[C15] Mystic Confluence

city of shakarThis is, by far, the card that wins “most likely to be bought in singles by me” award for this year’s Commander product:

mysticconfluenceThe confluence cycle’s flexibility is undeniable, and this doozy is a straight three-for-one in many cases, i.e. if you choose to return a creature twice and draw a card, that’s a three-for-one, if you choose to simply draw three cards, that’s a three-for-one, if you return a creature three times, that’s a three-for-one.

Only in cases when an opponent casts a spell and has 3+ mana up to pay for Mystic Confluence does it get any worse than a three-for-one.

And it’s easier to cast than Cryptic Command in many decks. I am so on in this card.

What do you think of Mystic Confluence? Leave a comment!

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[C15] Arjun, the Shifting Flame

city of shakarThe last new legendary creature (likely) from the new set is finally revealed, it is the back-up UR General, and his name is Arjun, the Shifting Flame:

arjuntheshiftingflameFlying

Whenever you cast a spell, put the cards in your hand on the bottom of your library, then draw that many cards.

I have to say it’s a resounding “meh” from me. The fact that you can’t control this is what sinks it for me personally, and mizzixoftheizmagnuseven though the art is baller, I’d say that even Izzet has better generals to offer. Mizzix, by comparison, is a much more interesting spell-based commander. Arjun can be used in tricky ways, and the ability can be chained together to look at many new cards in a single turn, but I doubt he will be played at all in the format. In fact, I bet that if someone were to build an Arjun deck, someone at the table will be holding a Notion Thief for that very first trigger.

Am I wrong? What do you think of Arjun? Leave a comment!

[C15] Meren of Clan Nel Toth

city of shakarSo we finally have our BG general spoiled – and indeed I was right about my prediction from yesterday’s post – she was the focus of today’s Uncharted Realms. Though I haven’t had time to read it yet, I have looked at her card, but before looking at it, let’s see what my predictions were about it:

Cardname 1GB
Legendary Creature – Human Shaman

Whenever a player sacrifices a creature, you get an experience counter.

T: Return target creature card with converted mana cost less than the number of experience counters you have from a graveyard to play.

1/2 (or whatever)

 

And here’s the real deal:

merenofclanneltothOkay, so I was off about most things – she is more expensive and bigger than I thought, and her ability to return something from a graveyard is a trigger, not a tap activation. That said, I was pretty spot on about how she interacts with experience counters, it is indeed on creatures dying (but only your own, though not just through sacrifice effects), and the number of expereince counters needed is more generous than I thought. She does only reanimate from the owner’s graveyard, but thinking she could pick freely was probably being overly optimistic. I’d say I’d give myself a passing grade in my future sight ability, though just barely.

Overall, I like her a lot! She is pretty similar to Savra, Queen of the Golgari in that she benefits from a deck that has a good number of sacrifice outlets, she has the same cost and she’s an obvious build-around. I can’t wait for my deck to show up in the mail box so I can get tinkering. I’m envisioning a green-black deck with around 30 creatures, lots of sacrifice outlets and some spot removal, Phyrexian Reclamation, Grave Pact, and other sweet things.

What do you think of Meren? Good? Bad? Leave a comment!

[C15] Anya, Merciless Angel

city of shakarSome new spoilers so far today, the most prominent one being the non-Kalemne RW legend – Anya, Merciless Angel:

anyamercilessangelNot really sure how good she is, a 4/4 flier for 5 is certainly acceptable in most other formats, but her two abilities, while unique, won’t do anything until later in the game. As a Voltron general, she is interesting because she comes with built-in indestructible if he requirement is met, but she is probably worse than Tajic, Blade of the Legion. Her art is pretty good though, if a little too high fantasy, and I think it’s interesting that she has a similar ability to the Zendikar Vampires, i.e. Guul Draz Vampire and friends.

[C15] Commander Beacon and Meren prediction

city of shakarI was off to bed, but I caught this on mythicspoiler and it interested me enough to write a quick post:

commandbeaconCommand Beacon is not the new Command Tower for sure, but it will definitely be handy for most any EDH deck. The opportunity cost of adding a colourless land to your deck is low, and the second ability might be very useful in a long and grindy game – I think we can all remember one of those games where our commanders costed fifteen mana by the end. The flavour text also Riku of Two Reflections, from the very first Commander product released in 2011. I think that’s neat.

C15-Spoiler-Coming-SoonI also want to make a prediction about the young lady above. According to the Commander 2015 product page, her name is Meren of Clan Nel Toth and she is the experience counter commander from the BG deck (called it), which is known as Plunder the Graves. Apparently, even though she does bear some resemblence to Deathrite Shaman, she is not from Ravnica, she is from Jund. This also explains the huge dragon she is reanimating in the art.

