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Dragon's Eye Sanctuary | Dragonlord Ojutai EDH

Commander / EDH Competitive Control Primer Stax Voltron WU (Azorius)


"Any who deviate from the teachings of Ojutai and his disciples are seen not as political dissidents, but as heretics following a false path to enlightenment. Such sacrilege is swiftly and brutally punished."

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Planeswalker's Guide to Dragons of Tarkir

Deck Synopsis:

Threatening wins consistently in Commander with a combat-oriented strategy, especially at competitive tables, is a tough task. Voltron, in competitive circles at least, is viewed as a meme strategy not a respected archetype. This deck aims to to change that narrative by blending the best elements of an aggressive Voltron strategy with the balancing and control effects of a Stax strategy.

This deck is all about pressure, forcing the table to play around every spell I deploy. The stax effects I utilize are meant to work in tandem with Dragonlord Ojutai, ideally forcing my opponents to respond to them or else risk being hated out of the game. Piloting this deck at a high level requires a high degree of both patience and precision.

Why Ojutai?

Dragonlord Ojutai is card advantage from the command zone and an evasive, powerful threat. Hexproof provides Dragonlord Ojutai protection from targeted removal and flying puts him over the heads of most would be blockers. However, Dragonlord Ojutai's Anticipate-strike is what truly sets him apart from other Azorius commanders.

Dragonlord Ojutai's Anticipate-strike ability is highly underrated. It can even be stacked with effects that give him double-strike, such as Battle Mastery, which will turn his Anticipate-strike into essentially a Dig Through Time-strike. Anticipating multiple times over the course of a long game grinds me into tremendous amounts of value and puts win-conditions such as Helm of Obedience + Rest in Peace directly into my hand.

Welcome to Dragon's Eye Sanctuary.

Gameplay Basics

Opening Hand:

Cavern of Souls, Hallowed Fountain, Ancient Tomb, Mana Vault, Windfall, Enlightened Tutor, Force of Will

Turn One: Play Cavern of Souls naming Dragons, Cast Mana Vault

Turn Two: Play Hallowed Fountain, Pay , Cast Dragonlord Ojutai

Hands like this lead directly to quick commander damage and card advantage. Ideally, I draw into potent auras or relevant stax pieces such as All That Glitters and Hushbringer. Having Enlightened Tutor at my disposal opens up the ability to find ramp like Mana Crypt, a Smothering Tithe to work off the Windfall in my hand, or whatever relevant stax hate I might need like Blind Obedience or Cursed Totem.

Protecting Dragonlord Ojutai from harm is essential for generating as much advantage as possible and grinding out victories. Here are some examples of great protection cards:

Vanishing is a hidden gem. Phasing is a unique ability that not only protects Dragonlord Ojutai but any auras attached to him as well. I can also utilize Vanishing to chain off big plays with cards like Supreme Verdict, holding priority and responding to board-wipes, annihilating my opponents creatures while simultaneously solidifying Dragonlord Ojutai's board presence.

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Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal is a well known and highly efficient combo. With a mana rock like Mana Vault in play I can generate infinite mana, untaps, and Dramatic Reversal casts. Pairing this combo with Blind Obedience creates infinite life-drain triggers by utilizing Blind Obedience's exploit ability every time I cast a copy of Dramatic Reversal.

Dramatic Scepter Combo can also be paired with Sensei's Divining Top allowing me to draw my entire deck. For a detailed explanation on how to properly stack triggers to pull this madness off refer to this helpful Reddit post : Sensei's Top in EDH. All of these pieces are tutorable with cards like Fabricate, Mystical Tutor, and Enlightened Tutor.

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

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. You can do the same with counter spells like Force of Will and Mana Drain, substituting them for cheaper options like Arcane Denial or Misdirection.

The 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 if you replace cards make sure they stay true to the original pieces.

It does becomes tricky with cards like Enlightened Tutor or Mystical Tutor. There really isn't replacements for tutors, instead fill those spots with utility cards that work well in your specific meta. Run extra card draw, removal, Voltron pieces instead.

This build is very effective on a $50-$100 budget, so don't be put off by the price tag that's listed on my specific deck, Dragon's Eye Sanctuary is open to everyone!

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

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Updates Add

I'm still working on finishing the primer (I'm a massive procrastinator, please excuse me), but the deck-list itself is accurate and up to date. All the new Ikoria product brought a lot of new cards to this deck and, in general, I think stax is pretty well positioned in the new "post-Flash" era we live in.

Once all the current craziness dies down and my playgroup can start meeting again I fully intend on trying out the new changes and seeing how it goes. There's a lot of play-testing to be done I'm just waiting until I have the opportunity to do it again. Thank you to everyone who's offered their advice and support, it's much appreciated!



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Date added 1 year
Last updated 1 month

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

6 - 0 Mythic Rares

44 - 0 Rares

21 - 0 Uncommons

15 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 1.94
Tokens None Treasure, 1/1 Bird
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