Wuhan also comes alongside a clause stating that he must attack a randomly selected player each turn, but as a more aggressive strategy, this isn't a awful downside. Radio of the Many is one of the commanders of this list that most visibly choreographs what you want to be doing with your Vol tron strategy.
Most importantly however, is the instant speed nature of this ability, which allows for various equipment-centric shenanigans to be pulled on your opponents turns. One would be hard-pressed to find a vol tron commander that fulfills this strength more effectively than SYR Gwyn, Hero of Ash vale.
As if this wasn't enough, SYR Gwyn also accelerates your strategy by drawing you a card each time an equipped creature you control attacks. The most recent commander on this list, the merfolk Lakes, Crater of Wonders is sure to make a big splash in the world of Vol tron decks.
With SRAM, Senior Edifice at the helm of your Vol tron deck, such a fate is never a possibility. SRAM's ability is very simple: whenever you cast an equipment, aura, or vehicle, draw a card.
Possessing both hex proof and a versatile ability that allows for Market's controller to cast noncreature spells from the top of their library for without paying their costs, East is one of the most popular commander choices in the entire format. While she can be utilized in numerous ways, building a Market deck around a Vol tron strategy is a viable option, allowing for massive and impactful auras to be cast for free and placed on your already difficult to remove Market.
Firstly, he gets +2/+2 for each aura attached to him, creating additional advantages and incentives to build up URL as a threat. URL, the Mist stalker may be a bit MANA intensive for some, as he possesses a converted MANA cost of five, but his flexible NASA color identity and his ability to grow and protect himself makes him the benchmark of what we want to see from Vol tron commanders.
About The Author Paul Salvo (119 Articles Published) Staff Writer, Paul Salvo is a writer, comic creator, animation lover, and game design enthusiast currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts. In Magic's EDS commander format, players begin with a higher life total of 40, so it can take a while to deplete all of your rival's hit points.
Thus, you can morph Scion into whatever reptile your situation needs, and considering EDS's massive 100 card deck list, you'll have plenty of options. Thankfully, green's ramp prowess should quickly amass the resources for an early play and once fielded, URL's hex proof prevents your opponent (but not you) from targeting him with spells or abilities.
While her 3/2 stats are low, Market joins with both hex proof and first strike, letting her deal combat damage first in battle (and potentially avoid a counterattack). This can provide anything from auras to planes walkers to extra turns through groceries, making noncreature Market builds a surprisingly effective vol tron option.
Plus, Torpor Orb only hinders entrance effects, so Tresserhorn's ability to regenerate himself with one black MANA stays intact, offering an inexpensive defense against destruction, and many players consider Tresserhorn's colors of red, blue, and black the ideal trio for a vol tron win. With these traits, Thru's simply hard to stop; grant him trample, and some power/toughness boosts to rapidly decimate foes as they struggle to find a removal.
Random wields an excellent 6/6 stats for his low price, but you only cast him during a turn where an opponent has lost life. Thankfully, Random's black and red leanings provide several excellent ways to land damage (“Lightning Bolt,” “Blood Artist,” etc.
Random also reduces the CMC of your creature spells by one for each life opponents have lost during a turn, so even if he falls, you'll have likely fielded other powerful demons to finish what he began. Use white's best auras like “Ethereal Armor” and “Daybreak Coronet” to boost Brunei to monstrous proportions and score that commander damage win.
He only costs three resources and prevents your green MANA from depleting as phases and turns end, stockpiling your unspent fuel for future use! Banned as of this writing in duel commander (but not in the general EDS format), Our costs just four manas and accesses the useful white, blue, and black factions.
His stats are mediocre at 1/4, but Our wields flying and the abundant human and wizard subtypes, strengthening several clan effects. Additionally, counters remain on Skullbriar even if he moves to the graveyard, command zone, or exile, so you'll recast him with as much strength as he had before dying.
