Tales Of Middle-earth Food And Fellowship Commander Deck MTG

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The Tales of Middle-earth’s Food and Fellowship Commander deck is the life of the party. It brings good food and good mood to your free time Magic: The Gathering night defines this deck, as does its ability to gain an absolutely staggering amount of life and then use that life for powerful threats.


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Food and Fellowship is good to play right out of the box, but as with most premade command sets, there is still some room for improvement. Here we’ll discuss a few cards you should consider adding to Food and Fellowship that won’t break your budget.

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11 Honorable mentions

MTG - a huge opportunity

But before we get to the budget upgrades, there are a few cards that didn’t quite make the cut that should definitely be considered. Generous Gift and Beast Within are basically the same card and are great instant quick creature removal. Same as Putrefy with the added benefit of being able to destroy artifacts.

Sakura-Tribe Elder is a basic command card that fits in any green deck like Eternal Witness. Bojuka Bog is an easy splash for some graveyard hate, and Ajani’s Pridemate is loved by any deck that gains a lot of life. Finally, Giant Opportunity isn’t strong enough to qualify, but it’s definitely the right brand for a food-focused deck.

10 Soul Guardian, Soul Companion, Sewing Priest

MTG - Soul Guardian

Food and Fellowship already includes Essence Warden, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t include Soul Warden and Soul’s Attendant as well. Gaining life is always a good thing, and having more than one Essence Warden on the board just means gaining more life faster. Bilbo wants you to have 111 lives, so you can make him happy.

Suture Priest is slightly more expensive than Soul Warden or Soul’s Attendant, but it still accomplishes the same goal and also lowers your opponent’s life total. You might consider this card instead of a successful innkeeper.

9 Loxodon Warhammer

MTG - Loxodon Warhammer

There’s no subtlety to Loxodon Warhammer, but then again, there doesn’t need to be. Equip any able creature you control and then start swinging for some sweet life gain. Even pinning on a defensive creature with Reach is still a good idea, as it convinces opposing creatures to stay home so they don’t run into a wall that will only gain life in combat.

8 Shire

MTG - Shire

A curious absence from the Food and Fellowship deck, The Shire is a land in Tales of Middle-earth that provides you with a ready source of food tokens as long as you control a legendary creature. Since Frodo is a cheap commander to play, you’ll likely have a legendary creature in play in the early game, meaning the Shire can start draining food tokens very early on.

7 Knight of Autumn

MTG - Knight of Autumn

One of the few problems that Food and Fellowship has is that it may be a bit too focused. Sticking to a strategy is all well and good, but multiplayer Commander games require some flexibility. Knight of Autumn delivers on that in spades.

Get tokens, gain life, or destroy a problematic artifact or enchantment, all for the low cost of three mana. Consider substituting one of the less powerful Food and Fellowship cards, such as Mirkwood Bats or Eagles of the North.

6 Elanor Gardner

MTG - Elanor Gardner

Another interesting absence from Food and Fellowship, Elanor Gardner both prepares food and helps search basic lands from your deck whenever you sacrifice a food token. It seems like the perfect addition to Food and Fellowship and why it wasn’t on the original list is a mystery.

Whatever the reason, you can fix this shortcoming by discarding one of the less interesting Food and Fellowship cards. Mirkwood Bats seems like the perfect replacement card for Elanor.

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5 Vito, Thorn of the Dark Rose

MTG - Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Sanguine Bond is a perfectly good card for any deck that is black and gains a lot of life on top of that. But it’s a five-mana sorcery that doesn’t do anything else. Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, is a three-mana creature that can provide lifelink to any other creature you control.

Vito is a strict upgrade over Sanguine Bond that will provide more power, more options, and shrink your overall mana curve. It’s an easy choice.

4 Clearing the excrement

MTG - cleaning discharge

Flexibility is important for any Commander deck, but so is graveyard hate. Because games are long and players’ graveyards often have a lot of cards, many Commander decks tend to use respawn strategies or have abilities that don’t care what’s in the graveyard at any given time.

Scavenging Ooze disables these strategies and also gives you a growing threat in the form of +1/+1 counters. This is an easy swap at just two mana.

3 Greedy troll

MTG - Greedy Troll

You might not want Gluttonous Troll for every game, but for multiplayer games with lots of other players, Gluttonous Troll provides a lot of food tokens. It’s also a sacrifice outlet if you’re dealing with a wise wizard who likes to steal things, but really the Gluttony Troll is there mainly for food.

Mirkwood Bats, Eagles of the North, or Generous Ent are fair alternate targets for the Gluttony Troll.

2 Troll king at feast

MTG - Troll King at Feast

You don’t need to trade Woodfall Primus for Feasting Troll King, but in a deck that already has a lot of food, Feasting Troll King is a self-reviving threat that can prove problematic for opponents. Additionally, vigilance keeps this hungry troll monarch on the defensive, even as he adds up to seven life at a time.

Four green mana is a high price to pay for a deck that’s already torn between three colors, but if you can squeeze that Sakura-Tribe Elder, Feasting Troll is a huge threat.

1 Gyome, the master chef

Card Gyome, MTG Master Chef

Good and Fellowship has many creatures and Gyome likes to make sure they are all fed. Additionally, having food on the table means that your creatures can quickly get indestructible to protect them from targeted removal, board-sweeping spells, or even fighting larger beasts. Gyome does it all.

Gyome, The Chef was only printed in Commander 2021, so you may have trouble tracking this chef down. But it will be worth the effort to find him, as he will keep the party going until dawn.

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