Popular Entertainer

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Popular Entertainer

Legendary Enchantment — Background

Commander creatures you own have "Whenever one or more creatures you control deal combat damage to a player, goad target creature that player controls." (Until your next turn, that creature attacks each combat if able and attacks a player other than you if able.)

Gingervitis on Mono-Red """"Staxs""""

1 year ago


If you are concerned about making this deck just a little better, you could add a background such as Street Urchin, Guild Artisan, or Popular Entertainer.

king-saproling on Mighty Manotaur

1 year ago

How bout these? Keen Sense, Rogue's Gloves, One with Nature, Mask of Memory, Destructive Urge, Latulla's Orders, Kusari-Gama, Scepter of Celebration, Umezawa's Jitte, Bloodforged Battle-Axe, Bloodthirsty Blade, Goblin Diplomats.

Just a heads up that the way The Reaver Cleaver is worded (gives the equipped creature the ability via "" rather than the equipment having the ability), if your opponent controls Tahngarth then your opponent will make treasure tokens. Similar issue with Snake Umbra and Popular Entertainer. Bear Umbra would also work this way except that Tahngarth doesn't "attack" when he is given to opponents, they just get him as an attacker. This means Frontier Warmonger will not trigger for Tahngarth when he is attacking during an opp's turn.

CommanderNeyo on Isshin, two attacks for one

1 year ago

Have you considered some of the new Backgrounds, such as:

Guild Artisan, to generate (4) treasure tokens.

Veteran Soldier, to create (6) soldier tokens.

Agent of the Shadow Thieves, to allow you to attack recklessly with Isshin.

Tavern Brawler, since it acts as pseudo-card draw.

Popular Entertainer, to goad your opponents' creatures.

I think that since Isshin is so cheap mana-wise, you can reliably have him and generate value out of the backgrounds. Let me know what you think!

Also, I am in love with Fiery Emancipation, and highly recommend it here as well if you have the budget for it.

amarthaler on EDH Rakdos Group Slug

1 year ago


Out: Sarevok, Deathbringer and Popular Entertainer

In: Rakdos Charm and Drain Life

Swapped out Sarevok and the background as commander to have Obosh, the Preypiercer come in and give it a shot.

Coward_Token on Mighty Manotaur

1 year ago

Oh and beware that Popular Entertainer lets whoever controls Tahngarth be the one who goads, rather than just you

Necrosis24 on Background pairings

1 year ago

I like the idea of a Lulu, Loyal Hollyphant and Clan Crafter as a modular deck. This lets you go wide or kill with commander damage as Lulu has built in evasion. Originally I wanted to build Barrin, Master Wizard but it is hard to justify that price tag.

Volo, Itinerant Scholar and Haunted One mill deck utilizing Changelings and Cloudstone Curio to build up the creature count. Then you will draw a bunch of cards and with Psychic Corrosion in play you can mill for tons. You can also take advantage of Kindred Discovery and Altar of Dementia. When you activate Volo's ability Haunted One will be active so you can sacrifice your changelings to the Altar of Dementia to mill. Then they will return due to undying which will trigger Kindred Discovery and draw you cards to trigger Psychic Corrosion. And then you can sacrifice your changelings to Altar of Dementia once again.

Faceless One + Shameless Charlatan I just think is a funny theme for a clone deck.

Durnan of the Yawning Portal + Popular Entertainer or Passionate Archaeologist (which is his paired background). But instead of using him as a cost reducer for big creatures you would run either small artifact creatures or small creatures in general so you will be paying 0 to 1 mana for each creature. Ideally with multi combat you can get a ton of creatures exiled then cast them all for free or cheap on one turn. This will build the storm count in which you can cast something like Ignite Memories or Volcanic Awakening to close out the game.

Honorable mention for Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward because he makes Settle the Wreckage a fantastic ramp spell with no consequences.

amarthaler on EDH Rakdos Group Slug

1 year ago


I will be removing Tavern Brawler and play testing Popular Entertainer. The flavor of the deck kind of fizzles with this new Background's name and artwork, but I suppose we can imagine Sarevok as providing some ruthless, Rakdos-style entertainment as the crowd watches the table receive and inflict damage no matter what they do in a group slug fest!

Enjoy and please provide feedback if I missed something or incorrectly stated a syngery/mechanic.

amarthaler on EDH Rakdos Group Slug

1 year ago

Thanks for the post and upvote, chilbi!

Yes, that's a very real possibility. The incentive is that I attack with Sarevok every turn, who has a good chance of receiving a 3 or greater buff. Its likely that the defender will want to block rather than take that much Commander damage, especially if I have a damage amplifier out. But yes, if they dont block I will take that damage. This is a group slug deck, so the flavor is definitely why it was my first choice of a Background.

The primary reason I am play testing Tavern Brawler, however, is for the exile effect. This deck lacks a good card draw engine, so this Background often acts as a card filter or even extra draw since I can play it. I have only tested it a few times, and it hasn't been bad enough to make me hate it and replace it yet.

I also plan on testing Guild Artisan, Popular Entertainer and Street Urchin with Sarevok. I will stick with the one which is the most fun in the end!

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