Pako, Arcane Retriever

Pako, Arcane Retriever

Legendary Creature — Elemental Dog

Partner with Haldan, Avid Arcanist (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Haldin, Avid Arcanist into their hand from their library, then shuffle.)


Whenever Pako, Arcane Retriever attacks, exile the top card of each player's library and put a fetch counter on each of them. Put a +1/+1 counter on Pako for each noncreature card exiled this way.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2020 (C20) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Highlander Legal

Pako, Arcane Retriever Discussion

TheAnnihilator on pskinn01

1 hour ago

I can do foils, yes. :) Cash is fine by me too.

As for what I have on hand, I have the Crucible of Worlds that I would value at $40, a playset of identical Pikachu Lightning Helix that I would take $40 for the set, a foil promo Smash to Smithereens that I'd value at $10.

I'd be glad to do Haldan, Avid Arcanist and Pako, Arcane Retriever as Shaggy and Scoob, though I'd need reference for the art style as sadly the gang has gone through many changes over the years.

SynergyBuild on Do you want to make ...

4 weeks ago

Partner commanders are powerful, and often free your deck's ability to do more than a single commander deck. Companions give decks restrictions on what cards they can run. By running both it limits your deck even more, since most partner pairings don't work with the companion requirements.

Yorion, Sky Nomad and Lutri, the Spellchaser straight up can't be run as companions, and Jegantha, the Wellspring won't work since it requires five colors, and no partner pairing currently allows for it. No partner pairing also allows for Lurrus of the Dream-Den. Gyruda, Doom of Depths also can't be run, since no partners are both even cmc and have black in their color identity. Kaheera, the Orphanguard also can't work, since the types aren't found on partners that can be run together.

That leaves only 4 total companions theoretically able to be run. Obosh, the Preypiercer, Zirda, the Dawnwaker, Keruga, the Macrosage, and Umori, the Collector.

Now, what lists are now able to be run?

  1. Gorm the Great/Virtus the Veiled

  2. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  3. Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Tana, the Bloodsower

  4. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Vial Smasher the Fierce

  5. Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Vial Smasher the Fierce

  6. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Tana, the Bloodsower

  7. Tana, the Bloodsower/Vial Smasher the Fierce

  8. Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa/Tymna the Weaver

  9. Ravos, Soultender/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  10. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Tymna the Weaver

  11. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa

  12. Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Tymna the Weaver

  13. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Ravos, Soultender

  14. Ravos, Soultender/Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa

  15. Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa

  16. Nikara, Lair Scavenger/Yannik, Scavenging Sentinel

  17. Cazur, Ruthless Stalker  Flip/Ukkima, Stalking Shadow

  18. Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Silas Renn, Seeker Adept

  19. Silas Renn, Seeker Adept/Thrasios, Triton Hero

  20. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Thrasios, Triton Hero

  21. Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Thrasios, Triton Hero

  22. Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  23. Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix/Silas Renn, Seeker Adept

  24. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix

  25. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Silas Renn, Seeker Adept

  26. Thrasios, Triton Hero/Vial Smasher the Fierce

  27. Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix/Vial Smasher the Fierce

  28. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist

  29. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Kraum, Ludevic's Opus

  30. Silas Renn, Seeker Adept/Tana, the Bloodsower

  31. Kraum, Ludevic's Opus/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  32. Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  33. Tana, the Bloodsower/Tymna the Weaver

  34. Ravos, Soultender/Tana, the Bloodsower

  35. Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder/Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

  36. Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  37. Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa/Vial Smasher the Fierce

  38. Akiri, Line-Slinger/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  39. Akiri, Line-Slinger/Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

  40. Thrasios, Triton Hero/Tymna the Weaver

  41. Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker/Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

  42. Ravos, Soultender/Thrasios, Triton Hero

  43. Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix/Tymna the Weaver

  44. Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix/Ravos, Soultender

  45. Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa/Silas Renn, Seeker Adept

  46. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper/Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker

Wow, that only took a half hour longer to write up than expected.

Which of these would you want to make, if any, and how would you make them?

Elmalco on When Lazav steals your deck tech and makes you cry

1 month ago

Just had a Pako, Arcane Retriever & Haldan, Avid Arcanist deck steal all my mill engines and absolutely slaughter me... Karma

Gakros on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

3 months ago

Haldan, Avid Arcanist,Pako, Arcane Retriever,Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath are T2 while
1.Atla Palani, Nest Tender dropped to T2.5 even she should be higher now without flash hulk around
2.Tayam, Luminous Enigma is at T3 with plenty of combos around her.
3.Nethroi, Apex of Death is a T4? he is a bomb in the command zone!

Phroggy1 on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

3 months ago

Sephyrias as Frostman1255 said, Ukkima, Stalking Shadow  Flip with cazar is a powerful sultai food chain commander that no longer needs a wincon in the deck as ukkima can finish once you have food chain, free's up a few cards in the 99. but i second the Haldan, Avid Arcanist and Pako, Arcane Retriever do nothing on their own and certainly don't belong where they are on the list.

Sephyrias on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

3 months ago

Some notes:

Prossh, Skyraider of Kher has dropped far. Either that, or the commander powercreep of the past 2-3 sets caught up to him and now there are simply a dozen new options on the same level. Maybe both.

Why are Cazur, Ruthless Stalker and Ukkima, Stalking Shadow  Flip tier 1.5? Why are Haldan, Avid Arcanist and Pako, Arcane Retriever tier 2?

How much of all this is caused by Thassa's Oracle?

Meth_Labrador on Pako and Haldan on a walk

3 months ago

Hello! Nice deck, I am also building Haldan and Pako and I think I might have some ideas on which cards you should put away from your deck. I think that both Agent of Treachery and Avenger of Zendikar are costing too much mana. Also they are creatures so maybe you could exile them and they could be dead cards. I think that Oblivion Sower is a much better card in this deck especially because if you exiled a lot of lands from someone you could just cast this for 6 mana and potentially get more lands out of it. If you would like to use Agent of Treachery to steal something then you can just play Telemin Performance or just go for the good old Blatant Thievery. Maybe Omnath, Locus of the Roil is a bit better card than Tatyova, Benthic Druid because he will provide you with the same card draw and he will plus Pako, Arcane Retriever as he is also an elemental. Otherwise I think this looks like a cool deck altogether.

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