Dear Wizards of the Coast,
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for listening to and responding to my previous letter. I know you have a lot of people you answer to, but I’m glad to know that you heard my request for more pirates. Clearly I was the sole reason for that design decision. Kari Zev felt mighty lonely and weird having to team with scallywags such as humans, goblins, and dragons. I refuse to look at the leaked cards because I feel they ruin some of the surprise of the leaks y’all put forth, but I hope there’s an awesome pirate legendary creature that can lead his crew to victory.
Knowing that more pirates are coming down the pipeline from the mothership, I’m excited for the future of pirates and for the plane of Ixalan. Pirate Vraska fighting dinosaurs? Where do I sign up? So again, thank you for listening and thank you for responding to the serious lack of pirates currently available in Magic.
P.S. I’m looking forward to the new Play Design Team as I anticipate less cards banned in Standard.
P.S.S. New Unset? This week was like Christmas!
Alright, while today’s article has nothing to do with Kari Zev or Pirates, I felt it was important to acknowledge the news that more pirates are coming. For this week though, we’ll be finishing up Amonkhet as I make a Commander deck that I’ve been playing IRL for a few weeks now: Samut, Voice of Dissent.
Creatures to Untap
So, Samut clearly works well with creatures seeing as how she gives them all haste. She works especially well with creatures that have activated abilities because she can untap them so they can activate their abilities again. With Samut in play, Mother of Runes can protect two creatures. Captain Sisay can search up a legendary creature and then do it again. Godsire can make an army of 8/8s twice as quickly as before. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker can throw copies of some of our other creatures out left and right. Elvish Piper can toss two creatures from our hand onto the battlefield. Don’t forget about Intrepid Hero who can destroy multiple creatures with power 4 or greater with Samut’s help.
The most interesting interaction is with Yisan. If you activate Yisan’s ability, hold priority, untap Yisan and then activate his ability again, he’ll be able to search for two creatures with CMC equal to how many verse counters are on him the second time!
Of course, activated abilities aren’t the only way to abuse Samut’s ability to untap creatures. There are also creatures that wouldn’t untap as normal, such as those with exert. I’ve included Combat Celebrant and Champion of Rhonas since I think they’re the best exert creatures for this deck. I’ve also included Mage-Ring Responder who becomes so much better when it’s given haste and is allowed to untap with Samut’s help rather than having to pay seven mana.
Another type of creature that becomes pretty awesome with Samut’s help are those that tap for multiple mana. With Samut’s help, that’s even more mana ramp. Somberwald Sage and Shaman of Forgotten Ways will add a whole bunch of mana, not to mention the fact that Shaman of Forgotten Ways’ second ability is an often forgotten one that can end up dealing an exorbitant amount of damage to our opponents. Both interations of Selvala are helpful tools that add mana for this deck. Knotvine Mystic will also add a bit more mana thanks to Samut. I’ve also included Birds of Paradise and Avacyn’s Pilgrim for good measure as they can make sure that Selvala comes down a turn earlier.
Double strike, vigilance, and haste. That’s quite a few keywords. Whenever I see this many keywords, I immediately think of Odric, Lunarch Marshal. Why yes, I would like for all of my creatures to have double strike, vigilance, and haste.
Let’s make sure I can add a few more keywords to that. Any of the Gods will give them indestructible. Iroas will also give them all menace. Xenagos will pump one of creatures up even more. Also, Birds of Paradise, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Aurelia, the Warleader, Dragonlord Dromoka, Sigarda, Heron’s Grace, and Avacyn, Angel of Hope will give them flying with Gisela the Broken Blade and Dragonlord Dromoka will give them all lifelink as well.
As I was making this deck, I realized that I was adding in quite a few legendary creatures. This meant that Captain Sisay would be a pretty sweet addition. Since I want to give my creatures a whole bunch of different keywords, I’ll often be searching up Odric but if I already have Zealous Conscripts, I might just search up Kiki-Jiki to see if I win on the spot. Once I added Captain Sisay, I wanted to make sure that I never ran out of targets for her. That’s why I have so many of those legendary creatures.
Human Subtheme and Angels Too
Speaking of the legendary creatures, a lot of them happen to be either humans or angels. Because I have several angels and humans in the deck, Bruna, the Fading Light seemed like a pretty sweet inclusion. Once I added her, we had to add Gisela, the Broken Blade as well. Bruna will mostly be returning the angels from Innistrad as I’ve included most of them in this deck. Sigarda, Heron’s Grace main objective is to protect our humans (such as Samut herself). Sigarda can also start making humans though and will protect us from those pesky reanimate spells that would love to pry on our graveyard. Trust me, having played plenty of black decks that want to reanimate creatures in Commander, the Naya player is the prime suspect for creatures to reanimate.
I’ve also added Naya Charm as a way to not only counter a reanimate spell, but also so we can get back a sweet card to our hand. What’s interesting about Naya Charm is if you want to make a political move, you could always return one of your teammates cards to their hands. Of course, there’s always the option to tap all of a players creatures so that you can swing with your beatsticks.
There you have it, the last Amonkhet deck in the books. Just in time too since official Hour of Devastation spoilers have started and we already know Dwayne Johnson’s favorite new Commander. (The Scorpion God) Alright friends, until next time, be nice to each other, play some epic Commander games and let me know about them. I always love to hear what awesome Commander plays people have made. Have a good week y’all.