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The Orzhov Syndicate is known for their greed and business practices. They wear the facade of a church, but only worship the power of money. Those in debt to the guild often are worked to death and in many cases, even after death, they still must work to pay off their debt to the Obzedat.

Every guild on Ravinca can in some way be tied to the Orzhov Syndicate. Many Orzhov cards exemplify this nature of wealth and death. I believe that no card shows this concept more than Teysa, Orzhov Scion. Her power over the creatures that she commands is unlike most. Lets take a look at what she brings to the table.

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As the Grand Envoy for the Orzhov Syndicate, Teysa is the voice and ambassador for the Obzedat

Teysa, Orzhov Scion (EDH)

Commander (1)
Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Lands (37)
Windbrisk Heights
Vault of the Archangel
Temple of Silence
Swamp
Springjack Pasture
Scoured Barrens
14 Plains
Orzhov Guildgate
Orzhov Basilica
Kjeldoran Outpost
Isolated Chapel
Godless Shrine
Fetid Heath
Evolving Wilds
Emeria, the Sky Ruin
Command Tower
Caves of Koilos
Creatures (21)
Twilight Drover
Skirsdag High Priest
Scion of Vitu-Ghazi
Reaper from the Abyss
Precinct Captain
Overseer of the Damned
Hero of Bladehold
Herald fo Anafenza
Heliod, God of the Sun
Hallowed Spiritkeeper
Grave Titan
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Geist-Honored Monk
Flesh Carver
Evangel of Heliod
Emeria Angel
Doomed Traveler
Deathbringer Liege
Darian, King of Kjeldor
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Benalish Commander
Instants (10)
White Sun's Zenith
Swords to Plowshares
Spoils of Blood
Raise the Alarm
Path to Exile
Midnight Haunting
Malicious Affliction
Hero's Downfall
Go for the Throat
Vindicate

Sorceries (10)
Triplicate Spirits
Terashi's Grasp
Spectral Procession
Nomad's Assembly
Martial Coup
March of Souls
Lingering Souls
Increasing Devotion
Entreat the Angels
Demonic Tutor

Enchantments (7)
Sacred Mesa
Oblivion Ring
Mobilization
Grave Pact
Dictate of Erebos
Bitterblossom
Attrition
Artifacts (8)
Worn Powerstone
Sol Ring
Sensei's Divining Top
Orzhov Signet
Gilded Lotus
Eldrazi Monument
Darksteel Ingot
Coalition Relic

Planeswalkers (6)
Sorin, Solemn Visitor
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
Elspeth, Sun's Champion
Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Elspeth Tirel

This deck’s primary focus is to pump out as many tokens as possible and overwhelm the opponent. Many of these cards are geared to create these lopsided board states where you have all of the creatures and your opponent has none. This deck is very grindy though, so be prepared for the long haul because you’re going to be playing for quite a while.

Teysa is a fantastic commander for this style of deck. Having a removal spell, token generator, and sacrifice outlet all in one is exactly what we are looking for.
Being cheap to cast is a nice thing as well. Being able to deal with indestructible creatures is a huge boost for this deck, as she exiles them. Staring down an Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre or a Blightsteel Colossus is no longer a death sentence with Teysa in play, requiring you have enough white creatures of course.

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Making a huge body at instant speed never has been so easy

Spoils of Blood stood out to me when I was browsing the spoilers for Commander 2014. It seemed like it would have a home somewhere, and I think I found it. Spoils of Blood works overtime in this deck. With the amount of creatures that will be dying, being able to make a large body out of thin air is pretty powerful. You do have to wait until the right moment to play it, but it really pulls its weight. When enough creatures die, it becomes more of a win condition. Making a 10/10 at the end of the turn will almost certainly be lights out for anybody.

Teysa, Orzhov Scion lends herself to a very attrition-based deck. Being able to grind your opponents out of resources, while still being able to pump out creatures, is something some decks won’t be able to withstand. Teysa can do it all in this deck, dealing with premium threats, triggering the handful of morbid triggers this deck has, and making tokens. She will keep your opponent in check, while providing something to do with the plethora of tokens besides attacking. This deck symbolizes what the Orzhov Syndicate stand for, making every creature work overtime, even after it dies. We all have to pay our debts some time. When that time comes, Teysa will be there to collect payment. With interest.

Thanks for checking out this week’s Commander Corner. If you have any recommendations for commanders for me to check out and make a deck for, let me know in the comments below. Next week, robots will take over the Multiverse. See you soon, my friends.

-Steven Gulsby

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