Aurelia, the Warleader returns in Double Masters 2022, its first large-scale reprint outside of smaller, supplemental products. She’s still a hard-hitting and very powerful commander, particularly when you complement her triggered ability with other cards that have similar effects. Why let your opponents enjoy a combat step, when you can have them all for yourself?
Today’s Aurelia list, built by tworow2, is filled with extra combat effects alongside creatures that benefit from getting into combat. “At the beginning of combat” triggers, on-attack triggers, damage triggers – this deck is built to get the most out of each and every combat step. And if things go well for you, there will be quite a few of them each turn!
1 Ancient Copper Dragon 1 Anya, Merciless Angel 1 Archangel of Thune 1 Archivist of Oghma 1 Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice 1 Avacyn, Angel of Hope 1 Balefire Liege 1 Basandra, Battle Seraph 1 Burnished Hart 1 Combat Celebrant 1 Deep Gnome Terramancer 1 Dockside Extortionist 1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite 1 Etali, Primal Storm 1 Firemane Avenger 1 Gisela, Blade of Goldnight 1 Grand Abolisher 1 Iroas, God of Victory 1 Karlach, Fury of Avernus 1 Keeper of the Accord 1 Knight of the White Orchid 1 Lyra Dawnbringer 1 Moraug, Fury of Akoum 1 Odric, Master Tactician 1 Port Razer 1 Righteous Valkyrie 1 Solemn Simulacrum 1 Starnheim Aspirant 1 Stonehewer Giant 1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar Noncreature spells 1 Aggravated Assault 1 Fiery Emancipation 1 Ghostly Prison 1 Glory of Warfare 1 Land Tax 1 Legion's Initiative 1 Smothering Tithe 1 Smuggler's Share 1 True Conviction 1 Akroma's Will 1 Boros Charm 1 Chance for Glory 1 Enlightened Tutor 1 Path to Exile 1 Savage Beating 1 Wear // Tear 1 Arcane Signet 1 Archaeomancer's Map 1 Blackblade Reforged 1 Helm of the Host 1 Lightning Greaves 1 Quicksilver Amulet 1 Sol Ring 1 Sunforger 1 Swiftfoot Boots 1 Sword of Feast and Famine 1 Sword of the Animist 1 Depopulate 1 Farewell 1 Fury of the Horde 1 Relentless Assault 1 Seize the Day 1 Vandalblast 1 Waves of Aggression 1 World at War 1 Zariel, Archduke of Avernus Lands 1 Alpine Meadow 1 Arid Mesa 1 Battlefield Forge 1 Boros Garrison 1 Clifftop Retreat 1 Command Tower 1 Furycalm Snarl 1 Inspiring Vantage 6 Mountain 1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx 1 Path of Ancestry 8 Plains 1 Plateau 1 Rugged Prairie 1 Sacred Foundry 1 Slayers' Stronghold 1 Spectator Seating 1 Sunbaked Canyon 1 Sundown Pass 1 Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion 1 Temple of Triumph
There isn’t the deepest pool of cards that grant you extra combat steps, but this deck still manages to have a sizeable contingent of them. There are one-shot effects like Relentless Assault, cards that give you a couple of extra attacks over different turns like World at War and repeatable extra combat effects like Waves of Aggression and Aggravated Assault. None of these cards are cheap, you’ll notice, so you’ll need to establish a decent board before casting them.
In addition to Aurelia, cards like Karlach, Fury of Avernus, Port Razer, and Moraug, Fury of Akoum all grant extra combats when they attack, and it’s theoretically possible to string together a huge number of attack steps as a result. Of course, you have to keep your creatures alive to attack over and over and over again, and that’s where cards like Boros Charm and Akroma’s Will come into play, giving them indestructible so they can ram into blockers without fear.
But what are you gaining with all these attacks? If going after opposing life totals isn’t enough, cards like Firemane Avenger, Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice and Etali, Primal Storm all provide sweet benefits whenever you turn them sideways. There’s also a light Angel theme running through the deck with things like Lyra Dawnbringer and Starnheim Aspirant, as well as a few ways to make use of good Equipment – both helpful in building a big board for your extra combat steps.
Finally, one interesting dimension to this deck is a bunch of damage-doublers (and even one damage-tripler, Fiery Emancipation). Iroas, God of Victory and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight will help to unload massive stacks of damage – not to mention cards such as True Conviction, which should make racing absolutely impossible for your opponents.
If you like getting aggressive, this deck is perfect for you. Creatures that are itching to attack combined with cards that give them plenty of opportunities to do so means that you’ll always be on the front foot with this list!