Daretti and Nahiri

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In today’s two most important Commander 2014 spoilers, we finish the set of commander planeswalkers with the red one and the white one. First up is Daretti, Scrap Savant:

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This guy is combo-tastic, just like Feldon, and also works with artifacts. The +2 is pretty good for getting the good stuff in your graveyard, and the -2 is obscene. If you ever wanted to play Goblin Welder as your commander, this is your chance. The emblem is also very powerful, but at -10, I can’t see him getting it in most games. The mana cost is also great, allowing for a manabase of lots of coloureless rocks (Sol Ring, Mana Vault, Grim Monolith et al). My only concern with this guy is – why the hell isn’t it Slobad? Did the Magic story really need two smart planeswalking goblins who plays well with artifacts? The only difference between the characters are their home planes – Slobad is from Mirrodin, and Daretti from Fiora. I guess the political theme of EDH goes together better with the plane from Conspiracy, but come on!

Next up is the girl who robbed Ob Nixilis of his wings, Nahiri:

Nahiri

A few things strike me as I gaze upon this card – first of all, since she’s called “the Lithomancer”, she might be the third planeswalker that trapped the Eldrazi on Zendikar along with Ugin and Sorin, or have some relation to that Lithomancer. This would tie Commander 2014’s “story” nicely together with Khans of Tarkir in a neat way. Secondly, her presence makes me hopeful that Stoneforge Mystic might be part of the white deck. Thirdly, she’s pretty powerful. The +2 is Elspeth, Knight-Errant‘s +1 on crack, the -2 will play nicely with all the expensive equipment in the format. The -10 is insane, like Daretti’s, but again, quite unlikely to come to fruition.

I think both of these commanders are pretty awesome in EDH, and I can even see Daretti making a spash in some odd Legacy deck. Do you agree? Leave a comment!

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  October 30, 2014

    I am very disappointed that they didn’t make Daretti into Slobad instead. The only thing that they would have needed to change is the name! (And perhaps remove the pope hat). Sure, a lot of the new players might not be familiar with him, but hey, no one has heard anything about the Goblin Pope before either.

    The Lithomancer I can at least understand. It ties in with the new story, and making her into Serra would have been wierd since she was more about healing and angles than equipments and soldiers (though one might argue that since she is represented or referred to on 51 unique cards and reprinted on a whole lot more that she would have at least merited her own non-vanguard card by now…).

    Don’t get me wrong though, the new cards are awesome. And the decks they belong to seems to have both strong and funny cards in them as well as well defined themes. All in all I’m very happy with commander 2014. I just… I’m not too happy about goblin catholicism, that’s all.

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    • It’s confirmed that she is indeed the very Lithomancer that helped Ugin and Sorin back in the days, apparently. Wizards’ site was down when I was searching for the article.

      Also, according to MaRo’s blog, Slobad only had his planeswalker spark for a few minutes in the story, that might be why they didn’t want to represent him as a Planeswalker card.

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      • Grim Lavamancer

         /  October 30, 2014

        Yes, I read that as well. Now that I think about it I vaguely recall that he gave his spark away to rescue Glissa. Must have seemed like a sucky choice after she turned traitor though.

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  2. psykopatmullvad

     /  October 30, 2014

    It should have been Slobad.
    On the othger hand, NO you can not have too many smart planeswalking goblins around 😀

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