Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare

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Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor

Legendary Creature — Human Knight

Whenever Varchild deals combat damage to a player, that player creates that many 1/1 red Survivor Creature Tokens

Survivors your opponent control can't block, and they can't attack you or a PW you control

When Varchild Leaves the battlefield, gain control of all Survivors.

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Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Discussion

TheAmazingSteve on Looking for some upgrades.

2 weeks ago


Memorial to Glory - A useful utility land that can late-game produce some soldiers.

Militia Bugler - Some pretty solid card selection that puts a soldier out on the board, and there is a decent amount of targets.

Dawn of Hope - Can draw you cards with some of the life gain synergies as well as be a soldier creating mana sink.

Benalish Marshal - An anthem on a stick.

Endless Atlas - Card draw in white.

Divine Visitation - Now all of your Darien tokens are 4/4 angels!


Doublecast - Much weaker than other copy spells as it cannot copy opposing spells, but if you are looking for more copy spells.

Jaya's Immolating Inferno - Another big burn spell, maybe cut Fireball?

Fury Storm - Another copy spell, can be better than others. Up to preference.

Endless Atlas - Card draw in red.


Sower of Discord - Doubles up all of the group slug.

Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor - Encourages opponents to attack each other.

Truefire Captain - Another Boros Reckoner.


Endless Atlas - Card draw in white.

I don't have much for Ulrich or Skullbriar.

Suns_Champion on How bad is a commander ...

3 weeks ago

One of commander's strengths is that you can build a deck with ANY commander and still have a chance to win at most tables. I echo the thoughts of the folks above, you can make a good deck with a bad commander.

That said, it's way more fun to choose commanders that, even if they aren't quite good, they at least do something. For example I built a ETB effect/clone/bounce/flicker Dragonlord Atarka deck and it's awesome: Atarka enemy now!. I also just built a Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor deck I Will Survive | Varchild EDH. Neither commander is particularly good, but they do a thing that I can build around.

Also, for the record, I play a lot of Boros. You can make decks with the bad colors too!

So your thoughts on Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle or Tariel, Reckoner of Souls could be awesome decks! Or Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked + a million token makers! If those commanders are interesting to you, build them! This of course depends highly on how cutthroat your meta is, but some good before-game and early-game politics can help even the playing field for you.

Again, the commander is only 1 of the 100 cards in the deck. It is great to have them do a thing because you get them every game, multiple times a game. So while you can make decks with vanilla legends, I wouldn't. Instead, make decks with commanders that do weird things. Good luck!

Suns_Champion on Help with child-care. Varchild-care!

1 month ago

Hi friends! My playgroup is gearing up for our Thanksgiving EDH game day! To prepare, I'm planning on printing out a whole new deck to show them all!

Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor is a very fascinating commander and I've tried to make a politics/trickery/voltron/tokens/big swing win deck with him!

I Will Survive | Varchild EDH

Commander / EDH Suns_Champion


I've got a few main themes, mostly shown in the description. Looking for more Blades of Velis Vel effects, wondering if I should add more haste effects, and mostly wondering what obvious things I've missed!

Thanks in advance for any help!

Suns_Champion on Picking My Next Project

1 month ago

Some good suggestions so far.

I am definitely a champion of Valduk, Keeper of the Flame + Bludgeon Brawl + treasure tokens!

Neheb, the Eternal is by far my favorite commander. He is insanely fun to play and you can fine tune the deck to be your exact complexity and skill level, and he works just as well on a budget. Here's mine: OH LORD JESUS IT'S A FIRE! | Neheb EDH. It's on the more expensive side but can easily be toned down.

I will also suggest the relatively new Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor. I like suggesting new options that haven't been explored as much or "Solved" shall we say like Sram or Krenko. Varchild seems like a lot of fun politically and as a weird hybrid deck. I built a deck but haven't tested it yet: I Will Survive | Varchild EDH.

DrukenReaps on Having Doubts

1 month ago

Since politics is not your thing and you are open to options how about full on pillow fort?

It needs a secondary strategy to back it up but it makes you difficult to go after. My Divine Decree is a good example. I can't say that you want to copy the 'bleed' portion of the deck as that gets me targeted every game but the pillows allow me to keep having fun even when the whole table turns on me.

Get something like Ajani Steadfast's emblem active and combat becomes a laughing matter. Glacial Chasm just stops all the damage so even Fireball does nothing. Of course the ultimate pillow is Gideon of the Trials emblem...

There is even two new commanders that are interesting for pillow fort, Thantis, the Warweaver and Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor.

Another option is to suggest your group does team games instead of free-for-all. with 4 players you can do 2 headed giant, 5 players you can do secret partners, and 6 players you can do emperor.

Unlife on Similar to Siege Behemoth

2 months ago

Thank you everyone for the suggestions.

Predatory Focus and Outmaneuver were exactly what I was looking for, Master Warcraft as well.

I hadn't considered Lure-like effects but looking at them now I will definitely try to fit a few in.

I'm not sure yet what the top end of my curve will be, but it is probably going to be something big like a Lord of Extinction or an eldrazi, so Mage Slayer may have a spot.

I hadn't thought of Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor but it could be a nice way to build up an army in case of a 1 sided wipe.

In terms of which direction the build is going overall, I'm not entirely sure yet. I'm thinking just a general toolbox with a whole range of answers for everything. At the moment, my saskia deck is human tribal but I just don't have fun playing it, hence the rebuild.

Thanks again for all the suggestions, f you have any others feel free to pass them on

Boza on Similar to Siege Behemoth

2 months ago

Include cards that make the opponent less likely to block:

Ankle Shanker, Odric, Lunarch Marshal (with the right keywords), Champion of Lambholt, Legion Loyalist, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist.

Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor is particularly saucy in Saskia.

You can also include cards that say creatures cannot block, or cards that change how blockers are assigned - Master Warcraft, Odric, Master Tactician and of course Brutal Hordechief.

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