I tried to make an Abzan version of the lifegain deck, but couldn't quite find a good middle ground, so I broke these up into separate decks. My 3 Heads 3 Life deck is the Orzhov version of this. Okay SO, for this one, we're again finding ways to use [[Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose]]. I looked into green, which has incidental life gain built in, and I came onto a REALLY fun little interaction - check this:
[[Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose]]
Basically, you can sink all your mana (please PLEASE use 'qq' on arena to do so) to kill a creature, and this is effectively a Black [[Banefire]] with attached lifegain!
Early Game: Start setting up with [[Chevill, Bane of Monsters]] or [[Scavenging Ooze]], ideally you'll draw/already have Vito in hand. On your third turn, you'll get Chevill's trigger, and you can put down Vito.
Mid Game: Now the fun begins. Hit the creature/planeswalker that Chevill put a bounty counter on, and hit it with [[Assassin's Trophy]]. You'll gain 3 life, draw a card, and hit them for 3 damage - on TWO mana. Of course, that's the ideal turn. You still have hard removal with [[Swift End // Murderous Rider]] and good attrition with [[Leyline Prowler]]. On an empty board, start slamming in with [[Deathless Knight]] (even if it will die - see below!)
Late Game: That [[The Great Henge]] in your hand? You're likely close to casting it, build up your [[Scavenging Ooze]] (which also deals 1 to your opponent with Vito out). When you cast The Great Henge, you can now have a card draw engine, a counter builder, and the 2 life you gain also shocks (does 2 damage) to your opponent. With attrition blockers and constant aggression from Deathless Knight (who essentially always comes back to your hand, just tap The Great Henge!) and the blood-sucking from Vito, you're likely in the clear for a victory. If not, hit "Banefire" to the face with the Vito / Intervention combo (see above!)
Sideboard Tips: [[Sporeweb Weaver]] can get extremely frustrating for that blue player trying to get in with flyers. That 1 life will also damage them with Vito out and you get the saproling token to go wide against someone (put another way Sporeweb Weaver + Vito = [[Revenge of Ravens]], but better!) The [[Planewide Celebration]] might even be main deckable, with Vito out, that's 16 direct damage for 7 mana!
Rotation Tips: Honestly, this deck will mostly survive. I might even change this to take advantage of the upcoming Zendikar ramp to really abuse the Vito / Erebos combo (Planewide wil be gone :/).
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