Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms
Legendary Creature — Human Soldier Warrior
Haste; horsemanship (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with horsemanship.)
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|Masters Edition III (ME3)||Rare|
|Portal Three Kingdoms (PTK)||Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Discussion
1 month ago
Board wipes that seem "on theme" and white "ramp" to consider. Kaya's Wrath Fumigate Retaliate Austere Command Decree of Pain Martial Coup Merciless Eviction Descent of Dragons Angel of the Dire Hour Magister of Worth Sunblast Angel Boreas Charger Oreskos Explorer Surveyor's Scope Solemn Simulacrum Sword of the Animist Verge Rangers Smothering Tithe Sword of Feast and Famine Dowsing Dagger Flip
Queen Marchesa doesn't have a clear single way to build so you have lots of options. However, I feel like said you want to play her like the Kween she is and create a royal court full of politicin' and group interaction to make all the boys whine. I don't think you want to discourgage people from taking the monarch from you, more encourage them to swing others IE: NO Ghostly Prisons, YES Teysa effects. Punish the ones who swing you only after the fact and reward the ones who swing others. There is a lot listed!
You will also want to get retake the throne each turn and lets face it, the Assasin's won't always get through Dauthi Embrace Dauthi Trapper Nether Shadow Nether Traitor Soltari Visionary Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul Break Through the Line Ferropede Gingerbrute Key to the City Whispersilk Cloak Trailblazer's Boots Zhang He, Wei General Yellow Scarves Cavalry Wei Night Raiders Wei Scout Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior Shadow Alley Denizen
Finally here are some other fun interactions befitting the royal court. Crown of Doom Kor Haven Cathars' Crusade Electropotence + Pandemonium (Nasty with deathtouch) Field of the Dead Mentor of the Meek In the Web of War Mace of the Valiant Ogre Battledriver Orc Sureshot Mathas, Fiend Seeker Master of Cruelties Anya, Merciless Angel Tree of Perdition Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Ashling, the Extinguisher Azra Oddsmaker Aurification Bloodforged Battle-Axe Contested War Zone Thaumatic Compass Flip Dread Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip Iroas, God of Victory Aurelia, the Warleader Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Five-Alarm Fire Hellrider Hixus, Prison Warden Larceny Necropolis Regent No Mercy Phage the Untouchable Quietus Spike Skeleton Key Throat Slitter Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Vraska, Scheming Gorgon Scourge of the Throne Akroan Horse Captive Audience Goblin Spymaster Forbidden Orchard Clackbridge Troll Hunted Dragon Hunted Lammasu Hunted Horror
Theme directions to explore? Lifegain to stay above the swings? Angelic Chorus Answered Prayers Anointer Priest Authority of the Consuls Ayara, First of Locthwain Daxos, Blessed by the Sun Healer of the Pride Impassioned Orator Pious Evangel Flip Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Archangel of Thune Suture Priest Ajani's Welcome Dawn of Hope Deathgreeter Exquisite Blood Epicure of Blood Falkenrath Noble Karlov of the Ghost Council Noble Purpose Righteous Cause Sanguine Bond Searing Meditation Seraph Sanctuary Serene Steward Shattered Angel Spirit Loop Sun Droplet Vizkopa Guildmage Well of Lost Dreams Alhammarret's Archive Licia, Sanguine Tribune Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Eternity Vessel Chalice of Life Flip Resolute Archangel Storm Herd Felidar Sovereign Divinity of Pride Serra Ascendant
Aristocrats of the Court (slow life drain strategy)? Bastion of Remembrance Corpse Knight Impact Tremors Purphoros, God of the Forge Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Outpost Siege Bontu's Monument Brutal Hordechief Campaign of Vengeance Cliffhaven Vampire Cruel Celebrant Kambal, Consul of Allocation Polluted Bonds Retreat to Hagra Vindictive Vampire revenge Sorin, Grim Nemesis Judith, the Scourge Diva Stalking Vengeance Syr Konrad, the Grim
2 years ago
Edgar Markov Isn't even that powerful. I've seen him played several times and never once saw him win even in a casual enviroment. He gets rocked hard by several decks of my own, most of which are tier 3 or lower, Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms, Omnath, Locus of Mana, Avacyn, Guardian Angel. Free vampires and haste is great and all, but fairly easy to get around.
2 years ago
I'd like to make a case for Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms, Dispite being fairly expensive, red has some decently cheap pump spells to synergize with his haste and effective unblockableness.
he's no powerhouse by any means, but i think he should be tier 4, he's not complete trash.
Commander / EDH
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2 years ago
enpc I never at any time said Gwafa is a tier 1 or 2 build but putting him the same category with useless commanders like Huang Zhong, Shu General or Sidar Jabari or overcosted ones like Chorus of the Conclave or Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms is also not a good assessment. If you took the time to look up I said specifically that Gwafa should be Tier 4 maybe tier 3. I admit that he is conditional but he is good at what he does. There are a lot of reasons for this.
1) Maybe the best combination of control colors in magic. By being pillowfort, you buy time until you find your answer and grind into a game win. I cannot tell you how many times against competitive decks that I have done 10+ commander damage with Gwafa as we as slow down creature based strategies.
