Monday, January 27, 2014

Commander Mondays: Brimaz, King of Oreskos


Legendary Creatures (4)

x1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos (Commander)
x1 Jareth, Leonine Titan
x1 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
x1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Creatures (33)

x1 Ajani's Chosen
x1 Ajani's Pridemate
x1 Ajani's Sunstriker
x1 Archangel of Thune
x1 Blade of the Sixth Pride
x1 Felidar Sovereign
x1 Guardian Lions
x1 Healer of the Pride
x1 Jamuraan Lion
x1 Jedit's Dragoons
x1 Jhovall Queen
x1 Kemba's Skyguard
x1 Leonin Arbiter
x1 Leonin Battlemage
x1 Leonin Relic-Warder
x1 Leonin Skyhunter
x1 Leonin Snarecaster
x1 Lost Leonin
x1 Oreskos Sun Guide
x1 Pride Guardian
x1 Sanctuary Cat
x1 Savannah Lions
x1 Seht's Tiger
x1 Silvercoat Lion
x1 Skyhunter Patrol
x1 Skyhunter Prowler
x1 Skyhunter Skirmisher
x1 Spirit of the Hearth
x1 Steppe Lion
x1 Trained Caracal
x1 Whitemane Lion
x1 Zarichi Tiger
x1 Vanguard of Brimaz

Instants (5)

x1 Disenchant
x1 Harmless Escape
x1 Narrow Escape
x1 Rest for the Weary
x1 Shieldmate's Blessing

Sorceries (3)

x1 Idyllic Tutor
x1 Iona's Judgement
x1 Landbind Ritual

Enchantments (14)

x1 Ajani's Mantra
x1 Angelic Accord
x1 Cradle of Vitality
x1 Curse of the Forsaken
x1 Divine Favor
x1 Ephara's Radiance
x1 Intangible Virtue
x1 Leyline of Sanctity
x1 Leyline of the Meek
x1 Lifelink
x1 Luminous Wake
x1 Orim's Prayer
x1 Righteous Cause
x1 Sunbond

Artifacts (5)

x1 Angelheart Vial
x1 Lightning Greaves
x1 Sol Ring
x1 Spear of Heliod
x1 Trailblazer's Boots

Planeswalkers (4)

x1 Ajani Goldmane
x1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
x1 Elspeth Tirel
x1 Elspeth, Knight-Erant

Lands (32)

x1 Cavern of Souls
x1 Eiganjo Castle
x1 Emeria, the Sky Ruin
x1 Flagstones of Trokair
x1 Forbidding Watchtower
x1 Kabira Crossroads
x1 Kor Haven
x1 Mistveil Plains
x1 Mystifying Maze
x1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
x1 Opal Palace
x1 Windbrisk Heights
x20 Plains

Okay, here we go... This deck was quickly/roughly made over a period of 3 hours. It features one of our newest legendary creatures, Brimaz, King of Oreskos.

Honestly, I find single color decks to be difficult to build for Commander/EDH. In theory, you have so much to pull from, but when it comes to building it, you'll look and say "I want this to be unblockable" and remember that unblockable/"can't be blocked" belongs to blue, or "I want this to be hexproof" and you remember that hexproof belongs to blue or green. Artifacts fill the gaps in some cases, but it still is quite difficult to do single color decks. I think considering what I was trying to accomplish, I believe I did quite well.

Cats in Magic is not a very large demographic, but there are still many cards with that subtype, and narrowing down to just white creatures, you still have many. One cool thing about them is that there are several with lifelink, so let's do a white lifegain deck? The only regular creature that isn't a cat subtype is Archangel of Thune. I mean, why not boost everything with all the life you gain? So that's what this does.

Ajani's Sunstriker  Archangel of Thune  Trained Caracal

We also have some token generating going on, so we need things to help that along. Brimaz, Ajani's Pridemate, and Ajani, Caller of the Pride put tokens on the field, but that's not all, so how are we going to boost these tokens? Spear of Heliod and Intangible Virtue, of course!

Intangible Virtue  Spear of Heliod

And if +1/+1 counters and super life gain doesn't finish the job for you with your multitude of cats, we have another solution: White Devotion, through Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx resulting in some very nasty Eldrazi.

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth  Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

With all of the possibilities in this mono-white deck, you should be able to do well, I believe. It's definitely an interesting build.

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