards did not make our Top 10, that doesn't mean they can't pack a punch in your next deck:
- : While Frodo takes a bit to set up, it can easily spell a sudden demise for your opponents.
- : The first ability is most commonly used in combos, and works great with creatures like or the token created by .
- : Cruel Celebrant is mainly used to counteract life payments, from cards like .
- : A mass token generator that can be used for combos with cards such as .
- : A soul-sister effect on the front, with a on the backside. Useful for counteracting life payments and draining opponents.
This concludes this edition of Wombo Combo! Be sure to look out for the next one, and visit Commander Spellbook for more EDH combos, or to submit your own! We also conduct voting on the Commander Spellbook Discord for the next edition of Wombo Combo, where the users decide what color identity I cover next!