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May 17, 2016

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Commander Mondays: EDH on a Budget – Snake Value

I’ve been asked by a few friends to start doing some budget Commander lists on a semi-regular basis. I thought this would be a great idea to help newer players wet their feet in the format without breaking the bank.

For this week, I decided to do something a little more laid back and fun. Despite my competitive nature, I do occasionally like building decks that are more on the casual side, and would probably get decimated in my local play groups. So today I have thrown together a fun little list for Kaseto, Orochi Archmage.

Sometimes I just feel like turning my creatures sideways, sometimes I feel like playing tribal, and on other occasions I like to make people skip untap steps. This deck allows one to do all of that.

The Game Plan

Like my recent Sigarda, Heron’s Grace article, this is a relatively straightforward tribal deck. The main cards to look out for are ones that generate the most card advantage. In a multiplayer game, Broodbirth Viper can be pretty sweet. I’m not really a big fan of the Myriad mechanic but I found that this is the one creature bearing it that stood out to me. Other cards you want to see in your opening hand and/or tutor for are Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Shisato, Whispering Hunter, or Primordial Sage.

Like most tribal decks, there are usually pretty straightforward builds. For snakes it is even more so, as there are not as many snakes are there are zombies, goblins or elves. What I really intend to teach with this article is which noncreature spells, and which non-snake creatures fit into this build.

For noncreatures, I’ve gone with an extra draw package for both early and late game, such as Bident of Thassa and Biomantic Mastery respectively. To compliment the extra draws, there are a few counterspells, some instant speed removal, and a Seedborn Muse to make it all work.

The Deck List

Snake Value

Commander (1)
Kaseto, Orochi Archmage

Creature (31)
Adaptive Automaton
Bane of Progress
Birds of Paradise
Brass Herald
Broodbirth Viper
Coiling Oracle
Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Grave Sifter
Hooded Hydra
Kashi-Tribe Elite
Lorescale Coatl
Mystic Snake
Ohran Viper
Ophidian
Orochi Eggwatcher
Orochi Sustainer
Patagia Viper
Patron of the Orochi
Primordial Sage
Progenitor Mimic
Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro
Sakiko, Mother of Summer
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Scout
Sakura-Tribe Springcaller
Seedborn Muse
Seshiro the Anointed
Shisato, Whispering Hunter
Skullwinder
Sosuke, Son of Seshiro
Winged Coatl

Spells (22)
Biomantic Mastery
Cultivate
Distant Melody
Farseek
Green Sun’s Zenith
Kodama’s Reach
Nature’s Lore
Shamanic Revelation
Skyshroud Claim
Sosuke’s Summons
Treasure Cruise
Capsize
Chord of Calling
Cobra Trap
Counterspell
Cyclonic Rift
Krosan Grip
Negate
Plasm Capture
Unravel the Aether
Voidslime
Worldly Tutor

Artifact (8)
Bident of Thassa
Door of Destinies
Obelisk of Urd
Orochi Hatchery
Simic Signet
Skullclamp
Snake Basket
Sol Ring

Enchantment (3)
Abundance
Coastal Piracy
Sylvan Library

Land (35)
Breeding Pool
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
17 Forest
Hinterland Harbor
Island
Simic Guildgate
Terramorphic Expanse
Thornwood Falls
Woodland Stream
Yavimaya Coast
Alchemist’s Refuge

Thanks for reading, and I hope that anyone building this deck can inflict ophidiophobia upon your opponents. Have a great week in the meantime.