Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker
Legendary Creature — Bird Monk
Whenever an opponent casts a spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker.
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Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker Discussion
3 weeks ago
I swear every time I look at this deck I see something diffrent!
Maybe Detention Sphere.
1 month ago
Thanks for the upvote at Untapped Potential - Dragonlord Ojutai. You're right in that I don't dance around the fact it's a Voltron deck. I have tried to hone it to the point where all my cards either ramp, Voltron, or control. Anything else is a just useless fluff.
Neat Taigam deck, you're a little all over the place though. A few suggestions for cards to cut -
A bunch of your aura's are iffy, Shadow Rift is much more in line with what makes Taigam so good. Know that you can cast it immediately after declaring Taigam as an attacker, before blockers can be declared, and it will rebound. Nifty nifty.
A few cards to consider for rebounding good times: Ponder, Preordain, Serum Visions, Sram's Expertise, Impulse, Gitaxian Probe. There are more out there for sure, check out edhrec for the gigantic list of playable stuff.
I'm excited to see how your deck evolves, I am strongly considering switching to Taigam too. Though to be fair, Ojutai isn't so much slower than Taigam, just a little bit slower haha :)
One thing to consider moving forward: a lot of Taigam decks I've seen out there go crazy with a huge list of reboundable spells in the deck, but totally forget that Taigam needs to be protected in the worst of ways. His deck typically is hugely reliant on him staying on the field.
2 months ago
I am fond of Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker I have him as a partner commander... usually loaded with hexproof/shroud. One of the few decks I have that can make Yidris players regret taking those 15 minute turns. Also Managorger Hydra
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):
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)
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)
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.
2 months ago
Might I suggest running Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker as your second commander? He puts in alot more work than Kraum; Kraum is a decent beater that can give you some extra cards, but Ishai already will be bigger than Kraum in one round of turns in EDH multiplayer. Bigger creature means more damage/lifegain when paired with Bruce. And I don't see why you're running instant/sorcery based cards(snapcaster and ojutai exemplars for example) when you're only running 16 instant/sorcery cards but 35 creatures. I'd either drop these cards or turn this into a more creatureless deck so these cards have more value.
3 months ago
Some commanders can mix speed with resilience. My favorite build is one I call Controltron- with Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker at the helm and Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder to make her twice as strong at the right moment. The lifelink is pretty huge too.
Since those two can end games without outside support my whole deck can be control and protection. Ive never seen a voltron commander with so many answers.
Honestly I think this pair is tier 1 voltron. Here is my list for those interested-
3 months ago
I have these two partner commanders and find them pretty awesome and one-shotting people within a table cycle or two.
I generally try to find Sunforger as soon as I can as this allows me to access any Red/White instants from my deck to protect as needed, opening up a much wider way to protect Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker. By replacing mono-blue instants with multi-colored ones this opens your effective hand up more much more. Suffocating Blast, Render Silent or Hindering Light give you some countspells for access. Master Warcraft is also available for some combat tricks, Boros Charm for protection and Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares for removal.
Open the Armory seems useful with your voltron style.
1+ from me!
4 months ago
I know this would be a big change, but you might want to go Bant rather than Sultai. WHite gives you things like Gideon's Avenger, Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker, Abzan Battle Priest, Abzan Falconer, Cathars' Crusade Juniper Order Ranger, and a ton more.