Araumi of the Dead Tide is among our top-tier favorite creatures from Commander Legends to build around. Encore is an amazing multiplayer mechanic and we can abuse a ton of cool graveyard and enters-the-battlefield abilities.
Let's start by taking a look at some of our favorite creatures to target with Araumi. There seem to be an abundance of options.
1 Demon's Disciple 1 Rakshasa Debaser 1 Plaguecrafter 1 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 1 Massacre Wurm 1 Mulldrifter 1 Ravenous Chupacabra 1 Floating-Dream Zubera 1 Agent of Treachery 1 Sepulchral Primordial 1 Solemn Simulacrum 1 Gyruda, Doom of Depths 1 Baleful Strix 1 Peregrine Drake 1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury 1 Grave Titan 1 Archaeomancer 1 Diluvian Primordial 1 Priest of Gix 1 Cloud of Faeries 1 Keiga, the Tide Star 1 Cavalier of Night 1 Impaler Shrike 1 Body Double 1 Kokusho, the Evening Star 1 Meteor Golem 1 Watcher for Tomorrow 1 Noxious Gearhulk 1 Shriekmaw 1 Merciless Executioner 1 Broodbirth Viper 1 Reef Worm 1 Emry, Lurker of the Loch 1 Ashen-Skin Zubera 1 Burglar Rat
The next important category to consider is graveyard enablers, since Araumi asks us to fill our graveyard more than just a normal game would generate. The best options are creatures that fit into both the prior category and this one, but we'll need to supplement a bit to get ourselves off the ground.
1 Stitcher's Supplier 1 Deranged Assistant 1 Frantic Search 1 Windfall 1 Altar of Dementia 1 Millikin 1 Fact or Fiction 1 Corpse Connoisseur 1 Gravebreaker Lamia 1 Dream Eater 1 Mire Triton 1 Champion of Wits 1 Jace's Archivist 1 Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths 1 Crow of Dark Tidings 1 Ancient Excavation 1 Forbidden Alchemy 1 Thought Scour 1 Thirst for Knowledge 1 Careful Study 1 Whispering Madness 1 Ransack the Lab 1 Dark Deal 1 Discovery/Dispersal 1 Mesmeric Orb 1 Embalmer's Tools
Now that we've established our engine and payoffs, let's look for some options to give Araumi haste and repeated uses:
1 Lightning Greaves 1 Swiftfoot Boots 1 Vizier of Tumbling Sands 1 Fatestitcher 1 Aphetto Alchemist 1 Corridor Monitor 1 Thousand-Year Elixir 1 Magewright's Stone 1 Freed from the Real 1 Intruder Alarm
Finally, here are a couple of cards with cool additional synergy that we found:
1 Dread Return 1 Sundial of the Infinite 1 Syr Konrad, the Grim 1 Pitiless Plunderer 1 Discontinuity 1 Village Rites 1 Victimize 1 Deep Analysis 1 Teferi's Veil 1 Dictate of Erebos 1 Desecrated Tomb
Below is our list of notable lands to include. It's worth noting that any lands that help fill your graveyard (e.g. fetchlands) are even more desirable than normal.
1 Ash Barrens 1 Barren Moor 1 Castle Locthwain 1 Castle Vantress 1 Cephalid Coliseum 1 Choked Estuary 1 Command Tower 1 Dakmor Salvage 1 Darkslick Shores 1 Darkwater Catacombs 1 Dimir Aqueduct 1 Dimir Guildgate 1 Dismal Backwater 1 Drowned Catacomb 1 Fetid Pools 1 Geier Reach Sanitarium 1 Ipnu Rivulet 1 Jwar Isle Refuge 1 Lonely Sandbar 1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
There really are far more options for this strategy than you can fit even in a 100 card deck, which is part of why Araumi is such a fun Commander to play with! This deck is sure to be one of our favorites to bring to the table for years to come. We've built a custom version of this deck which we have for sale if you want to jump right in to playing with Araumi! Check it out here: