Commander Deck Tech: Hokori, Dust Drinker - Stax
The proposal of this Hokori, Dust Drinker deck is a stax that deprives the opponents' resources through asymmetry to control the game.Edit Article
STAXis the strategy based on resource deprivation and uses permanents with abilities that prevent players from taking actions in the game. Hokori, Dust Drinker is a powerful
STAXpiece, as its ability prevents players from untapping their lands. Its effect is symmetrical, that is, it affects all players equally, however, decks with this theme are specialized in circumventing restrictions by taking advantage of the numerous prohibitions. Our goal is to play Hokori as quickly as possible, even in the initial turns, and to develop our game without relying on lands, using a wide range of artifacts to do so.
Kami, that is, an ancestral spirit, connected to the sands and dry its manifestation is an immense dust storm that devours everything. Its origin is unknown and not yet depicted in Kamigawa's lore.
Exile target permanent. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.". This way, when we activate a flicker in the end phase of the opponent that precedes us in the round, we exile Hokori, Dust Drinker until our end phase, so we can untap our lands and keep our opponents tapped. Basri Ket's ultimate is our primary finisher, spawning a significant amount of creatures and expanding our defenses. The advantage generated by Sun Titan gradually increases asymmetry, and combined with World Queller tends to bring the game to an end if this synergy is not interrupted.
Cycling Lands- Secluded Steppe and Desert of the True that act as a
guaranteeing extra draws. Karoo and Remote Farm are capable of generating two mana, as well as Ruins of Trokair that when sacrificed generates two mana. Icatian Store is a Storage Land that has an interesting synergy with our commander by accumulating counters while remaining tapped.
monarchto generate additional draws by having Court of Grace. Inheritance is a very consistent way to draw, especially when we have a lot of mana available through artifacts and few cards in hand. Mercadian Atlas is another very frequent card advantage source, given the choice to play with a smaller number of lands. Open the Armory is an important tutor to fetch Flickerform and generate the asymmetry we want. Sun Titan grants major recursion by returning any permanent of cost 3 or less.
mana dorksin the format. Scepter of Dominance is quite strong at holding opponents, trapping some especially troublesome players in a
soft lock, further reducing their resources.
protection againstthe chosen color to all white creatures under our control, Mana Tithe a white counter, and Dawn Charm is a versatile spell that lets you prevent damage, protect a creature from destruction, or even counter a spell.
STAXdecks vary depending on the reality of the playgroup, so keep a close eye on your friends' and opponents' decks and research the best way to counter each strategy. There are cards that are universal, like Drannith Magistrate and Esper Sentinel. To tap your opponent's cards or keep them tapped, the additions of Loxodon Gatekeeper, Thalia, Heretic Cathar and Winter Orb are great. Leonin Arbiter is a great anti-tutor, especially in early turns. Solitary Confinement and Righteous Aura are an efficient way to prevent damage. Archangel of Tithes and Aura of Silence are some additional taxes and Angelic Arbiter is a very efficient lock, and we can also add Ethersworn Canonist to slow down the game. Eidolon of Obstruction creates taxes to activate planeswalker abilities.
STAXis a solid and old strategy in Magic: the Gathering and has many defenders, but also offenders. While the infamous
hard locksare very aggressive for casual tables, some stax pieces and control are healthy for the format, as they are the
main degenerate combo inhibitors.
Funis always the goal of Commander and Magic, so pre-game dialogue is critical for everyone to meet your expectations of the game. So, keep in mind that the fun is often making great plays, amazing attacks and other times it's building a huge
pillowfortand asking "are you going to pay one?". I also suggest reading my Azami, Lady of Scrolls deck tech, and you can also check out this article about Kamigawa's Lore. Thanks for reading and good games!