Casual Commander – Narset, Enlightened Master

Hi there!

Casual formats in Magic: the Gathering are very fun and relaxing. You aren’t bound to competitive play, you don’t have to worry about whether you’re going to make prizes in a tournament, you’re only there to have fun with your friends.

In light of that, here’s a brew I played with for a few weeks, using Narset, Enlightened Master from Theros as the commander!

It’s a red, white and blue colored deck that takes advantage of Narset’s ability that lets you cast noncreature spells for free when she attacks. Note also, you don’t have to actually connect with Narset to be able to do that. All you have to do is just declare her as an attacker and the trigger goes onto the stack. Free spells are fun!

Here’s the list, without further ado!

 

Commander (1)
Narset, Enlightened Master

Creatures (14)
Arcanis the Omnipotent
Willbender
Anger
Desolation Giant
Morphling
Reveillark
Iridescent Angel
Guttersnipe
Flametongue Kavu
Molten Primordial
Young Pyromancer
Deputy of Acquittals
Raven Familiar
Wall of Omens

Sorceries (14)
Wrath of God
Time Spiral
Ignite Memories
Act of Treason
Ponder
Preordain
Red Sun’s Zenith
Faithless Looting
Grapeshot
Blast of Genius
Electrickery
Assault Strobe
Rout
Temporal Mastery

Instants (13)
Fire / Ice
Wild Ricochet
Disenchant
Brainstorm
Echoing Truth
Steam Augury
Fling
Suffocating Blast
Rushing River
Telling Time
Tolarian Winds
Lightning Bolt
Afterlife

Artifacts (11)
Boros Signet
Boros Cluestone
Boros Keyrune
Staff of Nin
Pyrite Spellbomb
Mana Vault
Sol Ring
Voltaic Key
Trading Post
Gilded Lotus
Bident of Thassa

Enchantments (11)
Indestructibility
Dictate of Heliod
Rest in Peace
Teferi’s Moat
Propaganda
Eye of the Storm
Heliod, God of the Sun
Suspension Field
Rhystic Study
Spirit Away
Assemble the Legion

Planeswalkers (3)
Jace Beleren
Chandra Nalaar
Chandra, Pyromaster

Nonbasic Lands (8)
Temple of the False God
Azorius Guildgate
Azorius Chancery
Boros Guildgate
Boros Garrison
Izzet Guildgate
Izzet Boilerworks
Reliquary Tower

Basic Lands (25)
9 Island
8 Mountain
8 Plains

Looking at the list, there aren’t nearly as many creatures in it as there would usually be in a typical commander deck. However, since Narset, Enlightened Master only grants us the benefit of casting noncreature spells, we want to keep them to a minimum so that we don’t brick when we swing. You have a lot of removal spells and control spells, but you may notice there’s only one counterspell in it. Why is that? Well, I believe that in games of casual commander, people should be allowed to play their cards and have fun. I did include Suffocating Blast because there may be a time that you really don’t want something to hit the field.

There are two cards in this deck that are very synergistic, Eye of the Storm and Guttersnipe. Eye of the Storm is a very, very fun enchantment that grants you, and everyone else, every instant and sorcery that was cast after it resolves, every single time, for free. Pretty neat, right? Guttersnipe capitalizes on that by dealing 2 damage to each opponent when you cast an instant or sorcery spell, so damage can add up very quickly. Take a look at the instants and sorceries that are just included in this deck, without even knowing what’s in your opponents’ — Rout? Faithless Looting? Brainstorm? Ponder and Preordain? Every single time a new instant and sorcery is cast? For FREE? Sign me up!

This deck did include Hive Mind at one point, but it was removed in favor of Eye of the Storm. Having both of those cards in the same deck would be incredibly stressful in trying to figure out the orders of spells cast, who copied what, active player resolution order… in short, it’s a mess. The rest of the deck is very casual, just to have some fun.

This list was made with a budget in mind, because I don’t feel like you should need to shell out large amounts of money in a casual format if you don’t want to. We’re here to have fun, after all!

Thanks for reading! Have any other cool Commander tricks? Let me know in the comments!

Dave Rehm