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Arahbo, Roar of the World
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Arahbo, Roar of the World
- Commander 2017

Reviewed August , 2017

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 4.00
Limited: DNA
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH]: 4.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Arahbo, Roar of the World
 
Tribal decks for a Commander supplement are such a great idea that I'm a little surprised it took them quite this long to try it. I think the tribal concept does great things for casual Magic because it pulls you away from the temptation of generic "good stuff" decks. Everyone may like good cards, but jamming them all together doesn't automatically make a deck more fun to play.
 
Cat tribal is another thing I'm surprised it took them this long to try. After all, Ajani was one of the first five planeswalkers we met. But now it's here, and Arahbo is a great introduction to it. He may only have one note to his strategy - bigger! - but sometimes that's really all you need. I thought of Qasali Pridemage's exalted ability, and I thought of ridiculous things like Behemoth Sledge and Armadillo Cloak. And don't forget, we now have a version of Ajani who exactly matches Arahbo's color identity . . .
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: n/a
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Arahbo, Roar of the World (8/22)

 

Kitty commander is pretty efficient, all things said. It’s a 5/5 for 5 that makes another Cat bigger, both with its eminence ability and its trigger (which only works if Arahbo is on the battlefield). If you have Arahbo out, you’re looking to turn the felines sideways and end the game as quickly as possible.

 

Fortuitously, Arahbo is in the best Cat colors and is in the two colors best suited for sustained aggression (instead of bursts of activity). This means that, despite Arahbo not being a massive threat on his own, he makes your own board particularly menacing, and threatening with, say, a 5/6 Loam Lion on turn 2 is a good way to close games out. 5 mana is too much for other formats, but Arahbo does well in Commander all the same. That said, I’m not sure if he's even the best commander of his own deck.

 

Constructed: 2

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 3.75

Commander: 4.25


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