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Edric, Timewalker of Trest

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The letter A! few month ago, I played a game of Commander against David Williams, and I was amazed as he crushed me with a deck featuring such Commander staples as Shanodin Dryads and Grayscaled Gharial.

I don't understand sharing casual Commander decklists. To some extent, I can understand building a deck that's just a collection of your favorite cards, or the best cards you own, and I can respect how that leads to a fun casual format, but I just don't see how it's helpful to others to share that list.

I'll be featuring Commander lists periodically, but they'll generally be somewhat toward the competitive end of what might be acceptable for a game of Commander, because I can't really appreciate a deck unless it's trying to do something as well as possible.

This deck is built to exploit Edric, Spymaster of Trest, and it does an excellent job of it. It's noteworthy because it manages to be phenomenally powerful without playing many of the obvious best cards, and it ignores most typical strategies for building a competitive Commander deck.

Instead of ramping up to big spells, which I've found to be a traditionally effective strategy, this deck just plays as many cheap creatures as possible in order to draw cards with Edric. As many of those cards as possible include the phrase "extra turn," so each attack step can find another card like that, which will let you take yet another turn... so the deck actually plays like a combo deck, with just enough disruption in the form of cheap counterspells to ensure that its plan is safe.

David Williams's Edric Commander
Commander – Edric, Spymaster of Trest

Main Deck

99 cards

Commander
Breeding Pool
City of Brass
Command Tower
Dryad Arbor
Exotic Orchard
Flooded Grove
Flooded Strand
Forest
Gaea's Cradle
Gemstone Caverns
Hinterland Harbor
10  Island
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Reflecting Pool
Scalding Tarn
Tarnished Citadel
Thran Quarry
Tropical Island
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Yavimaya Coast

34 lands

Arbor Elf
Cloud of Faeries
Cloud Sprite
Copperhorn Scout
Cursecatcher
Eladamri, Lord of Leaves
Elvish Pioneer
Flying Men
Fyndhorn Elves
Grayscaled Gharial
Jace's Phantasm
Joraga Treespeaker
Jukai Messenger
Llanowar Elves
Lotus Cobra
Marsh Boa
Memnite
Merfolk Spy
Mothdust Changeling
Priest of Titania
Quirion Ranger
Sakura-Tribe Scout
Scryb Sprites
Shanodin Dryads
Skyshroud Elite
Skyshroud Ranger
Spellstutter Sprite
Spiketail Hatchling
Sylvan Safekeeper
Thought Nibbler
Treetop Scout
Wingcrafter
Wirewood Symbiote
Wonder
Young Wolf
Zephyr Sprite

36 creatures

Arcane Denial
Beastmaster Ascension
Chrome Mox
Counterspell
Crop Rotation
Daze
Delay
Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Exploration
Force of Will
Green Sun's Zenith
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mana Drain
Mana Leak
Mox Diamond
Mystical Tutor
Negate
Notorious Throng
Noxious Revival
Snap
Spell Pierce
Submerge
Tangle Wire
Temporal Manipulation
Time Warp
Unified Will
Walk the Aeons
Winter Orb

29 other spells

Edric, Spymaster of Trest

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