For instance, “Swift foot Boots” bestows haste and hex proof, “Hammer of Nathan” offers two extra power plus indestructible, and the fierce “Sword of” cards grant +2/+2, protection to two colors, and several direct hit abilities. Remember, protection assists vol tron strategies both as a defense and as a method of becoming unlockable to certain colors, letting your commander damage slip through unimpeded.
But for now, as we eagerly await Wizards of the Coast's next expansion of legendary creatures, vote for your favorite commander, and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown! This includes all cards which directly aim to win though commander damage.
Everything from the top bruisers from the WWF to our favorite Saturday morning cartoon hits like Thunder cats and Tiger sharks (but shockingly not Silver hawks, go figure). In 1984 LIN brought the Mighty Lion Force Vol tron to America, most memorably for me the Giant Commander.
It was a real treat for fanboys old and young considering the original one had only been available in Japanese / Oriental markets prior to LIN getting their hands on the license, and they didn't skimp on the extras for its American debut. A standard nesting “coffin” lid is the only thing that stands between your grubby hands and the most impressive Vol tron collectible this side of the Pacific Ocean.
Out of the box; Vol tron comes with two sticker sheets, an instruction manual, a remote control base (which is fully removable from the robot) and the Blazing Sword. Feel free to Google or eBay search for them, they made tons of the jumbo style Shogun Warriors and whatnot.
), their version had firing hip missiles but didn't come with the Blazing Sword, “grasping” hands or remote control base. With Vol tron free from his base, it hits you; dammit, this toy feels really light and cheaply made.
The only difference between Vol tron and his Jumbo Mac hinder brothers is the feet aren't weighted, mostly because they never planned on kids taking him off the “fun” remote control base. The paint and stickers help pull off a fairly good likeness of its cartoon counterpart and in my mind is the definitive vintage Vol tron collectible next to the Castle of Lions play set.
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He looked forward to shucking his clothes and climbing into bed. As he neared his room, Keith shrugged off his jacket and began to undo the fasteners on his shirt.
He pressed the flat button by his door for it to open and stepped in, shutting it behind him. Not bothering with the lights, Keith let the dim moonlight peering into his room from the window guide him.
He then slipped off his shoes and socks and started to remove his shirt when he suddenly realized something. If he hadn’t been so preoccupied with sleep and distracting thoughts, he would have noticed sooner.
Hannah let out a laughing, sensual sound as she let her fingers find their way to the bare skin over his chest. Keith turned away for a moment, reaching up to rub the back of his neck wearily.
Keith made no move to resist her, just as he hadn’t the first time she had kissed him. And so, clad in her nightgown and robe, Allure left her room and made her way to Keith’s quarters, knowing that by now he would be back from Castle Control.
Allure stopped in front of Keith’s door and hesitated. She thought she had heard a muffled noise coming from Keith’s room.
After only a short moment's hesitation, Allure returned to the door and decided to do it. Without giving, it another thought, Allure rang the chime to his room.
Even his feet were bare, and his well-muscled chest stood directly in her line of sight. Keith, who was leaning halfway out the door and blocking her view of the dark interior, hesitated.
The voice, most definitely female and coming from inside Keith’s room, sounded a lot like Hannah. Keith glanced nervously back into his room, then quickly stepped out into the hall and shut his door behind him.
Though she knew she could not hide the blush that had invaded her face, she struggled to keep the tears out of her voice as she spoke. “Your personal life is your business,” she continued, trying to sound unaffected, “I apologize for interrupting.
She ignored Keith’s call and fled back to her room as quickly as possible without appearing to be running away. She tried not to think about Keith and Hannah as she lay down on her soft bed.
And if Hannah managed to convince Keith to return to Galaxy Garrison, then Allure would just have to deal with it. And as she tried to convince her heart of this fact, Allure knew she would be getting very little sleep that night.
Lance knew there was trouble as soon as he entered the Council Chamber that morning. As Lance went to stand by his chair in between Keith and Hunk, he wondered what could be troubling his best friend.
She appeared calm and collected, but at a closer glance at her eyes, Lance could tell she was troubled. If he hadn’t known her and become a good friend to her over the past three years, he might not have noticed.
