Utilizing a powerful control suite, an Ojutai EDH deck can be built on a budget. It won’t cost you more than $250, even with some of the best cards you could use.
Let’s break down the list, starting with the mana base:
Temple of the False God
Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
Keiga, the Tide Star
Medomai the Ageless
Sakashima the Impostor
Yosei, the Morning Star
Icefall Regent is a nice way to lock down a problem creature and is more difficult for spot removal to take care of than most. Keiga the Tide Dragon steals a creature when it dies. Medomai the Ageless can buy you an extra turn when it connects. Mirror Entity is a Changeling that also counts as a Dragon and can make all other creatures you control into Dragons.
Mulldrifter is the classic draw spell attached to a 2/2 flyer that you can Evoke just to get the cards. Quicksilver Dragon is a creature with Morph and the ability to redirect targeted spells to another target.
Shapesharer is a different sort of clone that can make a target Shapeshifter, including itself, a copy of target creature until end of turn. There are a good number in the deck, so this effect can be used multiple times in the same turn.
Solemn Simulacrum is pretty much a Commander staple, fetching you a basic land and drawing you a card when he dies. Steel Hellkite has a cool ability to wipe out token armies and any permanents with converted mana cost X when he deals combat damage. He also has a colorless firebreathing ability. He’s one of the most underrated cards in Commander.
Sun Titan helps you get back anything with converted mana cost 3 or less from the yard when he enters or attacks. He’s a big basher with Vigilance, too, and will provide plenty of value. He’s an awesome target for your Clones.
Sunblast Angel can come down and absolutely annihilate a ton of creatures, as she destroys all tapped creatures when she enters. It’s important to be careful that you don’t blow up your own stuff, too, though. In multiplayer, this Angel can make people very bad.
Sunscorch Regent is a bit of an odd choice for the deck, but it seems the other best option was Alabaster Dragon, and this is strictly better. Not only is it a dragon, but every time an opponent casts a spell it gets a +1/+1 counter and you gain 1 life. In Commander, incremental advantages like this are always helpful.
Wardscale Dragon doesn’t look that exciting, but when it attacks, opponent’s can’t cast spells, which is really good if Grand Abolisher isn’t in play. And it’s a White dragon, always good with Ojutai. Windreader Sphinx may be a bulk mythic rare, but with all the flyers in this deck, you’ll be drawing plenty of cards with his effect.
Yosei, the Morning Star taps up to five target permanents when he dies. While it’s only for a turn, it can be enough, especially if you choose the right player in multiplayer.
Like many blue/white control builds in Commander, Winter Orb is a nasty way to lock down your opponent’s lands. Once you have your Dragon force assembled, you really don’t need much in the way of mana anyway. The mana rocks will give you what you need, but there are few enough that if you lose them you aren’t ruined.
Rite of Replication
Wrath of God
The myriad of options that Austere Command provides makes it a white staple in Commander. The other board-wipes are Supreme Verdict, Terminus, and Wrath of God (Day of Judgment is the budget alternate). Fabricate helps you get a mana rock or your Winter Orb once you need it. Ponder is simple card filtering and you could use Anticipate or Impulse in this slot instead if you’d prefer - although Ponder gives you a shuffle effect. Treasure Cruise is usually going to be Ancestral Recall with all of the cards that will end up in the yard for its Delve cost. Rite of Replication lets you make a ton of copies of a cool creature your opponent has or a ton of copies of one of your non-Legendary dragons to force a major lockdown.
Path to Exile
Return to Dust
Swords to Plowshares
The control suite in this deck is pretty straightforward. Brainstorm is the classic card filtering spell. Condemn isn’t quite as good as it was now that Commanders can’t simply be returned to the deck, but it deals with enough problems that it’s still worth running. Cyclonic Rift is one of the most busted cards in Commander and can just win you the game out right by sending everyone else’s stuff back. Everything else in here is pretty self-explanatory. Nothing here is too pricey.
Jace, Architect of Thought
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Teferi, Temporal Archmage
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Jace, Architect of Thought gives you valuable card filtering and a very relevant ultimate ability, especially in multiplayer, to steal cards right out of the deck and onto the battlefield. Tamiyo has one of the sweetest emblems ever, but you play her to tap stuff down and potentially draw a bunch of cards. Teferi gives you card filtering and a way around Winter Orb, plus an emblem that can be relevant by letting you play planeswalker abilities on opponent’s turns.
Ugin is probably the most expensive card in this deck, but that’s because the colorless planeswalker is super awesome. The value he provides is just worth it. If you have a Karn Liberated, he’d be a solid 5th planeswalker to add to this list.
Blind Obedience not only taps your opponents’ artifacts and creatures down when they enter, but it also has Extort on it. While that doesn’t seem all that relevant, in multiplayer, this is actually a really sweet drain ability that can help you win out of nowhere, as long as you keep a White mana open for each spell you cast.
Detention Sphere is pretty sweet removal, essentially a slightly better Oblivion Ring. Propaganda is annoying for opponent’s to play around. You could have Ghostly Prison in here, in addition, which does the same exact thing in White, although the Blue version is cheaper. Rhystic Study is a Blue Commander staple that can end up drawing you a ton of cards, as long as you remember the triggers. Xenograft is a card you don’t see too often, but once you declare Dragons, your deck becomes a lot more powerful, as every creature you control becomes a Dragon in addition to its other types, making your Shapeshifters all that much better.
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