Monday, February 8, 2016

Standard Commander: Narset, Enlightened Master

Welcome to Commander Month everyone! Every Monday this month, you'll get to see an EDH deck each week. This month, each deck will utilize one of the Khans from Khans of Tarkir as its Commander and all the cards will come from Standard sets, from Khans of Tarkir to Oath of the Gatewatch.

This week, I present to you a deck featuring Narset, Enlightened Master.

Narset, Enlightened Master


x1 Narset, Enlightened Master

Legendary Creatures (9)

x1 Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh
x1 Dragonlord Ojutai
x1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
x1 Jori En, Run Diver
x1 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
x1 Linvala, the Preserver
x1 Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper
x1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
x1 Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

Creatures (11)

x1 Eldrazi Displacer
x1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
x1 Jeskai Barricade
x1 Mantis Rider
x1 Monastery Mentor
x1 Monastery Swiftspear
x1 Reflector Mage
x1 Soulfire Grandmaster
x1 Stormchaser Mage
x1 Wall of Resurgence
x1 Wingmate Roc

Instants (18)

x1 Deflecting Palm
x1 Dig Through Time
x1 Disdainful Stroke
x1 Dispel
x1 Encircling Fissure
x1 Feat of Resistance
x1 Fiery Impulse
x1 Jeskai Charm
x1 Hallowed Moonlight
x1 Negate
x1 Ojutai's Command
x1 Reality Shift
x1 Secure the Wastes
x1 Send to Sleep
x1 Stubborn Denial
x1 Valorous Stance
x1 Void Shatter
x1 Wild Slash

Sorceries (8)

x1 Crush of Tentacles
x1 Exquisite Firecraft
x1 Magmatic Insight
x1 Radiant Flames
x1 Roast
x1 Tormenting Voice
x1 Treasure Cruise
x1 Ugin's Insight

Enchantments (6)

x1 Containment Membrane
x1 Jeskai Ascendancy
x1 Monastery Siege
x1 Myth Realized
x1 Silkwrap
x1 Sphinx's Tutelage

Artifacts (9)

x1 Alchemist's Vial
x1 Chitinous Cloak
x1 Hero's Blade
x1 Jeskai Banner
x1 Meteorite
x1 Ojutai Monument
x1 Prism Ring
x1 Pyromancer's Goggles
x1 Vial of Dragonfire

Planeswalkers (3)

x1 Chandra, Flamecaller
x1 Narset Transcendent
x1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Lands (35)

x1 Battlefield Forge
x1 Blighted Cataract
x1 Blighted Gorge
x1 Blighted Steppe
x1 Evolving Wilds
x1 Flooded Strand
x1 Foundry of the Consuls
x1 Looming Spires
x1 Meandering River
x1 Mystic Monastery
x1 Needle Spires
x1 Prairie Stream
x1 Rogue's Passage
x1 Shivan Reef
x1 Skyline Cascade
x1 Swiftwater Cliffs
x1 Tranquil Cove
x1 Unknown Shores
x1 Wandering Fumarole
x1 Wind-Scarred Crag
5x Plains
5x Island
5x Mountain

Building around Narset requires many spells because anything she exiles you can't touch if it is a creature. Fortunately there are plenty of counter spells, burn spells, and just all around a ton of cards to help win without creatures, although there are several useful ones included.

Stormchaser Mage  Monastery Mentor  Soulfire Grand Master

The main idea here is to cast as many regular spells as possible and attack with your prowess creatures. There is no way (or at least no easy way) to burn an opponent out of 40 life with all the cards available in Standard when you don't use more than one copy. Sure you could get close, but you need finishers!

I was considering making this a token-based deck, but with all the spells available and the creatures with Prowess, I decided it'd be better to push through with Prowess. There is some support for tokens, but I left out cards like Hordeling Outburst which would have sealed this deck as a solid EDH token deck. Fortunately it's still a pretty sweet deck if you like your spells more than creatures.

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