Commander: Magda, Brazen Outlaw

magda, brazen outlaw

Magda, Brazen Outlaw is a fun combination of flavor and power that it's an exciting Commander to try to build around. We can use the sorely underused Dwarf tribe as a totally new way to cheat out some of the Dragon and artifact all-stars that more commonly make appearances in Commander.

magda, brazen outlaw

Let's start by taking a look at all of the Dwarves that have good tap abilities on their own:

Dwarven BlastminerDwarven BloodboilerMine Layer

1 Bomb Squad
1 Dwarven Bloodboiler
1 Dwarven Blastminer
1 Dwarven Armorer
1 Dwarven Miner
1 Dwarven Recruiter
1 Dwarven Thaumaturgist
1 Mine Layer
1 Whipkeeper
1 Imperial Recruiter

There are a fair number of decent options, but not so many that this can be our entire strategy. What if we look at the cheap Dwarf creatures and take an aggressive approach? It should be possible to get in multiple swings with these early creatures, especially since there are several 1-drops.

Bloodfire DwarfLiberated DwarfDwarven Grunt

1 Bloodfire Dwarf
1 Dwarven Berserker
1 Dwarven Armorer
1 Dwarven Lieutenant
1 Dwarven Grunt
1 Dwarven Nomad
1 Dwarven Scorcher
1 Dwarven Trader (1)
1 Enslaved Dwarf
1 Liberated Dwarf
7 Seven Dwarves
1 Spark Mage
1 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
1 Taurean Mauler

Another good way to tap our Dwarves after our opponents establish blockers is with Vehicles (note that Magda is obviously a great inclusion in any Depala, Pilot Exemplar Commander deck). There are several passable Vehicles that we would be happy to play:

Cultivator's CaravanSkysovereign, Consul FlagshipWeatherlight

1 Bomat Bazaaar Barge
1 Cultivator's Caravan
1 Gilded Assault Cart
1 Mobile Garrison
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Smuggler's Copter
1 Weatherlight

Our Dwarves can use a little help in their search for treasure. Let's see if we can enlist the help of any Pirates:

Dockside ExtortionistCaptain Lannery StormGadrak, the Crown-Scourge

1 Brass's Bounty
1 Captain Lannery Storm
1 Dockside Extortionist
1 Impulsive Pilferer
1 Pirate's Pillage
1 Rapacious Dragon
1 Shiny Impetus
1 Prying Blade
1 Treasure Map/Treasure Cove
1 Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge

Red's ability to untap creatures and generate additional combat steps seems perfect for this deck, both for our enablers and our payoffs. It helps that a couple of them are even Dragons themselves. The repeatable effects can go infinite if we have enough Dwarves that are able to attack without dying.

Hellkite ChargerAggravated AssaultScourge of the Throne

1 Aggravated Assault
1 Breath of Fury
1 Hellkite Charger
1 Fury of the Horde
1 Moraug, Fury of Akoum
1 Relentless Assault
1 Savage Beating
1 Scourge of the Throne
1 World at War

Finding powerful Dragons and artifacts as payoffs for this deck's enablers is trivial, but while we're here we may as well point out some of the noteworthy Dragons that would be awesome for Magda to search out. Some of these simply have to be included for flavor reasons as well.

Hellkite TyrantHoarding DragonUtvara Hellkite

1 Hellkite Igniter
1 Hellkite Tyrant
1 Hoarding Dragon
1 Lathliss, Dragon Queen
1 Moonveil Dragon
1 Scourge of Valkas
1 Skyline Despot
1 Utvara Hellkite
1 Tyrant's Familiar

The artifact payouts can really be taken in any direction that you wish, with many powerful combo or just raw power options that you like. However, we want to provide a short list of interesting cards that either deal with the tapping and untapping mechanic or are powerful with tons of Treasure tokens entering and leaving the battlefield.

Gonti's Aether HeartSummoning StationSpringleaf Drum

1 Cryptic Gateway
1 Honor-Worn Shaku
1 Kyren Negotiations
1 Springleaf Drum
1 Tangle Wire
1 Blood Aspirant
1 Grinding Station
1 Arcbound Crusher
1 Fathom Fleet Swordjack
1 Gonti's Aether Heart
1 Reckless Fireweaver
1 Summoning Station

After this brewing session and finding all of these various packages for how to build around Magda, we're excited to try this deck! It seems fun to start a game of Commander with a crappy 1-mana 1/1 and actually have the ability to win games, not to mention the fun flavor tying all three portions of the deck together. (Also: please note that we are writing this article with Magda as only the third card spoiled from Kaldheim, there are surely going to be some more sweet Dwarf creatures that we get to include as well!)

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Michael Schuller