Commander Deck Tech: Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward
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In this article, we explore several possibilities for Abdel Adrian, going through different formats and using multiple Backgrounds.Edit Article
Background, first introduced in
Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gatehas brought significant changes to
Commander: for the first time we can have enchantments in the
command zone. For this article, I chose to experiment with different Backgrounds on the same commander, creating different decks, in different power levels. We will further explore the ability of Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward to multiply our creatures' triggers for great value. We started by using Abdel's color identity combining it with Far Traveler We switched to an Orzhov based on Agent of the Iron Throne, having access to black and the focus is a quick combo using commanders.
Abdel Adrian, the Commander
Baldur's Gate, an electronic RPG set in the campaign setting of
Dungeons & Dragons:
Forgotten Realms. Preserving the experience of those who will still play the trilogy, we will avoid going into the details of the plot, however, just click on the section below, and we have a presentation of the character and his achievements: Abdel Adrian was an adventurer who traveled extensively across western Faerûn, saving it several times from ruin. As one of the dead god Bhaal's mortal progeny, he lived for over a hundred years, of which he spent most of his long life in the city of Baldur's Gate. During his career, he was a soldier and general of the Flaming Fist, as well as a beloved statesman of the Council of Four. The presence of Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward in the Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate set brought high expectations, and these were met with a powerful card, allowing for dizzying combos, epic plays and interactions.
Azorius. It can also be used in more aggressive aspects, where it doesn't allow the deck to run out of breath, proving to be extremely relevant. Agent of the Iron Throne is an efficient finisher in the command zone, quickly taking the place of Cultist of the Absolute in combo-based and aristocratic builds, although Agent of the Iron Throne has a higher converted mana cost, it's relevant outside of combat. Far Traveler is a value machine, being a worthy replacement for Teleportation Circle and Conjurer's Closet with the immense advantage of being available in the command zone. Its uses are obvious, ranging from triggering abilities to serving as (pseudo) vigilance for some important creature. Street Urchin is a sacrifice engine and wincondition in the command zone, interacting with creatures and artifacts. The use of different tokens (treasure, clue, blood) can yield devastating combinations. Utilizing the tokens created by the commander to deal massive damage in quick succession, as a classic Boros Burn. In this article, we won't deal with Master Chef. However, it is a viable and fun strategy having Emiel the Blessed, Lathiel, the Bounteous Dawn, Good-Fortune Unicorn and other counter amplifiers as highlights.
Enters the Battlefieldeffects are a priority. Some packs are a fundamental part of decks built in the format. These are: — Card advantage; — Removals or interactions with opponents; — Accelerators; — Specific synergies with commanders. The selection for the main decks considers some aspects related to access to new players, with
monetary valuebeing the criteria adopted. We prefer mostly common cards, released in recent sets, reprinted and available in as many stores as possible. Thus, the absence of powerful cards like Ashnod's Altar, Lotus Petal, Mystic Remora, Rhystic Study, etc.
Card DrawCard Advantage was for a long time an underused topic in white. In other times we saw many compensatory ways that depended on opponents to have extra draws, however, permanents and spells that granted a draw when coming into play emerged, and these are our best and strongest way to have extra draws with our commander. Cards like Hobble, Inspiring Overseer, Militia Bugler, small tricks when repeated several times are capable of generating immense value.
AcceleratorsOur accelerators are divided between mana rocks, whether fast or with effects activated, and land tutors. Some lands like Terramorphic Expanse are especially good when we can recover them from the graveyard, being an important ramp piece. The deck's strength is formed by its small synergies, so make the most of each one.
RemovalsAmong the removals, we have an excellent package, as white allows us to deal with most threats efficiently. Enchantments will move throughout the game often, after all, a creature can be a big threat in the early turns and be irrelevant at the end of the game. Some cards, such as Icatian Javelineers, can be reset and cause great annoyance to opponents throughout the game. Serrated Arrows showed a good performance, removing indestructible creatures, although other cards like Triskelion could be an alternative.
Urza's Destiny, the
Flickeringmechanic came to the game as a simplified alternative to phasing, which it was inspired by. Flicker, or Blink as it is known by some, is one of the best ways to interact with this deck, protecting our creatures from removals and activating their effects. A combat trick that allows a defense against
Sweepersis to exile our commander while guarding any number of permanents.
Flickeringfor Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward every turn consistently.
Combo LineAmong the basic options, we already have a victory line, which is synergistic and part of the options presented without the need for a non-functional set of cards outside a combo.
flickerspell and play that spell over and over, creating a loop. In this battlefield example, we have Arcane Signet, Spirited Companion, Biblioplex Assistant.
1.We cast Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward exiling Arcane Signet, Spirited Companion and Biblioplex Assistant, creating 3 tokens.
2.We cast Cloudshift targeting Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward returning from exile Arcane Signet, Spirited Companion, Biblioplex Assistant.
3.We tap Arcane Signet to generate white mana, return Cloudshift to the top of the deck, and Spirited Companion draws it from the top.
4.Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward returns to the battlefield exiling Arcane Signet, Spirited Companion, Biblioplex Assistant, creating 3 tokens. Repeating indefinitely.
ETBtriggers of creatures on the battlefield. We need Oblivion Ring to be exiled by Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward. We cast Journey to Nowhere, target Abdel with the ETB, and exile Abdel. Oblivion Ring will re-enter play, exiling Journey to Nowhere. Once Journey to Nowhere is exiled by Oblivion Ring, Abdel returns, exiling Oblivion Ring. We can end this combo at any time by changing the target of one of the enchantments.
Mono White UpgradesAngel of Serenity and Luminate Primordial, huge and impactful plays that removes important permanents from our opponents. A strong recursion recovering resources in large amounts, creating large amounts of mana. Here we have the possibility of combos with Sun Titan, Fiend Hunter, Angelic Renewal, Karmic Guide, Gift of Immortality, Ashnod's Altar. We can research more about these interactions in detail at the combos page.
Agent of the Iron Throne
Midrange. Oblivion Ring combo is Faceless Butcher, which can replace Journey to Nowhere. Here we have some additional draw resources. The use of tutors for auras was also explored to speed up game development.
Combo LineAnother way to trigger Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward is a recurring sacrifice followed by a reanimator. For this, we use an enchantment recursion, a
sacrifice engine, and an aura
reanimatorspell. Therefore, Kaya's Ghostform, Auramancer and Viscera Seer could form the equation together with a mana rock.
Example— Put Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward into play, exiling Auramancer and one or more
mana rocks. — Enchant Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward with Kaya's Ghostform. — Activate Viscera Seer, sacrifice Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward to pay its cost. — Trigger the Aura's effect and Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward to return Auramancer and the
mana rocks. — Use Auramancer to return the aura to the hand and add mana to your pool by tapping mana rocks. Abdel exiles Auramancer and the
mana sourcesagain. — Re-enchant Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward, repeat all steps again.
Orzhov UpgradesWorldgorger Dragon combo variation using Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward, combined with Animate Dead and the like. We alternatively proceed to lines with Leonin Relic-Warder. We can see the combos contained in this list at our deck tool.
Card Advantageand Combos tools in the command zone, as well as many stances and possibilities with Shorikai, Genesis Engine, Isochron Scepter, Felidar Guardian, Displacer Kitten, Thassa's Oracle, Hullbreaker Horror. Due to the multiple options it can act as a highly interactive
Farm, or proceed in a more paced manner, resembling a