Choose two —
- Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
- Target player discards a card.
- Destroy target artifact.
- Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
|Want (2)||glyph2k2 , illsv|
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|Dragons of Tarkir (DTK)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Kolaghan's Command occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
All decks: 0.19%
All decks: 0.28%
Kolaghan's Command Discussion
1 month ago
Since this is a DCM deck, here are a couple staples to consider:
Demonic Tutor is a no brainer.
Liliana of the Veil is another staple.
You need some more worthy reanimation target, one of my favorite being Sire Of Insanity .
1 month ago
2 months ago
Thoughts on the deck now? With arcanists, it might be a good idea to try more proactive spells to recast like Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek . If you play The Royal Scions , you can recast spells like Kolaghan's Command , Dreadbore , Drown in the Loch , etc. Do you think Mystic Sanctuary is too slow? You can loop it with Deprive to counter your opponent out of the game. Just a thought :)
2 months ago
Thanks so much for commenting!!
After Standard rotated (with the Ixalan block no longer being legal), I stopped playing Standard and haven’t been back since — I haven’t played the format with Core 2020 or Throne of Eldraine. Mostly this was because I could no longer play my Pirates!!
Then, Pioneer popped up, and just like you, it got me thinking. I haven’t thrown a list together yet, but I had considered upgrading these Pirates and seeing how they’d do in the new environment.
I would LOVE to have a discussion with you on how to upgrade this decklist for the new format. Send me a PM here on Tappedout, and maybe we can do a Google Hangouts or whatever and have an actual chat about it!
I don’t really have much of an idea about the Pioneer metagame. Is it even settled yet into smallish group of dominant strategies, or is it still wide open? I honestly have not been paying much attention.
Since Pioneer is basically Return to Ravnica forward, minus fetch lands, here are my initial thoughts right off the bat:
Mainboard Duress moves aside for the full playset of Thoughtseize . When they reprinted this in Theros, I immediately thought it would be absurd in an aggressive shell, and Pirates is perfect for that. Given the incredible performance of Drill Bit as auxiliary hand disruption out of the sideboard (we only run in when we are on the play or against hard Control), I’d say we would be happy to mainboard 4 copies of Thoughtseize .
Mana Confluence : Maybe run four of these over Dragonskull Summit ? If we can reduce the probability of playing taplands (and therefore having slow starts that could cost us games) to 0%, I feel like we would be well-served. When I did lose games with this deck, over half the time I’d say it was to drawing awkward mana and having too many Summits coming in tapped. If the meta is aggressive or burn-heavy, we might want to think twice before running so much pain in our mana base, but it’s worth considering.
Rending Volley : Possible sideboard option? Don’t know the meta but this is a fairly good color hoser. The other card in this Dragons of Tarkir cycle that we have access to, Self-Inflicted Wound , comes to mind as well, but it doesn’t strike me as a competitive enough to be playable in Pioneer.
Ob Nixilis's Cruelty : I think this is still a really good removal spell for the sideboard. Deals with indestructible, stops graveyard strategies and reanimation, and gets things with 5 toughness off of the board ( Siege Rhino comes to mind here). What do you think?
Sorcerous Spyglass vs. Phyrexian Revoker : As a creature, Revoker is squishier and easier to kill, but it does advance our clock faster against control and combo decks because it can attack. Losing the ability to peek at the opponent’s hand is also a drawback, but with hand disruption and Game 1 information, we should already have a pretty good idea of what the opponent has and is relying on. Revoker can also turn off mana dorks, since his ability does cover mana abilities, so that’s an upside too. This gives us some play against ramp decks, and since Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves are in the format, I’d say we might want to have an extra card against ramp!
March of the Drowned : I still think this is one of best cards against grindy matchups and Control decks, and depending on how Pioneer’s meta is, we might even want to play more than two copies. It’s a really cheap and efficient reanimation card for Pirates.
Kolaghan's Command : This card seems too good to ignore for the sideboard. Extra removal, hand disruption, reanimation and artifact hate on one card? I’d say it’s better than Angrath's Rampage even though it costs more (and it is an instant, too).
New Pirates?: I know Core 2020 added Glint-Horn Buccaneer , which at 3 mana and 4 toughness is very interesting and within our curve. It’s far sturdier than all our other creatures, does have haste, and causes incremental damage when we discard a card to its ability. This could be very useful against Control or grindy midrange in particular, since it can help us get through land pockets if we run into one. Against aggro matchups, it blocks fairly well if we are on the ropes. Definitely not a bad Pirate or a bad three-drop. But what to cut for it? Is it just a sideboard piece too? Or do we skip it? Also, are there other new Pirates in these colors that I am overlooking?
Anyway, those are my initial thoughts. Shoot me a private message and I’ll give you my gmail and maybe we can link up and have a real discussion! I agree with you that there is real potential here! Thanks for your interest and have a great day!!
2 months ago
What I would do to add a little bit of consistency is add a single Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . Also I would try turning your Abrade and Bedevil into Kolaghan's Command they are easier to cast and have 4 modes. I would turn Dreadbore and Kalitas into Murderous Rider so you have three copies. Maybe turn the Ritual of Soot into Languish and through them in the sideboard and fill them with another Thoughtseize and Murderous Rider . I would also turn the Search for Azcanta Flip into Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip.
