Arcades, the Strategist

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.

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Core Set 2019 (M19) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pioneer Legal
Historic Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Arena Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

Arcades, the Strategist Discussion

Tzefick on Sword of Life and Limb

10 hours ago

I find it a bit amusing how not two months ago there was posted a thread specifically dedicated to brew card ideas for the remaining 3 Swords of X and Y and then this shows up.

DemonDragonJ I would agree that having three abilities would break the pattern.

Personally I think the life gain is already covered by Sword of Light and Shadow and Sword of War and Peace. One static, one dynamic.

There is already token generation with Sword of Body and Mind.

Personally I think the Sword should do something a bit different than that. Please keep in mind that the Swords have generally been designed to be beneficial to most colors and multiple strategies - hence why a Sword like Sword of Body and Mind is generally considered the worst/most niche, closely followed by Sword of War and Peace. The latter because it doesn't affect the board and lifegain is... only relevant in certain situations. If you make a token generator + Populate effect, it works by itself but is generally not useful for many decks.

Take a Sword like Sword of Truth and Justice. It plays well by itself by enabling its own scaling when you have multiple creatures. However you can also utilize the Proliferate on poison counters, -1/-1 counters, planeswalker loyalty counters. It has built-in support for multiple strategies.

A card like Sword of Sinew and Steel is more niche, but it has some very powerful removal effects to compensate. In addition the protections are very on-point in protecting against most targeted removal and all of red's board wipe repertoire.

Tokens for the sake of tokens is often not that impressive. That's why I would suggest to aim for something else than basic token generation.

If you are hellbent on the token generation I would consider granting a different incentive:


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If we're being honest, most of the swords don't see play and those that do are mostly Sword of Feast and Famine and Sword of Fire and Ice. I've seen a fair bit of Sword of Truth and Justice as well. I think hitting around that spot would be ideal.



If we aim for something else than basic token generation, we could aim for some tech options.

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Stardragon on Walls need mortar

3 days ago

Im making a Arcades, the Strategist and need some enchantments, artifacts, aura ect that increase toughness like Slagwurm Armor does it can increase power if need be but no +1/+0 stuff

DeltaMoth on Arcades - Quarantine King

1 month ago

Heyya Sheldaconda! Fellow Arcades user here, love the deck and the flavour! I have a few suggestions.


Ensnaring Bridge: "Us advocates feel this overpass can't be overcome!"

The Bridge works in both ways, allowing us to attack under it with our 'low-power' creatures and stifling other players by not letting them over it. Note also the incredible card advantage of Arcades and his leagues of bulwarks may stymy you somewhat.


Axebane Guardian: "Our efficient bane to our opponents!"

Axebane Guardian is similar to Overgrown Battlement in that it supplies a Cradle-esque effect dependent on the number of defenders you control. However, it adds any colour you choose, making it a defender all-star!

If you have enough defenders, Axebane goes infinite with High Alert. But as the deck is staying casual, you may want to omit this suggestion.


Brago, King Eternal: "Blink and you'll miss him!"

If you do decide to swing in, Brago can be a big help with built-in evasion and the ability to flicker all our creatures (for draws off Arcades, the Strategist) and artifacts such as your Sol Ring for double usage.


Static Orb, Winter Orb and Tangle Wire: "Our stacks of STAX will surely stack our odds!"

Various STAX card with various effects. They can play off your mana generating creatures as well as your artifacts. The best one for you here is Static Orb which shuts everyone down equally while you keep up strong creatures for big punts.


Wall of Roots, Ulvenwald Captive  Flip, Sylvan Caryatid and Vine Trellis: "Our dorks draw for us and excel us forward!"

These dorks can trigger Arcades due to being defenders as well as tapping for mana or in some cases giving us immediate mana. They also play well with STAX cards that tap lands down as you won't need them anymore!


I have many more suggestions, but this is all for now. If you like these and want more, say so!

Thank you!

Poseidon31 on Big Weaklings [Budget Azorius Jank]

1 month ago

If you need draw, maybe you should consider to add green.

Arcades, the Strategist gives you the needed draw in line with your big defenders and enables them to attack.

zapyourtumor on The best offense is a good defense

2 months ago

Wall of Omens, Wall of Blossoms, Perimeter Captain, Stalwart Shield-Bearers all classic defender creatures

Arcades, the Strategist, Doran, the Siege Tower, Assault Formation classic defender attack enablers for alternate win condition

Note: I know this is casual, but if you're trying to win with mazes end or door to nothingness its usually better to go for a prison shell since defender creatures only stops some decks from killing you, so your win condition and main theme don't really synergize with eachother. It's probably better to either focus on mazes end + door to nothingness or just drop them for the toughness assigners and beat face with defender creatures as your win con

Iron_eye2 on Wait, it's all blockers?

2 months ago

I feel like instead of splashing black, green would be better, because then you could run Assault Formation and Arcades, the Strategist as copies for your attack atrategy

RiotRunner789 on None

2 months ago

Arcades, the Strategist: Provides solid card draw with literal walls to protect your walkers (many of which can fly). I've seen some disgusting Superfriends builds with this guy specially buing in green to ramp to Karn Liberated and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.

Lavinia, Azorius Renegade: Good stax commander. Slow down the board to a crawl and just get the emblem for every azorious planeswalker out there. I have a Lavinia stax deck with a Superfirends sub-theme (8 walkers) and it is not challenging to get their emblems.

Bonus, being in azorious colors for both commanders gives the best superfriends cards of them all with Oath of Teferi. Arcades just gets better with Doubling Season.

Omniscience_is_life on None

3 months ago

My friend got me an awesome Arcades, the Strategist playmat for when I was building my first commander deck around him (Arcades, not the friend ;D), it really fired me up to finish the deck!

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