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June 6, 2016

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Commander Mondays: Gahiji, Honored One

Are you growing tired of long EDH games with complicated piles on the stack? Are you tired of your Islands requiring you to actually think when playing Magic? Do you wish your deck practically played itself? Well then look no further than Gahiji, Honored One! This fantastic legendary beast allows you to simply turn your lands sideways and turn your creatures sideways, requiring no other effort from you at all!

Pros:

  • Straightforward and easy to learn deck to play
  • Can slaughter opponents very quickly if left unchecked
  • Who doesn’t wanna play tribal lords?

Cons:

  • Naya lacks draw power in general, if you draw Sylvan Library or a well timed Regal Force this can be mitigated, but it is still generally an issue
  • Board wipes are your worst enemy
  • Counterspells

A Quick Rundown

As much as I generally dislike playing Naya personally, decks like these can be quite fun if the meta allows for it. My first Standard deck was a Green/White weenie deck, so I always have a soft spot for these kinds of aggro builds.

Now this deck doesn’t require much explanation, as it simply involves playing as many dudes as you can and hitting your opponents as hard as you can. The only spells that don’t involve that are Armageddon and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

Armageddon is meant to be cast when you’re at a significant advantage, in order to prevent your opponents from knocking you back down.

Kiki-Jiki is there to provide a bit of extra value on your few enter-the-battlefield effects, such as Reclamation Sage, Sun Titan or if you feel like not having friends, Restoration Angel.

The Deck List

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Commander (1)
Gahiji, Honored One

Creature (36)
Angel of Jubilation
Archangel Avacyn
Archangel of Tithes
Archetype of Aggression
Aven Mindcensor
Avenger of Zendikar
Balefire Liege
Bane of Progress
Birds of Paradise
Bloom Tender
Boartusk Liege
Champion of Lambholt
Craterhoof Behemoth
Dauntless Escort
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Eternal Witness
Garruk’s Packleader
Hero of Bladehold
Hero of Oxid Ridge
Iroas, God of Victory
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Knight of the Reliquary
Mirror Entity
Pathbreaker Ibex
Qasali Pridemage
Reclamation Sage
Regal Force
Restoration Angel
Shaman of Forgotten Ways
Sigarda, Host of Herons
Soltari Champion
Sun Titan
Vexing Shusher
Vigor
Voice of Resurgence
Wilt-Leaf Liege

Planeswalker (6)
Arlinn Kord
Chandra, Flamecaller
Domri Rade
Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Garruk Wildspeaker

Artifact (1)
Sol Ring

Spells (16)
Armageddon
Cultivate
Ezuri’s Predation
Farseek
Green Sun’s Zenith
Kodama’s Reach
Nature’s Lore
Overwhelming Stampede
Shamanic Revelation
Tooth and Nail
Wrath of God
Krosan Grip
Path to Exile
Return to Dust
Swords to Plowshares
Worldly Tutor

Enchantment (4)
Elemental Bond
Mirari’s Wake
Outpost Siege
Sylvan Library

Land (36)
Ancient Ziggurat
Arid Mesa
City of Brass
Command Tower
11 Forest
Krosan Verge
Mana Confluence
Misty Rainforest
Mountain
Plains
Plateau
Sacred Foundry
Savannah
Stomping Ground
Taiga
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

While this deck is not going to be winning any EDH tournaments soon, it can be a lot of fun in a more casual setting. I hope you all enjoy it, thanks for reading, and have a great week!