Continuing this voyage of weird corners of the Magic design, we come to Grizzly Bears, but I’m limiting this to a very specific subgroup of blue.
Why blue? Because it’s the only color that hasn’t received a true Grizzly Bear yet, meaning a 2/2 vanilla creature with a casting cost of 1U.
There’s a total of 204 2/2 creatures with a casting cost of 1C (including Un-Cards). Each other color has some of them and has even creatures that are strictly better than that. It took a while for black and red to get to that point, but here we are and now they aren’t even interesting any more. But blue is still making it’s way towards that goal and I’m not sure it will ever reach it. (Although it should be noted that in order to be truly strictly worse or better than something, the cards should be of the same color.)
Blue only has ten Grizzly Bears throughout the history of the game, and I’m going to leave out the Un-Card, which leaves us with nine total, meaning that they are quite rare.
As usual, there are some potentially very impactful cards hidden in the final bunch of spoilers. One of them could very well be this one.
I didn’t really expect that to be back any time soon, as they have recently nerfed this ability somewhat, but it is a good answer to Eternalize. However, in Standard, just the tempo can also be important.
Black and blue are my favorite colors, but for the longest time, I’ve had trouble finding commanders from that combination. Sure, there’s 24 previous ones, but most of them just don’t feel like good commanders. Well, fun commanders. The last of Bolas’s secret weapons, The Scarab God, just might work.
Even if this one isn’t actually the bomb certain people want it to be, I don’t see why I couldn’t dream about using it. This could be Grixis as well, but the mana requirements might be a bit too much, although we could probably just use the cycle-duals to splash something. I’m not entirely sure what, though.
Fact or Fiction is very strong. It dominated during its time in Standard (or Type 2), while still being a favorite in Commander, Conspiracy, Vintage Masters and Eternal Masters. It made its way into FTV20 as well, which was a collection of 20 cards that had dominated tournaments during each of the first 20 years of Magic’s history and its in pretty good company. Its very popular, but hasn’t been reprinted in Modern, but it has a few cousins.
There’s only 20 blue creatures in the cube, which sounds roughly right. Blue is supposed to be a spell color (in fact, the most spell intensive), so this is good. The curve is little lacking, but blue isn’t the kind of color that really needs one. I’ll try to fix it, though. The color also needs one or two cards in the latter part of the curve.
Otherwise, counters, card draw and maybe a trick or two.