July 4, 2016

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Commander Mondays: Death and Taxes

As promised, this week’s article is about a new legendary creature from Eldritch Moon, Thalia, Heretic Cathar.

thalia, heretic cathar

The build for the deck is based on the Legacy deck, Death and Taxes. Death and Taxes – henceforth referred to as D&T – wins by grinding the opponent out of resources using taxing effects and “hatebears.” Hatebears are small and cheap creatures that have taxing effects built into them. The original Thalia, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, is considered to be one of the best hatebears ever printed, and can typically be more efficient of a Commander in a one-on-one setting. However, I believe the new iteration of Innistrad’s captain could be more useful in multiplayer.

How the Deck Works

As I already said, the deck works by ways of resource denial. Using the many creatures at your disposal to grind down your opponents while hitting them in the face each turn.

Key creatures include:

Other creatures such as Hero of Bladehold and Brimaz, King of Oreskos are present in order to end the game faster.

That’s all there really is to it, check out the deck list below and have fun (while denying your opponents fun).

The Deck List

Too Many Taxes

Commander (1)
Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Creature (29)
Angel of Jubilation
Archangel of Tithes
Aven Mindcensor
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Bygone Bishop
Containment Priest
Eidolon of Rhetoric
Ethersworn Canonist
Grand Abolisher
Hero of Bladehold
Hokori, Dust Drinker
Hushwing Gryff
Jotun Grunt
Kataki, War’s Wage
Knight of the White Orchid
Leonin Arbiter
Leonin Relic-Warder
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Mentor of the Meek
Mother of Runes
Phyrexian Revoker
Samurai of the Pale Curtain
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Stoneforge Mystic
Sublime Archangel
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Vryn Wingmare

Artifact (17)
Crucible of Worlds
Lightning Greaves
Mana Crypt
Pearl Medallion
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Sphere of Resistance
Static Orb
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of War and Peace
Thorn of Amethyst
Umezawa’s Jitte
Winter Orb

Enchantment (8)
Always Watching
Aura of Silence
Blind Obedience
Land Tax
Oblivion Ring
Stony Silence
Suppression Field

Spells (10)
Enlightened Tutor
Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares
Council’s Judgment
Decree of Justice
Wrath of God

Land (35)
Ancient Tomb
Cavern of Souls
Emeria, The Sky Ruin
Ghost Quarter
Kor Haven
27 Plains
Secluded Steppe
Strip Mine

Thanks for reading guys, I hope to have more to cover from Eldritch Moon next week after more spoilers have unfolded. Including my “best of” from the set. Have a great week readers!