"Ach! Volo, Run!".

Here goes my easy guide to building a higher power level (7/10) Volo deck.

Ach! Volo, Run!

The three main game styles of Magic are Aggro, Combo, and Control.

Simic is a color combination seen to be good at ramping, card draws, and some control magic.

And we're doing aggro-control midrange by following Volo's guidance, trying to keep up.

If you look clearly, you'll find out Volo reward you while casting differents creature-type spells. A perfect commander for zoo theme also clones tribal as well. Because they were once shapeshifter type on the stack, but change it after resolve. Even better, you could choose to copy different permanents on board to make some benefit.

That's been said, but you don't need to jam every single clone card in the 99. Some of them are obviously cleverer than others, better check that out before building the deck.


Now we're building a zoo, so how do we pick?

  1. No Humans, Wizards, and Changelings were allowed, get out my cages.

  2. Don't use the same creature types twice, except for clones.

  3. Legendaries were fine as long as they look fabulous.

  4. Clone   in different creature types or can remove itself from your graveyard are excellent.

  5. Doubling Season, Parallel Lives won't work here, if you saw anyone using them with Volo you've got bamboozled.

  6. Triggered abilities like Cascade, "Whenever you cast a spell", and "When you cast this spell" won't happen from their copies, you don't want them.

  7. Alternative casting mechanics like Mutate works well, and all your creatures are not "Homo Sapiens". Escape, Evoke, Madness, Bestow, etc. also works.

  8. Tokens will disappear while leaving the battlefield, so Undying and Persist are half that good, try to avoid them.

  9. You have some graveyard clean-up works to do, to help you cast another clone. Why don't just leave this job for animals?


How about wincon? You need extra effort to win a game without some combo. Worry not my friends, life will find its way out.

There are millions of ways you could draw cards in Simic, but what's the "Voloest" way?

Coastal Piracy? Nope. Beast Whisperer? Nah. Garruk's Uprising? Yesn't!

In highlander format, "There Can Be Only One" rules limits some cards' power. For example, Risen Reef probably could only be found in an elemental tribe or blink theme deck. Fortunately, we have wild card, lots of them. They go nuts instantly by popping each other's triggered abilities.

I might be the first one to use Generous Patron in the Volo deck, how could you guys be so mean. She wouldn't accept being grounded in Hapatra's house.

Drawn 6 cards for only ... Another Clones, Populate, Copy, the numbers after this will drive people crazy.


Simic is good at ramping, but how do we maximize the benefits also flavor as well, from Volothamp?

Creatures, of course, my friends. Cards can be selected from the following conditions.

According to your budget and META to properly choose the most suitable cards for you. And leave some slots for other kinds of ramping, don't put all your eggs in one basket.


You thought extra Ramping is fun? How about EXTRA SALTINESS? Yeah! Let's Go!!!!

Extra Stax, Tempo play, Kitties, and extra Jankieness we loved.

Two opponents' hands reveal and give 2 draws to the one who hasn't.

When you paid Kicker, the copied spell also kicked. Steal two Sol Ring for .


We built a heavy creature base deck, which means clunky and lack of instant speed. On a much high power-level table Vedalken Orrery and lots of creatures with removal effect are unreliable. Creature spells also spend most of our mana, so low CMC or free mana instant-speed interactions are must include.

If you don't wanna or are not allowed to use Proxies, then here are some suggested cards to give you a hand.

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"I've traveled the length and breadth of Faerûn, and there's always something new."—Volothamp Geddarm

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

11 - 0 Mythic Rares

55 - 0 Rares

11 - 0 Uncommons

11 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.63
Tokens Beast 3/3 G, Bird 2/2 U, City's Blessing, Copy Clone, Elemental 4/4 UR, Manifest 2/2 C, Treasure, Vizier of Many Faces 0/0 W
Folders Planeswalkers Assemble, Volo ideas, decks, EDH
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