23, Jan, 22

Commander Challenge - Dakkon, Shadow Slayer

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A legendary hero has returned, but things are a little different this time.
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Sometimes a planeswalker comes along that’s just a bit odd. Actually, in recent years, we’ve had a fair few of these oddballs, and while they’re fun to play with, figuring out where to put them can be a challenge in itself.

One of the most unusual in the last year has to be a reprint of a legendary hero, but now with added mutliversality. That’s not a real word, at least we don’t think so. Anyway…

What is Dakkon, Shadow Slayer?

Dakkon, Shadow Slayer is a three-mana white, blue, and black planeswalker that reads, “Dakkon, Shadow Slayer enters the battlefield with a number of loyalty counters on him equal to the number of lands you control.” Then their abilities are, “+1: Surveil 2. −3: Exile target creature. −6: You may put an artifact card from your hand or graveyard onto the battlefield.”

In short, they do a little bit of a lot of things. The loyalty thing isn’t something that really fits with the color identity, but it does mean that you can ultimate them on the first turn as long as you don’t mind waiting for a little bit. It’s also especially good if you can flicker them, as you can not only get another use out of an ability, but also increase their loyalty like that. You’ve then got deck manipulation, removal, and recursion too.

So, all we need now is to find a commander for them.

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Dakkon of the Hidden Ways

Sefris of the Hidden Ways is a three-mana white, blue, and black 2/3 that reads, “Whenever one or more creature cards are put into your graveyard from anywhere, venture into the dungeon. This ability triggers only once each turn. Create Undead — Whenever you complete a dungeon, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.”

In essence, aside from being good with the dungeon mechanic, shockingly, Sefris is also a great fit because they work with both the surveil ability, and work with recursion. It means that you can fill your deck with powerful creatures like Sheoldred, Whispering One and Ashen Rider to get the most out of both of these pieces.

We’re also big fans of flickering in this, and basically any other deck. That means both Teleportation Circle and Conjurer’s Closet are huge boons. Also, while we’re on the subject of artifacts, let’s talk about the next commander.

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Sharuum the Shadow Slayer

Our second pick is Sharuum the Hegemon, a six-mana white, blue, and black 5/5 with flying that reads, “When Sharuum the Hegemon enters the battlefield, you may return target artifact card from your graveyard to the battlefield.” As you can tell, that means we’re going to stick with recursion here, but look more at artifacts.

We still recommend the flickering bits from above, but now we’ll be recurring cards like Darksteel Forge, [tooltips]Blightsteel Colossus, and Platinum Angel. They’re all good, for sure, but it’s also worth talking a bit about how we’ll be filling our graveyards in both of these decks.

So, to get the good stuff into the graveyard, we’ll be using the likes of Thirst for Discovery, Thirst for Knowledge, Fact or Fiction, Frantic Search, and basically anything else that allows you to specify which cards are going in your graveyard. These are all going to help you make sure you’ve got great choices when resurrecting from the graveyard, and that’s what we’re all about. Not in real life, obviously, we definitely don’t condone necromancy.

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