Commander Deck Tech: Queen Kayla bin-Kroog
12/16/22 0 comments
A Lock Control decklist with some good combos from one of the funniest and strongest commanders in the Boros identity, Queen Kayla bin-Kroog.Edit Article
Decklist Queen Kayla bin-Kroog
Pros and ConsThe strategy is ideal for anyone who likes to regulate the pace of the game through symmetrical reducers and Stax pieces.
Queen Kayla, the Commander
Wheelswith a series of particularities that we will detail below. Its activation cost is one mana higher than most wheel spells, however when playing up to three cards, one cost , one cost and one cost , we are spending to simulate generating and still draw cards. Since the cards played in this way are put directly into play, that is, they cannot be countered.
Advanced MechanicsQueen Kayla bin-Kroog's activated ability has many complex interactions with Stax pieces and replacement effects, both ours and our opponents'. When consulting the rules in the Wizards tool The Gatherer we can read the following:
“If a replacement effect causes cards you discard this way to be exiled instead of going to the Graveyard, Queen Kayla bin-Kroog's ability can still find those cards in exile. You can still put cards discarded this way onto the battlefield with Queen Kayla's ability.”
- Wizards, 10/14/2022
“The ability replaces the normal discard action with a discard action that puts the card into the library instead of the graveyard.”
- Wizards, 10/4/2004
Combo and Controlcharacteristics. Building our board is a top priority, creating multiple layers of Stax as we select the best ones depending on each opponent. It is often necessary to prevent the strategy of one of the opponents from being developed, which leads us to postpone our victory to find the appropriate locks or silver bullets. As we have some ease in establishing the
board state, this allows us to proceed with the plan in a solid way, truncating the game with a resilient
Lockuntil turns 5 to 7 when developing one of your win lines. In ideal matches, however, we win proactively, performing combos quickly and ending the game in turns 3 or 4.
“Discards trigger anything else they trigger on discards.”
- Wizards, 2004-10-4
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Starting Conditions: Queen Kayla bin-Kroog in play with no summoning sickness, mana to activate her, Dermotaxi, Village Bell-Ringer and Kiki -Jiki, Mirror Breaker in hand. Alternatively, we can start the combo with Village Bell-Ringer on the battlefield and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker on the graveyard. 1) Activate Queen Kayla bin-Kroog, discarding your hand. Select Dermotaxi and Village Bell-Ringer as your cost options and . Sending Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to the Graveyard. 2) When Dermotaxi enters the battlefield, resolve
Imprint's ability targeting Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. 3) Village Bell-Ringer enters, untapping your creatures, including Queen Kayla bin-Kroog. 4) Activate the Dermotaxi, tapping Queen Kayla bin-Kroog and Village Bell-Ringer. When resolving Dermotaxi it becomes a copy of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. 5) Activate Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker's ability, tapping Dermotaxi, targeting Village Bell-Ringer. 6) When the copy of Village Bell-Ringer enters the battlefield, untap all creatures. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to have infinite copies.
Imprint, here spells are exiled for their tap cost. Combo condition: Myr Welder on the battlefield, able to activate its ability + Staff of Domination and a mana rock capable of generating or more mana in the graveyard and mana available. 1)Activate Myr Welder and exile Staff of Domination. 2) Activate Staff of Domination's untap ability. 3) Tap Myr Welder to imprint the selected mana rock, for didactic purposes we will choose Sol Ring. 4) Activate Staff of Domination's untap ability. 5) Tap Myr Welder to add two mana with Sol Ring's ability. Repeat sequence 4 and 5 for infinite mana. With infinite mana, you can draw any number of cards and gain an unlimited amount of life.
Zirda, the Dawnwaker
Using infinite manaI really like the idea of playing an Aurelia's Fury dealing lethal damage to all opponents. We can finish it off with Staff of Domination activations, as described in the combos above. Using Prismite filters mana to any color, enabling the possibility of lethal damage with Glint-Horn Buccaneer when drawing and discarding the entire deck.
Deck's Packages Analysis
Commander, in this case Stax pieces.
Locks. This way of playing is known as
Stax, which belongs to the Control deck family. The strategy has resource negation that uses permanents with abilities that deprive players of actions in the game, and most of these cards are symmetrical, as they affect all players equally.
Depletion lands. It is worth noting that our commander bypasses mana costs up to , so we will rarely be negatively affected by Blood Moon and Magus of the Moon.
"sleepers cards", many were the decks where I tried to fit this gem. By granting evasion to our creatures, we are guaranteed many additional draws, and if it is not quickly contained, it generates an immense advantage, often resolving the game.
BorosCommanders, and I believe I'll be visiting this deck many times, refining and improving it. A joke that was really fun and that earned another deck came from the taunt "Queen Kayla bin-Kroog looks good in any Boros Artifacts". In this case, I took a personal list of Depala, Pilot Exemplar and added Queen Kayla bin-Kroog to the command zone, which was made for casual games: