F*cked up commanders: Zedruu the Greathearted

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’tis the season of Christmas, and even though the practice isn’t practiced in Sweden, there is a certain Santa in Magical Christmas Land that leaves not only coal, but even worse presents for kids that have been naughty. I’m talking, of course, about Zedruu the Greathearted.

zedruuthegreathearted.hqZedruu – which we first called “Getjocke” in our local playgroup, in part because of her androgynous appearance and name, in part because it’s hilarious with a Finnish-Swedish accent (non-speakers of these languages will have to take my word for it. It might have been a “you had to be there” thing though) – is a very interesting general from a mechanics standpoint. Being white-blue-red, she is one of only four creatures in total to be of the Jeskai persuasion, and one of only three to pre-date that silly name.

Like with many other cards or mechanics, the designer’s perspective didn’t follow through. While the designer clearly intended the card to be played diplomatically, i.e. “Oh, you’re out of blockers? Here, have a wall, and I’ll get some benefits from that too!”, players quickly found more interesting stuff to give away – like Bronze Bombshell or Grid Monitor which conveys a negative effect on the controller.

Typically though, most of the stuff Zedruu gives away will be of no worth to the receiving player, like Oblivion Ring or similar cards with an enters the battlefield-effect, and the controller will rarely, if ever, matter to the card given away. It will grant Zedruu some bonuses, however.

So there you have it. Zedruu will either give you coal (Oblivion Ring), or poison coal (Bronze Bombshell). She will likely laugh while doing so, and somehow, she’s making money doing it. Which is f*cked up.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I will be writing a bit about my own Zedruu deck in the coming days.

She sees you when you’re sleeping
She knows when you’re awake
She knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

What do you think of Magic’s evil Santa? Leave a comment!

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  January 1, 2015

    More like Zedruu the Goathearted, am I right?

    Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?



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