Vela Commander

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In addition to showing off plenty of exciting new planes and phenomena cards, Planechase (2012 Edition) also released a wide variety of exciting legendary creatures into the wild! TCGPlayer.com Commander columnist Cassidy Silver has his eye on one in particular: Vela the Night-Clad. This blue-black creature featured in the Night of the Ninja deck has some exciting interactions on the Commander stage—and Cassidy looks to take advantage of them!

Vela works particularly well with Ninjas, hitting each opponent for 1 every time you use ninjutsu. Considering that with multiple ninjas you can constantly return unblocked Ninjas to your hand and then re-ninjutsu them, your opponent is in for one big hit to the life total! Plenty of sweet unblockable or shadow creatures from throughout Magic's history take a center stage, allowing your Ninjas to consistently connect.

But Cassidy takes it a step further than just Ninja tricks as the Planechase deck prescribed. For example, Deadeye Navigator causes a particularly brutal combo alongside Vela, causing each opponent to lose 2 life for every time you pay 1 ManaBlue Mana! Crystal Shard lets you return your creatures turn after turn, reusing their effects and making your opponent lose some life in the process.

Take a look at Cassidy's decklist below and draw some inspiration from it for yourself! Which Planechase (2012 Edition) legends will you try building around? Take a look over the full list!

Cassidy Silver's Vela the Night-Clad Commander
Commander – Vela the Night-Clad

Main Deck

100 cards

Bojuka Bog
Dimir Aqueduct
Drowned Catacomb
Evolving Wilds
Ghost Quarter
Halimar Depths
11  Island
Jwar Isle Refuge
Maze of Shadows
River of Tears
Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Sunken Ruins
13  Swamp
Tainted Isle
Terramorphic Expanse
Tolaria West
Underground River

39 lands

Æther Figment
Augury Owl
Baleful Strix
Blighted Agent
Cadaver Imp
Dark Hatchling
Dark Impostor
Dauthi Cutthroat
Dauthi Horror
Dauthi Trapper
Dauthi Warlord
Deadeye Navigator
Deepchannel Mentor
Dimir Doppelganger
Dimir Infiltrator
Doomsday Specter
Ghastlord of Fugue
Glen Elendra Liege
Higure, the Still Wind
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
Inkfathom Witch
Invisible Stalker
Latch Seeker
Mistblade Shinobi
Neurok Invisimancer
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Okiba-Gang Shinobi
Sakashima the Impostor
Sakashima's Student
Silent-Blade Oni
Sun Quan, Lord of Wu
Sygg, River Cutthroat
Talas Warrior
Tandem Lookout
Throat Slitter
Tormented Soul
Vela the Night-Clad
Walker of Secret Ways

40 creatures

Arcane Denial
Crystal Shard
Dauthi Embrace
Dimir Signet
Distortion Strike
Erratic Portal
Expedition Map
Future Sight
Helm of the Ghastlord
Increasing Ambition
Life's Finale
Night Dealings
Nim Deathmantle
Phyrexian Reclamation
Quietus Spike
Spell Crumple
Stolen Goods
Wayfarer's Bauble
Whispersilk Cloak

21 other spells

Vela the Night-Clad

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