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Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive
Legendary Creature — Human Rogue
Creatures you control with power or toughness 1 or less can't be blocked.
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1 month ago
Hey, good changes so far. Looking nice with a really low avg. CMC.
Some budget defender upgrades to consider.
- Orator of Ojutai --> Hover Barrier
- Sunscape Familiar --> Gatecreeper Vine
- Wall of Roots --> Cathedral Membrane
- Shield-Wall Sentinel --> Geist of the Archives
- Wall of Stolen Identity --> Marble Titan
- Wall of Junk --> Fog Bank
- Walking Bulwark --> Consider
- Crashing Drawbridge --> Suspicious Bookcase
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 --> Aegis of the Heavens
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.
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.
1 month ago
Ramses is definitely one of the coolest reimagined legends from DMU. LOVE the flavor text.
2 months ago
Hey all. I was debating making another rule 0 deck, this time featuring the canon couple of Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and his wife Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner. I was wondering if any more experienced players and deck builders could tell me if there are any glaring issues eith this pairing? Like, anything blatantly overpowered?
2 months ago
Hey, carpecanum, thanks for the comment!
Odric, Lunarch Marshal is going in immediately. Minding him, I think there's some other walls I could add in to make his ability that much stronger.
I've seen Wave of Reckoning in pretty much every Arcades deck I researched and slowly but surely I'm coming around to adding it.
As for Sight of the Scalelords, that would mess up some of my other cards like Slaughter the Strong, Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive, and Fell the Mighty. Besides, I already have four things (if you include Odric) to give vigilance.
3 months ago
Nice build! I love wall tribal, and with Bant colors there's a ton of possibilities. One major downside to wall tribal is, as you mentioned in your description, the fact that they need to be able to deal damage as well. I recommend running more than two cards in your 99 which allow you to assign damage equal to a defender's toughness. The reason I say this is in most playgroups, you'll run into folks waiting to cast removal on your enchantments (or Arcades himself). That being said, run a lot of counter spells or flicker!
Here's a small sample of cards that I especially like in my wall deck:
Rolling Stones or Huatli, the Sun's Heart for an additional two defender enhancements. Glaring Spotlight or Ghostway for protection. Wave of Reckoning might be less niche than Slaughter the Strong, but both are nice cards. Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive and Stoneskin are always a fun combo.
Please stop by my build as well as provide some feedback as well! https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/12-06-22-edh-arcades-the-strategist/
Thanks for sharing your deck
4 months ago
wolfhead Thanks for the suggestions! Going into blue is definitely tempting but the one thing I actually own in paper is the abzan mana base, so that would be tough on the wallet. Man Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive seems sweet tho. Shape the Sands and Concealing Curtains Flip both seem sweet, but I'm at a loss on what I could swap them for. Really great suggestions!
4 months ago
And hear me out, a card that works great with both tower defense and ensnaring bridge is Ornithopter.
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive does as well.
Gilded Goose gets sweet as your mana curve gets lower,
Arboreal grazer is sweet I'd definitely keep him and some harbingers
And I know it's a non-bo with collected company but I gotta make the obligatory statement about how sweet Lingering Souls is with tower defense,
Though is it too slow nowadays even with bridge? Shit I feel old. At least it can chump a giant murktide for a while
8 months ago
I've played with this deck many times. I often miss the chance to draw at least one of the twelve cards of Gauntlets of Light, High Alert, and Huatli, the Sun's Heart. and I used to have Moon-Blessed Cleric in it as well. The spearhead is to deal direct damage, and be unblockable, so if I have Twisted Image, while if I were blocked, the creature would certainly die, but regardless if I have somethings like Aqueous Form, Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive, and Access Tunnel, I will have a good chance of not having to worry about it. One direct hit from Charix is good enough.