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Magic: The Gathering – Anhelo, the painter is amazing in command

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Hello and welcome once again, gamers, collectors and other diverse fans of Magic: The Gatheringthe first trading card game from Wizards of the Coast! Magic has taken quite a significant shift away from more typical high fantasy themes and towards somewhat more modern themes like the cyberpunk world of Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty and the 1920s-style gangster-noir world of their latest set, Streets of New Capenna. We haven’t been so enthralled by the refreshing nature of the new settings since Mirrodinwhen we started the more consistent trend of visiting planes of existence that weren’t Dominaria (and for reference, we understand that Homelands exists – we will refuse, for the sake of discussion, to acknowledge that the whole existed… ick). Because the format change is so Excitingly, we’ll be doing some very preemptive deck tech surrounding a recently revealed legendary creature from the Maestro’s Massacre pre-built deck, which will be released with the set. This is a bridge technology for Anhelo, the Painter!

The full art of Anhelo, the Painter, a new legendary creature card printed for the upcoming additional Maestros Slaughter pre-built Streets of New Capenna Commander release for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Aurore Folny.

When EDHREC writer Dean Goat and saw this card revealed by Wizards of the Coast, we immediately designed a decklist for this commander. For those who haven’t seen Anhelo’s rules text yet, you can find it on DailyMTG, the official news hub of Magic: The Gathering, or you can look at the very end of this article. We will operate according to the assumption that you have, in the future in this bridge technology.

Anhelo’s style of play absolutely lends itself to being a spellcaster game. With the ability to copy the first instant or sorcery spell you cast—for a price, of course—this deck wants to lead each turn with a disgusting spell of one of those types, then follow up with more spells. small value in order to overwhelm the opposition with all sorts of powerful effects. Oh, and that price? You will need to sacrifice a creature of power 2 or more to copy the spell. It’s part of the reminders on Casualty – and we don’t want to miss the fine print. Luckily, there are plenty of token generators in this deck – more on that later.

You can find the decklist that we will use in this technology by clicking here to access the list on Moxfield. In the meantime, here are some major players that can be found in our list!

Matchmaking Staff, an artifact card from the additional version of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths for the Magic: The Gathering's Commander format.
Matchmaking Staff, an artifact card from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths‘ additional version for Magic: The Gatheringin Order format.

Matchstick stick and its copy effect

The first map we had in mind when we saw Anhelo was Matching staffan artifact of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths the version’s Commander decks, especially Arcane Maelstrom. There are probably a bunch of good spells to include in this deck found in Arcane Maelstrom, and if you want to work from scratch, this would be a great place to start. With Twinning Staff, the loss effect of Anhelo would be doubled at no additional cost. Plus, you can copy spells even further for the cost of 7 extra mana! A small price to pay if you want to make a bunch of extra Zombie Tokens via something like army of the damned. And speaking of what…

The complete art of Final Iteration, the reverse side of Docent of Perfection, a creature from Eldritch Moon, an expansion for Magic: The Gathering.  Illustrated by Nils Hamm.
Complete Final Iteration art, Docent of Perfection reverse side, Creature of occult moonan expansion game for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Nils Hamm.

Perfection guide and final iteration

As mentioned above, we’ll want to make a ton of tokens so rather sacrifice them for free to pay for losses. There are a bunch of token generators such as Poppet Stitcher and Talrand, Summoner of the Skybut master of perfection and even more its reverse, Final iteration, are a leader’s kiss for this Commander deck. This deck performs a surprising number of wizarding creatures, and as such, Docent of Perfection will easily transition into its final iteration. At this point, any Wizard Tokens you’ve collected with him will be large enough to sacrifice to Anhelo. At the same time, all other tokens generated in this deck will already be large enough to be used for this purpose. You have to have value to create value, as we have heard.

The complete art for Omnispell Adept, a creature card from Guilds of Ravnica, an expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.  Illustrated by Jason Rainville.
Full art for Omnispell Adept, a creature card from Guilds of Ravnicaan expansion game for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Jason Rainville.

Omnisort follower

There will undoubtedly be times when it costs you more mana to cast a win condition spell than you can afford. At times like these, it’s a godsend to have a card like Omnisort follower. Since this creature of Guilds of Ravnica can let you cheat spells for a measly 3 mana cost, you’ll be casting the big spells – many of which are copied – in no time!

Expropriate, a sorcery spell from Conspiracy: Take the Crown, an additional expansion for Magic: The Gathering.
Expropriate, a sorcery spell of Plot: take the crownan additional expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.

Victory Conditions

When you’ve prepared for victory, it’s time to blast your way into it with KO spells like ExpropriateArmy of the Damned, or Jaya’s Immolating Hell. If you can resolve a few of these spells first in a given round, then you’re pretty much guaranteed to win! Alternative options include Burst of power, Hail Tormentor Blast, spells costing X that you can use to defeat players by exceeding that cost. These are best served after using The bounty of brass to settle en masse with treasure tokens.

Anhelo, the Painter, a new legendary creature card from the Commander supplemental version of Streets of New Capenna, the next Magic: The Gathering expansion.
Anhelo, the Painter, a new legendary creature card from Commander’s supplemental version of Streets of New Capennathe next expansion for Magic: The Gathering.

What did you think of this Commander deck technology for Magic: The Gathering? If you like this technology, you will surely like our others. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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