I decided to try to do this as a video. I’m not only showing you the deck, I’m going through my process as well.
Note: I know that as of this writing the plugin that handles the card images is down, but I will try to fix when I have the time. Sorry about that.
Well, this is my kind of commander.
Two ways to go here: A weird pest tribal or a graveyard deck… or a combination of the two.
It’s weird that Valki can only change forms once, but here we are anyhow. This is actually an interesting card. This color pairing is hardly the best for ramping, but being able to play Tibalt even once is very strong. If Tibalt dies, that’s not really a problem.
Eligeth seems like a commander I would enjoy, but where to find a good partner? There’s two other potential partners that have the word scry printed on them, so that does limit certain aspects quite a bit. Thrasios seems like the better one simply due to the extra color, although the activated ability of Thrasios has limited utilty with Eligeth, as the ramping aspect is more random than usual if you draw the first card instead of scry.
[draft]Eligeth, Crossroads Augur
Thrasios, Triton Hero[/draft]
[draft]Breeches, Brazen Plunderer
Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar[/draft]
So, hear me out: If you have both of these on the table, each time you deal combat damage to a player, that damage gets copied to other opponents as well by Kediss. But Breeches doesn’t require combat damage, any damage is enough. Also, Kediss states that the original source is also the source of the new damage. So, you can get three cards exiled in a three player game. Not that you can count that as three card advantage, since there is no way you can play all of them, but it will give you plenty of options.
[draft]Araumi of the Dead Tide[/draft]
Feels weird that this is uncommon as it seems very powerful and interesting to build around. I could easily see this as a mythic. I guess the requirement for three cards to exile makes this somewhat clunky, but potential is definitely there.
After my Nethroi and Umori combo I started to think about other potential companions. [card]Lurrus of the Dream-Den[/card] seems like a very antithetical companion for EDH, so hypothetically what would one do with it?
There’s only two options for commander.
[draft]Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
Karlov of the Ghost Council[/draft]
Although they do pretty much the same thing, I decided to go with the latter.
[draft]Nethroi, Apex of Death
Umori, the Collector[/draft]
Just making this more complicated for myself by including Umori in all this, but why not? The format is supposed to be about fun, right? Also, I don’t really play white, because of reasons (it’s my least favorite color, which lead me into not really investing in white cards, which has saved me a lot of money over the years), so this is going to be Golgari despite Nethroi’s color identity. I’m not going to stay away from free white sources, so technically you can cast Nethroi without mutating, but that is not the plan.