Welcome back,

I was looking through the legendary creature list, looking for something to work on this week, and I just found this little one. I never really heard Lovisa Coldeyes¬†before this, and she seemed really straightforward and interesting. Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t see her pop up more at my local game store. Her ability is crazy powerful, and pretty much builds the deck by herself. She may be nothing flashy or make for interesting lines, but she gets the job done. Lets take a look at what Barbarians, Warriors, and Berserkers we can rally together with Lovisa Coldeyes.

 

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She’s blunt, straightforward, and powerful. She’ll get the job done, no matter what.

Lovisa Coldeyes (EDH)

Commander (1)
Lovisa Coldeyes
Lands (37)
Ghitu Encampment
34 Mountain
Myriad Landscape
Spinerock Knoll

Creatures (24)
Anger
Archetype of Aggression
Ash Zealot
Atarka Pummeler
Bloodmark Mentor
Boldwyr Intimidator
Brighthearth Banneret
Cyclops Gladiator
Falkenrath Marauders
Flamerush Rider
Goblin Wardriver
Inner-Flame Igniter
Kamahl, Pit Fighter
Kargan Dragonlord
Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs
Lightning Berserker
Lightning Mauler
Manic Vandal
Ogre Battledriver
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Scab-clan Berserker
Tahngarth, Talruum Hero
Taurean Mauler
Zurgo Bellstriker

Instants (15)
Beacon of Destruction
Burst Lightning
Chain of Plasma
Chaos Warp
Comet Storm
Dead // Gone
Fated Conflagration
Grab the Reins
Lightning Bolt
Magma Jet
Pyrokinesis
Seismic Strike
Shard Volley
Smash to Smithereens
Stoke the Flames

Sorceries (5)
Exquisite Firecraft
Magmatic Insight
Mizzium Mortars
Roast
Rough // Tumble

Enchantments (5)
Berserkers’ Onslaught
Flameshadow Conjuring
Outpost Siege
War Cadence
Warstorm Surge

Artifact (10)
Dragon Throne of Tarkir
Hall of Triumph
Hammer of Purphoros
Lightning Greaves
Obsidian Battle-Axe
Skullclamp
Sol Ring
Thran Dynamo
Wayfarer’s Bauble
Worn Powerstone

Planeswalkers (3)
Chandra, Pyromaster
Koth of the Hammer
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker

Prices

MTGO: 38.69 TIX (Note that this does not contain the prices for the cards in Magic Origins)

Paper: $89.86

Not bad, especially for its price. Its a pretty straightforward aggressive deck. Nothing too fancy or anything, just play your creatures and turn them sideways. Unlike most aggressive decks, we can make some bigger plays and actually have stuff to do in the end game with our handful of mana sinks. Like I said earlier, Lovisa Coldeyes pretty much builds the deck herself because of her static ability. Its such a great one though that its hard not to build around it.

Lovisa’s ability, while restrictive, is extremely powerful. Its only as good as the creatures that are in the deck though, which there are plenty of good Warriors, Berserkers, and Barbarians in red to make a viable deck. The tribal synergy may not be as strong as say, an Ezuri, Renegade Leader or a Krenko, Mob Boss deck, but her ability makes up for that lack of synergy by making your creatures bigger than everybody else’s. Its not like there aren’t any synergies here, we have Boldwyr Intimidator that can make almost every creature in this deck unblockable for one mana per opposing creature. Brighthearth Banneret makes things just a bit cheaper, and Bloodmark Mentor gives everybody first strike. This band of brothers will end up playing together quite well actually. If not, most of them are just solid creatures on their own.

For removal, out side of a couple of spells, we pretty much just have a pile of burn. You won’t be able to kill big creatures outside of blocking them or attacking into them for the most part. Since we are red, we wont really be interacting with enchantments either outside of Chaos Warp, one of the best removal spells in the format.

Since we can’t really deal with super large creatures outside of smashing into them or blocking, we will try to simply go around them. War Cadence can wreck combat for your opponent. It will help end board stalls and allow your team to sneak by and crash in for huge amounts of damage. As mentioned earlier Boldwyr Intimidator also does some much needed work in this department as well. Chandra, Pyromaster can help out a bit, but she isn’t as effective as the other two.

Overall, this deck is pretty solid, and a lot of fun. Its on the cheap, easy to play, and can hold its own with relative ease. In terms of upgrading it if you want to put more money into it, the creature base is pretty much l0cked in. For burn spells though, there are some more efficient ones, they just cost a bit more money. It wouldn’t cost too much to make some good changes, but if I were to add anymore to it, I couldn’t exactly call it a budget deck anymore.

Thank you for checking out this weeks Commander Corner. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments below. I apologize for not having anything last week, my internet went out again. Hopefully it shouldn’t happen again, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. See you next time my friends.

-Steven Gulsby

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