Competitive 1v1 deck for MTGO Commander with a twist; no creatures except the Commander. This deck has been called "Suicide Isamaru" since its all-in on its Commander with no backup plan. Its a risky, fast, and deadly deck.

It is true that including additional creatures could make this deck more effective. I, however, like the idea of taking down my opponent with only a vanilla creature. Having one creature also focuses the deck and game plan; Voltron. The win condition is 21 Commander Damage. Stax elements and MLD are used to slow and disrupt the opponent while letting Isamaru, Hound of Konda shine.

Since October of 2013 this deck, in its various iterations, has a win-rate of 78% against 365 random Commander decks on MTGO.


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Changes to the deck based on new cards from Commander (2017 Edition) decks available through Treasure Chests on MTGO.

  • Darksteel Axe --> Bloodforged Battle-Axe - Trading one axe for another we loss indestructibility on the equipment itself for equipment replication. This is a positive trade as the indestructibility was never really a factor. We now have a way to add more power to Isamaru, Hound of Konda even if we are not drawings it from our deck.

  • Spectra Ward --> Hammer of Nazahn - In this trade we primarily exchange evasion (and some protection) for indestructibility and a form of ramp similar to the type Sigarda's Aid grants us. Spectra Ward has always been a mixed bag; it can helps us win the game by letting Isamaru, Hound of Konda penetrate defenses just as well as it can blank out some of the cards we use for defense. Hammer of Nazahn is more straightforward and provides a permanent form of indestructibility we do not otherwise have in the deck. It also comes down a turn earlier and adds the same power as Spectra Ward

Other changes based on playtesting.

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90% Competitive

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Date added 8 months
Last updated 1 week

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.03
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Top rank #10 on 2017-12-07
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+1 Hammer of Nazahn main
-1 Spectra Ward main
+1 Authority of the Consuls main
-1 Blind Obedience main
+1 Bloodforged Battle-Axe main
-1 Darksteel Axe main