2) He is instant removal. Yes the opponent nets a card but it can shut down a win-con which is more important. Voltron strategies groan heavily when I flip Gwafa because they know they will have to work extra hard to get in.
3) Backed by removal and counters. YEs they net that extra card but after you bribe them, any good blue deck has a counter suite to handle what comes next. By buying time, you let a good control deck stabilize. If Gwafa didn't net a card, every U/W conrtol deck would be using him as a commander
3 years ago
Where is the horse in Hammer of Purphoros' art?
I like this idea. Sounds fun.
3 years ago
These are all the Red commanders I could find that weren't in your list:
Adamaro, First to Desire, Balthor the Stout, Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit, Brothers Yamazaki, Chandler, Diaochan, Artful Beauty, Dong Zhou, the Tyrant, Fumiko the Lowblood, Hivis of the Scale, Homura, Human Ascendant, Iizuka the Ruthless, Ishi-Ishi, Akki Crackshot, Jeska, Warrior Adept, Jiwari, the Earth Aflame, Joven, Kamahl, Pit Fighter, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Kumano, Master Yamabushi, Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient, Latulla, Keldon Overseer, Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms, Ma Chao, Western Warrior, Mannichi, the Fevered Dream, Maraxus of Keld, Myojin of Infinite Rage, Rakka Mar, Rorix Bladewing, Ryusei, the Falling Star, Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked, Skyfire Kirin, Squee, Goblin Nabob, Starke of Rath, Tahngarth, Talruum Hero, Tarox Bladewing, Telim'Tor, Tuktuk the Explorer, Yuan Shao, the Indecisive, and Zurgo Bellstriker.
4 years ago
Whelp, time to try to tackle Tier 4. I won't look too deeply it most card's placement though due to how little these commanders are used.
Akuta, Born of Ash --> Tier 5
Crosis, the Purger --> Possibly tier 3. He plays fairly well in a control shell, and can decimate mono-colored decks when used properly.
Dakkon Blackblade --> Tier 5. Garbage.
Dromar, the Banisher --> Tier 3. See Crosis.
Halfdane --> Tier 5
Joven --> Tier 5. As hilarious as his artwork is, there's nothing here.
Lady Zhurong, Warrior Queen --> Tier 5
Lieutenant Kirtar --> Tier 5
Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms --> Tier 5
Lu Meng, Wu General --> Tier 5
Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest --> Tier 3. It's quite easy to go infinite with him and overrun each opponent with an enormous creature at the same time.
Meloku the Clouded Mirror --> Tier 5
Merieke Ri Berit: I've seen a lot of debate about this commander here, and to a lesser extent in the previous. I personally think Tier 4 is fair for her, but I can see the justification to bump her up. She can prey upon more casual tables fairly easily. I'll side with the general consensus and vote that she be moved to tier 3.
Mistform Ultimus --> Tier 5. Any combos built with him would be woefully inefficient. Aside from a few extremely niche scenarios, I can't see him being of any value to a deck whatsoever.
Nin, the Pain Artist --> Tier 3. Surprisingly, she's fairly strong. Removal and card advantaged as needed for the low drop cost of 2 mana. As far as I know, the best build for her is a control shell that uses the classic Deadeye Navigator + Palinchron combo to win. Nin herself helps in the mid and early game by pinging opponent's key utility creatures to death and sacking her own smaller creatures for hefty hand refills. In other words, she plays like a much weaker Damia, Sage of Stone, having a lesser color identity and weaker ability.
Rakdos, Lord of Riots --> Tier 3. The casting restriction hurts a little, but the Animar-esque ability to cast Eldrazis and other enormous creatures for free makes him moderately successful.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari --> Tier 3. Reasons previously stated.
Sen Triplets --> Tier 3. By themselves, they are fairly mediocre. They are not played for their ability to steal cards though. Instead, they're used for their ability to Silence an opponent. Until Oloro was released, Triplets were the premiere commander for Esper Ad Nauseam and other combo decks, as their ability allowed them to prevent opponent most likely to interrupt their combo from interacting. Oloro ultimately proved to be marginally stronger in this regard due to his infuriating life gain and ability to play king of the pillow fort until he could assemble his combo. The Triplets are still an extremely viable alternative though, much as Sliver Queen is a viable alternative to Scion of the Ur-Dragon for 5C combo. Definitely worthy of a Tier 3 placement.
Soramaro, First to Dream --> Tier 5. Almost straight junk, despite blue's draw power.
Soraya the Falconer --> Tier 5.
Spirit of the Night --> Tier 5.
Sunastian Falconer --> Tier 5.
Surrak Dragonclaw --> Tier 3. Surprisingly relevant abilities in a sturdy color identity, particularly if blue control is dominant at the table. He's obviously strictly weaker than Animar, but he's still quite usuable at lower levels of play.
Tariel, Reckoner of Souls: Extremely borderline. I vote Tier 3, though she would be at the lower end of it. When used correctly, she can be fairly effective in smaller matches, but she grows weaker the larger the table is due to the random nature of her ability. She also does poorly at higher levels of play simply because big, durdly creatures are played less often and thus she has fewer relevant targets.
Admittedly, she's stronger than a fair portion of the current Tier 3 list, but that will be changed later with any luck as the Tier is further refined.