Do Your Worst - Rakdos Enchantress
An Enchanted Evening Withand Friends
Hello, everyone! Welcome to another installment of Do Your Worst, where we take a popular archetype and find the most unusual home for it! I'm your host, Philomène, and in this column, we look at decks that shouldn't be... or should they?
Today, we'll focus on the popular Enchantress archetype. This usually consists of playing a bunch of enchantments, drawing lots of cards, and winning with overwhelming amounts of value. Alternatively, you canyour and hit people in the face for 21 commander damage. Whatever works best for you!
To find the worst colors for our Enchantress deck, let's look at some data from EDHREC's Enchantments Theme page.
The five most popular Enchantress combinations are five-color with, Selesnya with , Bant with , Sultai with , and Esper with . I've compiled each commander's average deck, taken out the cards that don't relate to the archetype, like or , and mashed them all together. We get this color spread:
Without much surprise, green and white come out on top. To build the worst Enchantress deck, then, we should be in black and/or red. I ended up being both, but let's check what mono-red and mono-black enchantments look like!
I started my journey by trying to go mono-red, since it's technically the worst color for that archetype. I ignored previous article.because I've already covered the Auras archetype in a
After some Scryfall browsing, it quickly became apparent that, even when confined to enchantments, mono-red just wants to smash. , , , and are some examples of red doing what it does best, which is to deal damage to anything and everything. There are also damage multipliers, like and the new , which accelerate things even further. The obvious choice of commander for this strategy was , and you can check out my brew here!
The deck worked, but had some problems. Payoffs for enchantments were practically nonexistent, and while the deck did its thing, I didn't feel like it was that different from your usualdeck. Thus, I wanted to check out what mono-black could offer.
is the sixth most played mono-black commander, despite the fact that she came out only seven months ago in Dominaria United. Her average deck shows that she's usually built as an aristocrats commander, but what if we used the fact that she can sacrifice enchantments with her ability to our advantage?
2022 retrospective article, so check it out if this sounds like a fun deck!lets us use cards like and get rid of the downside immediately. There are also enchantments that come back to our hand when they go to the graveyard, like , which is perfect fodder for . Black also has access to powerful staples that happen to be enchantments, like , , or . The payoffs are a little better here than in mono-red; makes it very hard for your opponents to keep their board, and can pair with for some repeated damage. I talked about briefly in my
could easily have been the focus of today's article, but I was too curious not to check out the Rakdos version of Enchantress, which turned out to be really fun too. So now, with all that understood, let's jump into Rakdos Enchantress!
Taking the Bull by the Horns
First things first. What are our commander options for enchantments in Rakdos? Well, since not a single Rakdos commander has the word "enchantment" in its text, I'd say our choices are limited. Yes,cares about enchanted creatures, but she isn't legal in Commander, so we'll pass. is an enchantment himself, though, and he seems like he would want a deck that deals a lot of damage. Luckily for us, our mono-red Enchantress brew did just that! With red's damage and black's enchantment payoffs, we might be on to something here.
We could have gone with other options.is often built with Curses, which are enchantments. could replace at the head of a "everything hurts" enchantment deck, but trying to bend everything to use as many odd-mana cards as possible with Obosh as the commander just took things a little too far for me. Ultimately, I think it's best to go with the big minotaur in the sky.
Tired of Enchantress? Try Ouch-antress!
We've seen Group Slug decks before. Now let's try to hurt people using only enchantments.
Our first category is raw damage.is an absurd card and I don't know why it exists. , , , and are just some of the tools we use to dish out fun in the form of pain. is neat: cast it targeting a lot of creatures, then wipe the board to deal the damage, and yes, we get the Treasures. We can also punish our opponents just for playing the game. They'll take damage for , , or just . doesn't actually deal damage, but are we not going to play an enchantment that halves players' life totals? Come on. Also, we're running , and you can't change my mind.
We have ways to multiply the damage we deal with, , , and . I also like as a that we can activate when we need it, and it gives us a bit of card selection, too.
Now, what kind of enchantment payoffs can we find in Rakdos?
I've already mentionedand . is less efficient than , but we'll take it. I also really like in a deck that can be light on creatures. Speaking of noncreature spells, loves those. keeps graveyards clean. might seem really bad, but it's five damage in the air the turn we play it, and it's a threat that's hard to remove because it reverts back to an enchantment. Lastly, let's not forget that we have an indestructible commander. We might as well swing with a equipped, and will provide the evasion we need to punch through.
A lot of Enchantress decks like to hide behind a "pillowfort", meaning they amass a wall of enchantments that makes them hard to kill, like, , and . We have a similar effect in , but we need to tap a creature every turn to keep the enchantment. We don't have much else, but since we're likely to get attacked by angry opponents, and can produce much-needed blockers.
Everybody Hurts (But Mostly Our Opponents)
We've got a good core of cards going. Now let's make sure our bases are covered.
will make us two friends at the price of making one enemy. I'd call that an absolute win! has been a banger every time I've used it or seen someone use it. adds a really fun dimension to the game, in a "we're all in this together!" kind of way. It can also help mitigate some of the hate we'll get for, you know, hurting everyone. continues to impress, even in Commander. Mana, card velocity, and a threat to copy creatures? It's just so much value!
Some people thinkis slow, and I understand, but we can't just skip it in our Enchantress deck. In fact, we're running four more copies of it! , , , and are all basically s, but with added hurt. Sweet! prevents our opponents from gaining life while providing a source of card advantage. is card velocity, not advantage, but I still like it quite a bit as an enchantment version of .
can be enough to convince a player to swing their big creature another way. is especially good against enemy commanders, which will make your opponents really sad. They already kind of hate us at this point, though, so we might as well go all in. was banned in Standard for a good reason. It's a busted card. That means we're definitley using it here. Lastly, a lot of our creatures are also enchantments, so will be pretty one-sided when we cast it.
For protection,is awesome since it protects our indestructible commander from being exiled.
It's good to have a plan if things go awry.lets us reanimate one of our key creatures or just steal an from an opponent's graveyard. is very good even when played fairly. is no , but it will help refill our hand if we've been . is an enchantment creature that threatens to generate good value if it doesn't eat a removal spell.
Time to take a look at the deck in all its gory details!
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Life Is Pain, and So Is Death
Let's talk about some of the notable exclusions from this list.
- In the pillowfort department, is interesting, but it really needs a damage enhancer to pop off, and works best in a mono-red deck.
- sounds good, but it's kind of situational and creatures are very popular in Commander, so I ended up cutting it.
- is a little too slow at four mana.
- I love what brings to a game, but I would make sure everybody at the table is okay with it first because cards will move around a lot. It also helps if everyone has sleeves of different colors!
- is really good with , but we have a few enchantments that prevent lifegain, so I cut it.
- is seven mana, pretty slow, and targets a single person. Not a fan.
- I also just want to shout out as a budget replacement for !
With a whopping 45 enchantments, I think we achieved our goal, even if our deck still looks a lot like your average Group Slug list. Also, we had no actualin our deck. Nevertheless, we cast enchantments and use them to win, so I'd say mission accomplished!
What do you think? How would you build an Enchantress deck in Rakdos colors? Is there any sweet card or synergy that I've missed? Let me know in the comments below! I'm Philomène, and this has been Do Your Worst. See you next time!