Rafiq of the Many Enchantments is an enchantment-themed Voltron deck built around protecting Rafiq with enchantments and pumping him with auras or exalted creatures and winning through commander damage, possibly after making him unblockable. If Rafiq were to become inaccessible due to tuck (if that rule is still being run in a playgroup), the commander tax being too high for the mana available, or from some other means such as a Pacifism or revoker effect, there are a few creatures that can take his place as the main attacker, and some of these (such as Novablast Wurm and Bruna) are really, really good at that job.

The deck came about from a Finest Hour and Rhox deck I had imagined as an early 60/4 multiplayer deck and ported over into Commander when I became aware of the format. Many effects in the deck are on enchantments rather than arguably more efficient card types, or are part of the exalted subtheme. To differentiate this deck from other decks I have, I focused on enchantment or white-green mana sources, like Knight of the Reliquary, and green recursion, like Genesis, rather than having too many repeats between this and my The Vast and the Furious deck, in particular.

I put a lot of thought into my card choices, even the basic lands. I selected my basic lands carefully to fit the themes of the deck. The 4 Forests, 4 Islands, and 4 of the Plains are from Shards of Alara, the block of Rafiq of the Many and the exalted cards which make up the deck's win condition. Another 4 Plains are from Urza's Saga, which had an enchantment theme, and the final 4 Plains are from Theros, which has an enchantment subtheme.

There are some changes I recently made that I will keep an eye on. I dropped Infiltrator's Magemark and Qasali Pridemage for One with Nature and Herald of the Pantheon to improve the mana in the deck, and I dropped Armadillo Cloak and Unflinching Courage with Launch and Spirit Loop to up the cards that work with the sacrifice effects to combo with the card-drawing enchantress effects. I kept each of the cards I dropped in case the evasion ends up being better than the mana and/or combos. Finally, I am considering replacing the cheaper rattlesnake card Soul Snare with Martyr's Bond, which better protects the enchantments from removal by opponents. I had previously avoided this card due to the combo with sacrifice effects such as Saffi Eriksdotter and Faith Healer, which might have the deck feel too similar to my ArtiFacts of Life and Death deck, but I might try it out and see if the comparison between the decks due to this card in fact might be inaccurate.



sarroth says... #1

Ugh, I added Consecrated Sphinx . I like the card, but it draws a lot of hate in multiplayer (as well it should), and I'd rather not be That Guy. I guess I could always switch it out if I have to, but I already had a copy, no one was looking to trade me for it, so I might as well use it, as this deck needed some serious draw power.

May 19, 2011 7:38 p.m.

CanEx says... #2

One card I'd add is Might of Oaks , as it's an instant-speed KO with Rafiq.

Also, Beast Within is just fantastic. Instant vindicate, just for a weak token.

Maybe Open the Vaults ?

But, it looks good overall.

June 9, 2011 2:23 p.m.

sarroth says... #3

I certainly agree with Beast Within , I would just have to get my hands on two copies, as the first one I get would go into my Glissa, the Traitor deck (It needs the cards much more than this one).

The other two are great options as well, though I've gotten to the point where it is so hard to take anything out, as I'm getting too sentimental for cards and their places. I recently added card:Hanna, Ship's Navigator and True Conviction , and I have no clue how I was able to make cuts for them. Thanks for the input though, it's definitely appreciated!

If I get one I am also considering adding Vow of Wildness from the Commander precons, as this deck can always use extra cards to grant trample, it's hilarious as semi-removal, and is yet another enchantment.

June 10, 2011 5:10 p.m.

sarroth says... #4

If anything I would run Replenish , not Open the Vaults . I don't run artifacts, so I don't need that part of OtV, and I'd rather avoid giving my opponents free stuff for no reason. Although I'm sure a lot of players would feel OtV is more in the spirit of the format.

I decided to add Greater Auramancy , which I prefer over both for 2 reasons: 1) It's an Enchantment itself, so it fits with the theme, 2) It turns Eldrazi Conscription , Rancor , and Armadillo Cloak into Diplomatic Immunity s as well, and I like that it has a secondary effect I wouldn't get with just a return-from-the-graveyard effect.

