Spoilers for new Theros started yesterday. There were leaks before, but I’m going to be boring and join the no-leaks crowd. This means that we only have three cards to play with at this point. Not sure there was anything Standard playable anyhow. (Although there might have been, I just don’t remember.)
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.
I’ve sort of being looking forward to this, but there’s a problem. There just isn’t anything that would make a pirates deck better. I mean, there’s a couple of really strong Pirates. I like Warsail Marauder and Dire Fleet Daredevil, but they both have problems. The Marauder’s ability just doesn’t do much, if all creatures you control already have evasion, and Daredevil is of the wrong color.
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.
Of course, people will try to build control decks early on, which is actually a bit problematic, because building a control deck requires you to know what you have to answer. You can’t really do that before the format has taken some form. Another key question is what you can use as your win condition. Still, lets see what we can do.