So, last time on Commanding Opinion, I talked about Akroma’s red counterpart, Akroma, Angel of Fury.
Today, I’ll be talking about the original: Akroma, Angel of Wrath!
Akroma, Angel of Wrath is one of the classic angels of the game, originally from Legion, reprinted in Time Spiral as a Timeshifted Card, and then the Divine Versus Demonic Duel decks. She’s iconic, and for good reason. While she may be sitting at 5WWW, she’s no slouch and is definitely worth the mana cost.
While Angel of Fury had Trample, Flying, Uncounterable, Morph, and protection from white and blue, this Akroma is full of additional abilities:
- First strike
- Protection from black
- Protection from red.
And all of that is on a 6/6 Angel – a fantastic target for Kaalia of the Vast if I ever saw one.
And needless to say, the additional haste and vigilance are much better than uncounterable and morph. Most of the time when you’ll be playing this Akroma, she won’t be getting hard-casted if she’s in other decks, and the haste on a white creature is fantastic, if not breaking the color pie a bit.
Now, the question of Commanding Opinion is whether or not Akroma, Angel of Wrath is viable as a Commander, and it’s mostly a no.
It’s possible, of course – she’s a Legendary Creature and you can play a general mono-white Commander Deck and just forgo synergy to play with her as your commander.
Things to play in Akroma, Angel of Wrath:
- Angel Tribal?
- Cavern of Souls
The problem here is that she doesn’t especially synergize with any cards. Cavern of Souls is just to give her the uncounterability that red Akroma has. She’s a very solid creature, but I don’t know what to play in her colors.
Things to play Akroma alongside:
- Cavern of Souls
- Kaalia of the Vast
- Mayael the Anima
- Quicksilver Amulet
- Reya Dawnbringer
Akroma, Angel of Wrath, while she doesn’t do much as a commander, is fantastic as a beefy creature in tons of Commander decks, and is even better because she’s an Angel, which is one of the most popular tribes due to Kaalia of the Vast being such a competitive commander.
Mayael the Anima, a personal favorite of mine, is fantastic with her as well.
Quicksilver Amulet is another cheat effect, letting you sneak Akroma into play without having to worry about getting countered, and for playing it less than its actual mana cost.
Overall, while I don’t think Akroma, Angel of Wrath is a fantastic commander, she is still a fantastic card that will see tons of Commander player as long as the format is supported!
Until next time,