From the Brim to the Trim – Flooding Opponents and Drying Up Budget Alike
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RogrAkroma, Unlikely Pair, More-Than-Likely Mayhem
Greetings and salutations from a country quite known at the moment for... Wait a second, I'm sure there was something this month... Oh well. I'm Arnaud and I'm thrilled to take you on a journey of uncanny brews, hidden gems and usage of EDHREC's filtering features.
It's been a while, has it not? With the brilliants analyses on Caverns of Ixalan from my fellow writers, we've hit a one week delay, which let you wonderful brewers some more time to place your votes. And if the previous iteration was a tight knit bundle, this week's is all but.
Almost 300 of you voted this time around (thank you thank you thank you!). With 85 votes,and almost reached the 30% threshold. and followed closely, with 91 votes (31%). Our clear winner this week is the brash pair and , with more than 40% of the votes.
Let's see what this aggressive pair has to offer, shall we?
I might be slightly biased when talking about this mighty Angel and puny Kobold. You see, I've actually built this deck back in 2020, when Commander Legends came out, albeit it being free from our usual constraints, and it's one of my favourite aggro piles of cards.
The strategy is clear and established: make a huge keyword salad so that Akroma can grant a huge buff to our team, get in the zone and smack faces.
So far, I've had a blast playing my own brew. While it can become quite mana intensive, there is almost always something fun to do. Plus, you get to play with several cards that would feel "meh" with other commanders. What's not to love?
After syphoning all the goodies from the pair's EDHREC page, we reach a proud 341 cards. Let's dive in!
First Trim – The Cardboard Chainsaw Massacre
While the full list is impressive indeed, I have the distinct impression this will not last long. As usual, we'll first get rid of all cards worth strictly more than $1, trying to keep as many as possible with the "Update to Cheapest" feature.
Alas, we have to say goodbye to a personal pet card,. Come on Wizards, reprint that thing into oblivion once and for all!
With that sad parting, let's see what worthwhile goodies between $1 and $2 we have left.
- : at the time of writing, it stands at $1.03, just a smidge above our arbitrary threshold. That card is absolutely bonkers, giving you both ramp and Soldiers to hold the line. Get it if you can.
- : A fantastic way to make everyone around the table happy, with no jealousy. Everyone deserves to be bonked equally!
- : triggers during each and every combat step, making vigilance a particularly prized ability in this build.
- : Akroma will draw stares, hatred and removal. This is a neat way to allow her to enjoy the party a bit more.
- : I like to think of this Construct as 's distant cousin. Keywords aplenty, and ways to give them to a friend after its demise. Love it.
- : You know what's better than one trigger? Two.
- : I've got fond memories of that one. It used to be an obscenely expensive card back in the day. Still holds its own, with a much more manageable price.
- : If he hits the field with a few friends and lives to see battle, it's pretty much game over.
- : Versatile is the word!
- : Forget the tokens, this is a killing machine who also has the good taste of buffing its friends.
All right then. With all the luxury cardboard out of the way, we're down to... 219 cards. That's quite a bit more than we're accustomed to. Looks like we have some painful choices on the road ahead. Onwards!
Second Trim - Cardward Scissorhands
Before we get to the meat of things (and there will be much to unfold), let's slim down the veggies.
- Draw : 12
- Ramp : 23
- Removal : 15
- Wipes : 9
Honestly, I was expecting more here, especially in the Draw section. As it is, there is little fluff to cut here. I'll replacewith , and add as well as the sorely missing . Yes, I'm well aware that giving cards to our opponents is not the best idea, but this deck can churn through its hands like crazy, and we need the fuel. I really wish we could add and , but sadly these fall outside our budget mark.
After a bit of cleanup in the Lands section, we're down to 193 cards. Insofar, I think that might be the highest card count we've had since the beginning of the series. Looks like the next section will see a whole lot of stuff get the ax.
Third Trim – Cutting Off the Rough Edges
All right, we're here. And we have to make a decision.
As it stands, the list goes in three distinct directions: Keyword soup, Auras and Equipments. All three are valid choices, and some may even overlap one another. But we have to commit nonetheless to a major path. So I'll make it easy for you: let's go with the creatures. We've all seen Auras and Equipments, there is a ton of commanders out there who love to tinker with them. Akroma's ability, on the other hand, is rather unique. I might keep the, but the rest must go.
I hope this can get us down to a more manageable list, in the 130 cards or so.
I tinkered a bit with the idea of plugging in the whole list of removed stuff, but in the end that would have proven way too cumbersome to leaf through.
In the end, I decided to keepfor its massive buff and for its keywords.
Down to... 150. Damn.
While I'm at it, let's also cut some of the remaining fluff. Cantrips, miscellaneous enchantments and sorceries, boosts, protection spells...various gadgets that could potentially have a room, but that have to go.
Much, much better. Down to 120 cards and counting. Let's have a look at the creatures.
Fourth Trim – Cut-a-Doodle-Doo!
Yeah, sorry about that one, didn't think we'd need an additional section.
Anyway, we're slowly but surely getting there.
Until now, I've decided to forego cutting any creature, aside from those too specialized. Still, we have 36 of them remaining, and some will have to go. I'd like to keep a healthy 20-25 count, to make sure we have enough to get by.
For this short trim, we'll get rid of:
- : Most of our creatures already have some sort of evasion
- : Same reasoning as above
- , and : Cute, but a bit too weeny for our ambitions
- : Simply too slow, even if you hit it early on.
- : Just too wimpy
- : If you can manage to make him stronger, he could be interesting. But that's quite unlikely.
- : Too situational
- : Not bad, but not good enough.
And with that, we're finally, FINALLY at our final final 10.
Final Trim - Heart-wrenching Choices
Well, we're here. Let's get the job done.
As usual, bear in mind that no choices here are inherently bad. If you like any of these cards, by all means, go for them!
- 2 : As it stands, our curve averages at 3.17. With all the ramp tucked in, I feel safe to cut a couple of lands. We still have to keep us at a healthy 35. Yes, it's lame, I know.
- : Double combat sounds nice, but I'm not 100% sure you'll have the mana available at the time you need it for this one-shot effect.
- : I like this, a lot (despite being from Universes Beyond/UB). But three mana feels slightly too expensive for that effect.
- : Nice ramp effect, but no relevant keywords otherwise, and no way to blink it.
- : Looks nice on paper, but I never got it to stick around enough for it to become truly relevant.
- : I'm not too thrilled by the prototype, and the full version feels ever slightly too limited.
- : A 5/5 with Akroma, which will likely be blocked. I don't foresee too bright a reanimation future for this Cleric.
- : We don't play with the graveyard (much) and the three for two ratio feels bad.
- : Because I really don't want to cut anything else.
And one final swap:goes out, and is proudly replaced by . Try it, you'll see why.
And there we have it. Finally!
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This. Was. Hard. I did not expect this wacky pair to get along so well with our budget constraints.
What do you think, dear brewers? Is this what you had in mind when you voted for the pair? Would you have built them otherwise? Have I missed anything critical?
As usual, thanks for reading, and I'll see you in two weeks!