20, Apr, 22

Best Upgrades For MTG's Bedecked Brokers Commander Deck

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Article at a Glance

Bedecked Brokers is one of five new preconstructed Commander decks released alongside Streets of New Capenna. This green, white, and blue deck revolves around various types of counters you put on your permanents, including the new shield counter from New Capenna which can save your creatures from dying.

This deck is playable directly out of the box. But there are key cards that seriously improve the deck. This guide will break down the best upgrades for Bedecked Brokers.

Perrie, the Pulverizer

Perrie, the Platypus–I mean Pulverizer–shows off the new shield mechanic from Streets of New Capenna. This new type of counter serves as a form of protection for your creatures, kind of like a pseudo-indestructible. If your creature would be dealt damage or destroyed, you instead remove a shield counter. This is perfect for protecting your commander or other key creatures.

But Perrie has another ability in addition to Perrie’s protective shield counter. When Perrie attacks, he counts how many different kinds of counters are on your permanents, and buffs one of your creatures with power and toughness equal to that number. This ability gives Perrie an aggressive edge.

Are There Better Counters Commanders?

Before I discuss what cards you can add to improve your Bedecked Brokers Commander deck, I want to show off a few alternative commanders you can play instead of Perrie.

Perrie is certainly a cool and unique commander. And if you want to play an aggressive commander with a heavy counters theme, he is a great choice. But there are a lot of different commanders that utilize counters.

As the leader of the Broker family on New Capenna, Falco Spara makes an excellent counters-based commander. The Bird Demon works similarly to Future Sight in that you can remove a counter from one of your creatures to play the top card of your library. Compared to Perrie, Spara focused more on accruing value over time.

If you want to splash black into your deck, Atraxa is a bomb of a commander. It proliferates at the end of your turn, amassing tons of counters over the course of a game.

For the purpose of this upgrade guide, I will suggest cards that work well in any counters strategy, and I will stick to cards within the Bant/Brokers color identity (green/white/blue).

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Proliferate All Your Counters

Proliferate is an easy inclusion in any deck that revolves around counters of any kind. The ability lets you add more counters to any permanent or player who already has a counter on it.

Inexorable Tide can proliferate multiple times in a turn. Contagion Engine can add beneficial counters to your permanents while giving -1/-1 counters to your opponent’s creatures. And Sword of Truth and Justice offers some protection to the creature it’s equipped to and proliferates whenever that creature deals combat damage.

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Modified Synergies

Neon Dynasty introduced modified, a mechanic that cares about suiting up your creatures with equipment, auras, or counter. This pairs perfectly with the Broker family from New Capenna which uses counters of various types.

With multiple, counter-wielding creatures, Kodama will put tons of lands from your library directly into play. Silkguard can protect your modified creatures. And One with the Kami provides some consolation when one of your creatures, in which you heavily invested many counters on, dies.

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Counter Doublers

If you’re going to put a counter on one of your permanents, why not place two?

There are various counter doublers in the game like the classic Doubling Season. But more keep coming out, like Vorinclex, which doubles the number of counters you place while halving the number of counters your opponents place. And if you need counters immediately, Deepglow Skate can double the counters on your field as soon as it enters play.

Other Token Amplifiers

If you’d place a +1/+1 counter on one of your creatures, both Conclave Mentor and Hardened Scales place and extra one of those counters. Each of these cards has its own benefits. Conclave Mentor can wear +1/+1 counters itself because it is a creature. But Hardened Scales is more difficult for opponents to remove because it is an enchantment.

Pir works like the first two cards, but his effect applies to any type of counter. He also has the benefit of finding Toothy, Imaginary Friend, from your library, which works well with the other +1/+1 counter cards in your deck.

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Upgrade Your Bedecked Brokers Mana Base

Preconstructed Commander decks generally have terrible mana bases. Fetch lands like Windswept Heath and shock lands like Breeding Pool are useful in any Commander deck. But there are a bunch of dual-colored lands that help ensure you have access to all the colored mana you need.

Here are a few more lands to add to Bedecked Brokers:

  • Deserted Beach | Buy At TCGPlayer
  • Bountiful Promenade | Buy At TCGPlayer
  • Hinterland Harbor | Buy At TCGPlayer

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Best Upgrades From New Capenna

The Broker family, from Streets of New Capenna, has a lot of support for Perrie and other counter commanders within the main set. Here are a few cards from the main set that are worthwhile inclusions in the Bedecked Brokers deck.

Brokers Ascendancy

Brokers Ascendancy is a threat of constant pressure. It grows your army of creatures every turn with +1/+1 counters. And it even places loyalty counters on your planeswalkers, making it easy to achieve their ultimate abilities.

Elspeth, Resplendent

Elspeth can put counters of various types on your creatures, including flying, first strike, lifelink, vigilance, and+1/+1 counters. Even her second ability puts a shield counter on the creature she puts onto the battlefield.

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Sanctuary Warden

Sanctuary Warden can trade the counters on your creatures or planeswalkers into card draw. She’s also difficult for your opponents to get rid of, as she enters the battlefield with two shield counters.

Slip Out the Back

Slip Out the Back | Wizards of the Coast

Putting counters on your creatures is an investment. And when you put a lot of time and resources into building up a creature, you’ll want to protect it. But blinking or bouncing that creature will get rid of those counters.

Slip Out the Back, however, is a one-mana trick that lets your creature phase out, letting it keep all the counters the creature had on it.

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