Atarka's Command


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragons of Tarkir Rare

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Atarka's Command


Choose two —

  • Your opponents can't gain life this turn.
  • Atarka's Command deals 3 damage to each opponent.
  • You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
  • Creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain reach until end of turn.

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Atarka's Command Discussion

ModernStormPlayer996 on Whack! You're Dead.

2 days ago


I feel like zoo is to far away from my deck for me to push my deck towards zoo.

The affinity/goblin hybrid deck is much more similar to mine and provides a lot of food for thought, however, While I think it is a slightly slower, but more consistent deck (and probably a better deck), the 4 Mox Opals are pretty darn expensive, and I don't know how I would go halfway in between my deck and your affinity/goblin hybrid deck.

When I think about the "Tarka Pile" it seems to me like the Goblin Piledriver and Atarka's Command would kind of slow the deck down. I do think I should put Goblin Guides and Goblin Grenades in for better consistency, it's just what would I take out though without diluting the whole Bushwhacker win strategy?

goblinguiderevealpls on Whack! You're Dead.

3 days ago

My name says it all, my first modern deck was mono red goblins in 2011, and if you want goblin tribal my obvious suggestion would be Goblin Guide, the best gobbo in modern by far.

Last time i played goblins, it was gruul colored due to Atarka's Command and Destructive Revelry

My current modern goblin list looks like this

This is a weird list, half of your deck is goblin tribal, the other half is VERY similar to zoo.

Zoo is a very old aggro deck thats usually naya or jund colored.

Current zoo has Street Wraith, Burning-Tree Emissary, Reckless Bushwhacker and Death's Shadow. older zoo decks run Kird Ape and Wild Nacatl

You need to decide on an archetype cuz this is kind of an awkward mix of 3

First one is naya/deaths shadow zoo, which only really runs Reckless Bushwhacker for goblins

Second 2 are the 2 major goblin tribal archetypes.

The first archetype is "Tarka Pile", which focuses on Goblin Piledriver and Atarka's Command.

There are currently 2 different but both valid sub-themes to tarka pile, the first is "8whack" which as the name suggests runs 8 whacks with 4 Goblin Bushwhacker/Reckless Bushwhacker, the second is more token swarm and instead runs 4 Krenko's Command and Dragon Fodder as well as sometimes Hordeling Outburst

Goblin Guide appears in all of these decks, and Goblin Grenade appears in every modern goblin deck.

Hope that helps!

mukismuk on Lands For the Fallen Planeswalker

4 days ago

Atarka's Command seems like a nice fit if the mana base was shifted a bit.

sylvannos on I wanna make an aggro ...

1 week ago

8-Whack is a lot of fun. It's probably still easy to get Goblin Guides for a low price, as well (considering they were pushing $40+ before the reprint).

The other expensive card in the deck is Atarka's Command. Other than that, you can get away with playing basic lands.

Other good choices would be Gruul Shamans and 5-Color All Creatures (a variant of human tribal).

clayperce on One Ponza To Rule Them All

1 week ago

Thanks tons for the shout-out, and again, congrats on your performance at SCG Syracuse!

As always, you raise some REALLY good points. Tbh, I haven't really thought about the Lightning Bolt much ... it's been in the deck since almost the very beginning, and I'm always happy to see it, so I've never really thought about swapping it out for something else. But now that you mention it ...

For low-CMC spells, Atarka's Command comes immediately to mind as another super-versatile option, and Nourish as a great option for the lifegain. Moving up the curve, "pre-boarding" a Kitchen Finks could be really good. Or, like you mentioned, Obstinate Baloth or Thragtusk are awesome. And depending on the meta, Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip or even another Primal Command aren't terrible options either.

And on the graveyard hate, I go back-and-forth on Cage vs. Relic vs. Scavenging Ooze vs. Surgical Extraction. There's a slightly-dated-but-still-useful discussion on Cage vs. Relic here.

To both of you: Draw well!

Alixen on Raid Boss Combo

2 weeks ago

Seems like you have a lot going on here but some of these spells seem either very low power or don't do much doubled.

Some suggestions to add:

Some things you may want to take out:

MonsterHatchGames on Turn Two Tokens

2 weeks ago

I see a lot of upgrade potential in the T2 goblin deck that I simply can't understand why they aren't included:

-Haze of Rage OBVIOUS choice here (1R Creatures you control get +1/0, Storm) with the spells and generated mana, easily replacing Insult / Injury at least.

-Signal Pest not being included is somewhat understandable, but with Kuldotha Rebirth and this kinda of game plan, it's worth serious consideration.

-Since they are all goblins and the mana is sitting at basics at the moment, splash in red/green duals (fast, shocks, fetches) to have access to Echoing Courage. Seriously, that card would be bonkers in this deck! :)

-If you go the route of green you'll also have access to Appeal / Authority, where you can give trample and huge buff (preferably on Titan) to get the damage through, and for only G.

-And, obviously, you can slow the deck down just a bit so it can be ready for sudden big swings off Atarka's Command.

Sliver_God on Naya 8 Whack

3 weeks ago

Please update after playing and let us know specifics on how this manabase works out for you? I'm all for high-risk upside like adding another splash for a powerful card like Boros Charm, but if there is one thing I hate in MTG it is not being able to play cards, and 3 1/2 colors with so few lands seems like a real challenge!

If I had to choose, Atarka's Command wins out over Boros Charm, it isn't even close... But I think certainly adds better sideboard options than versus many of the current decks in the meta?

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