Dominaria United is on the horizon, releasing on September 9, and we’re already starting to see previews. One of the sweeter ones I’ve seen so far is actually from the associated Commander set, and as it turns out, it’s one of the box toppers available for the set.
A Rakdos lifelinker? What’s next, Zombies outside black? Oh, wait, we have a ton of those. Anyway, Tor Wauki the Younger is very dissimilar to Tor Wauki the original.
We still have archery, we still have Rakdos color identity, and… that’s about it. Oh, actually, we still have “dealing two damage.” Anyway, I decided to take Tor Wauki the Younger in a fun direction. More accurately, I took Tor Wauki the Younger in three different fun directions! Let’s check out three possible builds for this new damage-amplifying archer.
Commander: Tor Wauki the Younger Companion: Obosh, the Preypiercer 1 Anathemancer 1 Anger of the Gods 1 Backdraft Hellkite 1 Banefire 1 Barren Moor 1 Bedevil 1 Birgi, God of Storytelling / Harnfel, Horn of Bounty 1 Blasphemous Act 1 Blightstep Pathway / Searstep Pathway 1 Blisterspit Gremlin 1 Blood Crypt 1 Bloodstained Mire 1 Bojuka Bog 1 Bonecrusher Giant / Stomp 1 Breath of Malfegor 1 Burn Down the House 1 Canyon Slough 1 Chain Lightning 1 Chandra's Ignition 1 Chaos Warp 1 Command Tower 1 Commander's Sphere 1 Cryptborn Horror 1 Cryptolith Fragment / Aurora of Emrakul 1 Deflecting Swat 1 Delayed Blast Fireball 1 Descent into Avernus 1 Devil's Play 1 Dragonskull Summit 1 Drakuseth, Maw of Flames 1 Fall of the Titans 1 Famine 1 Fight with Fire 1 Flame Sweep 1 Florian, Voldaren Scion 1 Foreboding Ruins 1 Forgotten Cave 1 Geistflame Reservoir 1 Glittering Stockpile 1 Graven Cairns 1 Guttersnipe 1 Haunted Ridge 1 Hour of Devastation 1 Jeska's Will 1 Knollspine Dragon 1 Light Up the Stage 1 Lightning Bolt 1 Luxury Suite 15 Mountain 1 Murderous Rider / Swift End 1 Neheb, the Eternal 1 Nighthawk Scavenger 1 Ob Nixilis, the Adversary 1 Phyrexian Arena 1 Pyromancer's Gauntlet 1 Quakebringer 1 Read the Bones 1 Red Sun's Zenith 1 Rolling Earthquake 1 Shivan Gorge 1 Sizzle 1 Skewer the Critics 1 Slagstorm 1 Smoldering Marsh 1 Sol Ring 1 Spear Spewer 1 Spinerock Knoll 1 Steam Blast 7 Swamp 1 Sweltering Suns 1 Syr Carah, the Bold 1 Terror of the Peaks 1 Theater of Horrors 1 Unlicensed Disintegration 1 Valakut Awakening / Valakut Stoneforge 1 Valakut Exploration 1 Vandalblast 1 Vial Smasher the Fierce 1 Wayfarer's Bauble
I wanted to pair Tor Wauki with Obosh for damage-themed fun. Yes, it did occur to me that the two don’t combine as well as you might like – with the way replacement effects interact, the player taking damage or controller of the permanent taking damage chooses the order in which they apply, so your opponents will always decide to double the damage before adding the extra one.
Regardless, this list is about dealing damage!
Some of our creatures, like Anathemancer, just come down and hit as hard as they can, hoping for a boon from the delightful Obosh. Guttersnipe gives us consistent damage from our instants and sorceries, and Quakebringer just keeps bringing the hurt as long as it’s around.
Neheb is a key creature for decks like this. It turns all the damage we deal in the first main phase or combat into a big pile of mana we can use to cast spells later. And don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of X spells.
But that’s not all the direct damage we’re dealing. Oh no. We’ve got goodies ranging from Lightning Bolt to Delayed Blast Fireball. Have you read Delayed Blast Fireball? Geez. Don’t forget Breath of Malfegor – with Obosh in play, that’s a metric ton of damage. Okay, it’s 10, and I don’t know what a metric ton is. I could look it up, but now I’m not going to.
Sometimes we’ll just need to tear the board up, and we’ve got plenty of options for that. In addition to these heavy hitters, cards like Sweltering Suns and Burn Down the House provide some flexibility.
While I was building this list, I looked at my copy of Backdraft Hellkite and had a second idea.
