Bottom-Up Navigator Commander

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Longtime Magic writer Bennie Smith has plenty of Commander experience—and in his recent StarCityGames.com article, he takes a look at a new approach for building Commander decks. While normally players start with the commander and build from there, Bennie experimented with a different approach: starting with a cool, non-legendary card and building the deck around it. How did this bottom-up approach work? Let's take a look!

If you're going to play a creature that loves flickering other creatures in and out, the natural place to go are creatures with enters-the-battlefield effects. And oh boy, has Bennie complimented the Deadeye Navigator with some of the finest! Everything from more obvious cards like Eternal Witness and Mulldrifter, to new cards like Zealous Conscripts and Phyrexian Metamorph, to out-of-left-field cards like Whirlpool Warrior and Haze Frog make an appearance.

Once the core was settled, it was time to choose a commander! The perfect man for the job? Riku of Two Reflections! This commander allows you to create creature token copies each time one of your creatures enters the battlefield—which happens quite a bit with Deadeye Navigator!

Building around a single card in Commander can be tricky, but with enough ways to search the card up and plenty of cards that are powerful on their own, Bennie has made it work. Take some inspiration from Bennie and give this process a try for your next Commander deck!

Bennie Smith's Navigator Commander
Commander – Riku of Two Reflections

Main Deck

100 cards

Alchemist's Refuge
Breeding Pool
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Gruul Turf
Hinterland Harbor
Reflecting Pool
Rootbound Crag
Rupture Spire
Simic Growth Chamber
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Sulfur Falls
Tropical Island
Vivid Creek
Vivid Grove
Volcanic Island
Winding Canyons

39 lands

Acidic Slime
Augury Owl
Avenger of Zendikar
Bloom Tender
Carven Caryatid
Deadeye Navigator
Deadwood Treefolk
Draining Whelk
Eternal Witness
Fauna Shaman
Haze Frog
Izzet Chronarch
Loaming Shaman
Mystic Snake
Ondu Giant
Phyrexian Metamorph
Riku of Two Reflections
Sakashima the Impostor
Sea Gate Oracle
Seedborn Muse
Soul of the Harvest
Spellbreaker Behemoth
Trygon Predator
Urabrask the Hidden
Venser, Shaper Savant
Vexing Shusher
Voidmage Husher
Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
Wall of Blossoms
Whirlpool Warrior
Woodfall Primus
Zealous Conscripts

38 creatures

Arcane Denial
Birthing Pod
Cauldron of Souls
Chord of Calling
Coalition Relic
Darksteel Ingot
Defense of the Heart
Fellwar Stone
Krosan Grip
Lightning Greaves
Mana Vault
Nim Deathmantle
Sensei's Divining Top
Sol Ring
Summoner's Pact
Survival of the Fittest
Sylvan Library
Tooth and Nail
Vedalken Orrery

23 other spells

Riku of Two Reflections

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