Her expression remained blank, but her eyes revealed some sort of betrayal. Allure, strangely enough, had the same look in her eyes as she glanced every so often in Hannah’s direction.
But Lance, who was sitting only about a foot and a half away, could sense something was bothering his commander; he could feel how tense Keith was without even having to look at him. While he was staying busy keeping tabs on his friends, Lance even managed to forget about his uncomfortable uniform and how much he hated formal gatherings.
He more or less ignored what he considered ramblings by the various Alliance representatives, and paid little attention to the boring data on the monitor in front of him. As time passed, Lance found himself looking forward to the lunch break scheduled for early that afternoon.
It would give him a chance to have a word with Allure, and maybe even Hannah. Lance glanced at the timepiece on the far wall, willing the next two hours to pass by quickly.
Only moments later the Castle alarms began to resound through the large Council Chamber. Keith immediately pressed a button by his monitor to contact the control room.
The Alliance members, who had heard the conversation, started buzzing in startled chatter. Keith had dealt with the V’I before, and was more than a little ticked off at the evil race.
Keith’s jaw was clenched, and he did not look like a happy camper. As they headed for the exit, Hannah joined them and fell in line with Keith, who lead the way to Castle Control.
With the attack by the Alliance’s two worst enemies still not fully registering, the Force reached Castle Control while Hannah broke off for the hangar to get to her fighter. Keith and the others didn’t hesitate making the short journey to their Lions.
Keith gritted his teeth as he led his team into the thick of the battle. Luckily, Hannah and her squadron were there to help, along with a few dozen small battleships from other Alliance planets, including GUA’Dion.
The Alliance defenders had a tough time dealing with them, not to mention the Doom ships that only added to the chaos. For once, Keith had to admit that Carbon and Motor had done something smart by joining forces with the V’I.
He had also learned a lot about them, both from lectures and from his own father, who had also had his dealings with the ugly aliens. Knowing what he had to do, Keith put himself into battle mode and recalled all of his knowledge of the V’I to the front of his thoughts.
He mentally figured out a strategy as he used his own eye-lasers and missiles to fend off attacks. “Lance, Allure,” he commanded, “Pair up and cover the Gunmen squadron.
Hunk, Ridge, you two go help them take out the war birds attacking the Nzae-Kkar fleet ships.” Keith took hold of his Lion’s manual piloting levers and focused his attention on the flock of V’I war birds making their way to the surface of the planet.
Then, like his father had done over 23 years ago, Keith thrust himself and his ship into the thick of the battle. It was hard to keep track of them all, and Allure’s eyes were wide as she kept them glued to her view screen.
She did her best to keep up with Lance, who was mercilessly using his Lion’s array of weaponry to take out the V’I war birds and Doom ships. She did know that Hunk and Ridge were doing OK and had managed to protect the Nzae-Kkar ships.
And with Lance and herself helping the Gunmen combat fighters, they managed to repel the Doom warships and even destroy one of them. Though she was unused to such a massive, chaotic attack, Allure slowly but surely learned how to handle herself and make more hits with her weapons than misses.
“Nice work, Princess,” Lance spoke up to compliment her, “You picked that up real fast.” He also didn’t seem to notice the embarrassed blush on her face, which was partially hidden behind her helmet.
“Looks like these Gunmen ships can take care of themselves now,” Lance said, “Let’s go see if we can help Keith beat up some V’I. Lance’s remark struck Allure, and as she maneuvered her Lion to follow his, she wondered what Keith’s involvement with the V’I was.
She had heard snatched conversations and short remarks about Keith and the enemy race, and from what she could tell he had not had a good run-in with them. Allure glanced down at the set of four small monitors that revealed the cockpits of the other four Lions.
She couldn’t imagine why, but began to realize that Keith’s feelings about the V’I were a bit more personal than she’d thought. “Figures,” Lance suddenly mumbled, his voice filled with a mix of aggravation and commiseration.
Allure pointed her Lion in the direction Lance was facing and took in the sight before her. She could barely make out the Black Lion amidst the flurry of V’I war birds.
