There are a few different cards that reward you for playing creatures with a ton of keywords. One of the most interesting is Odric, Lunarch Marshal, who wants you to fill your deck with keyworded creatures so he can apply their benefits to the rest of the team. This leads to not only some very interesting inclusions in the deck (Healer’s Hawk?), but also some ridiculous attacking board states where your creatures are all mini-Akromas, juiced up with a thousand keywords each.
This week’s list comes from HafeHafeli, who has found creatures great and small that are just drowning in keywords, ready to be shared to everyone courtesy of Odric. From the tiny Speaker of the Heavens to the mighty Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, this deck is capable of building an extremely potent board that will make combat a nightmare for opponents.
Commander: Odric, Lunarch Marshal Creatures 1 Esper Sentinel 1 Healer's Hawk 1 Serra Ascendant 1 Speaker of the Heavens 1 Adorned Pouncer 1 Archivist of Oghma 1 Deep Gnome Terramancer 1 Fencing Ace 1 Knight of the White Orchid 1 Lone Rider // It That Rides as One 1 Loyal Warhound 1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben 1 Aerial Responder 1 Crystalline Giant 1 Danitha Capashen, Paragon 1 Heliod, Sun-Crowned 1 Mentor of the Meek 1 Skyhunter Skirmisher 1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar 1 Battle Angels of Tyr 1 Gisela, the Broken Blade 1 Keeper of the Accord 1 Mangara, the Diplomat 1 Oketra the True 1 Angelic Overseer 1 God-Eternal Oketra 1 Sun Titan 1 Akroma, Vision of Ixidor 1 Bruna, the Fading Light 1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite 1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath 1 Avacyn, Angel of Hope 1 Zetalpa, Primal Dawn Noncreature spells 1 Commander's Plate 1 Shadowspear 1 Sol Ring 1 Arcane Signet 1 Endless Atlas 1 Swiftfoot Boots 1 Archaeomancer's Map 1 Oketra's Monument 1 Hammer of Nazahn 1 Kaldra Compleat 1 Land Tax 1 Darksteel Mutation 1 Luminarch Ascension 1 Aura of Silence 1 Smuggler's Share 1 Court of Grace 1 Smothering Tithe 1 Enlightened Tutor 1 Path to Exile 1 Swords to Plowshares 1 Heliod's Intervention 1 Crib Swap 1 Flawless Maneuver 1 Generous Gift 1 Teferi's Protection 1 Akroma's Will 1 Return to Dust 1 Secret Rendezvous 1 Wrath of God 1 Farewell 1 Vanquish the Horde Land 1 Ancient Tomb 1 Castle Ardenvale 1 Eiganjo Castle 1 Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire 1 Emeria, the Sky Ruin 1 Myriad Landscape 1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx 25 Plains 1 Urza's Saga 1 War Room 1 Windbrisk Heights
Finding creatures to offer keywords like lifelink, vigilance and flying isn’t very difficult. The aforementioned Healer’s Hawk and Speaker of the Heavens offer some of these keywords at just one mana each, while Aerial Responder has all three. First strike, too, is easy enough to come across, with Lone Rider, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (and Heretic Cathar!) and Danitha Capashen offering it to the team.
Where things really get interesting, however, is with cheap creatures such as Fencing Ace, Adorned Pouncer and Skyhunter Skirmisher. Giving the team double strike is absolutely huge, powering out a massive amount of damage which will – hopefully – be delivered by lifelinking flyers. Better even that double strike, however, is indestructible. Oketra the True, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Heliod, Sun-Crowned – all these creatures will give the team indestructible. On top of that, Angelic Overseer will grant both indestructible and hexproof, seeing as Odric is a Human!
Your creatures don’t have to have these keywords naturally, however. An equipped Swiftfoot Boots grants the team hexproof, just as Hammer of Nazahn will grant indestructible. As will Kaldra Compleat, along with first strike, trample, and haste – the last two being very difficult to obtain in a mono-white deck. Akroma, Angel of Wrath can also help you generate hasty tramplers – that come with flying, first strike, and vigilance to boot.
Outside of the keyword creature suite, this deck has a lot more to offer. Mono-white EDH decks are more rounded than ever before, with card draw like Esper Sentinel and Archivist of Oghma, as well as ramp like Deep Gnome Terramancer and Archaeomancer’s Map. Of course, there’s excellent removal, in the form of both targeted spells and sweepers – Wrath of God and Vanquish the Horde are particularly effective when your team is indestructible.
If you like the idea of attacking with a Battle Angels of Tyr that also has vigilance, first strike, lifelink, indestructible, hexproof and who knows what else, Odric is the perfect commander to help you make that happen. This deck seems like it’s capable of launching some pretty ridiculous attacks – your opponents won’t know what to do!