Commander: Tor Wauki the Younger Companion: Obosh, the Preypiercer 1 Backdraft Hellkite 1 Balefire Dragon 1 Barren Moor 1 Bedevil 1 Birgi, God of Storytelling / Harnfel, Horn of Bounty 1 Bladewing the Risen 1 Blasphemous Act 1 Blightstep Pathway / Searstep Pathway 1 Blood Crypt 1 Bloodstained Mire 1 Bojuka Bog 1 Canyon Slough 1 Chandra's Ignition 1 Chaos Warp 1 Cloud Key 1 Command Tower 1 Commander's Sphere 1 Deflecting Swat 33 Dragon's Approach 1 Dragonskull Summit 1 Faithless Looting 1 Fire Servant 1 Foreboding Ruins 1 Forgotten Cave 1 Graven Cairns 1 Guttersnipe 1 Harness the Storm 1 Haunted Ridge 1 Jeska's Will 1 Junji, the Midnight Sky 1 Locket of Yesterdays 1 Luxury Suite 15 Mountain 1 Neheb, the Eternal 1 Read the Bones 1 Secret Salvage 1 Shivan Gorge 1 Smoldering Marsh 1 Sol Ring 1 Spellweaver Helix 1 Spinerock Knoll 6 Swamp 1 Terror of the Peaks 1 Thrumming Stone 1 Toxic Deluge 1 Valakut Awakening / Valakut Stoneforge 1 Vandalblast 1 Wayfarer's Bauble
That’s right, it’s time for Dragon’s Approach. 33 copies of Dragon’s Approach, specifically. Why 33? Well, I wanted an 80 percent chance to hit another Dragon’s Approach when using Thrumming Stone, and after some time with the hypergeometric calculator, 33 was the number. So what’s the plan here? Well, obviously, we want to cast Dragon’s Approach, and besides Thrumming Stone, I wanted some support for that.
Let’s cut down on costs so we can cast a ton of Dragon’s Approaches.
Better yet, let’s copy and recast even more Dragon’s Approaches! Pyromancer Ascension is off the table since we’re still running Obosh, but if you’re not committed to 11-damage three-cost spells, I guess you could cut Obosh. 11? Yeah, that’s the three from Dragon’s Approach, doubled with Obosh, plus one from Tor Wauki, along with the Tor Wauki trigger doubled by Obosh. So much damage!
And yeah, we get to play Fire Servant. No big deal, right?
Let’s take a look at one more version of Tor Wauki the Younger!
Commander: Tor Wauki the Younger 1 Abrade 1 Anax, Hardened in the Forge 1 Arcane Signet 1 Barren Moor 1 Bedevil 1 Blasphemous Act 1 Blight Mound 1 Blightstep Pathway / Searstep Pathway 1 Blood Crypt 1 Blood for Bones 1 Bloodstained Mire 1 Bojuka Bog 1 Bolas's Citadel 1 Burn Down the House 1 Canyon Slough 1 Carrion Feeder 1 Castle Embereth 1 Command Tower 1 Deadly Dispute 1 Den of the Bugbear 1 Devils' Playground 1 Dragonskull Summit 1 Feed the Swarm 1 Fellwar Stone 1 Fireblade Artist 1 Footlight Fiend 1 Foreboding Ruins 1 Forgotten Cave 1 Goblin Arsonist 1 Goblin Bombardment 1 Graven Cairns 1 Grim Haruspex 1 Haunted Ridge 1 Hissing Iguanar 1 Impact Tremors 1 Impulsive Pilferer 1 Judith, the Scourge Diva 1 Juri, Master of the Revue 1 Luxury Suite 1 Mahadi, Emporium Master 1 Makeshift Munitions 1 Mayhem Devil 1 Mind Stone 1 Morbid Opportunist 8 Mountain 1 Murderous Redcap 1 Night's Whisper 1 Ob Nixilis, the Adversary 1 Outpost Siege 1 Perilous Myr 1 Phyrexian Reclamation 1 Phyrexian Tower 1 Pitiless Plunderer 1 Plumb the Forbidden 1 Pyre-Sledge Arsonist 1 Rakdos Charm 1 Rakdos Signet 1 Raphael, Fiendish Savior 1 Read the Bones 1 Reassembling Skeleton 1 Scorched Rusalka 1 Serrated Scorpion 1 Shivan Gorge 1 Skullclamp 1 Smoldering Marsh 1 Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance 1 Sol Ring 1 Spinerock Knoll 1 Spiteful Prankster 1 Squee, the Immortal 8 Swamp 1 Syr Konrad, the Grim 1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire 1 Talisman of Indulgence 1 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator 1 Tragic Slip 1 Tymaret, the Murder King 1 Vampiric Rites 1 Vandalblast 1 Village Rites 1 Vindictive Vampire 1 Viscera Seer 1 Woe Strider 1 You Are Already Dead 1 Zariel, Archduke of Avernus
This one’s very sacrifice-focused. I love the idea of amplifying little obnoxious sources of damage, and that immediately made me think of one thing: Devil tokens.
I love that we have three planeswalkers with the ability to generate Devil tokens! One damage when a Devil dies is nice, but two damage is much, much better.
Even more ways to generate Devils. We’re going to be sacrificing a lot of creatures, so Raphael is ready to generate lots and lots of tokens!
We’ll have plenty of creatures that are ready to be sacrificed for value. Dealing damage on death is the specialty of these creatures as well as others like Perilous Myr and, in a weird way, Murderous Redcap.
I’ve stayed away from life loss triggers like Blood Artist for theme reasons. We can’t amplify life loss, but we can amplify damage with Tor Wauki! Hissing Iguanar is one of my favorite cards, so I was really excited to find a home for it here.
With plenty of sacrifice outlets on our side that deal damage, we can get even more mileage out of Tor Wauki the Younger. Sure, we have Goblin Bombardment and Makeshift Munitions too, but these cards are so much more fun to look at than the usual suspects.
Without any pesky Obosh restrictions, we get to play Bolas’s Citadel and really go off with this low mana value deck. Seriously, an average mana value of 2.6 ignoring lands? What a list. I love a compact mana curve!
Hopefully these lists give you an idea of how to construct your own Tor Wauki the Younger list, should you choose to give it a shot. I can’t wait to see more out of Dominaria United!