Arcades, the Strategist


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Mythic Rare

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Arcades, the Strategist

Legendary Creature — Elder Dragon

Flying, vigilance

Whenever a creature with defender enter the battlefield under your control, draw a card.

Each creature you control with defender assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power and can attack as though it didn't have defender.

Arcades, the Strategist Discussion

amenos42 on All players win?

1 day ago

Thanks for the help, folks. Sorry I forgot about this thread for so long.

Divine Intervention is the answer I like best, so far. I think the answer I really needed was this: if all players win or lose simultaneously, the game ends in a draw. The "grouphug victory" question, therefore, is actually more like, "What are some interesting ways to make the game end in a draw?" To narrow it down, I might suggest that mono-White and Bant decks are probably most suited to grouphug, thematically speaking. In EDH, Arcades, the Strategist + Sterling Grove -> Divine Intervention would probably be fun... for me. I mean, if you declare that your objective is to make the game end in a draw... and you do that... then you won, right? Sorta?

BTW, here are the rules regarding draws:

Using a spoil block cause it's long Show

So anyway, let me suggest a new topic for this thread: What are some interesting, fun, or efficient ways to make the game end in a draw?

As an aside, there could be a political element to it. You could play Divine Intervention, then kill all the players who refuse to grouphug. That way, only the peaceful players get to enjoy the "alliance victory."

Ryanh12 on Opinion?

3 days ago

I was just wondering which commander deck would be better between Arcades, the Strategist and Doran, the Siege Tower ? Will you please also explain why??

cdkime on Sexual innuendos in deck names

2 weeks ago

Personally, I tend to shy away from decks with inappropriate titles, mostly because their actual substance tends to be lacking. While I know that is not true of every such deck, the percentage has been high enough that I'll err on the side of caution and only give such decks a look if I recognize the person who created it.

Worse than the innuendo, in my opinion, are the deck titles that try to make political statements or jokes. I could die happy not seeing another Arcades, the Strategist "build the wall" deck or RUW "MAGA" deck. I find the jokes to be a bit tired, and, heaven forbid, someone tries to make an actual political statement (a phrase usually meaning "is trying to start a flame war").

kappa2583 on Bant defenders

4 weeks ago

Maybe Wall of Omens for a little bit of card draw to help find Arcades, the Strategist or High Alert .

Darkshadow327 on May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

1 month ago


Storm Herd might come back in, but only if there is a spot for it. I'm proud of what this deck has become, it seems close in power level to the Arcades, the Strategist deck I've made. That deck is the one that I consider the best I've ever made.

I doubt I'll get this in paper anytime within the next few years. I don't make money and my playgroup doesn't like commander (They should be ashamed). If I have time I'll definitely play it in Untap though.

Darkshadow327 on Ravnica Allegiance: Spoilers and Speculation

1 month ago

My top card has to be Teysa Karlov. It is amazing, and just gets me so excited to build around it. After this it goes something like this:

  • High Alert this is amazing in Arcades, the Strategist decks. It enables your walls if Arcad,es isn't out, and gives them pseudo vigilance.

  • Rakdos, the Showstopper, this card is just cool. It has good stats and, to me, embodies what Rakdos does. Not to mention he is the perfect commander for my demon tribal deck.

  • Revival // Revenge, this card is just amazing. Recursion straight to the battlefield is always great, not to mention the second half. Doubling your life total while simultaneously cutting your opponent's in half is amazing.

  • Here it's a toss-up between Kaya, Orzhov Usurper and Kaya's Wrath. Kaya, Orzhov Usurper is a decent planeswalker, especially for 3 mana (at least in my opinion). Kaya's Wrath is an amazing board-wipe, especially since 4 cmc ones are rare these days.

  • Priest of Forgotten Gods, this is a good sac outlet for many decks. NOt to mention that it also has the upside of basically doubling as removal.

  • Essence Capture, blue hasn't really tickled my imagination this set. However, I love this counterspell. While it only counters creatures, the added bonus of a c+1/+1 counter is nice.

  • Tithe Taker, I like how this card is akin to Grand Abolisher. It limits what your opponents do, while also deterring them from killing (a little bit) it because of the token you get.

  • Biogenic Ooze, this card is just so cool. #OozeTribal

  • Smothering Tithe, ramp for white is always nice. While opponents can pay to stop it, it will end up being a cost that people just don't want to pay do they just let you have it (like Rhystic Study).

That's my thoughts on cards from the set, just keep in mind that I see these cards from an EDH perspective.

FSims81 on Ravnica Allegiance: Spoilers and Speculation

1 month ago

High Alert is all the fun of Arcades, the Strategist without the body of a giant dragon?

Each Creature you control assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than it's power.

Creatures you control can attack as though they didn't have defender

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Arcades, the Strategist occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

GWU (Bant): 0.16%


All decks: 0.01%


All decks: 0.03%