As the title says I'm looking for the most fun to play R or G commanders. My group thought it would be fun if we all built a different color, and I've got my choice of mono Red or mono Green. But uh, I don't usually enjoy those colors too much. Red is a fine complimentary color but I almost never play Green. The commanders my group has decided on are Kami of the Crescent Moon, God-Eternal Oketra, and Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. The most interesting one I've found seems to be Grenzo, Havoc Raiser because at least then I can play with their cards and stuff. I'd love some input on the subject!
Diaochan, Artful Beauty has probably inspired more time on the deck-builder sites than any other legend since Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder. You'll want to throw in the equipment that grants shroud, indestructible and protection from red, and the rest is up to you.
Mono Red and Mono Green were the first 2 commander decks that I really optimized
I went with Godo since he is a strong enough threat by himslef. Red has a hard time closing out the game since it has such a focus on small creatures and direct damage in constructed, which does not translate well, so you need a recurring threat.
Mono Green Omnath or Azuza are probably the 2 strongest. I think Azuza requires a bit more tuning, where omnath is engine and threat in 1 package that you can just throw a bunch of green cards in with, or tune it.
I run a Nylea, God of the Hunt +1/+1 counters deck that’s loads of fun, using Nylea to always grant trample is a huge benefit.
I also run a Krenko, Mob Boss mono red goblins deck that’s LOADS of fun. It’s definitely my favorite deck, and it’s a fast win, usually turn 5-6.
Oh wow, thank you all for the suggestions! There were a couple that really jumped out at me. Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion looked interesting and so did Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant. Trying to assemble a hand of all lands really seems like a lot of fun, but I think I've been smitten by Titania, Protector of Argoth. That looks like a very interesting way to build Green. I just hope that the deck can keep up with God-Eternal Oketra which is my main concern. That seems like it's going to be very, very good at going wide but hopefully I can find a way to make this deck work out. I've got some ideas. Again, thank you all so much!
Dong Zhou mono red etb matters. His ability, which makes target creature deal damage to its controller equal to its power, is surprisingly relevant.
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Zo-Zu the punisher was one of the most fun mono red decks I've ever had. Lots of land destruction and punisher type effects. The coup-de-grace was casting Thieves Auction with Zo-Zu out and watch people sweat over choosing lands.
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R comes with several interesting commanders and has gotten a lot of love lately. G on the other hand doesn't come with a lot of necessarily interesting commanders but several fun and usually Timmy like commanders.
If you want to win, and win fast, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker is still amazing. He'll get hated off the table, but when he sticks he gets you so much value you can hardly help but win the game. I love my Kiki-Jiki deck.
For Green, I'm partial to Kamahl, Fist of Krosa. Having an overrun, a mana sink, and board wipe protection on the same creature, in your command zone no less, is pretty great.
I’m gonna suggest Nissa, Vastwood Seer. There’s a ton of utility packed on to one card there, and she’s open enough that you can take her in any direction you like. There’s a couple of decent primers here, one an enchantress build and an ETB control build (that ones mine). Both are strong builds, but more importantly, both are a blast to play.
Titania can be really strong too - she goes from zero to 100 pretty damn quick.
R norin the wary - you can do so much dumb ***** with him as the commander of an etb / Chaos deck Jaya Ballard, Task Mage - Control deck (Note that she can be a sweeper every turn if she has protection from red, and that there are ways to make your opponents permanents blue) Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs - Interesting Pillowfort / Punisher deck
So, which playstyle do you like? It sounds to me that you don't really love big creature decks or simply decks that need to go to the red zone. Is that true?
Anyway, you can play different styles with both colors. Here are some nice examples (all of them work really well):
- Jaya Ballard, Task Mage can be a nice mono red control deck. You can focus more on artifacts and giving here protection from red. I once played a burn version which was actually quite nice. I used many "mass" burn spells to get rid of creatures and then finished off with some damage doublers and mana doublers.
- Ilharg, the Raze Boar could be build as a nice ETB deck. I'm quite certain you don't need big fatties and can play a similar game as most Feldon of the Third Path.
- Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker can give you this combo-feeling you might have been looking for.
- Zada, Hedron Grinder gives you a super glass cannon combo deck which can even be built quite cheap if you have some concerns about the budget.
- both mono red Nehebs are also really nice and can give you this "card drawing"-feeling that many blue based decks can give. And both of them can get out of hand quite easily.
- Etali, Primal Storm looks quite boring at first but I can assure you that this dinosaur is super cool in a multiplayer setting. Just use some haste enablers and go to town.
- If you like some kind of pillowfort strategies then you can use Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs. There are many cool old enchantments that work reasonably well with him.
- If you are looking for some hyper competitive deck then there's a pretty nasty list called "Godo Helm" with Godo, Bandit Warlord.
- Last but not least, there are many tribal options, e.g. Goblins, Dragons, etc.
For green, many strategies revolve around creatures. But also there are many nice options:
- Omnath, Locus of Mana can easily overpower the table if not he's not answered early enough. There are many mana doublers out there that work nicely with him. I even player a mill versions once, and even that worked!
- Titania, Protector of Argoth gives you a really nice lands based strategy. You can go more on a token route or even a very controllish list. But many cards in such a deck are quite expensinve (concerning the budget).
- Reki, the History of Kamigawa is pretty much a "legend ball" style deck and get's new cards in almost every set. It works quite nice and you can use many cool legends and legendary permanents (Planeswalkers, Artifacts, etc.).
- Seton, Krosan Protector offers a cool tribal deck that can get out of hand on turn 3/4 quite easily. But it usually doesn't have a lot of interaction.
- Ghalta, Primal Hunger can be build in different style. You can use elves and use him as a big finisher, big creatures beatdown or even combo with Food Chain. For example, I have a big creature Stompy deck with him. It's slow but when it gets going then it's just super fun. Now there are even nice new cards, I'm looking forward to Finale of Devastation for X>=10 and get God-Eternal Rhonas making my commander's power over 40 :).
For me it has always been a question of "how much interaction do I want?". A nice green control deck (there's a super cool primer with Nissa around here) can give you a very satisfying game in which you did a lot of "answering" whereas a Stompy style deck is "simple" and plays a lot of cool creature but almost no interaction (but that depends on your build entirely).
Search for “double this, double that” to find a cool monored burn deck with Squee, Goblin Nabob. The deckhand is basicly a raw source of cardadvantage with reds ability to loot. It’s pretty fun to win with burn effects om a format where such a strategy isn’t that reliable.
i play Krenko, Mob Boss for red. goblin combo gets stupid fast but opponents will wisen up and krenko will die. as for green I play Rishkar, Peema Renegade its a +1 counter build that likes to ramp out huge critters
He's one of the only true toolbox commanders - he can get a dragon to solve whatever problem you need to fix at the time: need to kill a combo creature? bogardan hellkite is your man. Need to protect Zirilan from a board wipe? changeling berserker gets it done. Want to steal some sweet artifacts? Blam, hellkite tyrant. Maybe another permanent type is giving you trouble? Never fear, steel hellkite is here. Want to build up a huge board? utvara hellkite - and if you want to get even crazier, eot utvara into scourge of the throne to make oodles of tokens. Or you can combo scourge of the throne with moltensteel dragon to blow people away, or with dragon tyrant to deal tons of damage without sacrificing your life total. Or you can play it slow and build up artifact combos with hoarding dragon. So much utility, all in one card. It's super sweet.