Or 5-color mythics, if you prefer.
Was there ever a card that was more clearly made for Commander? The latter ability is probably mostly flavor text. I mean, the Trample definitely matters, but the +1/+1 on a bunch of seven-drops doesn’t seem very impressive.
One of the reasons to play Commander is to get to play cards you otherwise wouldn’t.
Here’s one reason to do just that.
We have a great new tool for these decks against the white-based control decks. It has functionality against black as well.
Why is it great? Because we can sack cards like Rekindling Phoenix when they are about to get hit with Seal Away, Cast Out, Vraska’s Contempt or Settle the Wreckage. It can actually do a lot more than that. How about the synergy with Kari Zev, Skyship Raider? Just give Ragavan the boot at end of combat and that’s an extra card (sort of) for one mana. In a right deck, just sacking creatures from under a removal spell is just good as well.
Seems like they are pushing this theme somewhat for the couple of months before rotation, similarly to what they’ve done in the past with various decks, making some powerful deck have a swansong before the cards fall out of standard.
What can we do with her?
Well, sooner or later I had to do it.
It is, after all, an Elder Demon. Or The Elder Demon, since there aren’t any others as of this writing. In fact, all the other Elders are either Dragons or Dinosaurs. I guess you can’t reach elderhood unless your creature type starts with a ‘d’. So, while we’re waiting for that Legendary Elder Deserter to happen, we’ll talk about this.
Grothama is a weird case. I know players who have been looking forward to a Wurm commander for ages, but I don’t think this is going to be it, although with the general quality of Wurms (looking at you, Craw Wurm, although I can’t be mad at that card…), you don’t really mind throwing them at this thing.
The idea here is pretty obvious. Gorm acts as the Tank while Virtus makes the kill.
Since the images don’t show yet, here’s the text:
Virtus the Veiled
Legendary Creature – Azra Assassin
Partner with Gorm the Great (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Gorm into their hand from their library, then shuffle)
Whenever Virtus the Veiled deals combat damage to a player, that player loses half their life, rounded up.
Gorm the Great
Legendary Creature – Giant Warrior
Partner with Virtus the Veiled (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Virtus into their hand from their library, then shuffle)
Gorm the Great must be blocked if able, and Gorm must be blocked by two or more creature if able.
What can we do with this?
I do have ideas…
We know History of Benalia is a good card, but what about other Sagas? Some of them are very strong in limited, at the very least, so why not try them in constructed.
You should never equate limited and constructed. They are very different formats, but if a card is very strong in limited, it probably has at leat potential in constructed. Pack Rat. Need I say more?