The Political Puppets Deck List is unlike any other Magic deck that you’ve ever played. One of five new Commander preconsctructed decks from Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: the Gathering summer multiplayer release Magic: the Gathering Commander, the Political Puppets Deck List eschews the traditional rock-paper-scissors mold of normal deck construction. Unlike the classic aggro-combo-control decks you’re used to, in Political Puppets you’re aim is to gain the freindship or neutrality of your enemies while letting them do the ditry work of killing each other for you.
Political Puppets features three commanders, each with their own oversized foil: Zedruu, the Greathearted, Numot, the Devastator ,and Ruhan of the Fomori. To take full advantage of the Political Puppets deck you’ll want to use Zedruu, the Greathearted as your commander. While Zedruu, the Greathearted won’t let you pull off any of the ridiculously fast plays that Kaalia of the Vast will, over the course of the game Zedruu, the Greathearted will help you gain an incredible amount of card advantage and life that will help you to come out victorious.
In the first few turns of the game playing with the Political Puppets deck is simple. You’ll be dropping defensive creatures like Fog Bank, Wall of Omens, Wall of Denial, or Gaurd Gamoza and early creatures that feature “enters the battlefield” abilities alike Vedalken Plotter and Court Hussar. After playing a few cards that say “don’t attack me” like False Prophet, Propaganda, Ghostly Prison, and Windborn Muse you can then start to “gift” your earlier plays to your opponents with Zedruu, the Greathearted.
There are many cards in the Political Puppets Deck List that help out the other players in the game while also benefitting you. Everyone loves drawing cards off of Howling Mine, or a Forecast from Skyscribing. Arbiter of Knollridge will let you reset everyone’s life totals, helping others (and yourself) stay alive. Should you find the right person, a Trade Secrets can help you blast through your deck. Additionally, playing Vow of Flight or Vow of Duty on your an opponent’s Mana-Charged Dragon or Skullbriar, the Walking Grave will help keep you alive while letting your enemies slaughter themselves. Death By Dragons can be a gamble, depending on the amount of players in your Commander game.
After everyone’s board position has developed, Crescendo of War will be cluttered with counters making any creatures that you steal with Dominus of Fealty even scarier. You’ll also be able to play Reins of Power to knock a player out of the game or an Insurrection to flat out win.
There’s an incredible amount of value packed into the Political Puppets Deck List. With a whopping 22 rares, an alternate art Flametongue Kavu, and many notable cards from Magic’s history printed for the first time with the new card frame. Like each of the four other commander decks, Political Puppets features fifteen brand new Magic: the Gathering cards that will be multiplayer staples for years to come. Two of the new cards in particular, Chaos Warp and Flusterstorm, are already commanding a combined secondary market value that is greater than the $29.99 purchase price of the deck! Add in must-have staples like Sol Ring, Lightning Greaves, and the amazing new Command Tower and the purchase price of Political Puppets becomes a complete bargain – if not a steal.
So what are you waiting for? Go buy it!
Political Puppets and all four of the other Magic: the Gathering Commander decks are now available for an msrp of $29.99.
Please note that this review of Political Puppets was based off a review copy received from Wizards of the Coast.
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