Hey, HayesTheHayes here to talk about how much I love these new two drop commanders and update you with some of the cool EDH content going on across the web this past week!
I think one of the traits that can make a commander especially playable is the ability to recast them quickly if your commander ever dies. Proven commanders like Animar, Soul of Elements and Vial Smasher the Fierce are easily recastable in the middle of a game at just 5 mana. With these two dual colored commanders out of Amonkhet I see that same potential (even if they don’t exactly match the same power threshold).
MaRo has confirmed that there will be only two Viziers in Amonkhet block.
Hapatra has a ton of mechanics to draw from – Wither, Persist, Infect, Proliferate – and that’s before you start accounting for combo cards like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and mass boardwipes like Black Sun’s Zenith.
(I swear I won’t misspell poison again OK)
No matter what way you build her it’s not a big deal if she dies (very possible if you are trying to give all creatures in play -1/-1 counters) because you can just recast her again! Here are two other new cards spoiled so far in Amonkhet that likely make a deck she commands:
Temmet, Vizier of Nakatmun is another commander who isn’t afraid of dying because of his Embalm ability. You can choose to send him to the graveyard instead of the command zone. Instead of costing a total of 6 mana to recast the third time you would cast him he’ll only cost the 5 to embalm – then you can put him back in the command zone and get your token Temmet.
I personally would build a white/blue equipment deck with minor token support. There are a living weapons like Batterskull that directly have synergy with Temmet as well as other cheeky tokens like Marit Lage from Dark Depths, Phyrexian Processor, Ajani Goldmane, and Mimic Vat.
I have a lot of personal experience building equipment decks and white is the clear king (followed close by red). Stoneforge Mystic, Steelshaper’s Gift, Stonehewer Giant… the list goes on. Most of the equipment support cards have a low CMC, so you don’t usually need to play a lot of mana rocks and can instead include more equipment, threats, or interactive spells.
The blue splash is clutch and makes this commander very flexible in the ways that you can build him – you could do equipment with control elements and possibly include Dragonlord Ojutai or Geist of Saint Traft. Blue also has a lot of creatures with Flash like Snapcaster Mage, Vendilion Clique, and Venser, Shaper Savant which are interactive and are also good in a equipment deck because they can flash in, equip the equipment during your turn and then attack.
If Temmet costed any additional mana I wouldn’t be making these recommendations; I think if he costed three or more he would become much more gimmicky and other commanders like Geist of Saint Traft would be much more well suited for an equipment deck. That one mana difference is really important – not to say that Geist of Saint Traft isn’t powerful – hexproof is still amazing and possibly one of the most powerful mechanics ever made. I’ve just played enough games with my equipment Kytheon deck to know that having that lower CMC cost is crucial in a deck that is looking for a reliable creature to suit up. This is especially important if you are like me and want to be super aggressive (we tend to have our creatures die more often).
Elsewhere in EDH!
Mrs. Mulligan joins the MTG Goldfish crew on Commander Clash as they start a new season!
Andy Hull over at EDHREC brews with Marchesa, The Black Rose
And over at SCG legendary writer Benny Smith brewed with the new red god, Hazoret the Fervent.
This Coming Week
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