Patience leads to victory.

Strike hard, strike fast, and finish what you start.

Fight with honor. Win or lose, respect your opponents.

Dragonlord Ojutai stood out to me as a highly underrated commander. A hexproof, 5/5, flyer is a significant threat on it's own, add in an Anticipate every time that creature deals combat damage and you have yourself a recipe for success. Ojutai may not be a format warping super commander but he does pack one hell of a punch!

Typically, Azorius decks are built around oppressive stax packages and blindingly fast combos. Dragonlord Ojutai motivated me to try something different, to make a powerful deck that's not a total buzzkill for everyone else at the table. If you're looking for a unique commander who kicks some serious ass, Dragonlord Ojutai is the Elder Dragon for you!

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"Speak little. Do much."

I'm actively choosing to avoid adding oppressive stax pieces such as Stasis , Winter Orb , or Static Orb . I want this deck to be challenging, but also fun, to play against.

I'm also keeping this deck free of infinite combos, instead focusing on making the build more flavorful. It just makes sense for a deck headed by Dragonlord Ojutai to feature an elite squad of kick-ass monks!

However, don't mistake Ojutai's kindness for weakness. This deck packs a punch and will dominate tables if underestimated.

The Main Themes:

1. Utilize bad-ass monks and other powerful, yet flavorful, Ojutai themed cards. ( Serra Ascendant , Monastery Mentor ,etc.)

2. Maximize Ojutai's value with auras, in a similar fashion to how a Modern Bogles deck operates. ( Daybreak Coronet , Ethereal Armor , Battle Mastery , etc.)

3. Approach of the Second Sun is an alternative win-condition and Ojutai can dig it out of the deck in a hurry.

4. Use control elements to maintain a significant, aggressive advantage. ( Ghostly Prison , Windfall + Narset, Parter of Veils , etc.)

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"Human enlightenment is a firefly that sparks in the night. Dragon enlightenment is a beacon that disperses all darkness."

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"Every experience is a lesson. Every loss is a gain."

- Sathya Sai Baba

True to its flavor, this is a deck that relies on patience and careful planning to pilot correctly. If you're too aggressive you just might find the entire table allied against you, too passive and you'll be trampled into dust.

Helpful Tips For Future Ojutai Players:

1. Giving Dragonlord Ojutai doublestrike will give you two of his Anticipate triggers instead of just one. Works especially great when you want to move an Approach of the Second Sun from seventh card on top to directly on top.

2. Auras like Vanishing and Hyena Umbra are an amazing way to keep both Ojutai and anything attached to him alive. When a creature phases anything attached to them stays attached and phases with them. Totem Armor helps me survive most boardwipes.

3. Artifact ramp is the backbone of this deck, try to avoid keeping an opening hand that doesn't set you up to cast Ojutai before turn 5.

4. Table politics are your friend, don't piss everyone at the table off too early. A turn or two extra can be the difference between a win and a loss.

5. When in doubt, wait it out. Remember, Approach of the Second Sun is just a Long-Term Plans away, play patiently and don't needlessly sacrifice Ojutai.

I've done my best to construct a monastery that Dragonlord Ojutai can be proud of but I'm always open to new suggestions or ideas! Thank you for stopping by The Meditation Plane!

+1's are greatly appreciated!

"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

- Bruce Lee

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You don't need $5000 to build a solid Dragonlord Ojutai deck, if you follow the basic template I've set up with my list you'll be opening up your own monastery in no time!

The first place you can cut costs is the artifact ramp. Over the course of five years I've been able to invest into cards like Mana Crypt , Chrome Mox and Mana Vault . They can easily be swapped with cards like Marble Diamond , Sky Diamond , or Everflowing Chalice .

Lands also tend to be obnoxiously expensive. Ancient Tomb is a fantastic card but Temple of the False God is far cheaper, not nearly as good as Ancient Tomb, but it is the better budget option.

Even lands like Flooded Strand or Hallowed Fountain can be cut for options like Evolving Wilds and Azorius Guildgate . Sure, you're sacrificing a lot of speed and color fixing but your wallet will thank you.

A general rule is, if a card is out of your price range replace it with a lower priced option that has relatively the same effect. Each card in this deck has a specific purpose so when replacing pieces make sure the replacements are similar to the originals.

That becomes tricky with cards like Enlightened Tutor or Mystical Tutor . There aren't really replacements for tutors, you can however fill those spots with solid utility cards that work well in your meta. Run extra card draw or removal, whatever you need to keep up with whatever decks you might come up against.

This build could be very effective on a $50-$100 budget. Don't be put off by the price tag I have listed on my specific deck, Ojutai's Monastery is open to everyone!

Thank you to everyone who's helped make this the #1 Dragonlord Ojutai deck on TappedOut!

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The release of Modern Horizons and War of the Spark gave our friendly neighborhood Dragonlord some fun new toys to play with. I gave this deck a solid overhaul and cut a lot of deadweight.

The first step was to cut Auras like Shielded by Faith which were slow, clunky, and dead draws late game. I slimmed down my aura package to the essential pieces that make Ojutai damn near unbeatable.

I also took out deadweight creatures like Taigam, Ojutai Master and replaced him with solid, and equally flavorful, options such as Ishai and both Narset Planeswalkers.

This currently is my favorite deck to play. It's so smooth and consistent. I've gone up against loads of different decks in my meta and have never felt out of a game. I'm always threatening to win and if left unchecked will eventually dominate the board.

As usual, thank you all for your support of this deck!

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