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MTG: Opposition Agent

A few months back, MTG Commander Legends was released with amazing new cards and reprints. Then a new card called “Opposition Agent” caught the attention of many players. With this card, you control your opponents while they’re searching their libraries. You get to choose what card to look for from their deck then cast it if necessary. This ability to take control of what an opponent can tutor is bonkers.

A lot of commander decks will have some form of tutor and this is the perfect card to use against it. Due to its flash ability, you can wait for an opponent to play a tutor effect then cast “Opposition Agent” in response. As a bonus, you can look through the opponent’s deck while searching to identify any potential threats or counters. A player wanted to build a commander deck around this one creature because of its ability.

MTG: The Commander

MTG Maralen and Grim Tutor

Maralen of the Mornsong was one of the favorite commanders to playback when Tiny Leaders came about. This commander replaces the draw step with a grim tutor effect. Most players will use this to their advantage and search for Opposition Agent. Once Maralen and Opposition Agent are in play, you can control what your opponents search for then exile the card during every draw step. You may cast those exiled cards when necessary but keep in mind that casting restrictions still apply.

The Best Offense is a Good Defense.

Setting up a good turn to play Maralen and keeping her safe on the battlefield is important.

lightning-greaves-teferi-puzzle-box-chain-of-smog

Maralen can’t die to removal if there is no removal spell is available. Using Chain of Smog or Teferi’s Puzzle Box to force a discard or shuffle would be good. Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots are great protection options when Maralen is on the battlefield.

The interaction between Teferi’s Puzzle Box while Maralen is on the battlefield stops players from drawing any cards. Each player will end up putting their hands at the bottom of their library without having to draw anything to replace those cards.

You can also stack the triggers so that the player tutors first before Puzzle Box tucks that player’s hand and deny them the tutored card unless they cast it during the draw step.

Avengers, Assemble

You might have games, where giving your opponents time to tutor for an answer may be detrimental. Having spells to help us get the cards we need will help combat this situation.

dark confidant, bolas citadel, vampiric tutor

Usually, we want to add card draw effects when building a commander deck but that would not be possible because of Maralen. Some card like Dark Confidant, also known as Bob, is a great way to add cards to your hand. The damage you receive from Dark Confidant will be minimal. The average mana cost of the deck is 1.84 including lands and 3.19 excluding lands. Dark Confidant puts the card you reveal to your hand and bypasses Maralen’s ability since you are not drawing a card.

Bolas Citadel is another card we can use to bypass Maralen’s ability since you can cast the card from the top of your library. If Maralen is still in the command zone, some cards like Vampiric Tutor can help us get the cards we need.

Closing the Game

There will be games where we can’t protect Opposition Agent so alternate win conditions are added.

bloodchief, mindcrank, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled

One combo in the deck is Bloodchief Ascension and Mindcrank When there are three or more counters on Bloodchief Ascension and a card is placed in an opponent’s graveyard, that opponent will lose 2 life. This will trigger Mindcrank and force the opponent to mill cards equal to the life lost. This loop will leave your opponent without a library or finish them off if their life total is low enough. Ob Nixilis, Unshackled and Maralen will make tutors hurt.

Conclusion

This MTG deck can be a lot of fun if you like griefing your opponents. Make sure to let your friends or playgroup know before playing as this type of playstyle is frowned upon in some tables.

MTG Deck List

Commander (1)
1 Maralen of the Mornsong

Planeswalkers (1)
1 Liliana of the Dark Realms

Creatures (10)
1 Archfiend of Depravity
1 Crypt Ghast
1 Dark Confidant
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
1 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
1 K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth
1 Mindslicer
1 Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
1 Opposition Agent
1 Tree of Perdition
1 Twilight Prophet

Sorceries (17)
1 Awaken the Erstwhile
1 Bitter Ordeal
1 Bubbling Muck
1 Chain of Smog
1 Damnation
1 Dark Deal
1 Dead of Winter
1 Demonic Tutor

1 Diabolic Tutor
1 Grim Tutor
1 Head Games
1 Nightmare Incursion
1 Praetor’s Grasp
1 Reanimate
1 Repay in Kind
1 Sadistic Sacrament
1 Toxic Deluge

Instants (6)
1 Cabal Ritual
1 Dark Ritual
1 Hero’s Downfall
1 Imp’s Mischief
1 Stunning Reversal
1 Vampiric Tutor

Artifacts (15)
1 Anvil of Bogardan
1 Bolas’s Citadel
1 Chrome Mox
1 Expedition Map
1 Extraplanar Lens
1 Library of Leng
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Arcane Signet

1 Mindcrank
1 Sol Ring
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Sword of the Animist
1 Teferi’s Puzzle Box
1 Thaumatic Compass
1 Thousand-Year Elixir

Enchantments (8)
1 Bloodchief Ascension
1 Gonti’s Machinations
1 Leyline of the Void
1 Necropotence
1 No Mercy
1 Pestilence
1 Tainted Aether
1 Wound Reflection

Lands (42)
1 Ancient Tomb
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Cabal Coffers
1 Emergence Zone
1 High Market
34 Snow-Covered Swamp
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Winding Canyons

Credits to Ian Portugalisa. Click here for the original article.

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