February 15, 2016

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Commander Mondays – Association of Terrific Buddies

For the first article in my five-colour series, I decided to go with one of my most commonly requested archetypes, Super Friends.

Now Super Friends decks tend to be pretty straightforward, they don’t usually have an underlying cohesive strategy, thus falling into the “good stuff” category, but with a more set theme than most good stuff decks.

A Brief Explanation

Super Friends, for those unaware, is the name given to decks that rely entirely on Planeswalkers. Besides Planeswalkers, the decks tend to focus on cards that synergize with the permanent type, such as Doubling Season, Contagion Engine and Oath of Gideon. The reason this archetype has grown in popularity lately is due to the extra support that Planeswalkers have gotten in Oath of the Gatewatch.

On top of all the Planeswalker synergies, there’s card draw, removal, and a few board wipes that particularly do not hit Planeswalkers, just to make the game miserable for your opponents.

Lastly, Sliver Queen is the Commander because she can produce blockers when you’re having a slow game.

The Best Planeswalkers

As far as I’m concerned, these are the best Planeswalkers in the deck, as they either have synergy with the others, or just have a powerful board presence.

I find Bolas to be one of the strongest of the terrific buddies in this deck, simply because he does everything you can need. He breaks things, steals other things, and then absolutely devastates your opponent. What’s not to like?

I play this iteration of Elspeth in almost every EDH deck I build now, simply because she holds a lot of value. She can create a bunch of blockers to defend her and friends effectively, and when that’s not enough she can simply wipe the board clean. In this deck I doubt you’ll ever be going for her ultimate, but if you resolve it then her and the other token makers are going to have a blast.

Ajani digs, and digs, and digs. I like him here because he’s very efficient at making sure you land at least one new Planeswalker every turn. There’s other ‘Walkers that provide card draw in the deck, but I personally feel Ajani’s method is the most efficient.

Basically answer everything you need to when you need to. There are very few phrases in magic that are scarier than “Exile target Permanent”.

Teferi’s emblem is the most synergistic with the rest of the deck. In a deck that’s not as centered around Planeswalkers, it may be difficult to pull it off. But this list has many ways to bolster the amount of loyalty that our friends are getting, making this quite easy.

The List

Association of Terrific Buddies

Commander (1)
Sliver Queen

Creature (6)
Bloom Tender
Clever Impersonator
Emeria Shepherd
Gilder Bairn
Maelstrom Wanderer
Narset, Enlightened Master

Spells (9)
Akroma’s Vengeance
Call the Gatewatch
Decree of Annihilation
Demonic Tutor
Obzedat’s Aid
Toxic Deluge

Planeswalker (25)
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Ajani Steadfast
Ajani Vengeant
Chandra, Flamecaller
Chandra, Pyromaster
Dack Fayden
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Garruk, Apex Predator
Garruk Wildspeaker
Jace, Architect of Thought
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Karn Liberated
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana Vess
Narset Transcendent
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Sorin Markov
Sorin, Solemn Visitor
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Teferi, Temporal Archmage
Tezzeret the Seeker
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Artifact (9)
Chromatic Lantern
Coalition Relic
Contagion Clasp
Contagion Engine
Legacy Weapon
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Rings of Brighthearth
Sol Ring
The Chain Veil

Enchantment (12)
Copy Enchantment
Doubling Season
Inexorable Tide
Maelstrom Nexus
Mirari’s Wake
Oath of Chandra
Oath of Gideon
Oath of Jace
Oath of Nissa
Phyrexian Arena
Sylvan Library

Land (38)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Breeding Pool
Canopy Vista
Cinder Glade
City of Brass
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Flooded Strand
Forbidden Orchard
Gemstone Mine
Godless Shrine
Hallowed Fountain
Mana Confluence
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Prairie Stream
Sacred Foundry
Smoldering Marsh
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Strip Mine
Sunken Hollow
Tectonic Edge
Temple Garden
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

That’s all for this week, next week I’ll be back with either a five-colour Sliver deck, or five-colour allies.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!