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MTG Commander of the Week: Vikya, Scorching Stalwart

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Feb 7 2024
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Check out a new featured Commander to add to your build list! This week is Vikya, Scorching Stalwart, a Universes Within hero that Hado-can help you dominate game night.

Welcome Planeswalkers and Praetors to our new series about the best casual experience in Magic: Commander. For the uninitiated, Commander is a semi-casual format for Magic: the Gathering. You use a deck of 100 cards led by a legendary creature, aka, your Commander.

Aside from basic lands, you are only allowed one copy of each card in the deck. Moreover, you can only include cards in your Commander’s “color identity” or artifacts. Each color and color combo has a unique playstyle and a wealth of mighty generals to lead your deck to victory. EDHRec.com is an excellent source for Commander info and can give you ideas to build your next Commander deck or tune an existing one.

The Commander

A Universes Within Human Warrior, Vikya is the doppelganger of a powerful martial artist from another world. Where his mastery was focused on firing energy blasts and fighting the villainous Akuma, Vikya is here to lead your Boros deck to victory. She gets stronger whenever she attacks alongside a more powerful creature, not a hard sell in Boros. You’ll always want to be attacking with her, whether she gets stronger or not, thanks to her untap ability. She can either take out a creature and potentially give you a card, or blast your opponent in the face for extra damage.

Vikya’s deck is typical Boros fare. She wants cards that will either give her a static buff or creature partners that boost her whenever they attack together. If you want to focus less on creature spam and more on her secondary ability, you can play her as a Voltron Commander, designed to take out your opponent with a well-placed blast. Either way, damage doublers like Dictate of the Twin Gods or City on Fire are essential. For maximum impact, you can’t go wrong with a True Conviction, giving her extra damage on her attacks and a life rebound when she hits with her ability.

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Dictate of the Twin Gods is the perfect card in a Vikya deck for obvious reasons. Not only does it double up on her attack damage, but it makes her blast all the more likely to net you a card. If you go for the face-check option, you get extra damage to take out your opponent faster. Plus, with flash, you can cheat this in when your opponent least expects it.

True Conviction is a bomb in any combat deck, and Vikya is no exception. However, Vikya makes exceptional use of it thanks to her untap ability. She gets double strike on her attack, letting her get in with high damage right away and gaining you a boatload of life. Then, when she untaps, she gives you even MORE life and sets herself up as a nasty blocker. Even with the steep six-mana price tag, this is almost an auto-include in this deck.

MTG is ever-changing, with new busted and broken cards rising to the top. Check back in next week for another featured Commander.

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Author: Clint Lienau
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