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Reyhan&Ishai | Where Unstoppable Meets Immovable!

Commander / EDH* Competitive Counters Four Color GWUB Ramp Tempo

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This deck is an endless Work In Progress! Feedback, suggestions and upvotes are always appreciated.

Reyhan, Last of the Abzan, once only known as the Dragonscale General, took a short lived lead of Abzan when her previous Khan surrendered to dragonlord Dromoka. In a attempt to protect her fellow Khans from Ojutai and Sulimgar she fought bravely in trade for her life. But Reyhan's suicidal act was in vain as Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker, a disciple of Ojutai and former Jeskai Windscout, caught up to the Jeskai and forced them to surrender. But in a parallel universe where Ishai sided with Rayhan instead of Ojutai, a duo rose no dragonlord nor Khan stood a chance to!

This is where the unstoppable force meets the immovable object!

Reference: Khanfall


Ever heard of rule 704.K, the infamous legend rule?

The "If a player controls two or more legendary permanents with the same name, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their owners graveyards. This is called the legend rule." rule? Well here in this deck, we are all about breaking that rule and use it to our own benefits thanks to Reyhan, Last of the Abzan, with her ability to copy-paste counters upon any allied death and commander-zoning (herself included!). Because yes! She and her "clones" their ability all trigger simultaneously if one dies.

Also we work around rules 603.6., the rules about "zone-changing triggers". While any creature needs to be present on the board at the time Reyhan dies or becomes command-zoned so she can copy-paste counters, cards like Living Death avoid this check since the whole spell needs to resolve before Reyhan can choose targets!

So you can get by now that this deck is about stacking counters upon counters and abuse what creatures do with these counters. Still though, as Abzan as Reyhan is, she begged for blue to be in her color identity also. Which is where Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker blends in perfectly together with Reyhan. While looking like an underwhelming Managorger Hydra that can commander-damage and fly, Ishai provides us blue for that simic synergy while also let us splash white for cards like Duneblast, Selfless Squire and Gift of Immortality.

But why Reyhan, Last of the Abzan with Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker instead of lets say an Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Ghave, Guru of Spores or any other partner?

  • Reyhan or Ishai are almost always a guaranteed turn 3 drop since we only need 2 out of 4 colors to play them!
  • Is your magic group limited to no infinites? Can't you play your Ghave to your fullest because of said rule? Ever made 90 counters with just your general + one more card? Well make way Ghave, because Reyhan can!
  • The cost penalty upon commander-zoning a general is not shared between partners.
  • Even though commander-damage is not shared between partners, we will most likely be able to shift any power from one general to another may one of the two leave play. Suck on that, Kresh!
  • Reyhan is very good one vs. one while Ishai is very good in multiplayer making this deck very diverse to play.
  • "Partner" EDH decks start a game with "nine" instead of eight cards. We also care less about having a hand with no creatures than that other decks do.
  • A Reyhan or Ishai on the field does not look as scary as casting a Atraxa, so they won't be removed as quickly. That until it's to late of course.
  • And by all means I think Ravos, Soultender and Tana, the Bloodsower hold great synergies with Reyhan on different views. Thrasios, Triton Hero has proved himself as tier 1 general and if i could choose I kinda wished i had red over white in this deck's color identity (but except for the sub-par carddraw even a potato has more synergy with Reyhan than Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist or Kraum, Ludevic's Opus). But what makes Ishai so great is the fact that she's a flyer that holds true to that counter synergy. And personally i think Reyhan really needs that blue for cards like Rite of Replication, Prime Speaker Zegana and Deepglow Skate.

This deck of course does not come without cons.:

  • This deck is, like any +1/+1 counter deck, is weak to blink, bounce and exile effects.
  • This deck is very Early-midgame, generals like Ezuri, Claw of Progress will completely stomp us later on.
  • It might be frustrating to make a comeback after we lose all our counters.
  • This deck does not fare well against super fast aggro EDH's like Omnath, Locus of Mana, cruel control and the likes of Roon of the Hidden Realm.
  • The likes of Solemnity, Vampire Hexmage or Hex Parasite just shut us down completely.
  • Prime Speaker Zegana, I love her. But don't play her with a 123/123 Reyhan on the field. If only her ability said target player...

I love 3 v 1 "archenemy" games. Be that Nicol Bolas where at some point three opponents have to team up and stop me! A turn 3 player annihilation does not fit this, but this deck has a turn 5 win possible and apart from the correct land we only need a Sol Ring + Blade of Selves in our opening hand to set it in play! Easy huh?

Turn one:

Turn two:

Turn three:

  • Equip Reyhan with blade of selves, attack and place 6 x 3 counters on Reyhan as the tokens die by legend rule! We just deleted someone as fast as turn 3.

