Child of Alara Commander

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Sometimes a Commander deck serves as an extension of its creator's creativity, a way to show off the intricacies of one particular legendary creature or an expression of a theme. Other times, it can simply be a collection of awesome cards designed to smash face! In this case, it's the latter. Sean McKeown's Commander deck doctor column tuned up a reader's five-color "good stuff" deck this week, filling it with all kinds of chromatic goodies designed to intensify both power and fun alike!

This deck is filled to the brim with expensive multicolored cards. No mana cost is too absurd to keep out—this Commander deck even features Brilliant, Cruel, and Violent Ultimatum! Plenty of strong sweepers like Lavalanche, Austere Command, Decree of Pain, and even the deck's Commander (Child of Alara) help the deck get to the long game.

Once this deck has successfully made it to the late game, a variety of top-heavy creatures and spells can take over. Few opponents will be able to match this deck's volley of power! Between huge creatures, cataclysmic spells, and even Legacy Weapon to start erasing permanents from existence, there's plenty of crazy fun to be had.

Playing all five colors in Commander puts every card in Magic (banned list aside) at your fingertips. How would you improve this deck? What inspiration can you take from it? Take a look at the list below and let your mind go wild!

Sean McKeown's Child of Alara Commander

Main Deck

100 cards

Azorius Chancery
Bojuka Bog
Boros Garrison
Calciform Pools
Cascade Bluffs
Command Tower
Darkwater Catacombs
Dimir Aqueduct
Dreadship Reef
Exotic Orchard
Forbidden Orchard
Fungal Reaches
Golgari Rot Farm
Gruul Turf
High Market
Izzet Boilerworks
Miren, the Moaning Well
Molten Slagheap
Orzhov Basilica
Rakdos Carnarium
Reflecting Pool
Saltcrusted Steppe
Selesnya Sanctuary
Shadowblood Ridge
Simic Growth Chamber
Thawing Glaciers
Vault of the Archangel

39 lands

Angel of Despair
Child of Alara
Draining Whelk
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Etched Monstrosity
Etched Oracle
Eternal Witness
Fierce Empath
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Moldgraf Monstrosity
Oracle of Mul Daya
Primeval Titan
Rune-Scarred Demon
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sheoldred, Whispering One
Solemn Simulacrum
Woodfall Primus
Wurmcoil Engine
Yosei, the Morning Star

21 creatures

Arcane Denial
Austere Command
Brilliant Ultimatum
Chord of Calling
Coalition Relic
Corpse Dance
Cruel Ultimatum
Darksteel Ingot
Decree of Pain
Demonic Tutor
Divine Reckoning
Expedition Map
Explosive Vegetation
Far Wanderings
Fathom Trawl
Final Judgment
Grim Harvest
Identity Crisis
Increasing Ambition
Kodama's Reach
Legacy Weapon
Mana Reflection
Martial Coup
Mindbreak Trap
Plague Wind
Praetor's Counsel
Profane Command
Sensei's Divining Top
Time Stretch
Tooth and Nail
Unburial Rites
Violent Ultimatum
Wayfarer's Bauble

39 other spells

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Child of Alara

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