Thanks for the comments!

July 14, 2011 9:02 a.m.

sarroth says... #5

I went with a tad Group-Hug-bent by replacing Cultivate and card:Kodama's Reach with Oath of Lieges and Rites of Flourishing . I was at first wary of including cards that help everyone, but when I first played Oath of Lieges in my deck:kaalias-vast-and-the-furious deck, it was fun and enjoyable by everyone else, which made for a good atmosphere. Really, upping the enchantment count to 30 completed the deal for me.

I also added Shimmering Wings in place of Reparations, as I can bounce and replay it like with Flickering Ward for some nice card draw. Unfortunately it's the 10th edition, which I admit to really not liking. It'll stay in the deck until I find the superior Tempest version.

July 22, 2011 7:47 p.m.

sarroth says... #6

I decided to add Dueling Grounds and Stoic Angel. At first I wasn't sure about them because they are control cards that tend to annoy opponents, but I also dropped the creatures that were in the deck just for being good blockers, so adding these two serves to discourage me from getting attacked in a similar way and obviously fit the exalted theme.

November 17, 2012 12:17 p.m.

ethereal armor? with this many enchantments it might be good

January 3, 2013 4:04 a.m.

sarroth says... #8

@AwkwardInvasion: That's not a bad suggestion, and certainly a fantastic card for pauper. However, all of the auras already in the deck grant some form of evasion, which Ethereal Armor does not do, so despite its big pump effect there doesn't seem to be anything I could take out for it. The pump effect it gives is huge compared to what most of the auras in the deck grant, but it mostly would be overkill, as Rafiq doesn't need much of a pump to be a turn 2 kill and is a turn 3 kill without any pump other than his own; for the most part this deck does a good job of making him a threat and doesn't really need the bigger effect provided by Ethereal Armor, but does need the evasion provided by the other cards. On the bright side, without evasion, Ethereal Armor makes Rafiq much less of a threat, so is a great card to choose for a deck looking to have a low threat profile, but I've pretty much embraced being a threat with this build.

January 3, 2013 12:38 p.m.

I see. I figured you had a reason for not including it. I might steal this build...<.<

January 3, 2013 10:25 p.m.

sarroth says... #10

@AwkwardInvasion: Go ahead! And since you have fewer emotional attachments to many of my card choices, you could fit in some cool cards I didn't include, which I'd love to see!

January 3, 2013 10:59 p.m.

sarroth says... #11

@AwkwardInvasion: Go ahead! And since you have fewer emotional attachments to many of my card choices, you could fit in some cool cards I didn't include, which I'd love to see!

January 3, 2013 11 p.m.

sarroth says... #12

@AwkwardInvasion: Go ahead! And since you have fewer emotional attachments to many of my card choices, you could fit in some cool cards I didn't include, which I'd love to see!

January 3, 2013 11 p.m.

You might consider adding Ancestral Mask .

January 10, 2013 4:04 p.m.

Extremely powerful enchantment is Defense of the Heart and Followed Footsteps , footsteps is really strong with sublime.

January 9, 2014 11:34 p.m.

DarkHamlet says... #15

Hyena Umbra , Eel Umbra , Bear Umbra , Drake Umbra , Felidar Umbra . These cards can protect your Rafuq from to be f*ck3d by almost all 'gods wraths' in the format.

Your deck ahve a charming flavor, +1 ;D

April 21, 2014 12:35 p.m.

sarroth says... #16

@DarkHamlet: most of the Umbras aren't worth running on their own, though Bear Umbra is worth considering. I'm just not sure there's an enchantment I'd be willing to drop for it. Perhaps Armadillo Cloak and/or Unflinching Courage if I did the lifelink less necessary than I've presumed (Felidar Umbra has lifelink too but +2 to power is the sweet spot for Rafiq and the trample on the other two is important if I don't get him unblockable).

June 27, 2014 12:53 p.m.

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