Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper


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Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Commander 2016 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

WrathofCod on Ascend the Starfield

1 week ago

Congratulations on building your first commander deck! While I know it isn't a very exciting suggestion, I would recommend adding in a lot more ramp. Even though it might not seem like it, 3.55 is a relatively high average cmc and since you are in green, you should take advantage of all the amazing ramp that it has! In particular, I would recommend adding Farseek, Kodama's Reach, Skyshroud Claim, Deathcap Cultivator, Font of Fertility and a Sol Ring to get started. This will help your deck be faster and more consistent! Another area where your deck seems to be lacking is in the area of card draw. While you aren't in blue, black and green have a lot of card advantage that synergize with your enchantment theme! I would start by including Phyrexian Arena, Enchantress's Presence, Necropotence, Abzan Charm and go from there! There are also a few cards in your deck that should be taken out, simply because they are either bad or just underwhelming. While these cards might be fine in standard or modern, they are just not up to par for commander. This includes cards like Mark of the Vampire, Sunbound, Verdant Haven, Thoughtseize and Goldenhide Ox. I would also add in some more board wipes and removal since you are in black and white. This might include cards like Wrath of God, Merciless Eviction, Utter End, Path to Exile, Hero's Downfall and Martial Coup. Lastly, I would add in a few more cards that reward you for having enchantments and creatures with high toughness. Stuff like Daxos the Returned, Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper, Kor Spiritdancer and Sapling of Colfenor all seem like they would be a perfect fit for your deck! Good luck!

Iron_Cube on That which Endures, Survives.

1 week ago

I recommend building Doran. It's a lot of fun. Not many cards are changing the way that the game works. I already have this deck but the treefolk and wall versions are really interesting. I will take a look at your list when it's done.

This is probably my best deck and I'm trying to get it better before the event without spending to much money. I had a lot of fun games with it, but I would like to actually win some games there. I'm also working on other decks all at the same time.

I'm not playing heavily on the tokens/lifegain but they are there. Usually killing blockers is enough to attack with big creatures. That was the main goal. But things like Rhox Faithmender are crazy with Doran. Attack for 5 and gain 10 life ? Cool! That's 25% of the starting total on one hit. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper already have a great body; 3/7 Menace. The lifegain is a bonus. The tokens let me hit harder with general boost. 3 soldiers unblocked ? Bar the Door that's 15 damage. But yeah, I need to keep Doran in play. I like to have some cards that are good if I don't have him.

total_euphoria on There and Back Again

2 weeks ago

I have actually just built one of these for a friend and found that it definitely can do with Birds of Paradise, Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, Skinshifter, Abzan Beastmaster, Tree of Redemption, Tree of Perdition and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper. Fun and powerful deck to play though!

schulle on

4 weeks ago

Hey,my first question to this deck is,does it feel clunky when you play it?If you have bought the pre-con,I would defintely put back Astral Cornucopia and maybe 2-3 Signets,because you have a couple of lands that come in play tapped and some colorless wich can colorscrew you in early to midgame,

Things i would cut:Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker was in my experience to slow to really matter in game,and when he got relevant after a couple of turns,he was mostly destroyed or bounced,same would apply to Managorger Hydra

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper I'm pretty biased on this one,it never worked really out in my games,so in my oppinion it's a really unexciting card in this deck.

Duelist's Heritage I'm biased here as well,you don't have that much trample,so often the one doublestriker would just be blocked away.

I don't know your Meta,but these point's held me back with my deck.

LeaPlath on Sapling, Hell-Spawn Of Colfenor

1 month ago

Quite light on the draw. I would include either a draw engine like Necropotence or something like Phyrexian Arena and Ancient Craving.

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper might not be a treefolk, but they help.

Verdeloth the Ancient is a lord who can also vomit a lot of tokens down.

Abzan Beastmaster is some draw power.

Gift of the Deity, Burgeoning, Cankerous Thirst, Rending Vines, Life/Death, Worldslayer all seem a bit lakcluster. I get what you are going for with World but it isn't that amazing. Swiftfoot Boots seem great for this very voltronny deck.

Eruyaean on Treefolk Tribal

1 month ago

Thanks for the Feedback! I will try to include some of those asap.

I'm not so sure whether or not i want to include Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper, but that's probably just a personal preference whether or not to stay 100% in Tribe.

As For the Maelstrom Pulse.... i really wasn't thinking about that. Wow. Might have a use against Token heavy Decks though. A bit more Card draw is great i guess, though the commander has some of that as well.

Regarding Behind the Scenes and Brave the Sands: Both are great cards. I don't plan on swapping out Sapling of Colfenor for Doran, the Siege Tower, so unfortunately they stay off Limit.

vibrabones on Treefolk Tribal

1 month ago

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper is not a Treefolk, but she can definitely help you out; your high-toughness creatures will give you lots of life when they swing. Tower Defense gives you protection from flyers, and if you have Assault Formation on the field, it essentially gives all of your guys +5/+5 until the end of the turn for 2 at instant speed, which is insane. Behind the Scenes is basically a cheaper (and sometimes better) version of Cover of Darkness for this deck. Orchard Warden is essentially doubling your lifegain here, which is always good. Black Poplar Shaman is one of the better black Treefolk, up there with Fendeep Summoner. I'd recommend Harmonize, Sign in Blood, and Read the Bones for card draw and Brave the Sands to make your Treefolk wall even more impenetrable. Also, if you want more tribal boosts, consider cards like Metallic Mimic.

Now for cards that you can afford to take out! Maelstrom Pulse is not really great here for two reasons: 1, it's expensive, and 2, it's not ideal for Commander since every deck can only run one of each card. The removal that you already have should be plenty. Argothian Treefolk is really not that great unless you have a friend or person in your playgroup who always runs artifacts, and even then, it's a little too specific to be worth a spot in your deck. Black Oak of Odunos is okay, but it can probably be removed to make room for stronger cards. Tilling Treefolk is like Argothian Treefolk; too specific to be useful in these circumstances.

Good luck in your deckbuilding endeavors!

Triton on A Doran toughness build. Your ...

2 months ago

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa are two really good commanders that recently came out to be in the 99, they grant bonus effects while having high toughness.

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