Monday, September 1, 2014

Commander Month: Ephara, God of the Polis

Welcome to Commander Month everyone! Every Monday this month, you'll get to see two EDH decks each week, one allied color god and one enemy colored god. Of course, building a deck with the gods of Theros is easy, you might say. Of course, we're not just using any cards we want, we'll be using only cards legal in Standard from Return to Ravnica through M15.

This week, I present to you a deck featuring Ephara, God of the Polis.

Ephara, God of the Polis


x1 Ephara, God of the Polis

Legendary Creatures (4)

x1 Avacyn, Guardian Angel
x1 Daxos of Meletis
x1 Heliod, God of the Sun
x1 Isperia, Supreme Judge

Creatures (25)

x1 Aegis Angel
x1 Aetherling
x1 Ajani's Pridemate
x1 Archangel of Thune
x1 Archetype of Courage
x1 Archetype of Imagination
x1 Artisan of Forms
x1 Banisher Priest
x1 Battlewise Hoplite
x1 Chasm Skulker
x1 Dauntless River Marshal
x1 Dawnbringer Charioteers
x1 Eidolon of Countless Battles
x1 Fabled Hero
x1 Fiendslayer Paladin
x1 Hushwing Gryff
x1 Imposing Sovereign
x1 Nyx-Fleece Ram
x1 Phalanx Leader
x1 Seraph of the Sword
x1 Sigiled Starfish
x1 Soldier of the Pantheon
x1 Soul of New Phyrexia
x1 Soul of Ravnica
x1 Stormtide Leviathan

Instants (12)

x1 Aetherspouts
x1 Azorius Charm
x1 Battlewise Valor
x1 Congregate
x1 Cyclonic Rift
x1 Dauntless Onslaught
x1 Dissipate
x1 Dissolve
x1 Gods Willing
x1 Polymorphist's Jest
x1 Protect//Serve
x1 Retraction Helix

Sorceries (2)

x1 Devout Invocation
x1 Divination

Enchantments (11)

x1 Arrest
x1 Banishing Light
x1 Blessing
x1 Dictate of Heliod
x1 Dictate of Kruphix
x1 Divine Favor
x1 Ephara's Enlightenment
x1 Gift of Immortality
x1 Ordeal of Heliod
x1 Ordeal of Thassa
x1 Sunbond

Artifacts (8)

x1 Azorius Keyrune
x1 Chromatic Lantern
x1 Elixir of Immortality
x1 Godsend
x1 Ring of Three Wishes
x1 Spear of Heliod
x1 Tablet of the Guilds
x1 Trading Post

Planeswalkers (4)

x1 Ajani Steadfast
x1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
x1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
x1 Jace, Architect of Thought

Lands (33)

x1 Azorius Guildgate
x1 Hallowed Fountain
x1 Mana Confluence
x1 Mutavault
x1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
x1 Rogue's Passage
x1 Shimmering Grotto
x1 Temple of Enlightenmet
x1 Thespian's Stage
x1 Transguild Promenade
x1 Unknown Shores
x11 Plains
x11 Island

This was a difficult deck to build. I had so many cards I wanted to include. Of course, I limited this deck to focus on card draw and life gain, something those two colors do well.

Let's start with the card draw...

Chasm Skulker  Divination  Dictate of Kruphix

Chasm Skulker is an important card for the card draw as you get to boost it and even get creatures when it dies. Granted they have Island Walk, but that's why Stormtide Leviathan is included. Divination is a staple for card draw of course. Dictate of Kruphix is important for multiplayer games as it allows for everyone to draw two cards per turn which helps them while providing a needed boost for you.

In the lifegain department, we have powerful cards, of course.

Archangel of Thune  Daxos of Meletis  Sunbond

Archangel of Thune has lifelink and boosts all your creatures. Daxos of Meletis gains you life and allows you to gain life and cast cards an opponent has. Additionally, Sunbond exists in this deck because with all the available life gain in this deck, you can easily boost a small creature, like perhaps Fabled Hero, and have a huge creature.

Everything in this deck revolves around life gain and drawing cards as well as boosting creatures. Boosting creatures is the easy part.

Spear of Heliod  Dictate of Heliod  Godsend

So that is pretty much the deck. Draw cards, boost creatures, gain life.

Be sure to come back next week for two more decks that you can play in a game of EDH or take to FNM and play in Standard.

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