Orator of Ojutai

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed 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
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Orator of Ojutai

Creature — Bird Monk

As an additional cost to cast Orator of Ojutai, you may reveal a Dragon card from your hand.

Defender, flying

When Orator of Ojutai enters the battlefield, if you revealed a Dragon card or controlled a Dragon as you cast Orator of Ojutai, draw a card.

keizerbuns on Prepare to get WALLoped

1 week ago

Thanks for the suggestions kamarupa!

I did actually consider Orator of Ojutai over Wall of Omens, but I figured the guaranteed extra card was better than having a flyer. However, given how often I tend to have Arcades, the Strategist in play or at least in my hand, it's worth at least adding him into the sideboard. Speaking of sideboards, Slaughter the Strong is definitely going in there too!

I also considered running Eladamri's Call but decided it was a little too expensive to run and I didn't really want to take out anything to replace it with.

I'm still on the fence about whether I want to add Wall of Denial or not. It is a really good card with amazing stats, but I wanted to keep every creature in the deck 2 CMC and under, except for Arcades and Axebane Guardian because of how vital they are to the deck. But maybe I'll add Wall of Denial in the future after some more real world playtesting.

Thanks again, I really appreciate it!

kamarupa on Prepare to get WALLoped

2 weeks ago

I feel like with both Wall of Blossoms and Wall of Omens, Orator of Ojutai deserves some consideration. Namely, it's got Flying, which is useful evasion the other two don't have. It's considerably less useful in finding an Arcades, but better when building up creatures for a swing.

Your Sideboard doesn't look filled out, so I think Slaughter the Strong is a [cough] strong contender. It's been very effective one-sided removal IME.

Maybe too pricey and not as useful as your current non-creature spells, but I think Eladamri's Call is also a good fit here. The advantage is offers, while not being as broadly useful, is that's it more specifically useful in that it gets the exact creature you need, compared to the gamble of the top X or 5.

Finally, IME, Wall of Denial is a serious threat. Flying, tough, and difficult to remove, opponents are not happy to see it. Not sure it's really needed, but it def makes kills faster with its big toughness.

multimedia on Defending budget commander deck

3 months ago

Hey, good changes so far. Looking nice with a really low avg. CMC.

Some budget defender upgrades to consider.

Orator of Ojutai is another two drop defender who can draw ETB if you control Arcades and it has flying. Sunscape Familiar and Wall of Roots are more defenders who ramp. Shield-Wall Sentinel is a defender tutor. Wall of Stolen Identity is good in multiplayer Commander and it ETB as the creature you choose with defender. Identity and Shield-Wall are some higher mana cost defenders, but their ETB abilities are worth it.

Wall of Junk has been errata to have defender, it can return itself to your hand if it blocks making it bonus good with vigilance. Walking Bulwark and Crashing Drawbridge are low mana cost defenders who can give other creatures you control haste.

Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive makes your defenders unblockable. What makes Tower Defense good here is it gives all creatures you control the instant pump for two mana. Aegis of the Heavens only targets one creature for three mana.


Because Arcades triggers to draw when a defender ETB then blink can be a powerful effect. Blink can also enable an infinite turns combo where attacking Arcades and/or defenders are the wincon.

Eerie Interlude can protect all your creatures from a board wipe since your creatures return to the battlefield at the next end step. If Arcades is exiled along with defenders then when the creatures come back you draw. To price match for a possible cut, Eerie could replace Voidslime? Cutting Voidslime will also clear some budget to add some of the more price defenders I suggested above.

At your end step Soulherder can be repeatable blink of any creature you control. With Arcades blinking a defender is draw, if the blinked defender has an ETB ability it triggers again and gives the defender pseudo vigilance since it will ETB untapped. Blink can also reset Shield Sphere and Wall of Roots.

If your game plan is to attack with defenders thanks to Arcades then how about extra attacks from extra turns? Adding this combo and Eerie Interlude are some reasons to keep Mnemonic Wall.

Cast Aeons and at your end step Soulherder blinks Mnemonic returning Aeons to your hand. On your extra turn cast Aeons and repeat. If you control Arcades then you also draw at your end step, but you only get extra turns equal to the number of cards in your library.

xram666 on

2 years ago

Hi. Nice Deck. +1 from me. Some suggestions from me:

maybe you want to take a look at me Arcades Deck: Arcades the new leadsinger of the Rolling Stones

zapyourtumor on Soul of Winter

2 years ago

Orator of Ojutai is like a Wall of Omens with flying

kamarupa on Draconic Sentinel

3 years ago

You can read the really long bit below or look at my Defender's deck: 'fender-benders. Pretty much the same thing. I think I'm 1-2 lands short of what the deck needs.

