7, Mar, 22

Best Starter Commanders - Kaima, the Fractured Calm

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Commander is often at its best when chaos reigns. It’s even better when you’re at the centre of that chaos, and ideally, the one directing it as you see fit.

While there are plenty of cool commanders to use to achieve this, we’re absolutely enamored with a new big boar spirit, and here’s why we think you should check them out.

Meet your commander

Kaima, the Fractured Calm is a four-mana red and green 3/3 that reads, “At the beginning of your end step, goad each creature your opponents control that’s enchanted by an Aura you control. Put a +1/+1 counter on Kaima, the Fractured Calm for each creature goaded this way.” Goading is a great mechanic, and it means that those creatures have to attack someone until your next turn, and it can’t be you.

Goading is a great way to keep games going a little bit faster, and it’s also a way to provoke people into fighting each other. It’s the kind of mechanic that favors your massively if you can make sure you’re also not worth attacking when they’re not goaded, or if you can encourage people to hit the other players instead of you to their benefit too.

As Kaima is all about aura cards, let’s dive into the best auras for this commander, and then the best support cards too.

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The best auras for Kaima

Sluggishness is an enchantment that stops a creature blocking, but it also comes back to your hand whenever it hits the graveyard, so it’s ideal for Kaima. Vow of Wildness and Vow of Lightning both give substantial buffs to a creature, but it also stops them attacking you even if they’re not goaded, so who cares.

Predatory Impetus and Shiny Impetus are another pair that buff up enemy creatures, but they also goad those creatures while they’re enchanted, which means you’re not in danger at all. Lure is along these lines too because it makes it so that every creature has to block the creature it enchants, which is great when they’re goaded.

Both Kenrith’s Transformation and Lignify allow you to remove a big threat from the board by simply making them less threatening. It means them being goaded isn’t as big of a deal, but it’s nice to have removal. Finally, Ancestral Mask will make one of your creatures stronger for each enchantment in play, and that’s going to be a game-winner.

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The best support cards for Kaima

Smoke Spirits’ Aid is undoubtedly the best card for Kaima around. It’s not an aura, but it reads, “For each of up to X target creatures, create a red Aura enchantment token named Smoke Blessing attached to that creature. Those tokens have enchant creature and “When enchanted creature dies, it deals 1 damage to its controller and you create a Treasure token.”” Being able to get not only just a bunch of aura cards out, but then also deal damage and gain mana is absolutely huge.

Sanctum Weaver is another essential card as it’s going to allow you to generate massive amount of mana with ease. You can tap it to add X mana of any one color where X is the number of enchantments you control. Whether you play that before or after the above card, it’s sure to help you cast whatever spells you want.

Our last pick is Eidolon of Blossoms. This is a four-mana enchantment creature that allows you to draw a card whenever it or another enchantment enters the battlefield under your control. As you’ll be doing that a lot in this deck, you should find yourself with a full hand more often than not.

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