Tyrant's Familiar


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare

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Tyrant's Familiar

Creature — Dragon

Flying, haste

Lieutenant — As long as you control your commander, Tyrant's Familiar gets +2/+2 and has "Whenever Tyrant's Familiar attacks, it deals 7 damage to target creature defending player controls."

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Tyrant's Familiar Discussion

hookedonkronix on Xenagos, The Party God

1 month ago

Monarch cards are banned in EDH unless your group allows for them.Tyrant's Familiar would be an easy swap for Skyline Despot.

elgosu1337 on Gallery of Deceivers

3 months ago

Look forward to hearing more from you Jimmy_Chinchila.

Thanks for checking the deck out Rzepkanut! We seem to have similar instincts for card choices. I looked at Tyrant's Familiar during the first draft but it relies on having the commander in play. Mage-Ring Responder was more reliable and bypasses the drawback, but I ultimately went with Grimgrin, Corpse-Born. I also considered Kessig Cagebreakers but as you pointed out since the deck doesn't have that many creatures it doesn't make many wolves. I tested Blade of Selves initially too but not many of the cards rely on ETBs, and it only makes a few copies. Which could still be enough for something like Gisela, Blade of Goldnight or Medomai the Ageless or sometimes Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. I'll put that back on the radar.

Rzepkanut on Gallery of Deceivers

3 months ago

The deck looks pretty fun I definitely appreciate all of the silly combos. It does seem like maybe you could use some things to pull the Mana curve down a bit. One creature that I think would be especially awesome to be able to turn tokens into is Tyrant's Familiar. I know that it's another seven drop but that card is hilariously powerful. Another card that came to mind while reading your list is Blade of Selves. I really like having Genesis Chamber in Decks that want to flood the board with tokens however this one doesn't have a whole ton of actual creature cards to cast so it might not be great here. Same thing with Kessig Cagebreakers, I feel like that card would be amazing if you have enough creatures to meaningfully trigger it. It's hard to suggest cuts without actually seeing how the deck works cuz it's kind of weird. But good luck and Happy Gathering!

HeadinPants on The Ur dragon gives you the dragonstorm

4 months ago

Good but bumpy, sort of like the base commander dragon precon. I can tell you straight up that a five color deck needs a small number of basic lands, and almost exclusively lands that produce 2+ colors. Your mana fetch/ramp must be adjusted accordingly as well.

Mordant Dragon, while good, I'm not super fond of. Orator of Ojutai is kind of ehn IMO, mostly because while it draws you a card, it doesn't benefit from things like Dragonlord's Servant's or Utvara Hellkite's abilities. Taurean Mauler, while it is a dragon for all intents and purposes, it doesn't really add anything to the rest of the deck, only itself. Tyrant's Familiar is good in a way, but it relies very heavily on casting your general to be useful, and The Ur-Dragon is often better off not being cast because it's so expensive.

Thundermaw Hellkite I think is an amazing choice, as is Hoard-Smelter Dragon.

Cards I recommend adding: Thunderbreak Regent, Boneyard Scourge

Garmads on I'm a Ramblin' Ma'am

4 months ago

Oh damn well regardless I think I'll be adding Mage Slayer, perhaps replacing my Orochi Hatchery, since when I've gotten it off 1/1 creatures seemed a lackluster use of mana over burn or large ones with abilities (although my deck has a lot of card draw so I had fewer issues finding those). I think that will actually be a large help in taking several opponents down on a single turn due to not having to completely tap out to burn someone. Also I can just imagine playing a Tyrant's Familiar and equipping this to take out their blocker and make them eat 17.

Profet93 on Xenagos EDH

4 months ago

Hey! I saw your list on the FB group. Here is some feedback...

Since you a running green, you do not need mana rocks, rather, you need just get out your lands faster. Rocks can be destroyed, lands usually arent. As such, I suggest you remove the following...

Artifact Ramp to Remove Show

Fork in the Road - There is much better ramp

Ground Assault - Much better removal

Slagstorm - See above

Sylvan Scrying - Gets you any land card, but since you don't run specialty lands like Cradle or Eye of Ugin, its best to replace this with better ramp

Blanchwood Armor - better in a mono green deck, also auras have the 2-1 issue (try to place aura on creature, they doomblade in response).

Vessel of Nascency - Weak card

Vessel of Volatility - Weak, nonrepeatable ramp

Pit Fight - Better versions of this card exist

Cards to put in Show

I can give you more suggestions if you like. I see your deck is budget so feel free to ignore the more costly cards and put them in an acquireboard for trades/purchase later on.

CivilizedSin on The Crypt-Kicker Five

5 months ago

Haha I haven't quite gotten my opponents to that point with this deck yet- I'm pretty close to an X% winrate, where X=(1/[The number of people at the table])*100. I'm definitely happy with that for now, as I believe Un-cards are being re-banned sometime this month, and I would hate to have my pod pull the "well it's banned" argument one day after the amount of work put into this deck, as it doesn't really work with any black-bordered commander!

I like the idea of Tyrant's Familiar, as obviously most of the time the only way it's coming into play is through Momma G. The built-in haste is appealing as well. Inferno Titan makes sense as well, especially with the ability to mash them with Vampire Nighthawk or Gifted Aetherborn. The only problem comes down to figuring out what to pull OUT! I'll definitely put some more thought into it- thanks a ton for the ideas!

Rabid_Wombat on The Crypt-Kicker Five

5 months ago

You are very welcome CivilizedSin! Thanks for posting such an awesome list!

I played the deck for the first time today....after winning two pods my opponents were begging me to play another deck lolz

I'm also running Tyrant's Familiar and Inferno Titan due to the amount of damage they deal out (especially when melded)...as the more creatures destroyed = more targets you have to meld with Grusilda ;)

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