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

9-lives on Advertise your deck!

1 hour 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

2 weeks 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.

TriusMalarky on

2 weeks ago

If you want to focus on the high toughness aspect more, I'd recommend moving to a Walls list.

Walls wants to use the things like Huatli, Assault Formation and such to hit hard, but it also employs a High Alert + Axebane Guardian combo. With four creatures with defender in play, you make infinite mana. This shouldn't be your main plan, of course, but it is a very fun include that means that if the game goes long, and with a walls deck, it probably will, you have a big advantage.

You also get Arcades, the Strategist , who lets you draw a TON of cards and is just the best payoff for big butts period.

Walls you'll want to consider include Dragon's Eye Sentry , Excavated Wall , Jaddi Offshoot , Secret Door , Wall of Runes , The Birth of Meletis , Saruli Caretaker , and Portcullis Vine .

You also get to run the amazing Tower Defense . If you cast tower defense with a good board and High Alert/Arcades out, you sort of just win on the spot.

Guerric on Dream Tribal Commanders

1 month ago

seshiro_of_the_orochi I remember one of the original defender turns attacker cards, Wakestone Gargoyle from the Dissension block. There was a great theme deck built around it that was one of my favorites. I've always wanted to return to the theme, but I have a bant deck so I've never built Arcades, the Strategist A gargoyle decl with that theme would be good for nostalgia!

goodair Probably for merfolk tribal today we'd go for Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca , but we are missing the white merfolk from the tribe. And you're right, we certainly don't need Thrasios for that. He isn't a good representative!

Mtg_Mega_Nerds on What Commander Should I Build …

2 months ago

Hello all. Recently I finished upgrading my Muldrotha Deck and I am soon going to start to build another commander deck. I am wondering what you all think I should build. Commanders that are off-limits (my friend's decks) are: Slimefoot, the Stowaway , Arcades, the Strategist , Niv-Mizzet, Parun , Jodah, Archmage Eternal , Chulane, Teller of Tales , Marwyn, the Nurturer , The Gitrog Monster , and Urza, Lord High Artificer . I am open to any options although I might want to build around Fynn, the Fangbearer , Skullbriar, the Walking Grave , or Velomachus Lorehold . Tell me what you think!

TheShadowNite on Dead Men Tell (some) Tales

2 months ago

BrassLord those are some good ideas! This was almost a The Gitrog Monster deck, but I didn't want a big target on my back hahaha. I didn't even consider Dakmor Salvage , I'll deff see if it works. The only problem is that I'm not sure how I'd discard it again. I suppose if I constantly have more than 7 at discard step maybe? But as the deck is right now, I have the opposite problem haha.

That's fair, I'm also used to using engines, specifically the commander, instead of one off effects. I have an Arcades, the Strategist and a Teysa Karlov deck, so with both of those the card draw is stapled to the commander, all I have to do is supply a card that will trigger it (a wall with Arcades, creature dying with a card that lets me draw when creatures die in the case of Teysa). I'm not very familiar with one off card draw effects, so I'll look some more into that.

Hmm, that's an interesting idea. I really like Plumb the Forbidden , as I can sacrifice as many creatures I want. I might add that to my Teysa Karlov deck haha! I see your Costly Plunder , and raise you a Village Rites ! I never considered using dredge as a replacement for card draw spells, that's smart! Again, thank you for all the suggestions! Now I have even more hard decisions on what to cut haha!

RNR_Gaming on Languish Vs. Ritual of Soot

3 months ago

Meta dependent. They both remove things well but in certain scenarios one out performs the other. In a low to the ground metagame they'll both do well. Languish laughs at cards like Heroic Intervention and Wrap in Vigor ; however it may not be a good match for Doran, the Siege Tower or Arcades, the Strategist - Granted, defender decks are niche but it should be a consideration. Basically, if your meta has a loads of low cmc creatures with high toughness run Ritual and if it's just low to the ground creatures with protection/industructable shenanigans run languish.

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