By Gavin Verhey
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!