Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

Legendary Creature — Naga Wizard


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.)

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H1v3l0rd on Life Swap Shenanigans!

3 weeks ago

Sanguine Bond is half of an instant win combo with Exquisite Blood but also Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose and Defiant Bloodlord do the same thing as Sanguine Bond. They're easier to remove, since they're creatures, but multiple instances will proc the effect more often. Consider also Tree of Perdition and Triskaidekaphobia for a laugh, or Tree of Redemption as another source of life swapping. I wouldn't recommend building around it, but if you could play Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and somehow let the tree attack without defender, you could swing for something like 30 or 40 damage and immediately gain that much life back, so it's 40+13, then 53+13, then 66+13, and you're killing them with just some plant, some ordinary shrubbery from outside. That's such a niche combo, but if you swap someone's life to 13 that counts as them losing 27 life, so with Exquisite Blood, you would gain that much life as well. This also applies to things like Wound Reflection and my personal favorite best boy, Master of Cruelties

Grind on Beledros | Real-estate prices are insane

3 months ago

Cool deck!!!
Rings of Brighthearth lets you copy the untap ability without paying the 10 life again.
Rude Awakening is another idea too. And i found Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper is decent at helping gain life.
Anyways cheers and have fun!!

DM_Aramis on Minions & Magic token deck

8 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 …

9 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 …

10 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

1 year 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: …

1 year 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.

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