Happy Winter, everybody! Today, we will be focusing on a special Magic: The Gathering deck tech to commemorate the season. And just who is our commander for this Commander deck tech? Why, it's none other than the Soul of Winter himself, Ojutai!
The decklist, as discussed below, can be found here.
As it stands, this deck will contain a few different themes; two are thematic, and one is mechanical. Looking at the card for Ojutai, it's a pretty good guess as to what those themes could possibly be. Let's get into it!
Snow theme: There are a plethora of different snow-covered options in this deck. This keeps us firmly in a Winter casual theme because, to be honest, not many cards with the Snow subtype are all that good. Dark Depths is definitely usable, which is nice, as is Heidar, Rimewind Master (in this build, anyway). The rest of the snow-typed cards are in here to pad the deck within the auspices of the theme.
Dragons: Ojutai wants Dragons to be attacking. How else will we be able to tap the entire board down in a single swing? As such, we have a Dragon-tribal subtheme going, which includes the Kamigawa Spirit Dragons in our colors, Icefall Regent (which works out in our theme!), Sunscorch Regent, and Scalelord Reckoner, among others.
Tap-down theme: Ojutai's main payout for swinging in with Dragons is to tap creatures near-indefinitely. To this effect, we have included cards that will support the tap-down theme. Tangle Wire, Static Orb, Winter Orb, and Icy Manipulator are in here. I'm particularly pleased that the latter two are, again, in-theme for us.
Payoffs: There are not a whole lot of payoffs in the theme of tapping permanents down (beyond being able to attack freely!), but Sunblast Angel is one big one besides and we aren't about to pass up such a sparse opportunity to destroy things.
This deck may not be the most polished, but it can manage to take many players by surprise. Its power level is a bit lower than the usual Commander decks I post here on Bleeding Cool, but it still is apt to play pretty well in a less-optimized metagame than the average. It's important that this be noted because while a lot of my decklists are high-power, it's vital to recognize that not all metas are like that (even if I do include a Tundra in the land base here – though that's just to prove that there is still merit in a strong mana base).
What do you think? Is this deck, at its very heart, any good in concept or in practice? Do you have a snow-themed deck that you'd recommend instead, or alongside? Let us know!