Best of luck to you sir and I hope you dominate your OGS.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Zavthedav23w Wow, thanks for that monster of an answer! I like that you already tried different approaches of Shadow. I'm definitely adding more Mishra's Bauble and Once Upon a Time as soon as I get my hands on some. Snapcaster Mage seems like a must, so will add that most likely 2 times as well. Wrenn and Six was an option I once thought about - but simply forgot about it (which is hard because it's so powerful). So I will see if I can get a copy to playtest it. Swapping Serum Visions for Thought Scour also seems to be worth it, especially when I play Mishra's Bauble 4 times so I am not that dependent on Serum's Scry mechanic. Liliana of the Veil will go to the sideboard when I get to test the new additions. You're right, she seems to be a better sideboard card. Kolaghan's Command will go as well, even though I think I'm gonna miss it :( But hey, it doesn't have to be forever.
Grixis seems interesting, I have to look up some lists and see how it works exactly. Esper had some cool ideas I wanted to play around with (namely Ranger-Captain of Eos , Teferi, Time Raveler , Path to Exile ), but the more I look at it, the slower it seems, especially regarding Ranger-Captain of Eos with the 2w in his cost. Well, I will look into some Grixis lists, buy some cards and then I will update here! Maybe I will participate in something like FNM (for the first time in my life) next week or the week after, to just playtest against some strangers. Another huge thank you for your insights, ideas and tips!
2 months ago
You're deck seems pretty solid aside from that it needs just a little bit of tweaking. I've been playing Shadow for quite some time and I can say that it is quite a blast to pilot! That being said, there are a couple ways you could go form here, I recommend doing the following: I recommend dropping your 3 cost cards ( Liliana of the Veil , Kolaghan's Command ). Those cards normally are better post-sideboard since they're more of "grind" cards. Definitely add 3 more Mishra's Bauble . The upside is insane, especially in a Tarmogoyf deck. 1. Artifact in the yard, 2. essentially a 0-mana cantrip, 3. also is technically letting you play with 4 less cards, this is because it is always going to turn into a different card for 0. Which actually increases efficiency quite a bit, 4. it lets you know what you're going to draw, or what the opponent might draw. Death's Shadow is played mainly like this: clear the way for your Death's Shadow to stick and then hold up Stubborn Denial just in case they draw something. Mishra's Bauble gives you a heads up on what answers your opponent may or may not draw. PLAY 4! This also leads to Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek . Always play 4 seizes and 2 inquisitions(maybe more) because they are how you clear the way. A turn 1 bauble (look on top and decide to: fetch, shock, or cycle Street Wraith then fetch) into Thoughtseize is probably the best scenario. That's also a turn 2 Shadow. Tarfire is fine, unfortunately it doesn't do really that much, 2 damage doesn't always kill what you want it to kill. I'd play 1 because the tribal type in the yard is beneficial for your goyfs. You may have trouble finding slots for Lightning Bolt and your removal package is already really solid. Since you're playing green, Traverse the Ulvenwald is a MUST! It ALWAYS gets what you need, especially with an array of fetches, cycle creatures, and baubles. (You should be playing at least 9 fetch lands, and 17 lands is more ideal, that way you get more action and almost every turn you get the full 3 life lost(also revolt on Fatal Push )). If you really wanted, to increase stuff in the yard, you could potentially play Thought Scour mainboard(I wouldn't play it in the side however). But definetly keep 2 and then add 2 more. Once Upon a Time has really been shining lately in tournaments so I would add 2 maybe? The leverage it gives is amazing. I'd cut your Serum Visions for Thought Scour if that was the route you wanted to go. Cut a Temur Battle Rage , 2 is enough since the third more often than not ends up being a dead draw and just sits in your hand, also you might need that slot for something better. If you wanted a planeswalker in your main board, you could keep Liliana, or go for Wrenn and Six . I'd playtest first but Wrenn has really dominated lately, if you ever get to ult it offers so much advantage. That's what I've got for that part but I'll answer your questions as best I can.
Biggest Weaknesses: Surprisingly, Death's Shadow has really good matchups all around, the only bad matchup is Humans, maybe tron. You do have to watch your life total against burn but you should win most of those games. You don't really need to build around however since those "bad" matchups are still favorable considering other modern decks and their bad matchups. You thrive on being fast and aggressive, the longer the game goes the more chance your opponent has for stopping your plans. So be fast and aggressive, but smart and also conservative with your Shadows and Goyfs.
A super awesome archetype to try: Grixis Death's Shadow. This is my personal favorite variant of the Death's Shadow builds, I'd recommend checking it out. I touched on most of the cards you should be playing(traverse, Bauble, etc.), but really it's up to you!
If you want to ditch green, go for grixis Shadow, I tried Esper for awhile and it's fun but feels more like a midrange deck. If that's what you want however, look up some lists and compare cards, you should find a bit.
Against creature heavy decks, the key is to pick their hand. Most won't be able to kill your creatures once they get big enough, so use your hand disruption to take the creatures that will be most annoying. Think about what cards you have that can deal with their creatures and spells, then pick what to take from the bunch.
(pro tip, if you see a Snapcaster Mage , take it because it can hypothetically just buy back whatever you discard instead).
I'm interested to see how your deck turns out! I hope I was helpful.