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Commander’s Toolkit

The “Superfriends” Scourge 

Over the last few blocks, the prevalence of the Gatewatch in mtg’s story has given rise to a lot of new planeswalkers and technology which has made them either stupidly broken or durdley. (Is that a word?). Cards like The Chain Veil (M15) Atraxa, Praetor’s Voice (C16) Deepglow Skate (Same Deck) and now the new Ajani Unyielding with his amazing limit break have made Planeswalkers highly popular. So popular, that there is at least one in every pod I’ve played with recently. This article is about how to deal with superfriends decks. You’ll notice many of them are just specialized wipe spells, as they are one of the few ways to deal with multiple planeswalkers.

1. In Garruk’s Wake 

Destroys all creatures and Planeswalkers you don’t control. Can’t argue with that, even if it is nine mana.

2. Merciless Eviction 

For when you hate planeswalkers (or any other nonland permanent that is) so much, that you just want them bloody gone for good.

3. Fated Retribution 

I’ve had one of these for ages and I’ve only just realized that it deals with planeswalkers as well as creatures, and it’s an instant. 

4. Planar Cleansing

A bit more of a panic button as it destroys all nonland permanents, a bit extreme. But if it stops Tamiyo, every little helps.

5. Magmaquake 

There are few ways to deal with planeswalkers in red. So this is a useful tool indeed. it also makes for good mass token removal

6. Aether Snap

Originally printed way before Planeswalkers were. But still gets the job done. Removes all the counters from them and sends them straight to the bin and those pesky tokens that Elspeth has a penchant for.

7. Thief of Blood 

A more recent version of Aether Snap, but it removes counters from all permanents and gets ridiculously huge as a result. I’m probably going to run both just to be sure.

8. Cyclonic Rift 

This is a classic removal spell, that deals with any problem, I don’t think i’ve ever had a blue deck without one since they were printed. 

9. Deadlock Trap 

This may not be the best way to deal with a multi planeswalker threat, as it can only target one planeswalker at a time and it costs energy counters. But it can hopefully deter their stronger ones long enough for someone to deal with them. 

10. Garruk, Apex Predator 

Let’s fight fire with fire and get another planeswalker to deal with the problem, you can use this Garruk’s first ability to just simply destroy target planeswalker, I guarantee that they won’t see this coming. 

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against using planeswalkers as a viable strategy. They are definitely interesting and fun and I’ve often thought about knocking one of my own together. Though my problem with them is much the same as I see with Kaalia of the Vast or Leovold, Emissary of Trest decks,  I see little variation in their anatomy, all containing similar cards or having tenuous win conditions, a bit too linear for my liking, but no less fun.