Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jolrael Commander/EDH Deck

Jolrael, Empress of Beasts
This deck focuses on getting as many lands out as possible then using them to beat the opponent down!

Not only does this commander's ability want you to have a lot of lands out, but so does many of the other cards in the deck.

You will definitely have to watch out for any major land destruction players, as they will cripple this deck severely - as this list doesn't yet include a sideboard, you may want to keep this in mind when building your own.

And now the list!

Commander: Jolrael, Empress of Beasts

Lands (36)
  • 31x Forest
  • Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
  • Sapseep Forest
  • Terminal Moraine
  • Treetop Village
  • Turntimber Grove
Creatures (28)
  • Allosaurus Rider
  • Baloth Woodcrasher
  • Centaur Chieftain
  • Diligent Farmhand
  • Eternal Witness
  • Forgotten Ancient
  • Frontier Guide
  • Gigantomancer
  • Groundskeeper
  • Hand of Emrakul
  • It That Betrays
  • Krosan Tusker
  • Ondu Giant
  • Panglacial Wurm
  • Rampaging Baloths
  • Sakura-Tribe Elder
  • Scute Mob
  • Silverglade Elemental
  • Stampede Driver
  • Tajuru Preserver
  • Thelonite Druid
  • Timbermaw Larva
  • Traproot Kami
  • Treefolk Seedlings
  • Ulamog's Crusher
  • Vinelasher Kudzu
  • Wood Elves
  • Yavimaya Elder
The creatures either facilitate getting lands into play or are big beatsticks that want lots of land out. The Eldrazi are there as muscle and destruction.

Spells (21)
  • Calming Verse
  • Desert Twister
  • Evolution Charm
  • Explosive Vegetation
  • Harmonize
  • Harrow
  • Howl of the Night Pack
  • Hurricane
  • Journey of Discovery
  • Kodama's Reach
  • Might of the Masses
  • Nature's Lore
  • New Frontiers
  • Primal Bellow
  • Primal Growth
  • Primeval Light
  • Rampant Growth
  • Search for Tomorrow
  • Skyshroud Claim
  • Strength of Cedars
  • Untamed Wilds
Most of the spells are landfetch, but there are a few removal cards as well. Hurricane can be an alternate finisher if your opponent has your lands-turned-creatures at a stalemate.

Other Permanents (14)
  • Abundance
  • Beastmaster Ascension
  • Blanchwood Armor
  • Cyclone
  • Explorer's Scope
  • Horned Helm
  • Khalni Heart Expedition
  • Lifegift
  • Nevinyrral's Disk
  • Night Soil
  • Overwhelming Instinct
  • Retaliation
  • Tornado
  • Vorrac Battlehorns
There's some more removal here as well as some creature buffs and landfetch.

This deck is a lot of fun to play, even though it's kind of a one-trick pony. Single color decks make for a smooth manabase, and all the landfetch in here will almost always guarantee you a solid draw each turn.

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