Otrimi, the Ever-Playful

Published April 11th, 2020

The face of the Commander 2020 Enhanced Evolution Sultai deck that revolves around the Ikoria Mutate mechanic. Otrimi, the Ever-Playful on it’s own is just a 6/6 trample creature for 6 which feels like just a Colossal Dreadmaw at that point but it’s strength is in the mutate mechanic and synergy.

Commander (1)

Otrimi, the Ever-Playful

Lands (37)

Bloodstained Mire
Bojuka Bog
Breeding Pool
Cavern of Souls
Command Tower
Creeping Tar Pit
Drowned Catacomb
Flooded Grove
Flooded Strand
Hinterland Harbor
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Overgrown Tomb
Path of Ancestry
Polluted Delta
Reflecting Pool
Sanctum of Eternity
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Forest x3
Snow-Covered Island x3
Snow-Covered Swamp x2
Sunken Ruins
Tropical Island
Twilight Mire
Underground Sea
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Woodland Cemetery

Artifacts (10)

Mana Crypt
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Arcane Signet
Lightning Greaves
Smuggler’s Copter
Chromatic Lantern
Commander’s Sphere
Midnight Clock

Enchantments (5)

Animate Dead
Survival of the Fittest
Sylvan Library
Pernicious Deed

Instants (7)

Vampiric Tutor
Cyclonic Rift
Liliana’s Triumph
Fact or Fiction
Mystic Confluence
Return of the Wildspeaker

Sorceries (9)

Demonic Tutor
Buried Alive
Kodama’s Reach
Maelstrom Pulse
Mythos of Brokkos

Planeswalkers (3)

Vivien, Champion of the Wilds
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Liliana, Dreadhorde General

//Creatures (28)

Birds of Paradise
Deathrite Shaman
Gladecover Scout
Slippery Bogle
Baleful Strix
Coiling Oracle
Ice-Fang Coatl
Lotus Cobra
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Silhana Ledgewalker
Thrasios, Triton Hero
Nissa, Vastwood Seer // Nissa, Sage Animist
Sea-Dasher Octopus
Vendilion Clique
Yahenni, Undying Partisan
Dirge Bat
Oracle of Mul Daya
Questing Beast
Thrun, the Last Troll
Yeva, Nature’s Herald
Brokkos, Apex of Forever
Souvenir Snatcher
Stormsurge Kraken
Thryx, the Sudden Storm
Consecrated Sphinx
Sawtusk Demolisher


Thryx, the Sudden Storm: A flash flying creature that can come in out of nowhere. In addition to the 4/5 body he can be mutated and makes your 5 or more converted mana cost spells cost one less. Do you know what costs more than 5? Otrimi. Make use of the discount and do an uncounterable mutation for 3 mana.

Yeva, Nature’s Herald: Wouldn’t it be nice to mutate at instant speed? Yeva is happy to give Otrimi and every other green creature the ability to be cast as if it has flash. Being a solid 4/4 for 4 mana non-human and having flash herself she also acts as another great target for mutate.

Buried Alive: The best single spell to tutor for multiple creatures to throw into your graveyard. Whether a mutate creature to recover, a Bloodghast to use as a mutate target, or just a reanimation target it does what you need it to in the deck.

Card Name: Thryx, the Sudden Storm. Mana Cost: {3}{U}{U}. Card Oracle Text: FlashFlyingSpells you cast with converted mana cost 5 or greater cost {1} less to cast and can't be countered.. Power/Toughness: 4/5
Card Name: Yeva, Nature's Herald. Mana Cost: {2}{G}{G}. Card Oracle Text: Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)You may cast green creature spells as though they had flash.. Power/Toughness: 4/4
Card Name: Buried Alive. Mana Cost: {2}{B}. Card Oracle Text: Search your library for up to three creature cards, put them into your graveyard, then shuffle your library.


Otrimi would be pretty vanilla as a Commander option without the ability to return mutate creatures from your graveyard to hand so we better make sure he has some friends to play with in the deck.

Brokkos, Apex of Forever: The legendary Sultai nightmare beast elemental 6/6 trample for 5 mana and mutate for 5 mana that can mutate from the graveyard. You can bet that he has a deck tech coming but for now he fits incredibly well in here.

