UPDATED: November 16th, 2013
Elected to high Command of our Azorius Blink/Flicker EDH Deck is Lavinia of the Tenth. Below are details of her current decklist along with details about the Past, Present and Future direction for Lavinia in this Blink/Flicker Commander Deck in EDH.
PAST: One of my favorite white spells to never leave my binder is Flicker from Urza’s Destiny. During the Urza block, I never played white in standard and Flicker always seemed to be the odd card out when I was building my 60 card casual decks. On the bright side, this card is quite flavorful and the art work is pretty rad, but that darn sorcery speed will get you every time.
Amazingly enough, the term Flicker became famous more-so for describing an effect in Magic the Gathering™ that removes a permanent(s) from the battlefield and then returns it to the battlefield than from the original Urza’s Destiny Sorcery card.
PRESENT: Fast Forward 14 years later. EDH is in full swing and Wizards of the Coast ™ releases Dragon’s Maze with it’s ten guild champions. It is here that we are introduced to the knuckle-busting lady of order, Lavinia of the Tenth. Out of the ten champions, Lavinia really caught my eye as a possible EDH Commander for a Blue/White Flicker deck. This Azorious leader is a 4/4 Protection from Red with an Enters the Battlefield effect that “detains” all non-land permanents with converted mana cost of four () or less our opponents control. Since this is a one turn effect, an EDH deck would have to center on the ability to “flicker” or “blink” Lavinia in and out of the battlefield to re-trigger her Detain ability. Detain states that Until your next turn, those permanents can’t attack or block and their activated abilities can’t be activated. Detain not only shuts down creatures but all activated abilities of Planeswalkers, Enchantments and Artifacts (including Mana Rocks).
FUTURE: No sooner than I put my last piece of my Lavinia Flicker Deck into a Gold Dragon Shield sleeve, the Commander 2013 spoilers revealed the new King of Blink, Roon of the Hidden Realm. This cartoony Rhino is a Bant () General that can “flicker” another target creature for . He also stands tall as a 4/4 Trampler with Vigilance. At this time, I have full intentions of demoting Lavinia from General to Soldier and splash Green into my Blink/Flicker EDH Deck. If and when Roon takes over as Commander of this deck, Lavinia will definitely become 1 of the 99 and will be sought after to put a “lock” on opponents permanents.
EDIT: I have since retracted my previous statement of adding green to my blink/flicker deck for Roon and have decided to stay with Lavinia for the time being. I like having instant access to Lavinia and being able to cast her from the command zone or create a blink engine to keep opponents permanents locked down.
So What now? Well, I fully intend on playing Lavinia until I can garnish the extra cash to warrant a solid manabase to transfer to Bant colors and for Roon to take over. Since this may be a few months, I will continue evaluating this flicker commander deck and gather a good sense of what works and what doesn’t. Speaking of which, I almost forgot to mention the Win Conditions for Lavinia of the Tenth. To be honest with you, I am not sure what they are at the moment. I am assuming that this deck will be “cute” during the early and mid games and then require a flicker-engine involving a Luminate Primordial creature lock or Soldier/Golem token swarms with a Mirrorweave finisher.
Lavinia of the Tenth Flicker District
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