Gruuling Commander

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The letter T!ime Spiral was a set that was all about flashbacks. Sure, they came literally, but they also came on many of the cards, referencing old favorites and connecting corny inside jokes. I loved the set, both for its awesome Limited environment as well as all the references I was able to enjoy. But one thing that also excited me about Time Spiral was the new and unique cards—most of which would come in Future Sight—but could be found throughout the block. Radha, Heir to Keld was one of these cards for me. It felt so cool and I just wanted to figure out the best way possible to abuse it!

Flash forward some six years or so, and I can officially tell you I was never able to break it. Constructed just never had the right environment to test her out, and even with the buff she got from the loss of Mana Burn, I could never manage to fit her in anywhere. But apparently I was looking in the wrong place, as over at StarCityGames.com, Sean McKeown broke down the legend as a commander for the format with the same name.

In Commander, with a much more forgiving metagame, you can abuse Radha starting as soon as turn three, due to her popping out of the command zone. There are activated abilities to be used and creatures with flash to be played. Even the old-fashioned instant has been spotted. While the deck shows off a lot of red's and green's powerhouse cards, there are plenty of fun elusive stuff too, such as Lurking Predators. If you fancy the Gruul guild and are looking to show support, I think Radha would appreciate the gesture!

Sean McKeown's Radha, Heir to Keld Commander
Commander – Radha, Heir to Keld

Main Deck

100 cards

Command Tower
Copperline Gorge
Fire-Lit Thicket
Grove of the Burnwillows
Gruul Turf
Homeward Path
Kessig Wolf Run
Mossfire Valley
Mosswort Bridge
Mountain Valley
Raging Ravine
Rootbound Crag
Spinerock Knoll
Stomping Ground
Strip Mine
Temple of the False God
Winding Canyons
Wooded Foothills
Yavimaya Hollow

21 lands

Acidic Slime
Apocalypse Hydra
Avenger of Zendikar
Balefire Dragon
Craterhoof Behemoth
Deadwood Treefolk
Eternal Witness
Flametongue Kavu
Garruk's Horde
Godo, Bandit Warlord
Hydra Omnivore
Inferno Titan
Magmatic Force
Masked Admirers
Oracle of Mul Daya
Panglacial Wurm
Primeval Titan
Radha, Heir to Keld
Rampaging Baloths
Regal Force
Rimescale Dragon
Scourge of Kher Ridges
Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Solemn Simulacrum
Soul of the Harvest
Spearbreaker Behemoth
Stalking Vengeance
Wolfbriar Elemental
Woodfall Primus
Wurmcoil Engine
Yavimaya Elder

37 creatures

Blasphemous Act
Chaos Warp
Comet Storm
Defense of the Heart
Disaster Radius
Explosive Vegetation
Genesis Wave
Greater Good
Green Sun's Zenith
Hunting Wilds
Kodama's Reach
Lurking Predators
Praetor's Counsel
Ranger's Path
Reap and Sow
Skyshroud Claim
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Mountain
Sol Ring
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sylvan Library
Thran Dynamo

40 other spells

Garruk Wildspeaker
Garruk, Primal Hunter

2 planeswalkers

Radha, Heir to Keld

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