EDH Deck Time: Ezuri, Claw of Progress

This here is one of our new commanders from Commander 2015. He’s a compleated Ezuri, meaning that the Phyrexians got to him and made him into one of them.

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How easy is it to combo off with this guy? How about Sage of Hours? You can just play solitaire after that, but that’s not fun. What about Simic Manipulator then? That’s not very creative either. Sure, I’ll play these combos anyhow, because I do have my Spikey side as well, but its not fun in the same way as playing Shrieking Drake with Ezuri.

I’ve never played Shrieking Drake before, although I can see other applications for it. This is big part of the joy of Commander. You can dig out cards you don’t generally play just to play them because of these weird synergies.

Tuskguard Captain? Whirler Rogue? Zoetic Cavern? Chasm Skulker? All these have synergies. These synergies aren’t the kind that win you the game on the spot, but they are value. All of a sudden Gyre Sage can be a huge bomb, if it gets a load of counters from its boss. Glen Elendra Archmage is teetering on the brink of being on the boring side (and it actually might be), but seems like something I’d like to do, because it feels like I’m doing something creative (I have a Johnny side too).

… and that’s the beauty of Commander (or EDH). I’ve spent a couple of hours going through all sorts of creatures and token generators to see what I could do with this Commander.

Anyhow… You’re here for a list and I’ll get there eventually.

Like certain other creatures, the key here is to do a lot of things with creatures, because playing them is always good with Ezuri. Ezuri is quite a bit more constrictive than for example Sapling of Colfenor or Varolz, the Scar-Striped, but I think we can easily find enough creatures to make this work.

I should note that I deliberately chose not to make this the sickest, most competitive deck possible. You could probably make a very consistent Infect deck with this commander, but I don’t want to do that. To me that’s boring. I might play once with such a deck and then immediately take it apart, because playing it just wasn’t fun for me.

There is one winning combo in there, but that’s the most I’m willing to do.

Ramp

Not sure how much ramp this deck actually needs, but again, its bodies and getting ahead of your opponents in mana can’t be bad.

Viridian EmissaryBurnished HartPilgrim’s EyeSolemn SimulacrumWood Elves
Farhaven ElfFertilidOndu GiantCoiling OracleGyre Sage
Nissa, Vastwood SeerSakura-Tribe ElderKiora’s FollowerYavimaya ElderDawntreader Elk
Shaman of Forgotten Ways

Control

We’re playing blue-green, so there are limitations on what we can control, but we can do something.

Silumgar SorcererSilklash SpiderAcidic SlimeBane of ProgressCytoplast Manipulator
Simic ManipulatorGlen Elendra ArchmageMystic SnakePlaxmantaSimic Charm
Trygon Predator

Not sure about Simic Charm, especially because it doesn’t have a body, but I do like to try out cards I don’t play much and that’s why its there.

Swarm

Since even token creatures trigger Ezuri, using them is great.

Awakening ZoneFrom BeyondArachnogenesisSprout SwarmSpringjack Pasture
Spawning BedFoundry of the ConsulsAvenger of ZendikarChasm SkulkerHangarback Walker
Whirler RogueHornet Queen

Combo Pieces

Just various cards that have some synergy within the deck, but didn’t fit into any of the other groups. Also, includes all the ways to dig up the combo pieces.

Worldly TutorMomir Vig, Simic VisionaryLumbering FallsAether AdeptChampion of Lambholt
Forgotten AncientSage of HoursSage of FablesFathom MageMan-o’-War
Shrieking DrakeDream StalkerVorel of the Hull CladeTuskguard Captain

Lumbering Falls is here, because its very hard to deal with, unlike most creatures in the deck

Other Value Creatures

Basically anything that wasn’t mentioned before.

Elvish VisionaryWall of BlossomsCarven CaryatidAmbush ViperDen Protector
Eternal WitnessLorescale CoatlManagorger HydraSea Gate OracleWonder
Zameck Guildmage

Lands

Some have been mentioned already, but on top of those, just the usual set of duals and enough basics to work with the ramp we have:

So, 13 Forests, 9 Islands and these:

Blighted WoodlandBreeding PoolCommand TowerFlooded GroveHinterland Harbor
Myriad LandscapeNovijen, Heart of ProgressSimic Growth ChamberSimic GuildgateTemple of Mystery
Thornwood FallsYavimaya CoastZoetic Cavern

I guess that’s 100.

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