Arcades, the Strategist

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal

Arcades, the Strategist

Legendary Creature — Elder Dragon

Flying, vigilance

Whenever a creature with defender enter the battlefield under your control, draw a card.

Each creature you control with defender assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power and can attack as though it didn't have defender.

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qbaq84 on EDH Arcades, the Strategist

1 month ago

I found Treefolk Umbra quite usefull to play on Arcades, the Strategist. Hit for 7 commander damage with flying and vigilance and one additional life puts some preasure on opponents.

Also Kabira Takedown  Flip instead of 1 Plains can be life-saving.

ladygaura on Requesting Suggestions for Budget EDH …

2 months ago

My cheapest, easiest to build, and most successful deck to date (please note I just got on this site so most of my decks are not yet listed) is my Narset's Nasty Temper, which is one I actually have listed under my username. It is mostly common/uncommon spells. I also do have an Arcades, the Strategist deck (not yet listed) but I found him really hard to protect without help from spells like Swiftfoot Boots or Lightning Greaves. I appreciate constructive feedback on my decks, so please leave me comments if you check out my decklists.

420MensRightsActivist on Dominaria United Spoilers

3 months ago

i think Leaf-Crowned Visionary will definitely be modern playable, as will Vodalian Hexcatcher.

Electrostatic Infantry is sure to be a fun powerhouse in at least standard. grixis control or izzet turbo probably.

Tolarian Terror is easily a 1 mana 5/5 with ward 2 in multiple formats.

Bite Down is the exact same thing as Master's Rebuke. and both will be standard legal at the same time.

the "defiler" cycle doesn't quite seem balanced imo, with the blue and green ones being the obvious strongest.

Coral Colony seems good in an Arcades, the Strategist commander deck.

Guerric on Jenara Infinite Combos (Looking to upgrade to EDH)

9 months ago

Happy to do it! Bant is also just a one of the best three-color combos in commander with so many good options. Tuvasa the Sunlit is a very specific enchantress/combo deck, but Chulane, Teller of Tales has so much value that he's hard to build wrong. There's also the popular Arcades, the Strategist, which is one of the more inexpensive and yet powerful decks to build, and also Derevi, Empyrial Tactician that I mentioned before, who is great with tapping and untapping stuff for value. All of these commanders are really great when built right!

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

10 months ago

Palladia-Mors and Palladia-Mors, the Ruiner are the worst Elder Dragons, imo. I want her to get better representation...

Palladia-Mors, the Hunter

Legendary Creature - Mors

+2: Palladia-Mors, the Hunter deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker. Excess damage is dealt to that permanent's controller instead.

-5: Choose a permanent type. Each player chooses a number they control equal to the number controlled by the player who controls the fewest permanents of that type, then sacrifices the rest.

-14: Creatures you control gain lifelink and indestructible. Each creature deals damage equal to its power to each other creature.

Palladia-Mors, the Hunter can be your Commander


I'd like to see one of the three other Original Elder Dragons made into a Planeswalker-Commander:

Arcades Sabboth / Arcades, the Strategist

Chromium Rhuell / Chromium, the Mutable

Vaevictis Asmadi / Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire

Omniscience_is_life on Card creation challenge

10 months ago

Why did you think of Phenax when Arcades, the Strategist and Doran, the Siege Tower exist lol

Preemar, the Henge-Supreme

Legendary Creature - Wall

Whenever a Wall you control blocks, it gains indestructible until end of turn if you control five or more Walls.

Wall creatures you control get +0/+2 for each color among other Walls you control.


Make a creature that counters enchantments, please

Jopling on The Watchers on the Wall (Bant Defenders)

1 year ago

9-lives I would put Dusk / Dawn in instead, but it would destroy my Arcades, the Strategist, and wouldn't be able to bring him back either

As for Huatli, the Sun's Heart, I've found that life gain is actually quite lacking in the deck, and I've lost quite a few times due to not being able to restore it. I'm going to give it a whirl to see how much of an impact it makes, may remove it later.

Omniscience_is_life on Best Rule 0 Commander

1 year ago

Ruin Crab seems like an awesome commander--I've even built an entire EDH deck around it in the 99 (mono-blue, because how else).

Weatherlight is a dream build of mine, since I love colorless commander decks but don't care much for the current options of leaders. This being playable makes for an awesome deck. Now that I think about it... I should have a quick Rule 0 convo with my playgroup about that one ;)

Huatli, the Sun's Heart seems like she would be a cool Arcades, the Strategist alternative, with a bit of a lifegain subtheme making things interesting.

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