Well, it pretty much writes itself, right?
Not really tribal, as there aren’t any tribal support here. We just happen to have two Drakes with similar abilities available to us.
It feels like there’s definitely a Golgari deck of some sort in there. Back in the day the idea was that The Rock (early name for Golgari) would have like 45% against everything. I think the current philosophy enables quite a bit more.
I can’t be the only one who wants to read this name as ‘Errata’.
I should note that the effect of shuffling this into your deck is a trigger and the target is the other creature. The trigger won’t be countered if Etrata is no longer on the battlefield. Also, you can always just choose to put her into your command zone anyhow.
We already had quite enough 1-drops to make this work (at least a bit), so maybe…
The problem is more with the 2-drops, but Guilds does give this deck some long game… and Dead Weight. Granted, it’s no Fatal Push, but cheap removal is extremely important in a deck like this, especially since you have no usable discard.
I mean, come on, I have to try….
There hasn’t been a set with a bunch of elves in it, but they have sort of snuck up on me by just being around on several sets. Ixalan has none and we are losing some from Kaladesh, but the losses are not major and there’s some very interesting ones on Ravnica. Some I didn’t even think of as elves.
Dimir has Surveil. Surveil seems quite good and there’s plenty of cards that have it. Many of them seem (at least without context) to have an outside chance of making it in Standard.
Weirdly enough (although obviously it doesn’t actually mean anything) I was designing a card for just this thing in a dream recently. I just don’t remember what it did. I do have a design of this on our Guild forums. Funnily enough, it was also a 12/12 with a casting cost of 2UG, but that’s pretty much the extent of the similarities. Well, that and it couldn’t attack early either. Mine required you control 20 lands. It also had a partner and it gained a +1/+1 counter any time any player revealed a land card from their library or put a land card into play from the library.
Wow. What to do with this?