Commander Tribal from Joey Schultz! – EDH Showcase

We’ve got across all sorts of tribal decks on EDH Showcase, but today’s simply has to be the wildest one I’ve ever seen. From the genius of EDHRec’s Joey Schultz comes a Commander Tribal deck. No, not a tribal deck for Commander the format, a literal Commander Tribal deck – a tribal deck where the tribe is “commander”. Every single non-commander, non-basic card in this deck makes reference to commanders!

And it’s… not bad? I mean, it’s not busted, sure, no-one’s winning games of cEDH with this, but it has a coherent game plan and uses the new backgrounds from Battle for Baldur’s Gate to great effect, juicing up Tymna and Tana to untold heights. Ever thought about having a Tana, the Bloodsower that is a 7/5 undying double-striking deathtouch flyer that generates Treasures on attack, goads opposing creatures and makes Squirrels as well as Saprolings? Now, you can!



1 Tana, the Bloodsower
1 Tymna the Weaver

1 Anara, Wolvid Familiar
1 Angelic Field Marshal
1 Bastion Protector
1 Biowaste Blob
1 Bloodsworn Steward
1 Crimson Honor Guard
1 Demon of Wailing Agonies
1 Falthis, Shadowcat Familiar
1 Flamekin Herald
1 Guardian Augmenter
1 Jirina Kudro
1 Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar
1 Keleth, Sunmane Familiar
1 Loyal Apprentice
1 Loyal Guardian
1 Loyal Subordinate
1 Loyal Unicorn
1 Thunderfoot Baloth
1 Tyrant's Familiar

Noncreature spells
1 Agent of the Iron Throne
1 Agent of the Shadow Thieves
1 Cloakwood Hermit
1 Commander's Insignia
1 Criminal Past
1 Cultist of the Absolute
1 Dragon Cultist
1 Far Traveler
1 Flaming Fist
1 Folk Hero
1 Guild Artisan
1 Hardy Outlander
1 Haunted One
1 Inspiring Leader
1 Master Chef
1 Myth Unbound
1 Noble Heritage
1 Popular Entertainer
1 Raised by Giants
1 Scion of Halaster
1 Street Urchin
1 Tavern Brawler
1 Veteran Soldier
1 Akroma's Will
1 Astarion's Thirst
1 Deadly Rollick
1 Deflecting Swat
1 Flawless Maneuver
1 Fury Storm
1 Kamahl's Will
1 Obscuring Haze
1 Stinging Study
1 Szat's Will
1 Arcane Signet
1 Commander's Sphere
1 Tome of Legends
1 Cloudkill
1 Empyrial Storm
1 Genesis Storm
1 Jeska's Will
1 Skull Storm
1 Slash the Ranks
1 Visions of Dominance

1 Command Beacon
1 Command Tower
7 Forest
1 Forge of Heroes
7 Mountain
1 Opal Palace
1 Path of Ancestry
7 Plains
1 Sanctum of Eternity
1 Study Hall
7 Swamp
1 Witch's Clinic


This list plays a ton of Backgrounds – essentially all the non-blue ones – and as a result your commanders are going to end up pretty stacked once they’re ready to rumble. The deck has a bit of a Bogles-style feel to it as a result, but without the risk of losing a ton of Auras to a single removal spell. Instead, the Backgrounds stick around, and wait for you to recast your commander to keep doing what they do. 

Bloodsworn StewardGuardian AugmenterBastion ProtectorFalthis, Shadowcat Familiar

The Backgrounds aren’t the only thing supporting your commanders, though. Bloodsworn Steward gives them +2/+2 and haste, Guardian Augmenter gives them +2/+2 and hexproof and Bastion Protector gives them +2/+2 and indestructible – and that’s just the start! Falthis, Shadowcat Familiar gives them deathtouch and menace, a lethal combination, while Keleth, Sunmane Familiar continually grows their stats as they attack. 

Thunderfoot BalothAngelic Field MarshalLoyal SubordinateFlamekin Herald

Other support cards rely on your commanders being around to provide other bonuses, too – Thunderfoot Baloth and Angelic Field Marshal pump up the team, Loyal Subordinate clocks your opponents for extra damage each turn, while Flamekin Herald gives your commanders cascade, so you can perhaps hit a juicy Background or the like as they come down! 

Jeska's WillDeadly RollickGenesis StormSlash the Ranks

As you doubtlessly know, there are a bunch of very powerful commander-related instants and sorceries, and this deck plays ’em all. Jeska’s Will, Deadly Rollick, Flawless Maneuver, all the classics are here – in addition to some of the Storm cycle, with Empyrial Storm, Genesis Storm and Skull Storm. And, of course, there’s Slash the Ranks – perfect for a deck that’s so all-in on its commanders!

The mana base isn’t great – not a lot of lands reference commanders – so that might be a bit rough in a four-color deck, but hey, who cares. It’s style that this deck is going for, and it has style by the bucketload! I love creative decks like this, that take weird restrictions and turn them into something incredible, and as far as I’m concerned this deck is a work of art!


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