May 16, 2018

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Card of the Day – Champion of Lambholt

Even though I’ve been playing Magic the Gathering for some time, my most recent and deepest foray into the game introduced me to Commander/EDH and the format had plenty to offer me. So much so that I went and immediately snapped up the first pre-constructed deck that appealed to me, Commander 2016’s “Breed Lethality”. Or, as it’s better known, the Atraxa deck.

While there are tons of great cards from that deck that I could focus on today, we’re going to look at a card that has seen a lot of utility in a lot of Commander decks.

Champion of Lambholt is a non-legendary creature that comes in with one power and one toughness for three mana, two green. While that might seem like a terrible creature to you, its beauty comes in its rather strong textbox. If a creature has a power less than that of Champion, it can’t block creatures you control. That alone would make this a strong addition to, say, a Simic deck or even a worthy addition to a tron deck.

But the real beauty of this card comes with the fact that this static ability is also teamed up with the fact that you can place a +1/+1 counter on it for every creature – token or otherwise – that enters the battlefield under your control. Which means that you don’t have to really do anything to make this card amazing. Suddenly, Champion of Lambholt goes from a card that needs other pieces, and possibly even equipment to be good, to a card that could only be more awesome if it were harder to remove. Like, say, an Enchantment or a God or something along those lines.

Champion of Lambholt has a lot of utility in a lot of decks. It fits nicely in just about any creature focused deck, maybe a Selesnya Populate deck. It goes well with any tribal or combo deck that has you going wide very quickly. It’s a perfect addition to a Simic deck that focuses on counters and, preferably, Proliferate… I mean, the utility for this card is pretty vast.

One of the most popular homes for this card lies in most Simic or Proliferate decks and a great example was created by the user finallegend on TappedOut. This deck gives you a great example of how to use Champion of Lambholt in tandem with Atraxa in Commander. Check out the list, appropriately titled “Well, The Proliferated Quickly“:

Well, That Proliferated Quickly

Commander (1)
Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice

Creature (37)
Abzan Battle Priest
Abzan Falconer
Altered Ego
Avenger of Zendikar
Champion of Lambholt
Chasm Skulker
Chorus of the Conclave
Corpsejack Menace
Crystalline Crawler
Deepglow Skate
Elite Scaleguard
Enduring Scalelord
Experiment Kraj
Fathom Mage
Forgotten Ancient
Ghave, Guru of Spores
Gyre Sage
Hangarback Walker
Ivorytusk Fortress
Juniper Order Ranger
Kalonian Hydra
Master Biomancer
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
Odric, Lunarch Marshal
Reyhan, Last of the Abzan
Scavenging Ooze
Simic Manipulator
Sphinx of Magosi
Spike Feeder
Tuskguard Captain
Vorel of the Hull Clade
Witch-Maw Nephilim

Planeswalker (3)
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Venser, the Sojourner

Instant (6)
Abzan Charm
Inspiring Call
Solidarity of Heroes
Sylvan Reclamation
Utter End

Enchantment (6)
Archmage Ascension
Cathars’ Crusade
Citadel Siege
Hardened Scales
Inexorable Tide
Retribution of the Ancients

Artifact (10)
Astral Cornucopia
Bow of Nylea
Chromatic Lantern
Commander’s Sphere
Contagion Engine
Darksteel Ingot
Everflowing Chalice
Opaline Bracers
Pentad Prism
Sol Ring

Sorcery (4)
Give / Take
Merciless Eviction
Tezzeret’s Gambit

Land (33)
Aether Hub
Arcane Sanctum
Ash Barrens
Calciform Pools
Command Tower
Dreadship Reef
Evolving Wilds
Hallowed Fountain
Llanowar Reborn
Mirrodin’s Core
Opal Palace
Opulent Palace
Overgrown Tomb
Saltcrusted Steppe
Sandsteppe Citadel
Seaside Citadel
Temple of the False God
Terramorphic Expanse
Tropical Island
Watery Grave

As you can see, a deck like this would support Champion quite nicely. As a card near and dear to my start into Commander, I would like to know what everyone else thinks of this one.