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What Commander Deck Should You Build for Your D&D Class? – Cleric

Ah, the cleric. The divinely-driven healers who tank damage and keep everyone else alive. Inexorably drawn to lawful good, but surprisingly versatile as a class, the cleric can be a powerful fighter or a pure support role in Dungeons & Dragons. For this exploration of D&D class in Commander, we’ll focus on the healing role. 

That said, I think some amount of smiting evil is important to the cleric. Basically, there are a lot of options when building out the cleric class, and it’s hard to go too far wrong. Unless you build black-red or something, then you’ve lost the plot completely. 

 

 

We’ll be making our cleric mono-white, though a more combat-oriented cleric could certainly be red-white but the options in that color pair are quite limited, as clerics go. Rem Karolus, Stalwart Slayer is the only one I would put down as cleric material. 

White, on the other hand, is cleric central. We have so many options in the color that narrowing them down is hard. What we’re looking for needs to be quite focused. A battle-ready healer who can take a lot of damage and keep other creatures alive. 

Clerics in Magic fall into the black-white color pairing, so we have quite few actual clerics to choose from, but flavor-wise, for me, mono-white is a must.

Eight-and-a-Half-Tails

That leaves us with actual cleric, Eight-and-a-Half-Tails who is pretty ideal actually, probably the top option. This Fox Cleric gives other permanents protection and the secondary ability to turn permanents white can offer up some pretty interesting lines of play. I’m a big fan of the creature for the protection ability alone, which captures cleric perfectly.

Elesh Norn, Grand CenobiteLosheel, Clockwork ScholarLinden, the Steadfast QueenLena, Selfless Champion

Other options force you to be a little more loose and creative with how we define a cleric. Elesh Norn is a cleric, sort of. Losheel, Clockwork Scholar can definitely be the cleric for an artifact-based deck. Linden, the Steadfast Queen heals you when the party attacks, which is somewhat cleric-y and Lena, Selfless Champion is happy to sacrifice herself for the greater good.

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Oh, and Avacyn, Angel of Hope is definitely a cleric. She gives everyone indestructible and takes a hell of a beating to bring down. Kinda tanky, kinda healy, kinda godly. She’s sort of ideal. Which is bizarre, but when you set the parameters before you look for the commander, strange things can happen.

Building around your cleric is all about going to war with opponents and keeping the army alive. Protecting a token deck or weenies deck is great for a cleric. They’re divinely inspired to help the meek. I would probably go for weenies with lots of buffs and a religious theme. 

Cathars' CrusadeDivine ReckoningWrath of God (039/332)Glorious Anthem

Cathars’ Crusade fits that really well, along with Divine Reckoning, Wrath of God, Glorious Anthem and Swords to Plowshares all reinforce the theme of divinity. If you do want to focus on that part of the cleric’s personality, they’re must-includes.

Mother of RunesShielded by FaithGiver of Runes

You can also build on the protection theme with Mother of Runes, Shielded by Faith and Giver of Runes. There are plenty more ways to keep your team alive, and protecting them while wrathing the board is the kind of divine smiting any cleric would approve of.

 

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