Do you want to make your new Naya Commander 2023 deck better? If so, you’ve come to the right place, as in this Call for Backup Upgrade Guide you’ll find amazing suggestions on which cards to add to your deck in order to make it stronger and more fun.
Before We Start
This time around, I’m trying something new. I wanted to get these guides out as quickly as possible. However, it’s hard to do a proper deep-dive very quickly. That’s why the article will go live with just the three best cards, that will significantly improve your deck, no matter which direction you build it in.
This way, you’ll quickly get some ideas in which direction you can lean with your upgrade. I hope that by the time the decks will be released in paper, this guide will be updated with other important information. (Such as which other cards to add, which ones to remove, example of an upgraded decklist, and so on.)
Since most players probably won’t play with Planechase variation, I won’t focus too much on that part of the deck. You can still play with the upgraded deck and Planechase cards, if you want – the upgrades won’t make it unplayable in that mode. It just won’t be the focus of this article.
Call for Backup Decklist
Some cards’ images haven’t been added to the database yet. You can find them in our March of the Machine Commander Decks Guide.
Get the Deck
If you don’t already own the Call for Backup precon, but would like to get one, you can order it from Amazon.
How to Upgrade Call for Backup Deck?
So, how should you start with upgrading the deck? Let’s take a look at the main commander, to get some ideas.
In order to maximize Bright-Palm’s abilities, we have to have good support for +1/+1 counters. Be it in a form of cards that comes with these counters, cards that grant them, or just some general synergies. There are already some good cards that do these things in the original precon. However, there’s always room for improvement.
There’s also a small backup theme within the deck, so that’s worth exploring as well. For example, giving creatures haste could be a nice bonus.
With that said, let’s get to it.
Top 3 Cards to Upgrade Call for Backup
Sometimes it can be hard to upgrade a whole 100-card deck all at once. That’s why I like to highlight three cards, that will improve the deck the most. In this section, I only omit some of the most expensive cards, and I try to focus on on-theme cards, as opposed to general staples. With that said, let’s get right to it!
Agrus Kos, Eternal Soldier
We’re starting with a lesser known card, which was only printed in one of the Jumpstart sets. However, even though it’s perhaps not the most famous card, Argus Kos is going to shine in this shell.
Its ability may seem a bit complicated at first read. Essentially, it allows you to copy an ability that targets only Agrus to all of your creatures. In this deck, you’ll be able to use it with all of your backup cards.
You play a backup card, target Agrus with its ability, then pay two mana and all of your creatures now get the backup bonus. If you do this with your commander, all of your creatures get a +1/+1 counter, and when you attack with them, you’ll double the counters on them.
As you can see, Agrus can enable some insanely fun and strong combos in certain scenarios, thus I’d really recommend you get one for the deck.
Since the theme of the deck is +1/+1 counters and doubling them, this green enchantment makes a perfect addition to the deck. Whenever you’ll put +1/+1 counters on your creatures, you’ll get double the amount.
This card can be responsible for some enormous creatures, and is a very popular addition to any deck that cares about +1/+1 counter. That’s why its price is also quite high.
Halana and Alena, Partners
Although this might not seem like it, this card also kinda doubles your +1/+1 counters. You put your +1/+1 counters on Halana and Alena, then at the beginning of your combat, you’ll get to put a bunch of counters on one of your other creatures.
This way, you won’t put all of your eggs into one basket. Oh, and on top of that, the creature you target also gains haste. This also plays well with the backup mechanic, as they often have on-attack triggers.
That’s the end of our Call for Backup Upgrade Guide. At least for now – make sure to check back in a week or so, to get the full upgrade with all the details you’ll need. Besides, if you already have a recommendation of your own, feel free to leave a comment below and share it with me and all other readers.
If you want to see the upgrades for the other four March of the Machine Commander decks, you can check them by following these links:
- Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide
- Divine Convocation Upgrade Guide
- Growing Threat Upgrade Guide
- Tinker Time Upgrade Guide (coming soon)
Until next time, have fun and win many games with your upgraded Call for Backup deck.