Sea-Dasher Octopus: Probably the best little mutate creature out there for several reasons. The card draw is clear but as some mutation triggers count how many times a creature has mutated the fact it’s a mutate with flash for only 2 mana is incredibly relevant.

Dirge Bat: Dirge Bat needs to be mentioned for so many reasons. It has both flash and flying and when it mutates it can destroy a creature or planeswalker an opponent controls. In this deck it has a ton of ways to two for one somebody and it’s all advantage.

Card Name: Brokkos, Apex of Forever. Mana Cost: {2}{B}{G}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Mutate {2}{U/B}{G}{G} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)TrampleYou may cast Brokkos, Apex of Forever from your graveyard using its mutate ability.. Power/Toughness: 6/6
Card Name: Sea-Dasher Octopus. Mana Cost: {1}{U}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Mutate {1}{U} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)FlashWhenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.. Power/Toughness: 2/2
Card Name: Dirge Bat. Mana Cost: {2}{B}{B}. Card Oracle Text: Mutate {4}{B}{B} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)FlashFlyingWhenever this creature mutates, destroy target creature or planeswalker an opponent controls.. Power/Toughness: 3/3


No not like the Unstable Host/Augment type, though the Surgeon General Commander would like to be a part of this. We’re talking about some nice mutate targets for the deck.

Hexproof/Bogles: Gladecover Scout, Slippery Bogle, Silhana Ledgewalker some nice small hexproof creatures to mutate without the risk of targeted removal. Too small? Well either mutate them or Thrun, the Last Troll and Stormsurge Kraken will be happy to oblige. Otrimi on top of Stormsurge is great it becomes a 8/8 Trample, Hexproof that draws if it’s blocked.

Flash: On top of Thryx, the Sudden Storm and Yeva, Nature’s Herald mentioned above it was Vendilion Clique and Ice-Fang Coatl that remained in the deck for both their cost and their utility abilities. Flash creatures in before your turn gives you something nice to mutate onto.

Haste: For the times you just need to hit fast we have Questing Beast, Yaheeni, Undying Partisan, and to an extend Bloodghast. Questing Beast is a pile of keywords, Yaheeni is a possibly indestructible and growing sacrifice outlet, and Bloodghast is pretty much a constant host target thanks to the landfall trigger.

Card Name: Slippery Bogle. Mana Cost: {G/U}. Card Oracle Text: Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.). Power/Toughness: 1/1
Card Name: Ice-Fang Coatl. Mana Cost: {G}{U}. Card Oracle Text: FlashFlyingWhen Ice-Fang Coatl enters the battlefield, draw a card.Ice-Fang Coatl has deathtouch as long as you control at least three other snow permanents.. Power/Toughness: 1/1
Card Name: Questing Beast. Mana Cost: {2}{G}{G}. Card Oracle Text: Vigilance, deathtouch, hasteQuesting Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.. Power/Toughness: 4/4


As the face of the deck and a card built around a core Ikoria mechanic I suspect we’ll see these playful fellas around. It’s an interesting mechanic with a lot of nuanced lines of play only possible with the combination of creatures. I think the most interesting aspect is being able to mutate any creature into your Commander.

This deck list version was built around a bogle/flash/value hosts to help support the mutate mechanic. It will definitely take a lot of practice to figure out the best timing and strategies with Otrimi but this one is pretty straightforward and maybe you can end up like Deadly Frolick and “tire your opponents out” until they stop playing.

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Article by Cascade.Cascade

The editor-in-chief and creator of Command Beacon. They started playing Magic during the Scars of Mirrodin block and hasn’t been able to stop since.


Well, you’re certainly not one’s for budget. It would be nice to see a bit more budget builds in the future.

Hi there Will, I definitely can not argue with that. Command Beacon tends to look for max optimization almost disregarding a budget cap altogether. It’s an environment and power level that our play group and friends play with but it’s completely understandable that many players don’t have access to the full suite of cards. We are aimed to fill the gap that other Commander articles do not for those who play with all their power but a budget variant would be straightforward. If you would like a deck list for a budget Otrimi, the Ever-Playful it would start with removing what would not be within your collection or budget. Many of my favorite cards are simple commons and uncommons that are run even in this more optimized version. It is difficult to ascertain the budget of everyone who may read the article though. Thank you though we appreciate the comment and we’ve very open to ideas and suggestions.

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