January 26, 2021

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Commander's Brew Episode 280: Halana & Sengir Deathtouchers

In our last (for a while at least) Partner Commander episode celebrating Commander Legends, this week we brewed up a deathtouching punchy reanimating Golgari stew that I can't wait to play on stream sometime soon.

When I cracked a pack of CMR and found Halana, Kessig Ranger I was excited to finally have the Warstorm Surge of the Command Zone in my possession. After doing some looking around our Commander's Brew patrons and I decided to mix her in with some Deathtouch creatures and really reward us for not only killing our opponent's creatures this way but also from the absence of these creatures as well. Once they're dead, we can smash in and get some life totals low. This idea is what led us to partnering Halana up with Sengir, the Dark Baron. Sengir works perfectly with Halana punching out our opponent's creatures, getting absolutely swole, and then crashing in with a ton of Commander damage.

The best way to really put this plan into action is obviously using a ton of little deathtouchers and plenty of mana to activate Halana's ability. A couple of other legends help this out, namely Belbe, Corrupted Observer and Chevill, Bane of Monsters allowing us the extra mana to pay for a punch on Chevill's marked creatures, drawing us cards along the way. Some other nice payoffs include Harvester of Souls and Reaper of the Wilds generating some card advantage.

While our plan is in motion, we may as well take advantage of our opponent's creatures in graveyards as well. So, we've included a reanimator package including Sepulchral Primordial and Animate Dead amongst others to drag some big monsters back onto your side of the battlefield or, in a pinch get back a key creature from your own yard.

Not just killing our opponent's creatures is the key to this deck. Machine gunning everyone down is great fun but we need to have direction past a few 1/1 deathtouchers doing disproportionate damage to a Craterhoof Behemoth, which is why we have a few other angles this deck attacks on. Get in and get cracking away and please hit me up on Twitter and let me know how you like the deck! (@andyhullbone)

Happy deathtouching!

Happy Deathtouching!

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