Canal Courier

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Common

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Canal Courier

Creature — Human Rogue

When Canal Courier enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.

Whenever Canal Courier and another creature attack different players, Canal Courier can't be blocked this combat.

Canal Courier Discussion

MTGplayer00 on

5 months ago

I think this is a really original concept for a Pauper resource denial deck. The inclusion of Fade Away I especially like with this kind of setup. That being said, I think there are a few basic things you can do, a few bigger things you can do, and some sideboard shenanigans you can get into to make this deck truly primo.

First, there are a few basic card subs I would make. First off, you can straight up cut Street Wraith for Gitaxian Probe , it just fits better in this deck and does the same thing but strictly better. The other main cards I would sub would be to add in Daze for Force Spike . I was skeptical of Daze 's power over Force Spike at first, but I was converted very soon.

That's it for basic changes, but here are some important structural changes. Firstly, the main problem I see here is keeping your hand full and repeatedly denying resources. I have no idea how competitive your local meta is, but all I can say is that higher-level Pauper is 100% Legacy-Lite, meaning it plays a lot like Legacy. This means lands don't matter that much to the average deck. Many decks are perfectly fine with you keeping them at 3 lands, so the trick is going to be denying multiple lands per turn rather than just playing 1 or 2 bounce spells at best.

So how do we get repeatable effects? Well Capsize is pretty good but also pretty expensive. One way we can do this is to play Snow-Covered Island s and Rimewind Taskmage . You can also add in the artifact lands (and maybe Tumble Magnet ?) to use Vedalken Certarch .

These are really the only halfway decent repeatable land denial cards in this format. Thus card draw is going to be key to drawing some of the one-time denial spells. Without the Pauper fetches (because this is a mono color deck) Preordain is probably your best bet. On top of this, you may want to run Gush to keep your hand full. Trading cards for lands that can just be replayed is not a very sustainable model in the long term, so these powerful draw spells can help you get there.

Finally, as far as finishers go you can run AEthersnipe as just a big boy that gets a blocker out of the way or Stormbound Geist as a flyer that's hard to put down. Canal Courier is also a big body that will net you a bunch of card draw, which will be useful to grind out your opponents.

Finally, in the sideboard, I would run Hydroblast to destroy red decks, Aura Flux to destroy Bogles, and maybe some Foil s to protect your cards from tricky tempo and control decks.

Anyway, I really like this deck, keep working at it!

Geralf_Cecani on King of the Group Deck ...

2 years ago

Dethrone only activates when you attack the player with the most life. To get the most out of your creatures, you'll want to have the least life possible without dying instantly. Some ways of doing this include Phyrexian Unlife, Form of the Dragon, Lich's Tomb and Lich itself. The Platinum artifatties, ie. Platinum Emperion and Platinum Angel may help.

Another tip is that while Queen Marchesa may make you the monarch, so do dozens of other spells (eg. Custodi Lich, Crown-Hunter Hireling and Canal Courier, just to name a few). However, what Marchesa, the Black Rose is a lot better, and it keeps up with your flavour (Yes, I realise that deathtouch is OP in EDH but you'll want to stay the monarch won't you?). It is in slightly different colours however.

Also Scourge of the Throne is OP.

To search up cards that have monarch and dethrone synergy, look at this website: http://gatherer.wizards.com/

Geralf_Cecani on King of the Group Deck ...

2 years ago

Dethrone only activates when you attack the player with the most life. To get the most out of your creatures, you'll want to have the least life possible without dying instantly. Some ways of doing this include Phyrexian Unlife, Form of the Dragon, Lich's Tomb and Lich itself. The Platinum artifatties, ie. Platinum Emperion and Platinum Angel may help.

Another tip is that while Queen Marchesa may make you the monarch, so do dozens of other spells (eg. Custodi Lich, Crown-Hunter Hireling and Canal Courier, just to name a few). However, what Marchesa, the Black Rose is a lot better, and it keeps up with your flavour (Yes, I realise that deathtouch is OP in EDH but you'll want to stay the monarch won't you?). It is in slightly different colours however.

Also Scourge of the Throne is OP.

To search up cards that have monarch and dethrone synergy, look at this website:

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on

2 years ago

The only vote card you're missing is Messenger Jays; just wanted to point that out.

Given the fact that each of your commanders are focused on political card draw, it would be pretty awesome if this deck also had a subtheme of being the monarch. I would add Canal Courier and Keeper of Keys, which both have synergy with Tymna, Custodi Lich and Palace Jailer for extra removal, Garrulous Sycophant to trigger Ludevic, Knights of the Black Rose, Protector of the Crown as an additional pillow fort effect, Queen Marchesa, Skyline Despot, Throne of the High City, and Throne Warden.

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