Arcades, the Strategist


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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

Foxigami on Another brick in the wall

5 hours ago

i like these types of decks. so here are my suggestions Assault Formation is basically Arcades, the Strategist in enchantment form without the card draw. it has the added bonus of ramping your creatures defense to deal more damage to the opponent.

Axebane Guardian and Overgrown Battlement are great ramps, combined with Assault Formation you can get some massive creatures.

Wall of Tanglecord is great against flyers, and this deck needs that

other than that, you might want to list this deck as standard as it seems like it would be standard legal without my suggestions.

Ungulate on Walls of Emrakul - Modern defender combo

1 week ago

Christmas land: 1. Land Perimeter Captain 2. Land Overgrown Battlement 3. Land Axebane Guardian + Overgrown Battlement 4. Emrakul or any wall + Drift of Phantasms into Emrakul

Matches are a matter of stalling and drawing until the above situation happens, or you beat face with Arcades, the Strategist . Wall of Denial makes the Arcades plan really strong and often lethal in one swing.

TheSlowestBro on Oathbreaker Tamiyo, the Warleader

2 weeks ago

Interesting strategy! Arcades, the Strategist might be a worthy inclusion here?

VampiricTooter on Need help picking my next ...

2 weeks ago

Though if I built any of her of those commanders I think I would do Arcades, the Strategist

davidsays1 on Need help picking my next ...

2 weeks ago

Currently i have 3 decks. Selvala, Explorer Returned Krenko, Mob Boss Shu Yun, Silent Tempest I used to have more, but keep scrapping. I need help deciding on a commander i would actually decide to keep in the end. These are what I've narrowed it down to Tatyova, Benthic Druid Ghave, Guru of Spores Okaun, Eye of Chaos + Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom Grenzo, Dungeon Warden Doran, the Siege Tower Arcades, the Strategist

Sell me on one or multiple

Murphy77 on Attacker Defenders

4 weeks ago

A few things to speed up the deck;

Arboreal Grazer comes in as a 1-drop that allows you to play an extra land, and can be rather useful early in the game.

Dovin's Veto is a cheap counter-spell that cant be countered, and provides a bit of protection (possibly in place of Incubation / Incongruity , which rarely does much work when you have 20 creatures in the deck).

Chromatic Lantern sacrifices tempo for mana-fixing and basically takes the place of an extra creature in this build - I would work towards slowly introducing dual lands, or even lands like Evolving Wilds .

Huatli, the Sun's Heart is a cheaper version of Arcades, the Strategist that can also give you a bit of life-gain in a pinch.

If the cost of mana-fixing cards is a huge concern, it is possible to build /, or even / versions of this deck. Ready and Alert somehow works almost as well.

K1ngMars on Angus Mackenzie help

4 weeks ago

The link to your deck is broken, thus I couldn't see it, let me know if you fix it.

Anyways, since Angus Mackenzie is one of the most expensive commander legal legendary creatures around, you'd probably do better with a Kruphix, God of Horizons turbo fog build: fog on opponent's turns, attack with fatties on yours, that's the basic idea. Save a lot of money for one card and straight up build a complete competitive deck.

On the other hand, as suggested previously, if you like defenders, you might want to build Arcades, the Strategist with a lot of walls instead.

Drakorya on Best commander for a learning ...

4 weeks ago

Bant and Selesnya decks sound like the way to go.

Trostani, Selesnya's Voice can be a cool general. Let's you gain a ton of life, and populate can be a versatile mechanic where you can choose to go wide with alot of tokens, or focus on creating and copying bigger tokens from cards like Advent of the Wurm and Desolation Twin .

Arcades, the Strategist is another interesting option. Using defenders can be like being the good guy. But assigning combat damage with toughness rather than power could be a little confusing for a beginner.

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Arcades, the Strategist occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

GWU (Bant): 0.81%