I suggest cutting Tower Defense. If your walls aren't big enough to block, Tower Defense isn't likely to help - it's pretty useless against too many things - Deathtouch, board-wipes, removal, discard, etc, etc. Additionally, in my experience, it usually didn't accelerate a win.

I also suggest you cut Assault Formation. It's great to have a back-up plan, but Assault Formation is significantly worse than Arcardes.

I suggest adding 4x Time of Need . This will not only negate the need for Assault Formation, but also tutor up a Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive. With Time of Need, I think you could also cut 1xTetsuko. Additionally, you could add 1x Rogue's Passage to further ensure you can get creatures through.

I think Wall of Denial is better than Tree of Redemption in every way except flavor.

I suggest cutting Wall of Mulch in favor of Wall of Omens and Orator of Ojutai . It's just not good to sacrifice any creature - The dorks need Defenders to kick out the mana, especially if Freed from the Real+Blue Sun's Zenith is a wincon. Additionally, if dorks are going to tap for mana, additional creatures are needed to block. And, with Time of Need, the "need" to draw cards is considerably less.

Sylvan Caryatid is worth considering if you can afford it. While it doesn't tap for nearly the mana you get with Axebane Guardian or Overgrown Battlements, it does mana-fix and can't be easily removed. "Bolt the bird" pretty much applies to Axebane Guardian. I went with a full set of both Caryatids and Guardians to help keep the mana-base consistent. I'd also say that the more dorks you have, the less land you need. I think you could run 21-22 lands with 8+ dorks. Because Arcades draws you a card for each played Defender, the more Defenders you can pack in the better.

In my experience, opponents remove Arcades as quickly as possible. Therefore, something to protect him: Muddle the Mixture - the drawback to this spell is also its strong-point - It can tutor Tetsuko or other 2-drop Defenders, or you can use it to tutor Time of Need, which, while being a round-about strategy, is still useful. But that also means you're less likely to have it in hand when you need to protect the Arcades you just spent 5 mana to get. Both Negate and Heroic Intervention are stronger, but less synergistic and slightly less flavorful. There are, of course, other spells - these are just my top picks.

Beast Within is the broadest removal in the game and in a Defenders deck, tends to be pretty funny as most of the Defenders are at least 0/4. (making the 3/3 Beast irrelevant). In the same vein, Slaughter the Strong is equally fantastic. It's like they made it with Arcades and Tetsuko in mind.

Seaside Citadel is better than Rupture Spire.

Sideboard spells:

I really like Shalai, Voice of Plenty in the sideboard. Just 1x is enough because 4xTime of Need. Teyo, the Shieldmage is also a great synergy spell to counter burn decks. Return to Nature is the new Naturalize , and either is solid in any sideboard. Pithing Needle can be useful, as can Elixir of Immortality and Ratchet Bomb .

KeksimusMaximus on Faux Pacifism

3 years ago

Recommendations: Zetalpa, Primal Dawn - 4/8 double striker means 16 flying, indestructible damage a turn whenever Arcades is out.

Sylvan Library - Independent, cheap draw engine that gives you value even before you drop Arcades.

Rhystic Study - See Sylvan Library.

Birds of Paradise - It's just a good turn one play that gets you ahead in both ramp and fixing.

City of Brass and Mana Confluence are both excellent lands that enter untapped and get you all of your colors.

Eladamri's Call - Fetches your Brago, King Eternal to hand so you can start blinking all your walls.

Orator of Ojutai - Draws you two cards on ETB whenever Arcades is out.

Portcullis Vine is slower than Wall of Mulch , but can provide extra draw from your Walls once they're on the battlefield if you can't find a way to blink or bounce them, consider this a weak recommendation.

Soulsworn Jury - Functions as a card draw early, can then be used to deter opponents from making splashy plays.

Wall of Kelp - Gives you a repeatable source of card draw when Arcades is out.

In general this doesn't seem like a combo list, so the low average CMC isn't as important as it would be with a deck that wants to set up and win the game in the same turn cycle. I'd recommend running more bombs to give you impactful plays in the late game, and maybe some cards like Containment Priest or Lavinia, Azorius Renegade to allow you to get to that late game.

ZacCarr on Arcades EDH Defender Deck

3 years ago

Shield Sphere , Orator of Ojutai (Arcades is a Dragon), Wall of Shards (Just use the life gain politically in EDH)

Feel free to check out my deck, I've been tuning it for a while. Always trying to push the creature count to the limits and trying to maximize ETB effects and toughness. So much fun and can easily win!

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