Two more turns, two more deaths. They better have answers or scoop...

This deck can become a mathematical mess and whenever you make more Reyhan tokens, the more difficult the equation about placing counters becomes. But even if you're bad in math and don't know the way the stack works, then don't worry! I made a small cheat sheet.

How weird this might be Mirror Mockery, Blade of Selves and Rite of Replication are this decks base mass +1/+1 counter spells as tokens play the important aspect. The fist rule on placing counters with these cards are "Amount of Reyhan's (R) x Amount of Reyhan Token's (T) x amount of counters each dying creature has (C)". Let's start off easy:

Reyhan + Mirror mockery combo:

  • Enchanted on Reyhan and attacking Reyhan creates one copy of herself that dies instantly and both the copy as the original Reyhan their ability trigger. The amount of counters we can place are (2 x 1) x 3 = 6 +1/+1 counters.

Reyhan + Blade of Selves combo:

  • Equiped on Reyhan and attacking Reyhan creates two copies of herself that die instantly and both copies plus the original Reyhan their ability trigger over both copies. The amount of counters we can place are (3 x 2) x 3 = 18 +1/+1 counters.

Reyhan + Rite of Replication combo:

  • Targeting Reyhan, she gets up to five copies of herself that die instantly and all the copies plus the original Reyhan their ability trigger over each copy! The amount of counters we can place are (6 x 5) x 3 = 90 +1/+1 counters.

Note that with Rite of Replication we place 18 x 3 counters! And not necessarily we need to place all 90 counters on one specific target creature. Now let's go over three piece combo's:

Bramblewood Paragon: This triggers on any copy it's enter the battlefield. Our fist rule will now be R x T x (C+1).

  • Reyhan + Mirror mockery combo: 2 x 4 (8) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Blade of Selves combo: 6 x 4 (24) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Rite of Replication combo: 30 x 4 (120) +1/+1 counters

Hardened Scales: This triggers on any copy it's enter the battlefield and every time a ability places counters. Our fist rule will now be R x T x (C+2).

  • Reyhan + Mirror mockery combo: 2 x 5 (10) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Blade of Selves combo: 6 x 5 (30) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Rite of Replication combo: 30 x 5 (150) +1/+1 counters

Master Biomancer: Our fist rule will now be R x T x (C + MB's power), C will be 3 + the power of Master Biomancer.

  • Reyhan + Mirror mockery combo: 2 x C (10+) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Blade of Selves combo: 6 x C (30+) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Rite of Replication combo: 30 x C (150+) +1/+1 counters

Cathars' Crusade: Our fist rule will now be R x T x (C + T), don't forget to place a counter on all other non-Reyhan Token's for each copy also!

  • Reyhan + Mirror mockery combo: 2 x 4 (8) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Blade of Selves combo: 6 x 5 (30) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Rite of Replication combo: 30 x 13 (390) +1/+1 counters

Corpsejack Menace: Double counters on any copy it's enter the battlefield and every time a ability places counters. Our fist rule will now be R x T x ((C x 2) x 2).

  • Reyhan + Mirror mockery combo: 2 x 12 (24) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Blade of Selves combo: 6 x 12 (72) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Rite of Replication combo: 30 x 12 (360) +1/+1 counters

Doubling Season: Like corpsejack menace but also on tokens! Our fist rule will now be R x (T x 2) x ((C x 2) x 2).

  • Reyhan + Mirror mockery combo: 6 x 12 (72) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Blade of Selves combo: 20 x 12 (240) +1/+1 counters
  • Reyhan + Rite of Replication combo: 110 x 12 (1320) +1/+1 counters
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With Survival of the Fittest, what creatures to fetch?

I need protection.

I need utility.

I need power.

I need evasion.

I have power and need a finisher.

I need what is now dead.

Work in progress...

Suggestions

Updates Add

As Enchantments become more a of nuisance in my playgroup, Back to nature should help me deal with the likes of Greater Auramancy or Sphere of Safety.

Deathbringer Regent fieldwipes while catching counters.

Rivals of Ixalan comes with two new toys: Hadana's Climb and Journey to Eternity. And man their not only good but also so easy to flip.

Predator Ooze has been catching my eye for a long time, but the GGG cost seemed pretty unappealing. However lets give it a try.

  • +1x Back to Nature
  • +1x Deathbringer Regent
  • +1x Hadana’s Climb
  • +1x Journey to Eternity
  • +1x Predator ooze
  • +1x woodland wanderer
  • -1x Essence Harvest
  • -1x Walking Ballista
  • -1x Scavenging Ooze
  • -1x Burgeoning
  • -1x scute mob
  • -1x profaner of the dead

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.45
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, 2/2 Boar, 1/1 Squid
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