21, Feb, 22

Best Starter Commanders - Anowon, the Ruin Thief

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Rogues and mill go together like peanut butter and jam (I’m not calling it jelly), like bananas and ice cream, like snowmen and summer.

They’re a natural combination that should always be leaned into, and if you’ve been mulling over the idea, then you’ll be happy to know we’ve got just the commander for you.

Meet your commander

Your Commander is Anowon, the Ruin Thief. This is a four-mana blue and black 2/4 that gives other rogues you control +1/+1. That means we’ll be leaning into rogue tribal, and that’s already quite a fun little thing to be messing about with. However, there’s more.

The second ability on Anowon reads, “Whenever one or more Rogues you control deal combat damage to a player, that player mills a card for each 1 damage dealt to them. If the player mills at least one creature card this way, you draw a card.”

So, our game plan is simple, fill the deck with every kind of rogue available, then also fill it with loads of good mill cards. That’s it really, all that’s left is to highlight some of the best in each category. So, let’s get to it.

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The best creatures for Anowon

Thieves’ Guild Enforcer is a one-mana 1/1 with flash that reads, “Whenever Thieves’ Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards. As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves’ Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.” This is, clearly, a good time.

We really like Zareth San, the Trickster too. They’re a five-mana card that allows you to swap them with another attacking creature for four mana, and will also allow you to steal a permanent from another player’s graveyard if Zareth San hits them.

We also really like Gonti, Lord of Luxury, which lets you steal cards from an opponent’s library when they enter the battlefield. Finally, our one non-rogue pick is Consuming Aberation, which reads, “Consuming Aberration’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your opponents’ graveyards. Whenever you cast a spell, each opponent reveals cards from the top of their library until they reveal a land card, then puts those cards into their graveyard.” That’s because we also want to mill our foes out, so let’s look at those cards now.

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The best support cards for Anowon

First of all, we’ve got our suite of mill cards. Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Mind Grind, Drown in Dreams, Fractured Sanity, and Traumatize are all incredible, use them.

We also like stealing our opponent’s things, and it fits the themes here too. That means wanting Mnemonic Betrayal, which reads, “Exile all opponents’ graveyards. You may cast spells from among those cards this turn, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast those spells. At the beginning of the next end step, if any of those cards remain exiled, return them to their owners’ graveyards.”

Finally, we really think you should pick up Rise of the Dark Realms too. This is a nine-mana sorcery that puts all creatures from all graveyards onto your side of the battlefield. It’s an amazing win condition, and it’s the kind of thing that fits perfectly with the inherent thievery that exists in the rogues you’ll be playing with.

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