Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

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.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper occurrence in decks from the last year

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper Discussion

klaudiohmm on The Essence of Life

1 week 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)?

ReginaldFliffingtonIII on Halana and Sengir's Murder Pets

1 month ago

I find Frontier Siege works wonders. Drop a DT creature with flying and you can take 2 creatures out. Keep the skies clear so the Baron can get through. Other fight outlets help too. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper nets you life when your Baron hits.

ReginaldFliffingtonIII on Halana and Sengir's Murder Pets

1 month ago

I find Frontier Siege works wonders. Drop a DT creature with flying and you can take 2 creatures out. Keep the skies clear so the Baron can get through. Other fight outlets help too. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper nets you life when your Baron hits.

Romer on Doran's Tough Guy Posse

4 months ago

Two years later and you're both right - I've finally implemented those suggestions.

bobanderson, I did take out Belligerent Brontodon. I liked the redundancy in case I lose Doran or he's prohibitively expensive to cast, but the brontodon is just way too expensive to cast. Still keeping Assault Formation as a backup for Doran though.

NV_1980, I just added Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper. Honestly, I should have done this long ago. You were right!

Optimator on Giant's Deck

5 months ago

As for potential alternate commanders, here are what I would recommend. My goal here isn't to necessarily power up your deck, but that would likely happen if you choose someone other than Brion. The addition of other colors can add versatility as well as variety--potentially leading to more fun. I feel like being able to play any giant (or at least more giants) would make for a truer giant-tribal experience and allow the deck to grow better as new sets and new giants come out. Also, when you're on a budget the addition to other colors will allow you to play better creatures and better utility without having to scrape the bottom of the barrel in Boros colors.

Five-Color Commanders:

Going for all five colors would allow you to play any giant across Magic's rich history and allow any utility card you could possibly want. This would be the best choice as you continue to play, as any upgrades or new giants could fit in the deck. Don't be intimidated by the mana base; five-color is easy on a budget.

Morophon, the Boundless - It's a giant! Technically. The anthem is cute and the mana discount is enormous. One of the best options for Giant Tribal. I have one for trade!! Highly highly highly recommended

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim - Truly obscene power. He ramps when you cast him (making his commander tax kind of one mana instead of two!) and his ability to play three cards off the top of the deck is nothing short of perfect for a mana-expensive deck like Giant Tribal. Cannot recommend enough.

Kenrith, the Returned King - Another incredibly strong choice. He can give you trample and haste--both things big slow giants want. He can grow your team, he can draw cards, and he can bring back the expensive giants from the graveyard. The lifegain can be good too! A top-tier choice.

Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, the Wellspring are passable but are completely outclassed by the three mentioned. Jegantha is a giant elk for what it's worth.

Naya Commanders

The addition of alone would both power up the deck and make it run smoother without having to invest in expensive cards. There are a bunch of great Giants in green on a budget and it seems that WotC is making more and more Green giants in modern times, compared to the old days, making it a safe choice when it comes to future additions.

Mayael the Anima - A fantastic and strong choice. Naya colors and a strong mana-sink for when your hand is empty. Having expensive giants is perfect for her ability! A top-notch choice. Highly recommended. Mayael's Aria is a fun card!

Atla Palani, Nest Tender - Hatch giants out of eggs! A really great way to cheat on mana costs. A pretty good choice and a funny one. I have one for trade.

Samut, Voice of Dissent - Granting haste to your team and being able to surprise-untap a giant to block an attack is pretty good utility. A good--but not excellent--choice.

Marisi, Breaker of the Coil - A decent choice. Goading opponents' creatures would allow your own giants to swing in with impunity. I have one for trade.

Gahiji, Honored One - An all-right choice. The ability powers up our team and incentivizes your opponents to attack each other. It's a giant beast, for what it's worth.

Four-Color Commanders:

I'm not sure why one would want to run four colors when one could easily run all five, but there are two very interesting choices for generals in the Blue-less combination. Personally I find the Blue giants better than the Black giants though. None of the options for Black-less are any good for Giant Tribal.

Saskia the Unyielding - Her ability is no joke when it comes to smashing face. A good choice, but we can probably do better.

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper - Now THIS is an interesting commander combo. Make a sort of loose lifegain theme around Giant Tribal. If you want to have a truly unique take on Giant Tribal that nobody has ever seen, this may be the way. I have Ikra Shidiqi for trade, but not Bruse.


Oloro, Ageless Ascetic and Ruhan of the Fomori can be commanders, but I think they won't be very good for Giant Tribal


I would highly recommend running Morophon, the Boundless or Mayael the Anima as your general, with Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Kenrith, the Returned King being equally as good--if not better (mechanically). You'll get to play more giants, better giants, and ramp into them easier--all while still staying on a budget. Also, these commanders actually facilitate giant tribal and a concept.

I'm really intrigued with the Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper too.

Optimator on Giant's Deck

5 months ago

Potential Non-Boros Commanders: Show

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Everytime Deathtouch I get this Feeling

8 months ago

Can't you feel my sword slice fast? Don't want you to last, you need Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and the life!

RambIe on I want an enchantress commander …

9 months ago

wow now that's a tough one.
I guess if i was in your shoes i would settle for Tymna the Weaver & Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

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