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.


How easy is it to combo off with this guy? How about [card]Sage of Hours[/card]? You can just play solitaire after that, but that’s not fun. What about [card]Simic Manipulator[/card] 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 [card]Shrieking Drake[/card] with Ezuri.

I’ve never played [card]Shrieking Drake[/card] 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.

[card]Tuskguard Captain[/card]? [card]Whirler Rogue[/card]? [card]Zoetic Cavern[/card]? [card]Chasm Skulker[/card]? 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 [card]Gyre Sage[/card] can be a huge bomb, if it gets a load of counters from its boss. [card]Glen Elendra Archmage[/card] 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 [card]Sapling of Colfenor[/card] or [card]Varolz, the Scar-Striped[/card], 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.


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.

[draft]Viridian Emissary
Burnished Hart
Pilgrim’s Eye
Solemn Simulacrum
Wood Elves
Farhaven Elf
Ondu Giant
Coiling Oracle
Gyre Sage
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Kiora’s Follower
Yavimaya Elder
Dawntreader Elk
Shaman of Forgotten Ways[/draft]


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

[draft]Silumgar Sorcerer
Silklash Spider
Acidic Slime
Bane of Progress
Cytoplast Manipulator
Simic Manipulator
Glen Elendra Archmage
Mystic Snake
Simic Charm
Trygon Predator[/draft]

Not sure about [card]Simic Charm[/card], 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.


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

[draft]Awakening Zone
From Beyond
Sprout Swarm
Springjack Pasture
Spawning Bed
Foundry of the Consuls
Avenger of Zendikar
Chasm Skulker
Hangarback Walker
Whirler Rogue
Hornet Queen[/draft]

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.

[draft]Worldly Tutor
Momir Vig, Simic Visionary
Lumbering Falls
Aether Adept
Champion of Lambholt
Forgotten Ancient
Sage of Hours
Sage of Fables
Fathom Mage
Shrieking Drake
Dream Stalker
Vorel of the Hull Clade
Tuskguard Captain[/draft]

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.

[draft]Elvish Visionary
Wall of Blossoms
Carven Caryatid
Ambush Viper
Den Protector
Eternal Witness
Lorescale Coatl
Managorger Hydra
Sea Gate Oracle
Zameck Guildmage[/draft]


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:

[draft]Blighted Woodland
Breeding Pool
Command Tower
Flooded Grove
Hinterland Harbor
Myriad Landscape
Novijen, Heart of Progress
Simic Growth Chamber
Simic Guildgate
Temple of Mystery
Thornwood Falls
Yavimaya Coast
Zoetic Cavern[/draft]

I guess that’s 100.

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