Karlach, Fury of Avernus

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vintage Legal

Karlach, Fury of Avernus

Legendary Creature — Tiefling Barbarian

Whenever you attack, if it's the first combat phase of the turn, untap all attacking creatures. They gain first strike until end of turn. After this phase, there is an additional combat phase.

Choose a background (You can have a Background as a second commander.)

Slashdance on A Thunder of Dragons

2 months ago

@ MyFETTish

Yeah, Triumph of the Hordes could def do some work in here, but I'm just not a fan of winning by infect sometimes. I don't think it's fun, and not really thinking it fits "dragons" so much.

But it is a good idea, for sure ... we could easily take out 1, 2, or even 3 players with it. Not sure if my local meta would like that, but it's a fine add for anybody else with this deck. =)

And, about the commander, I go over that in the primer above. In fact, it's the first accordion block available to click on: "Wait, what? Why no DRAGON for our commander?"

It says:

"Glad you asked!

Our original Commander was Thrakkus the Butcher. He is actually the original inspiration for the deck and our choice of colors. But his 5 mana CMC with at least 1 of red and green feels a bit high as a removal magnet.

After some thought we are leaned more towards Ganax, Astral Hunter with Acolyte of Bahamut as the Background so we can not only play with the new mechanic but also get some mana relief earlier and repeatedly into the game. This plays perfectly into a deck with many high-cost fatties!

Unfortunately, though we can get Acolyte into play sooner than our commander, we cannot use Acolyte to help pay for our commander since it transfers the ability TO the commander ... and he's not in play yet. Making matters worse, once we summon our commander, we STILL cannot use the ability from Acolyte because our commander would have been the first dragon cast that turn. Thus, to use Acolyte to save mana, we must wait until our next turn and hope that our commander is still alive to provide mana relief for our next "first" dragons. This is NOT ideal, as now our commander is a HUGE target even more than before, and we're taking up two cards to play our commander. Ugh.

To tell the truth, the BEST commander for our dragon deck is actually going to be Karlach, Fury of Avernus, with the background Acolyte of Bahamut. Karlach has the awesome ability to give us 2 combat rounds each turn to really push our damage output to the max, AND we get the bonus of using Acolyte's mana reduction for a dragon every turn, even the first turn we put our commander into play. Even better is that she, herself, doesn't need to attack in order to trigger a 2nd attack phase, which most of creatures with similar abilities do, so we can keep her protected by not attacking if it is strategically sound to do so.

Yes, she's going to be an even larger target for removal, but justifiably so. This is okay, she's worth it. She's one of those creatures you want out early and often, and being a Commander her allows her to return a lot, and we'll have plenty of mana to spend. Plus, we can drop Thrakkus in behind her, and getting double damage in 2 attack rounds ... BRILLIANT!

That all said, this doesn't exactly play into our "ultimate" dragon theme deck as well, as Karlach is NOT a dragon. But what she lacks in creature type she gains in a background, and in the spirit of D&D, being an "Acolyte of Bahamut" means she worships dragons near religiously, and so thematically we can play her as a devoted practitioner of dragon summoning.

So, if we want the MOST effective and dangerous dragon deck there is, Karlach, Fury of Avernus is our go-to commander, imho. She's pretty badass!

See further down below for some other commander options!"

Thanks for stopping by!

legendofa on So what are the Background …

3 months ago

Haven't built any of these yet, but here's a few that caught my eye.

Erinis, Gloom Stalker + Scion of Halaster for that pauper dredgey goodness.

Burakos, Party Leader + Folk Hero might have to stretch a bit on the Wizards, but it could be doable.

Karlach, Fury of Avernus + Haunted One for a pretty good representation of my current D&D character.

Ganax, Astral Hunter + Feywild Visitor because Dragons like Treasure.

TypicalTimmy on So what are the Background …

3 months ago

I want to try my hand at building Karlach, Fury of Avernus with Raised by Giants. Now Karlach is a 10/10 who lands a second combat phase the first time he swings. That's 20 commander damage if he connects both times. One simple little boon and he swings for lethal each turn.

A little protection, a little "Can't be blocked" and suddenly you TKO any opponent in one swing. Go for the greatest threat at the table first and work your way down.

Idk man sounds kinda Gruul to me shrug

legendofa on Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's …

3 months ago

I'm happier than I should be to see Circle of the Land Druid be a Gnome Druid. Favorite race, favorite class. Of course, my current D&D character is a tiefling barbarian, so I should consider something with Karlach, Fury of Avernus and... Haunted One, I guess. Just an ordinary person until bad stuff started happening to and around him. (He's a dark and edgy character for a grimdark setting. Very FromSoftware-inspired.)

I feel like Wrathful Red Dragon shouldn't be able to target a player with Form of the Dragon, based on flavor alone.

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