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Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer
Legendary Creature — Elf Druid
When Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer enters the battlefield, if you cast it, you may search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost/mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
2 months ago
I have replaced Shared Summons with Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer, which decreased this deck's average converted mana cost from 4.23 to 4.19, because, as awesome as Shared Summons is, I really wanted to put Rocco in at least one of my decks, and I believe that he is a more efficient usage of mana.
5 months ago
I have replaced Ring of Three Wishes with Wargate, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.57 to 3.53, which is very nice, because the ring simply is too expensive to use outside of certain decks. I had contemplated replacing the ring with Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer, but this deck does not quite have a sufficiently strong focus on creatures to make Rocco an optimal choice.
5 months ago
Nonary27 There are a lot of competitive/fringe competitive commanders in both sets.
Cormela, Glamour Thief combos with reanimator spells like Footsteps of the Goryo as long as you have cost reduction cards like Goblin Electromancer or a sac outlet that generates mana. I think she's pretty strong. Anhelo, the Painter is a grixis version of Kalamax, the Stormsire. Probably the best of the new Grixis commanders. Evelyn, the Covetous is weaker than it looks. I don't think there is an infinite blink/flicker/cloning combo piece that's also a vampire. Probably not better than Vela the Night-Clad, even with the extra color. Lord Xander, the Collector has a big impact on casual tables, but is nowhere near as relevant in competitive play. Would put him somewhere close to Evelyn.
Falco Spara, Pactweaver is an okay value engine, but you have to jump through extra hoops to go infinite with it compared to Elsha of the Infinite, so it will be a few tiers lower than Elsha. Rigo, Streetwise Mentor has to compete with Edric, Spymaster of Trest, they want to do more or less the same thing. I'm not sure if Rigo is better or worse.
Ognis, the Dragon's Lash does the same as Grand Warlord Radha. You get an extra color, but have the restriction regarding haste in exchange. Henzie "Toolbox" Torre is just a bad Grim Haruspex that can serve as pseudo-haste-enabler. Not weak, but also not very strong. Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer is a Wargate for creatures in the command zone. Might be the strongest Naya legend to date, although Marath, Will of the Wild is no joke either. Jolene, the Plunder Queen enables untap combos with Black Market Tycoon, but it just ends up being a much worse version of the Freed from the Real combos that other commanders can do.
None of the others are worth mentioning imo.
Commander Legends 2
Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward is similar to Lagrella, all about Fiend Hunter-type flicker/sacrifice combos. Candlekeep Sage is probably the best background for it. Alaundo the Seer is a simic version of Jhoira of the Ghitu, except that it's slower, but also draws cards. Bhaal, Lord of Murder is more or less an Odric's Outrider in the command zone, but that it only counts for nontoken creatures means you can't combo with Scurry Oak, so it's probably not that great. I think Duke Ulder Ravengard combos with Port Razer?
Gale, Waterdeep Prodigy sort of gives all your instants & sorceries flashback, which is usually very powerful. Not sure how good it ends up being in practice however. Ganax, Astral Hunter is basically just Galazeth Prismari. Kagha, Shadow Archdruid is yet another Golgari recursion commander, which are usually at least decent. Jan Jansen, Chaos Crafter goes infinite with Clock of Omens and Liquimetal Coating.
6 months ago
Love the look of this!
Have you considered Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer as another option to fetch up the Nephilim?
6 months ago
I think you should really make sure you have some life gain effects. Your opponents should be hitting you with a lot of chip damage. You could easily find yourself just getting whittled down to the point where you can't go on offense. Lifegain is probably a good way to keep yourself going.
I agree with TypicalTimmy's idea about aristocrats being a good option. You'll want resiliency in your game plan and the ability to hit everyone at once.
I'll propose a different route: Naya tokens. Use the soul sisters and Trostani, Selesnya's Voice to gain life and kill everyone with Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors. Your goal won't necessarily be to hit everyone with a Craterhoof, but rather to get loads of blockers out there and killing everyone while you do it. I'd roll with Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer as your commander so you can tutor up the Purphoros or the soul sisters.
Honestly the mutate thing sounds super fun, but I think it might fall apart with you as the arch enemy.
7 months ago
I have replaced Zhur-Taa Ancient with Fleetfoot Dancer, which reduced the average converted mana cost ofthis deck from 4.24 to 4.23; as great as the ancient was, I felt that it did not fit the theme of this deck; I had also considered both Brazen Upstart and Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer for this deck, but I ultimately chose the dancer.