Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

Legendary Creature — Naga Wizard

Menace

Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.

Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

DM_Aramis on Minions & Magic token deck

3 months ago

Thanks multimedia it took me a bit to get around to ironing out this deck and try. I love all the suggestions, I did have a land drop issue for sure, but funny enough I ended up winning the game mostly because I managed to get Mirari's Wake on the field that helped me keep up. Funny enough Rhox Faithmender ended up being my VIP as my token generators kept being targeted and the Sword of Light and Shadow kept the cleric safe as my playgroup leans REAL heavy into black cards. Drizzt Do'Urden with some boots / Sword of Hearth and Home and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper were close seconds.

I also could never make use of Vorpal Sword effectively so now I've finally bent and took it out of the deck. That said, I've put in some choice mana rocks, added more lands, and took out a few things that weren't serving the deck. It's funny because I didn't intend it, but when my token strategy was taken down, this served as a decent Voltron with the equipment/enchantments it has going on.

Obviously, I'm still a bit light on lands, but I hope with the new lands/rocks and some of the treasure generators like Monologue Tax and Pitiless Plunderer these will set this in the right direction, but I'll know more after this Sunday when I get to try it again.

I think I'd still like this to be more of a token centered deck, so I might keep looking up some combo/token generators to expand upon this. If you have any suggestions for that specifically I'd love it as I have the rest of your help, even if they're not entirely budget cards. Thanks again for everything!

ZendikariWol on Who are the Commanders you …

4 months ago

I love love playing against two kinds of decks:

1: Politics! I love politics decks- playing them, playing against them, they never fail to bring a smile to my face. The table collectively slaughtering the first player not to pass the Humble Defector is a very rare experience (and would probably get old if it wasn't) but in its scarcity is very amusing; making decisions that are undeniably bad but very interesting and chaotic is a great time.

2: Decks that I have or want to build: Krark, the Thumbless / Sakashima of a Thousand Faces infini-Krarks and spell tribal, Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist / Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper clones, Prosper, Tome-Bound, I love looking at other people's takes on the decks I've built or want to build, it's just a great time, I'm always fascinated. I learn about new cards, can workshop things with the opponent, get a lot of cool insights on how to play my deck, and hopefully pass some on as well.

Also, just wanted to say, bummer we're all here talking about stuff we hate. Let's have fun and talk about fun stuff, we never do that!

brandonplaysmagic on Need a home for my …

5 months ago

A combo of Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper could be fun for this! I had one that focused on life gain/tokens. Suit them all up with lifelink, cast your commanders to make them unblockable, and then swing out and double your life gain. Have your Soul Warden and Essence Warden to gain life with all those ETB triggers from the tokens, then throw in an Aetherflux Reservoir for extra power and a way to hose everyone down. What a super fun card though, no wonder it’s a favorite!

Dencoan on Death's Kiss

8 months ago

KayneMarco Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper could be a good one to move out for Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider her ability could help generate some life since things should be getting pumped up but it doesn't really fit into the synergy of the deck idea

1empyrean on Best objectives for deck idea: …

11 months ago

I think the best partner for this really depends on when your gameplan ends up being.

I can see green as a good option for a 3rd color, for traditional enchantress reasons, and because green has a some decent options for filling the graveyard ( Satyr Wayfinder or Golgari Grave-Troll to name a couple), as well as a few options for tucking cards from your graveyard back into your library.

Blue is also a good option for a 3rd color and can also do everything you need to make your core gameplan work.

Of course, Thrasios, Triton Hero covers both of these colors.

Adding black opens up some good options, but, with the stated plan being mass enchantment recursion, I think I'd rather just run Ghen, Arcanum Weaver unless you wanted to use Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper .

Anyways, I'd pick your wincon first, then pick the partners that work best for it.

BrassLord on Steep Price to Pay (Dina, Soul Steeper)

1 year ago

Crypt Ghast and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth would be a good way to generate a bunch of mana in addition to getting lifegain triggers from extort! With any 2cmc commander Mox Amber is a decent ramp spell for 0! Also I saw Veinwitch Coven put in a lot of work at prerelease!

Bloodthirsty Aerialist and Scion of the Swarm also seems to gel really well with your deck, getting HUGE with lifegain triggers and also providing a big body for your commander's other ability! Something like Sanctum Seeker also seems like it'd work, doubling down on your commander's trigger.

Oathsworn Vampire also seems like it should go infinite somehow in your deck, I'm trying to find a way!

I don't know if I don't see it, but you have both the altar and Deathmantle in the deck, which also goes infinite with any creature that can make tokens, something like Grave Titan or anything with Fabricate like Marionette Master , which if you can make enough tokens can get you infinite ETBS as well as make your commander infinitely big!

You're also running both Aetherflux and Bolas's Citadel, you can make it an infinite with Sensei's Divining Top , where you cast it then do the draw trigger to put the top on top of the library, then cast it again, all while gaining life from the Resovior. Though running any combos comes down to preferance!

While a little more CMC Noxious Gearhulk Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and Savra, Queen of the Golgari all seem to be what you'd like in the deck! And if you lean into the sacrifice, Black Market can be another decent way to get a lot of tokens!

klaudiohmm on The Essence of Life

1 year ago

Hey! I think that this deck should use Miren, the Moaning Well . It's a way of regaining life with a creature that will die because of some effect. It makes you gain a lot of life and increases the effect of Willowdusk's ability.

About the untap effects outside of blue, you can use Thousand-Year Elixir or Magewright's Stone . About combos... well, if you use sacrifice effects (e.g. Ashnod's Altar ), you could try the Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion -like combos (actually, these two work alone, but some combos needs a sac outlet). Depending of other cards, loops with Mikaeus, sacrifice outlets and creatures with Persist could also work.

An artifact like Eternity Vessel can reset your life (if I remember well, having your life total become some value counts as lifegain).

Maybe creatures like Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper or Reyhan, Last of the Abzan works well inside this deck. As instants or sorceries... the only one that came to my mind now is Weather the Storm , which can be very interesting in some situations.

Why use cards like Jaddi Offshoot (gains you only one life), Dash Hopes (I think that's an unreliable counterspell and the 5 life is a low cost in EDH), Blunt the Assault (I think that this card is pretty bad, maybe a card like Gray Merchant of Asphodel gains you much more life while drains your opponents) or Lifegift (it won't make you gain a lot of life on the same turn)?

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