While Red and Blue are out of my typical comfort range as color combinations to build around, I'm quite well-acquainted with the infamous Nekusar, the Mindrazer, who as a matter of fact could become very good friends with Arjun. The other new best friend Arjun will be making is our favorite Izzet dragon, Niv-Mizzet the Firemind, who loves when you draw a bunch of cards, too. You'll feel a lot like the X-Men's Gambit flinging burning cards at people's faces - and in the case of Niv-Mizzet, at their creatures' faces, too. So will Arjun play second fiddle to these Legendaries, or will our Sphinx Wizard friend pave his own path to victory?
Haven't heard ever of Mindmoil? Honestly, neither had I until researching this bad boy of a Sphinx. You may notice that the ability of Mindmoil is precisely the same as Arjun's. So how do you take advantage of this ability? You're always having to put your cards back!
What Mindmoil does is provide an environment where you're always getting a fresh hand. And in Commander, having a constant way to refuel is a good thing! So what has Mindmoil's effect done in the past? Unsurprisingly, our good friend Niv-Mizzet the Firemind has acquired the services of this Enchantment in the past. Constantly drawing cards and burning an opponent is Niv-Mizzet's entire game plan. While this card is obviously only one road to victory, it certainly helps the cause.
Another Legendary who has made good use of Mindmoil's ability is Grenzo, Dungeon Warden. Hailing from the plane of Fiora, the backdrop to the unique Conspiracy expansions, Grenzo has the distinction of being able to put cards from the bottom of your deck in your graveyard. How does this help you? If that card happens to be a creature with less than or equal to Grenzo's power, you get it to the battlefield. So, Mindmoil is the perfect way to get lots of creatures into play by setting up what Grenzo can bring to the table. Sadly, Grenzo and Arjun will not be best friends, as being red & black doesn't jive with Arjun's purple mojo (Hey, red and blue make purple, you know!)
Nin, the Pain Artist and Zedruu the Greathearted have dabbled in the madness that is Mindmoil in the past, but not to great success. Apparently, they were just bored.
Back to our new friend, Arjun, he and Niv-Mizzet the Firemind have been chatting it up, both being denizens of the Ravnican plane (or so it would seem). It's not hard to get ahold of the elder Niv-Mizzet nowadays, since he greeted many eager planeswalkers who delved into the Modern Masters 2015 expansion. So what have the wise Dragon and Sphinx come around to brewing for the wondrous Commander format? Clearly, it is advantageous for them to join forces. But will Arjun occasionally take the lead in a multiplayer showdown and emerge victorious?
Several Commander-loving planeswalkers have been mulling over the pieces necessary to add to Arjun's war chest in search of decisive victory. Fortunately, Niv-Mizzet has already provided him with some powerful suggestions.
Much to Arjun's delight, however, Psychosis Crawler has decided to take a leave of absence from the Zombie Wizard's campaign of un-fun Commander matches. He's decided, probably with the advice of Niv-Mizzet, to assist Arjun by making himself easily available in Arjun's own Commander 2015 deck, Seize Control. By affecting all opponents, the Crawler helps Arjun to certain victory by simply allowing our Sphinx friend to benefit from just being himself!
Alhammarret's Archive is a wonder of an artifact. While the lifegain that the Archive offers will not be incredibly useful for Arjun's purposes, drawing extra cards is crucial for our Sphinx friend's gameplan. Besides, the more cards that Arjun can have in hand, the more options you'll have at your disposal.
Another Enchantment called Thought Reflection does much the same thing as the Archive's second effect. However, you get to draw 2 cards for any card you draw, including the first one you draw every turn. Arjun is already familiar with this Enchantment and has seen that the Commander 2015 deck he's included within has a copy of it inside.
A fellow Legendary from the plane of Amonkhet has also offered his assistance to Arjun! The Locust God has happily blessed our Sphinx friend with the offering of his ability to create lots of little 1/1 Insect creature tokens just by drawing cards. Since Arjun is always drawing us cards, The Locust God is happy to bless him with a swarm of little guys ready to attack or defend.
Some other cards that Arjun may want to seek out for his disposal include Archmage Ascension and Teferi's Puzzle Box. The greatest resource for Commander deck-building, EDHREC, has a great breakdown of what Arjun has used in his decks in the past.
So is Arjun the "dark horse" of Commander 2015? Have we not yet seen the best that Arjun can offer? Nekusar rose to prominence when he hit the scene back in 2013. Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind has been a mainstay in Commander for years. Arjun may need to practice his trade for awhile before being ready for prime-time. But there are plenty of tools at his disposal to succeed. He may not be there just yet, but it only takes a couple of new cards to bring our card-slinging friend to prominence in the awesome format called EDH!
Or Commander, if you prefer...