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Top 10 Azorius Commanders – Riley Ranks

With around 1,500 potential commanders, there is no shortage of cards you can use to lead your EDH decks. Some, however, have risen to the top as the format has developed, and secured their positions as format favorites. Each color pair has its own distinct identity, and there are commanders that embody that identity, or parts of it, in ways that have made them immensely popular generals. Today, we’re looking at the top Azorius commanders!

 

 

10. Yorion, Sky Nomad

Yorion, Sky Nomad

Quite aside from breaking competitive Magic in half, some of the companions have gone on to pursue successful careers in EDH, as well – and not just as commanders. Yorion, as a five-mana 4/5 flyer that blinks all your stuff, is an extremely potent option for anyone wanting to get extra value out of enter-the-battlefield effects, particularly those that aren’t tied to creatures. Yorion can blink everything from Cloudblazer to Kiora Bests the Sea God, and then you can blink Yorion with things like Momentary Blink or Flicker of Fate to do it all again!

9. Vega, the Watcher

Vega, the Watcher

Vega is one of those commanders that comes with very clear instructions as to how to get the most out of her: cast cards from anywhere other than your hand. But how best to do that? From the top of your library, with Future Sight or The Reality Chip? From your graveyard, with flashback? From exile, with Adventures or foretell? There are so many ways to cast things from all these places, and good Vega decks play most of them! As blue decks always love having a nice, full hand, having all these spells replace themselves with Vega’s triggered ability is absolutely bonkers!

8. Inniaz, the Gale Force

Inniaz, the Gale Force

One of the best “flying tribal” commanders in the format, Inniaz wants you to fill your deck with flyers and get in there. White-blue flyers is a classic Limited archetype and there are a ton of cheap enablers to support the theme: Skycat Sovereign, Watcher of the Spheres, Empyrean Eagle, etc. Throw some Coastal Piracy effects in there as well and you’ll never run out of resources, freely swapping cards around between your opponents as you do. If you enjoy the flyers archetype in Limited and miss casting Winged Words, perhaps you should check out an Inniaz deck!

7. Lavinia, Azorius Renegade

Lavinia, Azorius Renegade (Timeshifted)

For some, fun is a zero-sum game. If you’re having fun, that’s fun that I’m missing out on, and that just won’t do. Two-drop Lavinia heads up white-blue hatebear decks, filled with restrictive cards like Hushbringer, Containment Priest and Narset, Parter of Veils. She reduces the effectiveness of mana rocks with her static ability, plays all the disruptive all-stars from Swords to Plowshares all the way up to Cyclonic Rift – and particularly nasty is Drannith Magistrate, who prevents players from casting their commanders

6. Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

But when it comes to prison decks, it’s difficult to look past Grand Arbiter Augustin IV. Cheapening all your spells – by two mana, if they’re both white and blue – he also taxes everything your opponents do. Ghostly Prison and Propaganda stop attacks, Rhystic Study draws you cards, Smothering Tithe gets you mana and much of Lavinia’s hateful suite is also found in Augustin decks, including the infamous Drannith Magistrate. You won’t make friends at the table, but if you don’t mind being the villain, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV might be perfect for you. 

5. Kwain, Itinerant Meddler

Kwain, Itinerant Meddler

Ideally, you don’t want to give your opponents extra cards – so why play Kwain? Well, if you completely overload your opponents’ hand with extra cards, they’re going to have to discard the cards they draw anyway, while you sit there with your Reliquary Tower, Thought Vessel, Body of Knowledge and Triskaidekaphile, with all the cards you can eat. Milling opponents out is a tough ask in Commander, but forcing them to draw a ton of cards every turn is one way to do it – or just burn through your own library, and win with Laboratory Maniac!

4. Millicent, Restless Revenant

Millicent, Restless Revenant

Spirits are the emblematic tribe of the white-blue color combination, and Millicent is just about the best Spirit commander there is. Her decks are cut-and-dried tribal decks, with all the usual suspects: Vanquisher’s Banner, Herald’s Horn, Coat of Arms. There are Spirit lords like Supreme Phantom and Drogskol Captain, and then a plethora of Spirit all-stars, like the hard-hitting Geist of Saint Traft or the disruptive Spell Queller. With a ton of cheap Spirits, Millicent will never be too expensive, and she’s ready to come down and swell your ranks even further with hordes of Spirit tokens.

3. Ranar the Ever-Watchful

Ranar the Ever-Watchful

Ranar somehow manages to combine three different aspects of the white-blue color combination into one. Like Vega, he rewards you for foretelling cards, like Yorion, he wants you to blink things and like Millicent, he makes a bunch of flying Spirit tokens. Most Ranar decks tend to lead into the blink side of things pretty heavily, with things like Teleportation Circle ensuring he’s getting triggered reliably, and a huge number of value-based creatures to flicker for fun and profit. For those undecided on exactly which aspect of the color combination to explore, Ranar offers a taste of them all. 

2. Shorikai, Genesis Engine

Shorikai, Genesis Engine

Unlike Ranar, Shorikai is a pretty inflexible commander. Shorikai decks tend to do only one thing, but they do it very well: exploit the power of Vehicles. From Smuggler’s Copter to Skysovereign, Consul Flagship to Parhelion II – and others besides – there’s a robust Vehicle suite that is well supported by blue’s deeply-entrenched artifact synergies. Shorikai makes sure you’re never short a pilot for your Vehicles, while other legends like Emry, Lurker of the Loch and Sai, Master Thopterist either enable or reward you for playing an artifact game. 

1. Brago, King Eternal

Brago, King Eternal

The most popular use of this color pair, however, is to blink things for value. We started with Yorion, a popular blink commander, but the sky noodle doesn’t come close to the mighty Brago, King Eternal. Brago decks play all the hits: Agent of Treachery, Sun Titan, and – of course – Mulldrifter, then keep blinking them not just with Brago, but with other options like Thassa, Deep-Dwelling, Deadeye Navigator and Restoration Angel. These decks are popular for a reason – they’re powerful, filled with value and a ton of fun to play!

 

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  1. shorikai is good at more then just vehicles you can run it as a reanimator deck with all that draw and discard and i personally run it as a control deck using its ability to make blockers and dig through my deck with a few ways to untap it is a great way to dig up my approach of the second sun or the answer i need at the time i need it

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