“Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.” (Daniel 5:5-6)

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While browsing EDHREC I saw the commander Geralf, Visionary Stitcher. While intriguing I ultimately found mono blue too limiting in considering building Geralf. But by looking at Geralf I started playing around with what commanders cared about toughness. This lead me to Doran, the Siege Tower and Arcades, the Strategist. Deciding Arcades was more interesting to me I spent about two weeks trying to decide if I wanted to build the deck or not. Ultimately I decided in favor for these reasons:

  • Arcades is a draw engine.
  • Arcades can play better into more casual pods then my other higher power decks.
  • Arcades runs cards that are not commonly run in other commander decks.
  • I like old border foils and Arcades is on the cheaper side to foil out.
  • I wanted the challenge that comes with running three colors. Most of my other decks are one to two colors.
  • Elder Dragons including Arcades Sabboth inspired Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) which later was renamed Commander.
I did all of the alters myself by hand using Liquitex professional acrylic paint.

  • Arcades, the Strategist was inspired by the painting "A Good Book" by the artist Ed Beard Jr. He was the one that painted the original Arcades Sabboth artwork.
  • Shield Sphere as of the writing of this currently does not have a foil version. The design of Shield Sphere was inspired by Alan Rabinowitz's artwork for the original art on Shield Sphere.
  • Retribution of the Meek is on the reserved list so it will probably never see a foil version. I was inspired by Travis Lacey's concept artwork "All Seeing."


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33% Casual

67% Competitive

Revision 12 See all

(2 weeks ago)

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Date added 2 months
Last updated 2 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

3 - 0 Mythic Rares

37 - 0 Rares

24 - 0 Uncommons

21 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.28
Tokens Spirit 1/1 C, Treasure
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