It would be easy for me to just tell you to look at my Reyhan/Ishai article and that be the end of it, but this series is supposed to make us build unique decks and as-close-to-original decks as possible. So I clearly won’t go against the spirit of the series and will discuss the partners from Breed Lethality that are Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker.
Hello! My name is Bob, I’m new here and I’m helping Jordan (Frantic) and Luke knock out these Partner Commander articles. Today’s article brings us a pair of not-green commanders from the Invent Superiority commander deck: Akiri, Line-Slinger and Silas Renn, Seeker Adept. These partners form the basis for a commander decklist with only one thing in mind: artifacts! You can look at the Invent Superiority decklist for a lot of great cards to pair with these commanders, but I’ve chosen to only talk about cards that weren’t included in that deck. Let’s get this party started with a breakdown of the partners themselves.
When researching the Open Hostility deck I wanted to take a unique spin on “swing all out and hope for the best” as a strategy. The problem is that there isn’t much beyond that to do unless we want to deal small chunks of damage each turn, which would not be playing to our deck’s full capacity. So instead of trying to find a way to be super unique in combat, we will instead just go for the throat and hope for the best. I can think of no other way to do this than to pair Tana, the Bloodsower with Tymna the Weaver.
After playing the Entropic Uprising deck for an evening, playing decks built around partnered commanders is intriguing. The partners that come in the deck offer 3 different styles of decks to build around and exploring each one is a wonderful brewing exercise. The Entropic Uprising deck also comes with a nice variety of good spells to select from that can create a nice core to begin the deck brewing process.
In EDH there are typically a few things you would want to have in every deck: mana rocks, kill spells, and maybe even counterspells. But there is definitely one category that if you forget to put it in your deck then you’re probably not going to have a good time and that category is board wipes.
Last week, I spent some time researching the dreaded and despised Eggs deck. I am intrigued in running the rogue deck. At this point, the deck looks budget and comboesque, both qualities that I like to consider while researching decks. However, I found that with only one effective replacement for Second Sunrise, the deck might lack the ability to recover from a turn one Thoughtseize. Then while watching Gaby Spartz stream about the “#TronLife” I found myself thinking about how Tron also plays similar pieces of Eggs. Why not combine the two decks together?
Recently, Frantic presented some ideas for synergy with the claw that alien squeaky toys from Disney movies point to, Ezuri, Claw of Progress. The claw certainly benefits from selectively small creatures entering the battlefield and here at FranticTalks we enjoy the durdlely cards that fit the category of “this could possibly create advantage for me overtime”. Today’s gemstone find combines incremental advantage and Ezuri like searching for ingredients in a grocery store. Introducing cumulative upkeep powerhouse: Hibernation’s End.
With the recent release of Battle for Zendikar, Commander and EDH enthusiasts alike gain an entire new conglomeration of cards to choose from. To help you aid in your decisions of what cards to commit to, I present the “First 5 Picks”.
Deranged Hermit has been a favorite card for years and the original “angry hermit” deck has been something I have wanted to replicate across formats. The angry hermit deck focused on quickly ramping into a large impact spell such as Plow Under or Deranged Hermit and closed out the game through suppressing the opponent’s mana base and attacking with an infestation of creatures. After years of speculation, I finally directed my attention to crafting a commander that mirrors the angry hermit idea and adapting the strategy to a multiplayer environment using Wort, the Raidmother.