In any case, hers is the only card we’ve yet to see from the “main” commanders of this year’s product – and I think I’ve figured out why. I think she will be the main focus of tomorrow’s Uncharted Realms story and her card will be revealed in that article.

Calling it now.

See y’all tomorrow for some black-green goodness!

[C15] Vine Centaur (holy moly!)

city of shakarJust found this guy haning out at Mythic Spoiler:

Vine CentaurIn English it reads:

Vine Centaur 3G
Creature – Centaur Plant

Trample

Vine Centaur enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter for each land in all graveyards.

Whenever a land is put into a graveyard from anywhere you may pay GG. If you do, return Vine Centaur from the graveyard to your hand.

1/1

 

GG, indeed, good Centaur sir. I just hope it’s in the BG deck.

 

 

[C15] Ezuri 2.0 and others

city of shakarSo far we know fifteen cards from Commander 2015, and I think one of the most interesting one is Ezuri, Claw of Progress:

ezuriclawofprogressIt’s pretty uninteresting that Ezuri has gone the way of Glissa and turned traitor towards his elven kin. That said, the card is pretty bad-ass and can probably fuel a strategy built similarly to Edric, Spymaster of Trest – that is, lots of cheap 1- and 2-drops, with built-in evasion. I do not think he’s even close to Edric in terms of power level, but if you play in a non-competitive metagame and you want an aggressive UG general, I think Ezuri could suffice.

I also like the following two cards a lot, probably both well-suited for my Anafenza deck in the future:

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Mazirek is one of those cards that could in theory get me to shell out for the proper fetchlands for Anafenza, though I’m missing two out of the three, but the effect is very, very powerful. Also, if you dorp a Fleshbag Marauder or similar and hit everyone at the table, he will trigger once for each player!

Skullwinder is a very interesting take on Eternal Witness – the body is pretty much better and it has a relevant ability, and the diplomatic effect is interesting. It could be used with graveyard hosers to make it one-sided, but then you might as well just play Eternal Witness or any of the other Regrowth effects.

What do you think of the first batch of proper spoilers? Leave a comment!

[C15] Spoilers start today!

city of shakarThe Commander 2015 spoiler season is finally upon us! We’ve yet to see an official spoiler, but this is what the card of the day over on the mothership looks like today:

Skärmavbild 2015-11-02 kl. 11.21.14We know for a fact that WB is getting at least one new Commander, obviously two if they follow previous products’ pattern (aliteration not intended). The text, however, subtly suggests that Obzedat may be the reprinted commander in the Orzhov deck.

Previews don’t start for a few more hours though, but I  just wanted to share this kick-ass artwork that was revealed through the MTGO Legendary Cube:

C15-Spoiler-Coming-Soon“Some” have speculated that this will be a new re-print art for Deathrite Shaman, and others have stupidly argued that you can’t change the gender of a creature in Magic. The stupidity aside, since this is on the booster packaging of the MTGO Legendary Cube, my assuption is that this is the GB commander. As in the one I’ve preordered. And in the art, it looks like she has something to do with reanimation.

My hope is:

Cardname 1GB
Legendary Creature – Human Shaman

Whenever a player sacrifices a creature, you get an experience counter.

T: Return target creature card with converted mana cost less than the number of experience counters you have from a graveyard to play.

1/2 (or whatever)


What do you think of the art work? What are your hopes for Commander 2015? Leave a comment below!

[C15] Another oops?

city of shakarMTGsalvation’s Rumour Mill is currently spinning around Commander 2015, and according to acouple of posts, someone opened up this in a pack of Battle for Zendikar:

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Not sure if it is legit, but I hope it is and I hope it is both in BG and UG. Eternal Witness is a staple in the format for a reason, and it’s way more expensive than an uncommon should be.

Another picture, with three different language variations:

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Again, I can’t say anything about it being legit or not, but the set symbol does resemble the one on the spoiler below, which is taken for legit by most now. An Eternal Witness reprint is reasonable in the product.

What do you think? Legit or not?

[C15] Commander 15 spoiler?

city of shakarRumour has it, that a major retailer messed up in the coding of their web store, and this doozy fell into the place of another product:

originalIf this is legit, this means that we have our first spoiler from Commander 2015, which is out in less than a month. She reads:

Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas 2RW
Legendary Creature – Giant Soldier

Double Strike, Vigilance

Whenever you cast a creature spell with converted mana cost 5 or greater, you get an experience counter.

Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas gets +1/+1 for each experience counter you have.


I’m not saying that this is legit, but if it is, she’s pretty bad-ass. A 3/3 Double Strike, Vigilance creature for four is way above the curve as is, and the experience counter bit just adds to that. Compared to other RW Generals (link to EDHrec.com), she’s very powerful and will surely make for a good red-white voltron-y general, even if you need more expensive creatures to make her work.

I call RW Giant Tribal, for top tier EDH deck.

What do you think of Kalemne? Do you think the spoiler is legit? Leave a comment!