Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

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

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Commander 2016 (C16) Mythic Rare

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Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

Legendary Creature — Naga Wizard

Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.

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Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper Discussion

Dante_Darko on Doran's Dastardly Defenders

1 day ago

what about Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper? 7 toughness and a useful effect :)

Calyptic on I Like Druids

2 months ago

This deck has some good potential, but I should mention that your Commander has Partner, which means you can include another Commander to help out even more.

Sadly there's not another Red/Green Partner legendary, I'd recommend adding in , Reyhan, Last of the Abzan seems like he'd fit well in here. Not all of the creatures give counters, but it'll still help all the same.Another great choice is Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper, since you'll have a great method of getting life from hurting opponents.There's also Vial Smasher the Fierce, but you don't have too many instants, which is where he really gets means. (Casting spells on opponents turns to deal damage to them.)

Alternatively you don't have to add in the second commander, but the third color still helps all the same. If you're not wanting really any black cards in here, I'd say add lands that can tap for a Forest/Mountain OR a Swamp, instead of basic Swamps, that way you have a way around it, and are still able to cast the other Commander.

Hope this helped. I too, love druids

Sarkhan_Dragonclaw348 on Sultai +1/+1 Counters

2 months ago

Personally, I prefer a different partnering: Reyhan with Kydele. In general, artifacts don't get many +1/+1 counters, so unless you've got lots of artifact creatures in the deck, you're probably out of luck. What does Silas do here? It's a split strategy, I think. The deck runs well without the aside on artifacts. Thrasios, Triton Hero has some synergy since he can ramp, which is always a green thing, and Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix benefits from card draw, which is a very Simic thing to do. If you have lots of things like Hangarback Walker in this deck, which benefit from dying and have +1/+1 counter synergy, AND are artifacts that Silas can use, great. But it looks like you're just using Silas because you didn't like the others. Unfortunately, artifacts are near the opposite of what green likes, and +1/+1 counters are near the opposite of what red likes, which is the main artifact color. The way I see it, if this were my deck, I'd do one of two things:- Cut Silas for a different partner commander and alter the 98 accordingly- Fill up with more artifact creatures that

These, I think, are the best partner synergies (in no particular order):

Akiri, Line-Slinger + Silas Renn, Seeker Adept for artifacts in WUBR

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder + Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper + Tymna the Weaver for lifegain, in RWB, BGRW, or BGW

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder + Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper + Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa + Tana, the Bloodsower + Tymna the Weaver + Silas Renn, Seeker Adept for decks that like to attack/deal combat damage, in BGRW, BGW, RWG, RBG, RWB, BURW, BUWG, WUB, BUGR (I think that's all of them)

Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker + Reyhan, Last of the Abzan for +1/+1 counters in nonred colors

Kraum, Ludevic's Opus + Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist + Vial Smasher the Fierce or Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix for card draw effects/benefits in UR, UBR, GUR (don't partner Vial Smasher and Kydele, it's not useful)

Tymna the Weaver + Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix for pay-life-draw-cards effects, and ramp in nonred colors

Tymna the Weaver + Vial Smasher the Fierce for deal-damage-draw-cards in Mardu colors

Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix + Reyhan, Last of the Abzan for sac-draw effects like Life's Legacy and Greater Good in BUG

Ravos, Soultender + Reyhan, Last of the Abzan for sac-reanimate effects in WBG

Thrasios, Triton Hero + Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix for card advantage and ramp in UG

Ravos, Soultender + Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa + Tana, the Bloodsower for token decks in WBG, WBRG, WBR

Okay. That's probably useless to you, but I was off on a tangent. Sorry. Anyway, to sum up: your deck is nice, but it would be a lot better if your commanders were synergistic. I have left many suggestions above.

RUST-O on GITROG GRINDING!!

2 months ago

"Is Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper a better commander than The Gitrog Monster?"

Probably. But this is the "Gitrog deck". Naw mean. I am unsure what to do.

Someone please give me guidance. I am lost. And alone. And so very sad.

MohenjoDaro on Flying Infect isn't broken at all...

2 months ago

You have to love infect, it's just so cruel.

You said Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper was just in there for the color, but Silas Renn, Seeker Adept might help the deck a bit more since you do have artifacts. He would also open up the couple blue and proliferate.

Karzalar on Go ahead, play a land, I dare you!

3 months ago

Also, maybe instead of Saskia, you could use the two partners in Saskia's colors to gain ridiculous amounts of life while your opponents starts crying in a corner.

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper.

RedJokr on Walls!!!

3 months ago

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper is necessary since it opens you up to lifegain. Indomitable Ancients is a no-brainer. Tree of Perdition is hilarious. Sapling of Colfenor is really nice for what it does.

Treefolk Harbinger.

Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa.

Tree of Redemption.

Behind the Scenes.

Oathsworn Giant.

Wakestone Gargoyle.

Trostani, Selesnya's Voice.

Anguished Unmaking, Swords to Plowshares, Putrefy, Krosan Grip, etc are necessary removal. There's a lot you can add if you don't focus it into being Wall tribal. I would want to fully utilize Doran.

GoodLuckGuy on "Ishkanah's a Bad Commander" (Non-tribal)

3 months ago

I have thoughts...

I see you're already running Greenwarden of Murasa and Eternal Witness, good; this gives you the perfect opportunity to run Defense of the Heart. This bad boy is straight up bonkers with Greenwarden and E-Witness.

Deathreap Ritual is strong draw condition in this sort of deck, keep in mind it says "each end step," so it counts opponents' turns too.

Dictate of Erebos is pretty oppressive in G/B, maybe don't run it if you have a sensitive playgroup.

You might have thought Bitterblossom was only for Modern, well you might have been WRONG! It sees play in Legacy too... And it's good here.

Bloodgift Demon is another Phyrexian Arena on a body, so now you can have one that's as pretty on the outside as it is on the inside.

Genesis is a no-brainer here, it's worth running more Forests just to proc this beauty.

Creeping Renaissance is a pretty slept on mass reanimation card, expect to hear a lot of "What!?"s and "I can't believe I've never seen that one!"s.

Keeping yourself alive is a breeze with Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper in play; it's some of the best life-gain in its colors.

Lotleth Troll is a great way to generate dredge without having to actually paying mana. And speaking of dredge...

Stinkweed Imp has Dredge 5. Let me repeat that: STINKWEED IMP HAS DREDGE 5! Golgari Grave-Troll even has Dredge 6! And hey, why not Golgari Thug?

And I know what you're thinking...
Holy molyHoly Moly!!

We did just get Liliana, Death's Majesty though, and if I'm being honest, she's a much better fit than Liliana, the Last Hope. She feeds your graveyard as her +1 instead of a -2 while making a token, and her reanimate ability brings it straight to the field instead of your hand.

And, in a little over a week, you can pick up a Ramunap Excavator because now we have another card that does that.

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