"Going down with the ship is just the beginning"

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Hello there and welcome to my Akiri, Line-Slinger / Malcom, Keen-Eyed Navigator pirate treasure deck


Since the release of Ixalan I have tried many times to make a treasure-based deck work. But so far, I could not get it to a spot where I really liked it. Now, with Malcom, Keen-Eyed Navigator being released, I think I've finally got it into a shape that will be fun for the long run.

The Frugal Dutchmen

The goal of the deck is to go on an adventure with my crew of pirates and other outlaws and gather a huge amount of treasure. Then, instead of spending our riches, we are just going to sit on our hoard like a dragon and find other ways to benefit from having many treasures. Whether it's drawing cards off of them through Shimmer Dragon or Reverse Engineer , making our second commander Akiri, Line-Slinger stronger, getting crazy mana advantage via Inspiring Statuary or Vault of Catlacan , trading them for something more valuable via Indomitable Creativity or damaging our opponents with our wealth through Ghirapur AEther Grid or Reckless Fireweaver .

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Get Rich or Die Trying

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Revel In Riches

As soon as our treasure deposits start building up, the deck will start to accumulate value through them. It's a great feeling to turn all those treasures into carddraw through Shimmer Dragon , or to transform them from lotus petals into moxen with the improvise cards, Urza and Vault of Catlacan . How to best use each of the little trinkets is a fun mental exercise sometimes as moments will occur when they represent a lot of different options.

With all that treasure ready to be spent, we can also afford to run some greedy instant spells to wreak some havoc. With Fury Storm and Spell Swindle being good examples. We're also running some on-theme mana sinks, such as Spectral Sailor and Urza, Lord High Artificer , in case we end up getting super rich.

The deck can win through commander damage by slamming a Shimmering Wings or Embercleave on Akiri, through Hellkite Tyrant / Mechanized Production , or via the following combo routes:

So far, playing this deck has been a blast! Please let me know if you have ideas for cards to include, or directions to take this list I have not yet considered. Also feel free to upvote the deck if you liked it :).

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Updates Add

I don’t think I’ve made before that has gotten so many upvotes in such a short time frame. We’re now the top ranking Malcolm deck, as well as the top ranking Akiri Lineslinger deck! Thanks everyone for showing your support.

Strixhaven has been fully spoiled and there are a few interesting treasure-related ones. However, I don’t think I will be adding any of them. Here’s why:

  • Galazeth Prismari : For this deck I think this card is a trap. It does say “treasure” on it, but there are a lot of other creatures that give 1 treasure when they ETB and we don’t run them either. The main ability of Galazet might recall the one from Urza, Lord High Artificer , but I’d say it’s a way worse Inspiring Statuary here. Galazet hits about 20 cards in this deck, while the Statuary hits about 55. And I’m not so convinced the deck needs another such treasure payoff…
  • Culmination of Studies : I find it hard to gauge this card just by reading it. I might test it to see what it does for the deck, but I’m not terribly excited yet...
  • Prismari Command : a very good card! However, the treasure clause is probably the least interesting option. I’ll be adding it to another deck where it feels more at home.
  • Storm-Kiln Artist : this one might be the most tempting of the bunch, but even this one doesn’t convince me right away. I will test it to see if I like it first.

April 7 update: I spoke too soon ;). Commander 2021 had an ace in the hole: Monologue Tax . I will be adding this in stead of Breeches, Brazen Plunderer . I've also made some other tweaks:


36% Casual

64% Competitive

Top Ranked
  • Achieved #1 position overall 4 months ago
Date added 5 months
Last updated 2 days

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

11 - 0 Mythic Rares

58 - 0 Rares

18 - 0 Uncommons

6 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.14
Tokens 0/0 Construct, 3/3 Elephant, 2/2 Bird, 10/10 Eldrazi, Copy Clone, Treasure, Gold
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-1 Dovin's Veto maybe
+1 Firebrand Archer maybe
-1 Idol of Oblivion maybe
+1 Tempting Contract maybe