Arcades Sabboth is one of the five Legendary Elder Dragons, printed in Chronicles and Legends. As with the other Legendary Elder Dragons, Arcades is an 8 drop 7/7 flier, and he has an upkeep cost of WGU (one of each of his colors, like the other elder dragons). While Nicol Bolas is the best known of the Elder Dragons, there is a dragon that corresponds to each of the Alara Shards (Bant in Arcades Sabboth’s case, as he’s WGU).
For the sake of his colors, he does reflect the more defensive, controlling nature of Bant, as he simply makes your other creatures beefier in toughness by increasing them by +0/+2. He can also increase himself by +0/+1 for a white. As long as you have white mana to sink into his ability, he can let you block large creatures, as he’s a 7/9 due to his ability, plus whatever you sink into his boost.
While I don’t recommend him due to his insanely high 2WWGGUU cost, he isn’t a terrible choice for a commander, but I’d play Angus Mackenzie over him. Though, due to the fact he beefs everything while it’s untapped, both Vigilance and Exalted are good mechanics to play alongside him if you plan on using him. Personally, I’d rather play Arcades in a Rafiq of the Many deck, but either works.
Cards to play with Arcades Sabboth as your Commander:
- Angus Mackenzie
- Rafiq of the Many
- Rubinia Soulsinger
- Sublime Archangel
- Noble Hierarch
(Elspeth for the Win says: Rubinia Soulsinger, a rare from Chronicles, is a Legendary Faerie Creature that allows you to Mind Control a target creature and keep it for as long as she is on the battlefield untapped. It’s particularly interesting that you can actually choose not to untap her during your untap steps. She is an intriguing Commander possibility in a deck based around stealing opponent’s permanents, something quite doable in these colors.
Ragnar is another interesting one in that he is a legendary creature with a WUG mana cost that has a tap ability for WUG to regenerate a target creature. He’s a $3-5 USD card, so if you’re looking to supplement your Bant EDH deck with something old and interesting, Ragnar’s worth a look.)