There hasn’t been much in the way of Avatar tribal synergy printed in Magic over the years. Perhaps it’s because Avatar cards tend to be pretty powerful in their own right and don’t need the help, or perhaps it’s because they’re spread relatively evenly across all five colors, or perhaps it’s because they usually cost a billion mana each and it’s difficult to curve out and play Avatar aggro.
Whatever the case, you have to go well off the beaten path to play Avatar tribal, but that’s just what treflo has done here: Morophon, the Boundless is an unfortunately necessary pick as the commander, as Child of Alara might just be too much of a liability, but outside the commander, this deck is creative, exciting and packs a huge punch. Let’s have a look!
Avatar Tribal by treflo
Just look at that creature suite. Across all five colors, it’s nothing but hard-hitting heavyweights (and Birds of Paradise). From the five-hybrid-mana Morningtide/Eventide cycle to the Souls of Various Planes cycle right up to the Primordials, there are so many absurdly powerful (and absurdly expensive) avatars. Morophon helps to cheapen them a little bit, it’s true – particularly with Soul of Emancipation – but you’re still going to paying a lot for these cards.
What’s the best way to deal with that? Well, there are two options. Ramp, of course, aided by color fixing such as Chromatic Lantern, Cultivate and Skyshroud Claim – but then there’s another approach altogether. In a five-color deck, cards such as Fist of Suns and Jodah, Archmage Eternal offer you a cheaper way to cheat out your eight-drops: just pay WUBRG for them instead! There’s also Quicksilver Amulet and Belbe’s Portal to boot – plenty of ways to get those Avatars on the board for less than what you should have to pay.
As this deck is lacking early plays, it relies even more heavily on the usual tribal suspects like Urza’s Incubator and Herald’s Horn in order to keep up, but it also means that you can get your Reflections of Littjara and Kindred Discovery online before you start playing creatures, rather than the other way around.
Five-color decks often ask a lot of you (and your wallet, to finance a pricey mana base), but the payoff is usually there in spades, and this deck is no exception. Starting at Body of Knowledge and working all the way up to Progenitus, this Avatar deck has a lot going for it, most of which comes down to slamming huge monsters with powerful effects into play until your opponents have had enough. Which, after a few Primordials, a couple of Souls and then an Avatar of Woe, probably won’t be too long!