Applying the theory that no deck is ever complete, I always find myself trading, buying and “investing” into my Commander decks. Every once in a while, it is kind of nice to simply build one “for free” by using resources available to me. Through constant reorganization of trade binders or sifting through bulk rares, commons and uncommons, deck ideas will start to emerge. At some point I recognize that there is enough synergy among the cards to weld together and a new Magic deck is born. The last time I opened my reservoir of extras I was able to coin a new deck building terminology and ended up with a Boros Commander Deck that is exciting and fun to play. Welcome to Volume Two of Crock Pot decks!
Not only is my Sigarda Enchantress build a casual “just for fun” deck, but I believe that it would also qualify as a 75% Deck. For those of you unfamiliar with what a 75% deck is I encourage you to check out Jason Alt’s 75% Deck Articles on GatheringMagic.com.
HISTORY: My past is littered with 60 card casual decks fueled by beefing up creatures with auras. Of course, back in my day, Auras were known as “Enchant Crature”s. I’m sure that I am not the only old timer that enjoyed sacrificing Rancor to an Auratog or Endless Wurm only to recast it and draw a card off an Argothian Enchantress.
My first attempt to recreate my 1990s era aura deck was in my first year of EDH with Uril, the Miststalker. Uril ended up going through a dozen or so revisions before my current day competitive 1v1 build. Along the way I tried Uril Enchantress but it just didn’t feel right. After rebuilding, I sent about half a dozen enchanting ladies to my trade and bulk rare binders.
My interest in an Enchantress Commander deck was rekindled in the Spring of 2014 when Journey into Nyx introduced Eidolon of Blossoms. I immediately began deck brewing with ideas on how to recreate my 60 card casual into a Commander Enchantress deck led by Sigarda, Host of Herons.
STRATEGY: The overall plan of Sigarda is to aura-up and voltron out. Along the way we hope for a couple of enchantresses for some much needed card draw. I know that Sigarda’s reputation precedes her as an unfun commander. I can understand that point of view, seeing that she has Hexproof and can foil any type of Sacrifice effect. “Buttercup” (Sigarda’s nickname derived from the Green Powerpuff Girl) can definitely hold her own on the battlefield. With that being said, I restricted myself in deck building by only using enchantments and auras for removal and ramp.
The Aura Trifecta
OFFENSE is the theme behind 16 auras in Sigarda Enchantress. Since Sigarda has built-in evasion with flying, I concentrated on auras that will give her trample, totem armor, protection or power/toughness boosts. Eldrazi Conscription is the heaviest hitter and I am glad that I still had it in my Monster trade binder.
DEFENSE auras such as Prison Term and Cage of Hands are my only source of removal for creatures (No Swords to Plowshares here my friends). Honestly, there are benefits to neutralizing or pacifying an opponent’s creature(s). Especially if it keeps their General immobilized on the battlefield and they can’t recast it.
RAMP auras such as Wild Growth take the place of spells, creatures and artifacts commonly used in most EDH builds to accelerate a deck’s mana resources. I will be staying on theme with this deck so you won’t even find a Sol Ring here.
I found a hodgepodge of other goodies to dump into my Crock Pot deck. Included are enchantments that can remove artifacts or other enchantments, exile creatures, provide protection or dictate some control (City of Solitude)
And Then There is the Support Group
ENCHANTRESSES are the main focus of this deck. 75% of the non-land spells and permanents in the deck are enchantments. Getting an Enchantress effect on the board is quite important for card advantage. SYNERGY can be found with some of the Auras and Enchantments in this deck. Cards like Flickering Ward, Shackles and Gossamer Chains can be returned to my hand and recast over and over again triggering an enchantress card draw effect.
ENCHANTMENT CREATURES such as Courser of Kruphix and Heliod, God of the Sun are not only great additions to the deck, but also trigger a card draw with an enchantress on the battlefield. Not to mention that Heliod can pump out enchantment creature tokens.
NOSTALGIA for my decks of Magic-Past give Yavimaya Enchantress, Tempting Licid, Nurturing Licid, Endless Wurm, and Auratog a home in one of my commander decks. While SYNERGY and good-times are the reason behind cards like Krond, the Dawn Clad and Gatherer of Graces.
Sigarda was quite easy to put together since I had most of the pieces left over from previous decks in my collection. This is simply a starting point, however, as now the fun continues via trading and buying for missing pieces. This decklist is the most recent iteration so I will keep a changelog below to mark the original Crock Pot Deck.
"Crock Pot Decks - Sigarda Enchantress EDH"
TRYING TO SQUEEZE INTO THE DECK:
What are your thoughts on Enchantress decks? Do you have a Commander deck that started off as a “Crock Pot Deck”?
On to the Next!