Call for Backup Upgrade Guide

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

Commander (1)
Bright-Palm, Soul Awakener

Creatures (39)
Abzan Battle Priest
Abzan Falconer
Alharu, Solemn Ritualist
Armorcraft Judge
Champion of Lambholt
Conclave Mentor
Conclave Sledge-Captain
Constable of the Realm
Death-Greeter’s Champion
Elite Scaleguard
Emergent Woodwurm
Enduring Scalelord
Falkenrath Exterminator
Flamerush Rider
Forgotten Ancient
Genesis Hydra
Good-Fortune Unicorn
Guardian Scalelord
Gyre Sage
Hamza, Guardian of Arashin
High Sentinels of Arashin
Incubation Druid
Juniper Order Ranger
Kalonian Hydra
Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
Managorger Hydra
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Mindless Automaton
Mirror-Style Master
Restoration Angel
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Shalai and Hallar
Slurrk, All-Ingesting
Sunscorch Regent
Wood Elves

Spells (12)
Dromoka’s Command
Generous Gift
Heaven // Earth
Inscription of Abundance
Inspiring Call
Kodama’s Reach
Path of the Pyromancer
Return to Nature
Semester’s End
Swords to Plowshares

Artifacts (6)
Arcane Signet
Commander’s Sphere
Fractured Powerstone
Ichor Elixir
Sol Ring
Strionic Resonator

Enchantments (4)
Flameshadow Conjuring
Ion Storm
Together Forever
Uncivil Unrest
Lands (38)
Bretagard Stronghold
Canopy Vista
Cinder Glade
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
Exotic Orchard
Field of Ruin
Fortified Village
Furycalm Snarl
Game Trail
Gavony Township
Jungle Shrine
Kessig Wolf Run
Krosan Verge
Llanowar Reborn
Mossfire Valley
Mosswort Bridge
Path of Ancestry
Rogue’s Passage
Sungrass Prairie
Temple of Abandon
Temple of Plenty
Temple of the False God
Temple of Triumph
Terramorphic Expanse

Planechase (10)
Bloodhill Bastion
Chaotic Aether
Grove of the Dreampods
Kharasha Foothills
Megaflora Jungle
Riptide Island
The Golden City of Orazca
The Great Aerie

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

Call for Backup Commander Deck 2023

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.

Bright-Palm, Soul Awakener March of the Machine Commander Decks

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

Agrus Kos, Eternal Soldier Call for Backup Upgrade Guide

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.

Branching Evolution

Branching Evolution

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

Halana, and Alena, Parthers Call for Backup Upgrade Guide

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:

Until next time, have fun and win many games with your upgraded Call for Backup deck.

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