Crazy here with the next instalment of “No-Cash commander” – This week we’re going with one of the interesting-looking guys from Shadows over Innistrad. Clocking in at a grand total of $48.50 (£33.80) is Odric, Lunarch Marshal. Tappedout list here but for those on mobile or just don’t want to follow the link, here’s the list:
Pretty standard plan for mono-white, assemble a board of some sort and then alpha strike. The reason new Odric is so good for this is that we can give our entire field flying just by having something as little and silly as a Spirit token (A strategy I was very fond of at SoI Prerelease). However – This isn’t limited, we can do MUCH better than a spirit token for our keywords.
Akroma, Angel of Wrath – The most expensive card in the deck, Mana-wise AND Money-wise. I think worth it though being not only a Haste and Trample enabler in mono-white but also giving Flying, Vigilance AND First strike? It’s actually just a budget Akroma’s Memorial for us.
Angelic Overseer – 2 things to note. First, Hexproof and Indestructible is bonkers. Second, Odric is a human, so if you have Hexproof Indestructible on the Overseer you probably also have it on your entire field during combat.
Geist-Honored Monk – Basically Flying and Vigilance but also a pretty big booty. No problems here.
Ivory Giant – Played at the right time you straight up win. Because on top of tapping the opponent’s entire field, he also has haste if he comes in off Suspend. So on the turn he comes in you can drop all the biggest hitters in your hand with haste having just untapped with all of your mana.
Soul of Theros – Triple Keywords and a huge anthem effect. In this deck an insane bomb.
Wayward Angel – The downside is very real but so is a 7/7 Flying Vigilance Trample. Especially when the keywords spread the love.
Other good Keyword spreaders
Aegis Angel, Bastion Protector, Indestructibility – Basically the same card but one comes with Flying. You give Odric indestructible which gives your entire board indestructible – which in combination with Vigilance basically means free damage.
Celestial Archon – Notable due to not only being two relevant keywords but also being sticky since you can bestow it for bonus value.
Elgaud Inquisitor – More sticky keywords! But this one changes after it dies.
Elite Inquisitor – 2 Relevant keywords with some potential upside. Bit boring but no complaints.
Silverblade Paladin – Double Strike anthem. Let that sink in. Now look down.
Skyhunter Skirmisher – FLYING Double Strike anthem. Bet you never thought you’d see a deck where this guy was a gamewinner.
Intangible Virtue – We’ve got a few cards that give us spirit tokens that have Flying. Now they – and everything else – will have both flying and vigilance!
Swift Justice – 2 Keywords for your team for W? Even just for a turn that’s pretty good.
Equipment and Auras
Technically all of this stuff fits in to the previous section but they also have some other synergies in the deck. Many of them are here for the same reasons so I’ll mostly just be listing keywords unless they do something special.
Bladed Pinions – Flying, First Strike
Butcher’s Cleaver – Lifelink for Odric, and that attack boost makes Commander Damage a surprisingly viable out.
Chitinous Cloak – Menace
Fireshrieker – Double Strike
Loxodon Warhammer – Trample, Lifelink, pretty huge power boost.
Mask of Avacyn – Hexproof
Masterwork of Ingenuity – All of the above. Sort of. Second copy of the most useful equip you have down.
Skeleton Key – Skulk. In fact, the only skulk provider in the deck.
Strata Scythe – Just makes something huge.
Swiftfoot Boots – Hexproof Haste, very good.
Sword of Vengeance – Best equipment in the game for this deck. FOUR relevant keywords. Makes for one hell of an alpha strike.
Asha’s Favor – 3 mana for 3 keywords, it’s pretty good.
Griffin Guide – Flying, but also sticky since a boardwipe leaves you with a Griffin. That also flies.
Hyena Umbra – Both First Strike and protection for a valuable target. Like Odric.
Every good deck needs removal, and even on a budget we can fit some pretty nice pieces in.
Fiend Hunter – Journey to Nowhere on a stick. No flicker shenanigans here but still decent value.
Oblivion Ring – Nix target permanent for a bit, great removal for a budget deck like this.
Celestial Flare – Because everybody hates Rafiq. Great against Voltron decks.
Condemn – I can’t believe this card is so cheap. It would be even better if we could still tuck commanders but it’s still incredibly useful.
Return to Dust – Gets one in a pinch or two when you want it. An extremely good piece of removal.
Swords to Plowshares – Another card I couldn’t believe was this cheap! W to exile a creature with little to no downside, truly premium removal.
The best of the rest – Card draw, Tutor and Ramp.
Eternal Dragon – Plainscycling is good anyway, but on top of that this guy is recursible.
Herald of War – Well would you look at that, a bomb that ramps us in mono White!
Stonehewer Giant – “Tutor for target anthem”. Yeah, that’s pretty insane in this deck.
Sun Titan – Will reanimate almost all of the Equipment and Auras in the deck, as well as some of the creatures.
Marble Diamond – It’s a mana rock. Pretty uninteresting but useful.
Seer’s Sundial – A much-needed source of card draw for mono-white.
Sol Ring – You should know this card by now.
Apostle’s Blessing – Someone trying to kill Odric? 1 mana and 2 life to say “Not today thank you.”
If this weren’t a budget article, these are the places I’d start for improving the deck.
Path to Exile – A modest removal upgrade but certainly a useful one.
Better mana rocks – Plenty of examples here, but we’re pretty slow being mono-white, more rocks would be great.
The deck is certainly too slow for a combo-heavy meta but in a meta filled with similarly creature-based decks you should simply grind them out with value – because their creatures don’t have 4-5 keywords apiece.
May Avacyn’s light protect you all.