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Aragorn, Hornburg Hero $200 +1/+1 Counters Budget EDH

“When love cast me out, it was cruelty that took me in”

Art:Aragorn, Hornburg Hero by Jason Rainville

Aragorn is pretty fresh off the presses and while he does a lot of things you would expect a Naya commander to do, it doesn’t mean that this deck isn’t a ton of fun to play! This deck is very budget friendly and depending on your build style you could likely build this for half the cost, while I found that $200 was quite budget compared to the average EDH deck these days so that was the metric I used. This deck combines all of the best elements of one my personal favorite shards! If you are looking for a real-deal combat deck that won’t hurt your wallet than look no further! Without further adieu lets get it!

The Deck:

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Aragorn, Hornburg Hero $200 +1/+1 Counters !

Commander (1)
Aragorn, Hornburg Hero

Creatures (33)
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Spore Frog
Benevolent Hydra
Botanical Brawler
Incubation Druid
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Abzan Falconer
Arwen, Weaver of Hope
Champion of Lambholt
Good-Fortune Unicorn
Kami of Whispered Hopes
Kodama of the West Tree
Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
Lae’zel, Vlaakith’s Champion
Managorger Hydra
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Valeron Wardens
Abzan Battle Priest
Armorcraft Judge
Blade Historian
Bright-Palm, Soul Awakener
Halana and Alena, Partners
Shalai and Hallar
Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Thundering Raiju
Elite Scaleguard
Kalonian Hydra
Loyal Guardian
Ohran Frostfang
Akki Battle Squad
Aragorn and Arwen, Wed
Aurelia, the Warleader
Mirror-Style Master

Planeswalkers (1)
Ajani, the Greathearted

Instants (9)
Aura Mutation
Generous Gift
Grand Crescendo
Inspiring Call
March of the Multitudes
Nature’s Claim
Unbreakable Formation

Sorceries (9)
Blasphemous Act
Isengard Unleashed
Kodama’s Reach
Rishkar’s Expertise
Shamanic Revelation
Visions of Glory

Artifacts (2)
Anduril, Narsil Reforged
Ozolith, the Shattered Spire

Enchantments (9)
Hardened Scales
Together Forever
Bow of Nylea
Garruk’s Uprising
Invigorating Hot Spring
Mayael’s Aria
Felidar Retreat
Gimli’s Reckless Might
Primal Vigor
Lands (36)
Branchloft Pathway
Castle Ardenvale
Cragcrown Pathway
Karn’s Bastion
Kessig Wolf Run
Llanowar Reborn
Mosswort Bridge
Needleverge Pathway
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
Restless Bivouac
Rogue’s Passage
The Autonomous Furnace
The Fair Basilica
The Hunter Maze

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Why Aragorn, Hornburg Hero?

Aragorn is a key part of our deck and one of our best and most consistent buffs! Aragorn not only provides a buff to all of our creatures but giving them first strike and renown allows even some of our tokens to become out of hand attackers! We are able to swing out wide and far with Aragorn out and with ramp we can usually get him down 1-2 turns early! Aragorn is the lifeblood of this deck and a card we pretty much always want to have on the battlefield!

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck! As well as highlighting some of my favorite cards in the deck!


Nearly all of our creatures are payoffs or great recipients for all of our buffs some of our best payoffs are Champion of Lambholt and Incubation Druid and Benevolent Hydra! Since there are so many awesome cards there is no way we can talk about all of them so I am going to highlight some of my favorites! Arwen, Weaver of Hope is a great card that makes all of our cards better once they get buffed up, this card will get the attention of your opponents! Blade Historian is a great way to make our buffed up creatures even better! Elite Scaleguard not only buffs up our creatures but allows us to tap down our opponents creatures on attack, which makes our combat step a bunch more deadly! Another really strong card we can win combats with is Kodama of the West Tree which gives all of our buffed up creatures trample! Since we put a ton of counters on our creatures we can use Shalai and Hallar to turn those buffs into damage!


We only have one Planeswalker and they are Ajani, the Greathearted which is a great way to get some life back which is absolutely perfect when we are going against aggressive strategies! The key ability on Ajani is his -2 which is a great way to buff up all of our creatures!


We don’t have a ton of creature removal but we are pretty strong at removing artifacts and enchantments with cards like Aura Mutation, Nature's Claim! Unbreakable Formation is a great way to protect our creatures and in some cases give them a big buff up! March of the Multitudes and Grand Crescendo are both great ways to make some blockers or have more targets for our buffs or Aragorn’s ability! Silkguard is a buff and a protection from single-target removal in the same card!


Since we are in Naya we of course have some ramp spells like Cultivate, Kodama's Reach and Farseek which are all great ways to establish all of our colors and get ahead! Blasphemous Act and Farewell are great cards to use if we fall behind and need to reset our opponents! Rishkar's Expertise and Shamanic Revelation are the best draw spells we have in the deck!


Ozolith, the Shattered Spire can not only target a creature and buff them up but it is basically a second copy of Hardened Scales! Andúril, Narsil Reforged is a really card that we can easily get the citys blessing and have a second pretty consistent buff for our deck! Bow of Nylea is just a great toolbox card since it can do so much, while we typically use the counter ability and passive of our attackers have deathtouch is a really powerful effect!


Primal Vigor and Hardened Scales are both really strong and budget friendly cards that only make our overall gameplan stronger! Garruk's Uprising is a great piece of card draw and we will never say no to trample! Together Forever is one of my favorite cards in the deck and we can recur some pretty high value permanents, perfect for commanders! Gimli's Reckless Might is not only a pretty cool flavor win but a great way for us to be more aggressive and make combat a bit easier for us!

Land Base:

We have some card draw through our land base like The Fair Basilica and The Autonomous Furnace which are great once we already have a ton of mana or can be effective if we need a card in a pinch! Llanowar Reborn is a pretty simple land but allows us to give out a counter! Speaking of counters we have Oran-Rief, the Vastwood which can be a perfect card if we had a big turn or we created a decent amount of tokens! Another great piece of budget lands are the MDFC for the Naya colors like Branchloft Pathway // Boulderloft Pathway,Needleverge Pathway // Pillarverge Pathway and Cragcrown Pathway // Timbercrown Pathway! Beyond that our land base is mostly basics and a few more on-color dual lands!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Easy to one-shot people in combat
  • Very hard for our opponents to attack into us
  • A couple bailout cards if we fall behind

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Weak to creature hate
  • Weak to control strategies
  • Deck is noticeably weaker and slower if we cannot keep Aragorn out

5 Helpful Upgrades:

These are in no particular order but these are cards that I think would improve the deck greatly but were removed due to price!

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Main Win Conditions:

There are no infinite combos or loops in the deck, we have many ways to buff up our creatures and take advantage of the combat step! Some of the best ways we take advantage of the combat step include Aurelia, the Warleader and Isengard Unleashed which are crazy cards for extra combats and extra damage! Aragorn, Hornburg Hero themselves are also a crazy way to get some damage since they are one of our most consistent buffs! Even though we end games the “old-fashioned” way that by no means makes this deck weak and it is really a ton of fun!


Aragorn is a really sweet budget commander who in all honestly a lot of the time doesn’t even feel like a budget deck! Being able to get huge swings and often times ending games through a single combat is not something many would expect from a budget deck! This deck accomplishes an absolute ton for only $200 dollars and while it is more efficient and streamlined in a non-budget build this deck is still an absolute blast! Thanks for reading to the end and thanks for all of your support!