She flinched when one of the smaller ships suddenly exploded right in front of Keith’s Lion. She relaxed moments later when the fire dissipated and Black Lion resumed its charge through the ranks of enemy ships.
“What he always does when he fights the V’I,” Lance told her bluntly, “Steals all the fun for himself.” Allure looked sharply at Lance, but the wisecracking pilot was giving her no answers from his expression.
His face was uncharacteristically grim as he watched Keith’s battle. With a lump in her throat she watched as the Terran ship and the Black Lion fought together against the V’I onslaught.
“Be careful, Princess,” Lance warned her, “These V’I are a lot tougher than the Doom fighters. Then, setting his lips in a grim line, he pushed his Lion into the fray, lasers already firing.
The V’I were indeed very skilled pilots, and their ships, though much smaller than the Lions, proved very quick and difficult to hit. She soon made quick calculations, estimating that out of every ten to fifteen shots she got out, she managed to hit a target maybe once or twice.
Her confidence was slowly falling as she began to lose ground to the V’I. On her view screen she could see small wisps of smoke coming out of Hannah’s V-Wing, which meant she’d been hit.
Allure felt both disappointment and relief when she saw that the Terran ship was still in control. Seconds later, Keith’s helmeted visage reappeared on her small monitor, signaling he had re-activated communications on his ship.
Even if Hannah had spoken again, Allure wasn’t sure if she had heard. A part of her had switched off as soon as she heard Keith’s voice when he spoke to Hannah.
But Keith just ignored her and continued with the battle, obviously taking it for granted she would obey his command. In fact, for the first time as far as she could remember, she actually felt angry with her Vol tron captain.
Instead of adhering to Keith’s demands and joining Hunk and Ridge, Allure remained engaged with the V’I and began to get very aggressive, venting out all her anger and jealousy on the unsuspecting enemies. Gripping her manual controls tightly, Allure sunk her Lion’s sharp teeth into one of the V’I ships and crushed the entire rear end, destroying the ship.
With a toss of Blue Lion’s head, she thrust the damaged ship away to watch it collide into one of its teammates, completely obliterating both crafts. The V’I war birds she was so intent on taking on all by herself just sat and waited for her eagerly.
She could barely hear Keith’s muffled curse as he moved in to come to her rescue. But as she drew closer, the cluster of war birds suddenly separated and moved to surround her.
With a sinking feeling, Allure instantly regretted her rash decision. She knew right away that she wouldn’t be able to get out of range of the V’I’s weapons without getting hit, but she attempted to swing right through them.
The V’I, who were by now surrounding her on all sides, opened fire and managed to strike the Blue Lion, sending Allure bouncing around in her seat, her hands slipping from her control levers. The Blue Lion lost equilibrium as much as its pilot, its momentum sending it hurling toward a stationary Alliance ship.
With a sigh of relief, Allure realized the danger had passed. She averted her gaze from the image of her commander, who was glaring at her irritably on the monitor.
Allure hoped her face didn’t appear quite as red as it felt. She didn’t fire another shot as she made her way back to safety.
Her body tense and threatening to break down on her, Allure guided her Lion back into her planet’s atmosphere and to its resting-place in the Castle moat. She vaguely recognized Corn’s voice as he contacted her to inquire about her early return, but made no response.
As soon as the Blue Lion was settled down on its haunches underneath the water, Allure removed the key, then slowly lifted off her helmet. Only then, when the monitors were blank and no one could hear her, did the Princess begin to weep in shame.
Though the battle was won, the Alliance was still grim as they returned to the planet’s surface. The Rules and the V’I had outnumbered them, but the Alliance ships of varying planets had managed to push them back in a display of pure battle prowess.
Lance followed Keith, Hannah and the others back to Arms, splitting off at the last minute to steer toward the volcano that was Red Lion’s resting-place. He had remained silent for the most part, the seriousness of the situation keeping him from making his usual smart comments.
With the mood he was in, Keith probably would have had him flogged for making the slightest peep. Not only was Keith upset over the attack, but also ever since the incident with the Princess he had been particularly incensed.
