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5, Apr, 22

Best Starter Commanders - The Locust God

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What if you could draw cards, make tokens, and then win the game? Well...
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What if, and hear us out here, you could just draw cards and then eventually win the game? Well, that’s sort of what happens in Magic: The Gathering anyway, but we’re not talking about having to do anything else to actually get ahead of your opponents.

With that in mind, and assuming you’re thinking, “well yeah, that sounds great, tell me more,” then let’s talk about today’s commander.

Meet your commander

The Locust God is a six-mana blue and red flying 4/4 that goes back to your hand when it dies. That’s good anyway, but you can also pay four mana to draw a card and then discard a card, which is also useful. The kicker though, is that it reads, “Whenever you draw a card, create a 1/1 blue and red Insect creature token with flying and haste.”

So, you’re getting at least one 1/1 with flying and haste every single turn. That doesn’t seem like much, but all you need to do is lean into drawing a lot of cards and you can obliterate nearly any other Commander deck with a surprising amount of ease.

Let’s dive into the cards that make that possible then, shall we?

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The best creatures for The Locust God

We’re mentioning Thassa’s Oracle and Laboratory Maniac here, but don’t actually recommend them, unless you’re certain you want a few tricksy ways out of a stale board state. It’ll happen for sure, but it’s not our preferred way of doing things in this deck.

As the main aim here is to draw cards, we’re big fans of creatures that let you do so. Windreader Sphinx allows you to draw a card whenever a creature with flying attacks, which is absurd. You’ve then also got Curiosity Crafter, which grants you no maximum hand size, and also makes it so that you draw a card whenever a creature token deals combat damage to a player. Oh, and to make sure your Insect tokens get through, Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive is going to make them literally unblockable.

Look, most of the creatures in this deck are about drawing cards, and we love Whirlpool Warrior, Jace’s Archivist, and Magus of the Wheel because they’re going to let you do just that regularly. They’re commonly known as wheels, not like on the bus though, that’d be silly.

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The best support cards for The Locust God

On the subject of wheels, bothChange of Fortune and Windfall are essential picks here. You can go for other wheels too, but these are some of our favorites, and they’re not too pricey either.

Teferi’s Ageless Insight is an excellent enchantment that lets you draw more cards. Now, we’re sure you’re aware of this at this point in the article, but drawing cards is really going to help you out with The Locust God in play.

Finally, both Impact Tremors and Shared Animosity are going to help you crush people with pure damage. The former pings everyone to death every time a creature enters, which is every time you draw a card. The latter gives every card you attack with a power boost if it’s attacking alongside the same creature type. This turns your swarm of annoying insects into a swarm of missiles.

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