Another Legacy playable?

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Commander 2014 is almost upon us, but there is one final card I wanted to discuss – a simple white hate bear:

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A “hate bear” is not just a deck in Modern, it’s really a nickname for any creature that’s cheap, usually two mana, small, usually a 2/2 (from Grizzly Bears), with some disruptive effect tacked on. Examples include Gaddock Teeg, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Phyrexian Revoker, and Qasali Pridemage, to name a few. These have a proven effect on the metagame – in Modern there exists a green-white deck centered around these powerful creatures, and in Legacy we have Death and Taxes which include Thalia as one of the cetrepieces in its prison-style game plan.

Commander 2014 brings Containment Priest to the table, and the effect is indeed quite good. It turns off all forms of reanimation, it turns off Show and Tell, as well as both Natural Order and Green Sun’s Zenith in Elves. It does, however, turn off Aether Vial as well, meaning it will likely not find a room in Death and Taxes. It also can’t be found through Green Sun’s Zenith, meaning that old Maverick won’t get a new hate bear either. I see no possible deck in Legacy right now that really wants the card, which means I don’t see this card as “Commander 2014’s True-Name Nemesis”, but who knows what the brewers might come up with?

What do you think of Containment Priest? Leave a comment!

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  1. psykopatmullvad

     /  November 5, 2014

    Id love to stick a couple in my sideboards 😀

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  2. Grim Lavamancer

     /  November 5, 2014

    It’s a very nice card. Obviously very meta-dependent but definitely good at what it does. The flash ability is just icing on the cake as it effectively allows you to counter a reanimate/show and tell/flash/natural order/whatever and get a beater out of the deal as well.

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  3. randomName#359

     /  November 5, 2014

    It’s a good card. Not too strong nor too weak for legacy. Unfortunately she would ruin pod decks in modern, which is the opposite of what that format needs. I like that wizards been pushing out a few new hate bears.

    Although I’m probably the dude that gets his deck shut down by them. X)

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