Kazandu Blademaster

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon

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Kazandu Blademaster

Creature — Human Soldier Ally

First strike, vigilance

Whenever Kazandu Blademaster or another Ally enters the battlefield under your control, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Kazandu Blademaster.

Kazandu Blademaster Discussion

Dedudegod1 on Cocaine

3 weeks ago

Nice Decklist! +1 from me. I think you should consider Mirror Entity , possibly over Mikaeus, the Lunarch ? I've found it synergizes very well with Kazandu Blademaster and Hada Freeblade . Also, why do you run Journey to Nowhere over Seal Away out of curiosity?

5dollarMTG on $5 American Allies

3 months ago

You might be able to squeeze in one Kazandu Blademaster , depending on the day (it runs between 40 and 60 cents on TCGplayer, and your average card price has to be around 13 to make it under $5). Tuktuk Scrapper is a definite for the sideboard.

triproberts12 on Odric, All Is Fair When We Share

3 months ago

Oh, also, if you need to shave dollars to stay in your budget, I would start with Archetype of Courage , Fiendslayer Paladin , Gift of Immortality , Kazandu Blademaster , Lingering Souls (It's not legal in your colors to begin with, so that should be cut regardless), Mimic Vat , New Benalia , Prototype Portal (What is this even doing here?), Return to Dust ( Crush Contraband is roughly as good and much cheaper), Rogue's Passage (only really worth it in a voltron deck), Seal Away ( Crib Swap and Stasis Snare are better and cheaper), Sigiled Paladin , Silverbeak Griffin (how is a card from an intro deck a dollar, anyway?), and Thalia's Lancers .

Argy on Triple A [Modern Version]

5 months ago

TheDuggernaught your comment confuses me because, if I have a olayset of Aether Vial, Expedition Envoy (which you seem to assume that I'm not aware of), Hada Freeblade, Metallic Mimic (not always as good as you think it will be), and Kazandu Blademaster then +1/+1 counters are being put on some Creatures ... but that's the only Rally that you're triggering. You may as well not play Allies ...

I do see what you're saying about Kor Bladewhirl, though. I really had never thought of that. I'll sub Ondu Cleric for her.

TheDuggernaught on Triple A [Modern Version]

5 months ago

I would also suggest adding red if 3 colors is on the table. The speed that Akoum Battlesinger, and Reckless Bushwhacker; along with the added evasion that Firemantle Mage provide could really help. It also provides the ageless Lightning Bolt, and can provide some nice sideboard tech. I have also had luck with Claim//Fame.

As for the creatures you do have, I would absolutely up Hada Freeblade to 4. As someone who has played Allies since OG Zendikar, It is and always will be your best turn 1 play outside of Aether Vial (which should also be included if you do not want Collected Company or Hardened Scales. And it plays so nice with Ally Encampment!).

I would also play a full playset of Expedition Envoy. Yes it does not have any triggers itself -- but it is a mildly aggressive body that triggers all your other ally's abilities for one. In Allies, I like to think of it as a sorcery (that can be played with vial) that reads "put a 2/1 token into play. Trigger all of your creature's ETB abilities again." For one Mana? Now it suddenly becomes a busted card. In my experience, you want as many cheap ways to trigger your ally abilities, and Expedition Envoy does it. It also increases the number of hits you have on Orzhov Charm -- another card I have had a fair amount of success with as a 1-of.

I can also tell you that Drana, Liberator of Malakir + Kor Bladewhirl can be a bit of a non-bo at times as the +1/+1 counters will be placed on the other creatures after they do damage. The first strike damage is also not as effective on the offensive side if you already have evasion. I can see 1 or 2 bladewhirls as a neat combat trick on your opponent's turn with vial -- but the creature that will likely be untapped and can block, Kazandu Blademaster (which should also be an auto-include 4 of), already has first strike.

I see you also have some of what I refer to as the combo allies. These are Kalastria Healer, and Zulaport Cutthroat. I refer to them as this as without some enabler, they do not really do much. Now, you have in your sideboard their best enabler in Rally the Ancestors, but if you want to play a Rally the Ancestors, we are starting to look at a wildly different shell. To abuse Zulaport Cutthroat, we likely need some sacrifice engine. Kalastria Healer does not have quite the same constraints, but I feel there are often cards that do its job better. Need life gain? Go with Ondu Cleric. Want more aggression? Go Bojuka Brigand.

In conclusion, I would likely drop some number of Bladewhirls, Dranas, and maybe a Gideon. I would cut Join the Ranks, and Zulaport Cutthroat. I would also consider cutting Kalastria Healer -- but I can see some merit there in its ability to do damage and heal shrug off some damage. Especially if you do not feel like splashing another color. I would up Kazandu Blademaster to 4, add a playset of Expedition Envoy, up Aether Vial to 4, play with a Orzhov Charm or 2, and then play around with number of Bojuka Brigand and some Metallic Mimics. If you want to splash red, I would definitely add 4 Akoum Battlesinger, 3-4 Reckless Bushwhackers, and at least 1 Firemantle Mage.

For the record, I also do not like the idea of Vault of the Archangel. The mana can already be a little tight to cast non ally spells. No need to make it worse.

Argy on Triple A [Modern Version]

5 months ago

itachi45 no, it's not.

It comes out a Turn later than Kalastria Healer, Kalastria Healer does something RIGHT AWAY, which Lantern Scout does not, and Lantern Scout doesn't have the interaction with Rally the Ancestors in the Sideboard which Kalastria Healer does, to win the game.


I'm not gonna run Captain's Claws. I would rather play something else at that point on the curve. To me Gideon, Ally of Zendikar offers a similar effect, but better.

You get an Ally whether or not you attack, and you get a bigger one.


I cannot justify Cavern of Souls AND Ally Encampment. I have already explained why the ability on the Encampment is so good for this deck.


Sorry clayperce but there are WAY too many things to address in your post.

The only things I will respond to is that Hada Freeblade IS an excellent card ... but so are all the other cards. I tried four of, and it threw the balance of the deck out.

Unlike Kazandu Blademaster it doesn't have Vigilance.

I'll give it one more go.

I will not drop my land count. 22 is low enough for this deck. Don't forget that I DO want to cast Gideon as soon as I can.


I will make two concessions for now by trialling Aether Vial and swapping a Kor Bladewhirl for a Hada Freeblade.

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