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Commander Review: Khans of Tarkir – Sultai Brood

December 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Welcome my fellow EDH-ers to another Khans of Tarkir Commander review. Today we will be looking at the Wedge color combination of Black as focus color with Blue against Green and called the Sultai Brood. The clan admires the ancient Dragons’ aspect of ruthlessness. The symbol for the clan is the fang of the Dragon. The clan lurks in the ancient palaces in the steaming jungles of Tarkir.


Into the Catacombs

Sultai Ascendancy

Power by all Means

The Sultai Brood, or more commonly referred as Sultai, is a decadent and merciless clan. After striking a deal with the Rakshasa, a race of Cat Demons, they will able to employ necromancy in their schemes of dominating the other clans. From fighting battles to everyday hard labour work, Zombies had been very much integrated into the clan’s life. The clan mechanic is called Delve which is an old mechanic which first debuted during the Future Sight set. Basically the ability allows the caster to exile cards from his or her graveyard to pay for the spell’s colorless mana cc while casting spells with Delve. The mechanic itself is very much linked to the clan for their dealings with the graveyard. The similarity being that Delve uses cards in the graveyard to fuel the spell; much as how the clan uses necromancy to fuel their everyday chores. The clan design is loosely based on the Cambodian steamy jungle pleasure palaces.


“Graveyard is my Strength.”


There is a constant power struggle within the clan itself. At present with this article, the clan is rule by the Naga, a tribe of Snake humanoids with humanoid upper body and serpentine lower body. It used to be ruled by Humans long ago but due to the actions of the then Khan which caused the Naga and Rakshasa to abandon the clan and leaving it with no necromancy to run their Zombies which had become a necessity of the clan. Very soon the clan fell from grace and was quickly taken over by the Naga and Rakshasa. Following the takeover, the Naga had since ruled over the Humans till today.


Queen Tyrant

The present Khan of the clan was called Sidisi and she considered herself to be the Queen of the Sultai. Her ambitious aim was to gather all the clans under her banner and gain full dominance over Tarkir. To this end, her allegiance to the Rakshasas had provided her with incredible necromancy powers to meet her goals. Below is the stats of the tyrannical Queen.


Sidisi Brood Tyrant

Card Name: Sidisi, Brood Tyrant


Types: Legendary Creature – Naga Shaman

Card Text: Whenever Sidisi, Brood Tyrant enters the battlefield or attacks, put the top three cards of your library into your graveyard.

Whenever one or more creature cards are put into your graveyard from your library, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

P/T: 3/3

Delve is an ability which requires cards from the graveyard.  An empty graveyard is not a good sign for Delve. Sidisi supports the clan mechanic well with her ETB and attack trigger which mill you for three. She even comes with her mill trigger of providing you a Zombie when you mill a Creature card off your library. Talk about flavor, she has it written all over her showcasing how she supports her clan with all the triggers. With Black in her color identity, all those mill away Creatures can be reanimated back for beats. Green can also help retrieve other cards if needed. All in all, Sidisi is a fine example of a well deigned card with all the abilities complimenting each other.


Zombie Army

Necromancy is an everyday affair with the Sultai. Sidisi serves well to support the theme with her abilities. Her ETB and attack triggers can help to fill up the graveyard for reanimation. And each time that trigger puts a reanimation target into the graveyard or when a Creature is milled from your library, you get a Zombie token for that like a bonus. The problem is that Sidisi needs to ETB and attack to trigger the ability. It is not a problem for her ETB but subsequent trigger can be a dangerous thing for Sidisi as she needs to attack to trigger it. Although you can keep attacking the player with no blockers to ensure that she don’t get block and kill in the process, it is still safer to ensure her attack does not get block to prevent her from dying in combat. Below are some ways to do just that.


Aqueous Form Aura. Enchanted Creature is unblockable and Scry 1 whenever it attacks.
Cloak of Mists Aura. Enchanted Creature is unblockable
Protective Bubble Aura. Enchanted Creature is unblockable and has Shroud.
Trailblazer’s Boots Equipment. Equipped Creature has nonbasic Landwalk. Nonbasic Lands is a too common thing in EDH.
Traveler’s Cloak Aura. Enchanted Creature has Landwalk of chosen Land type. Cantrip
Tricks of the Trade Aura. Enchanted Creature gets +2/+0 and unblockable.
Way of the Thief Aura. Enchanted Creature gets +2/+2 and unblockable as long as you control a Gate.
Whispersilk Cloak Equipment. Equipped Creature is unblockable and has Shroud.


Way of the Thief

“You can’t see me. You Can’t See Me.”


With regard to how to let Sidisi attack safely to trigger her mill, then you safe to attack with her and start filling up your graveyard for reanimation. There are many to choose from. For a quick reference, below are some of the lately printed ways to reanimate a Creature.


Champion of Stray Souls Walking mini Living Death for your side only.
Fated Return Instant reanimator and gives reanimated Creature Indestructible. Scry 2 if casted during own turn.
Fearsome Awakening Reanimate a Creature. Gives two +1/+1 counters to it if that Creature is a Dragon.
Ghastly Conscription Manifest target player’s graveyard
Kheru Lich Lord Randomly Corpse Dance a Creature from your graveyard and give it either Flying, Trample, or Haste.
Necromantic Summons Reanimate a Creature. Gives two +1/+1 counters to it if you have Spell Mastery.
Rescue from the Underworld Require sacrifice of another Creature to reanimate a Creature. Benefit of getting two ETB triggers.


Ghastly Conscription

Rising the Fallen.


Necromantic Recruitment

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

“Your service is no longer needed in life.”

Going with the Sultai way of life, Sidisi is a much recommended Commander to help setup for reanimator decks. With all the spells in her color identity, there are no shortage of ways to reanimate Creatures. Green is also conveniently available too should you mill the wrong cards away. Thus when built right, Sidisi is a powerful choice as a Reanimator style Commander.


Do you agree with our opinion of the Sultai Khan? Will you consider her to lead your undead army? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below. And with that we have come to the end for the Sultai Khan now. Do stay tune for more Commander Review of the other Khans of Tarkir clans. So till the next article…


This is yours truly, Edward “Reaper King” Leong, signing off.



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