Lance himself was shocked that Allure would so blatantly disregard Keith’s commands. She had never disobeyed him in combat before in such a way, and had never gone and committed such a thoughtless, insane act as trying to take on six V’I ships all by herself.
Lance knew that whatever had happened between her, Keith and Hannah probably had something to do with her actions, but that still didn’t give him an explanation. Lance arrived back at Castle Control a short while later to find Keith, Corn, Hannah and Admiral Kelvin already present.
“I’m not sure,” Corn replied, “She landed her Lion safely, but she hasn’t come back yet. The Vol tron captain was looking more than a little irritated as he stood stiffly with his arms crossed, watching the control room’s main monitor that revealed an image of the Doom/V’I force stationed out in space.
He had hoped Keith would get over his near-obsession with the V’I, but one look at his face told Lance it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. A noise behind him distracted Lance from his thoughts, and he turned to see Allure finally coming into the room.
As soon as Allure entered, both Keith and Corn converged on her, and Lance could tell she was doing her best to avoid both. Allure glanced up at him momentarily, hurt in her eyes, and Keith immediately relaxed his grip.
Lance followed his gaze, then walked up to his commander and spoke quietly, so the others would not hear. Keith glanced at him absently, then cast a fleeting glimpse at Hannah, a guilty look momentarily crossing his face.
Corn, who had been wearing a puzzled expression ever since Allure walked out, turned back to the Alliance chairman and nodded. “I’ll organize patrols on the edge of Russian airspace,” Keith offered, stepping forward.
“And I’ll contact the Garrison and have them send us some battleships for support,” Kelvin added, “If the Rule and V’I combined forces come back for another attack, it may prove more difficult.” “ Vol tron won’t be enough,” Keith told them, “The V’I war birds and Doom ships are hard enough to defend against.
“The commander’s right,” Admiral Kelvin agreed, hands clasped behind his back, “We’ll need reinforcements right away. Corn moved to help the Admiral, then stopped himself and turned to Keith.
“Captain,” he addressed him, “While you’re at it, do you think you could designate someone to fetch the Princess? Making eye contact with his commander, Lance returned the nod, then walked out of Castle Control in search of the Princess.
He was in trouble anyway if anyone, especially Keith or Corn, ever found out he entered the Princess’s chambers without permission. Allure stood on her balcony, her head lowered and her shoulders shaking.
She was disheveled and still in her flight uniform, but even so, Lance thought she looked just as regal as ever. Allure flinched slightly at the touch, and let out a muffled sob.
Then she wiped her eyes with her hands and turned her head to look at him, trying to control her emotions. Allure let out a sad little sigh, then leaned her head on his shoulder like she’d done quite a few times before.
“You know he doesn’t hate you,” he told her, looking down at the top of her head. “Look, Allure,” he started hesitantly, “There’s something you don’t know about Keith.
“I’ve heard some things suggesting that,” she admitted, “What happened between him and the V’I?” “Well, now you’ve been advised,” he replied lightly, “I guess I should have warned you about it earlier.
I learned a long time ago to just keep my mouth shut and follow orders when we get around the V’I.” He’ll give you a little lecture, maybe make you run a few laps.
“Hey,” he told her, “anytime you have troubles, just come to Doctor Lance.” She was fully grateful that today’s battle hadn’t descended to the surface, otherwise some of her people could have been either hurt or killed.
After a short moment she turned back to Lance, who was gazing down at her thoughtfully. Only an hour after Keith and Hannah had begun their mission to beef up Arms’ defenses, he decided to take a moment to gather his thoughts in private.
He had managed to put them out of his mind since coming to Arms, with Carbon, Motor, and Hagar giving them so much trouble. But now that his two worst enemies were joining forces, he had double the reason to be upset.
Just as he had finally calmed himself down back to his natural state of rationale, he heard the door slide open behind him and soft footfalls coming slowly, almost hesitantly toward him. He could hear her draw in her breath sharply, and instantly regretted sounding so harsh.