Tuesday Night Takeover

Killian, Ink Duelist Auras Pauper EDH

“Oh this is going to be fun”

Art:Killian, Ink Duelist by Ryan Pancoast

Killian is an Orzhov madman! Killian is a ton of fun to buff and play and is absolutely perfect for the aura / voltron archetype. Coming out the gate with lifelink and menace as well as a way to make not only our auras better but also making our single target removal! Combine that into a package for only 2 mana and your opponents may groan when this madman hits the table! Killian is a different take but has a lot of the same elements of what you would expect for an Orzhov deck, there is nothing wrong with switching it up on your opponents! Without further adieu lets get it!

The Deck:

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Killian, Ink Duelist Auras!

Commander (1)
Killian, Ink Duelist

Creatures (10)
Cathar Commando
Transcendent Envoy
Grim Guardian
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Ironclad Slayer
Monk Idealist
Starnheim Courser
Spiteful Squad
Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Instants (13)
Beaming Defiance
Bleed Dry
Cast Down
Crib Swap
Dark Dabbling
Doom Blade
Feed the Serpent
Forsake the Worldly
Loran’s Escape
Ob Nixilis’s Cruelty

Sorceries (9)
Bring to Trial
Essence Harvest
Exhilarating Elocution
Expanded Anatomy
Liturgy of Blood
Night’s Whisper
Read the Bones
Shoulder to Shoulder

Artifacts (5)
Arcane Signet
Charcoal Diamond
Marble Diamond
Orzhov Signet
Wedding Invitation

Enchantments (27)
Edge of the Divinity
Ethereal Armor
Hyena Umbra
Kaya’s Ghostform
All That Glitters
Bonds of Faith
Eternal Thirst
Journey to Nowhere
Abzan Runemark
Asha’s Favor
Aspect of Gorgon
Blessing of Leeches
Bound in Silence
Cartouche of Ambition
Grisly Transformation
Oblivion Ring
Pentarch Ward
Scavenged Weaponry
Aspect of Lamprey
Feast of the Unicorn
Mammoth Umbra
Lands (35)
Bojuka Bog
Desert of the Glorified
Desert of the True
Evolving Wilds
Goldmire Bridge
13 Plains
Polluted Mire
Scoured Barrens
Secluded Steppe
Sejiri Steppe
Silverquill Campus
10 Swamp
The Dross Pits
The Fair Basilica

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Why Killian, Ink Duelist?

The main reason we chose Killian is because they are absolutely perfect for an aura / voltron style deck not only are they super cheap and reduce the cost of our auras and anything that casts, they are also packing menace and lifelink all they need is some buffs and we have a winning recipe! This deck is crazy efficient and fast and hits like a truck!

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck! As well as highlighting some of my favorite cards in the deck!


Since we have a ton of enchantments and overall our devotion can get pretty high we can use Gray Merchant of Asphodel as an effective way to gain some life or in some cases finish off our opponents! Grim Guardian is another great card that allows us to passively whittle down our opponents and can be quite the nuisance. Spiteful Squad we almost always use as a blocker / sacrifice target so we can buff up Killian even more!

We of course need ways to make our enchantments even cheaper like Starnheim Courser and Transcendent Envoy both of which make our enchantments even cheaper and allow us to hold up some removal or draw spells! We also have a lot of defensive enchantments and they can occasionally get removed so we can use cards like Auramancer, Ironclad Slayer are both great ways to get some of our key Auras back!


Our instant package is where a lot of our removal lies and because of Killian this is always discounted by 2 colorless! Crib Swap and Bleed Dry are both super sweet cards but get really crazy when we can cast them for one and two mana. Cards like Ob Nixilis's Cruelty is a one mana exile effect when Killian is out! This efficiency allows us to be more offensive on our turn and buff Killian all the way! Since Killian is a super valuable permanent we can use cards like Loran's Escape and Shelter as great ways to protect Killian from single target removal!


Once we get Killian buffed up we can use cards like Essence Harvest as a 3 mana way to sometimes end the game or get a big attack in after and end the game that way! Liturgy of Blood is super sweet in this deck since it is basically free costing 3 and getting 3 back! We dont have a ton of creatures and the ones we do have provide a bunch of value so we absolutely have to include Unearth! Night's Whisper and Read the Bones are both effective card draw spells to help us keep the casting going!


Mana is the name of our game packing classics like Arcane Signet, Charcoal Diamond and Marble Diamond. We will never complain about extra mana or if we have are having trouble getting our colors some mana fixing. My favorite artifact in the deck is Wedding Invitation which not only gives us a card but makes Killian unblockable a super easy way to commander damage kill an opponent


There are an absolute ton of enchantments in the deck (I know very shocking) but they can easily be broken down into two categories ones that stop our opponents and Auras for Killian, the best part is that both of these categories get reduced from Killian!

For auras that target our opponents stuff we have strategically chosen enchantments that cost 3 so we can get there cast down to one when Killian is out! Oblivion Ring, Hobble which also gives us a card out of the deal and Bound in Silence all of these cards are great ways to stop our opponents pesky creatures and we can do it very easily!

We also have a ton of offensive enchantments while a lot of these get the discount some dont but they are still crazy good like Ethereal Armor and All That Glitters that can get us very close to a commander damage kill very quickly! Asha's Favor is a card that makes Killian into some serious Keyword Soup! Feast of the Unicorn may be an expensive effect at 4 mana but since we are only playing 2 mana!

Land Base:

We have a low overall cost, but in testing I found that 35 was still the perfect number and allowed us to rarely flood and always have what we need. Our land base is all Orzhov but we do have some additional ways to draw cards like Desert of the True and Polluted Mire these are good early or late game, they almost always get cycled in the late game as an extra card draw! Our land base doesn’t do anything too fancy or out of the ordinary.

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Super easy to cast spells for cheap due to Killian’s ability
  • Killian having menace makes him naturally evasive
  • Super easy to buff him for a commander damage kill

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Gameplan is a little bit all-in
  • Weak to enchantment hate
  • Weak to control strategies

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

We have no infinite combos or loops in the deck, while we can use really any creature for the auras / voltron strategy we typically choose Killian since he is already packing menace and lifelink all Killian is missing is some buffs, and dont worry we have that covered. Arguably our main win condition since we can easily draw into it and kill is Phyresis which we can easily get out an infect kill. Other than that it is not hard for our deck to do commander damage to the whole table and grab the win!


In conclusion Killian is a super fun creature that allows us to heavily discounts anything that targets a creature, we can use this mana discount not only to be more efficient but too operate on less resources if we need too! Killian is the real deal, whether we are infecting or commander damaging our opponents out of the game we will have a great time doing it. This deck is a ton of fun and Killian is a slam dunk of a card. Thanks for reading to the end and thank you for all of your support!