Arcades, the Strategist

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.

Arcades, the Strategist Discussion

Jopling on The Watchers on the Wall (Bant Defenders)

2 weeks 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

3 weeks 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.

Jopling on The Watchers on the Wall (Bant Defenders)

2 months ago


Prismatic Ending certainly seems better than O-Ring, I will get a couple of copies instead!

Lightning Greaves I use for Shroud on Axebane Guardian. Usually when my opponents realise what's happening, they focus fire their removal. The haste is a nice addition to be able to tap for mana too. With this deck in particular, I've got so much use out of it.

As for Arcades, the Strategist, I've been getting by okay with just two, but may put in a third copy, just unsure what to drop to fit another copy in.

wallisface on The Watchers on the Wall (Bant Defenders)

2 months ago

Some thoughts:

Omniscience_is_life on I HAVE TWO DADS...♡ [BUDGET PRIMER][ENABLER]

2 months ago

Tempt with Reflections, and that whole cycle might be fun.

Sylvan Offering allows for some shared tree-hugging! That one's part of a great cycle as well.

Akroan Horse...? Too mean to the target? Idk mebe they're on Arcades, the Strategist ;)

The "Mastery" cycle from STX has some potential, some of the effects might be to one-sided though unsure.

Love the deck!

9-lives on Advertise your deck!

3 months ago

Azorius Testudo

Pioneer 9-lives


It's called Testudo based off of the Roman tactic of linking shields to where they are immune to arrows, slowly approaching their opponent. Testudo in Latin means turtle. It's an Azorius defense-damage deck, but not using defender or walls at all, nor Arcades, the Strategist.

9-lives on

4 months ago

I specifically didn't include Arcades, the Strategist because it requires defenders, and I specifically chose not to use defenders so I could use Huatli, the Sun's Heart , and especially the fact that Charix, the Raging Isle doesn't have defender.

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