We’re finally starting to see more Commander 2014 spoilers, and I’m already a fan of what we’re seeing.

feldonofthethirdpath

Feldon of the Third Path is originally from the Brother’s War storyline on Dominaria – I’ll talk about that more when I do a Commanding Opinion on him. Needless to say, he’s better known for his Cane.

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He doesn’t introduce any new mechanics, but his ability is pretty solid. But let’s take a good look at him.

Feldon of the Third Path is a 2/3 Legendary Human Artificer for 1RR. Well costed for a decent Commander. Being a 2/3 rather than a 2/2 gives him a little more versatility – but still gets killed by Inferno Titan, Lightning Bolt, etc. It’s his ability that makes him powerful, though.

2R, tap: Put a token onto the battlefield that’s a copy of target creature card in your graveyard, except it’s an artifact in addition to its other types. It gains haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

The article that announced him immediately compared him to Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

 

kiki-jiki

They describe him as slightly weaker than Kiki-Jiki, but harder to disrupt than Kiki is, which I agree with. The main downsides to Feldon are the lack of haste and the mana cost on his ability – but that doesn’t make him bad. Over all, I’m a fan of this card (and Kiki-Jiki) and gives me a reason to build another Mono-Red Commander deck that isn’t Krenko.

 

angelicfieldmarshal

Angelic Field Marshal is a cool card that introduces the new mechanic of this set – Lieutenant! Now, we don’t know if this is the only mechanic (aside from planeswalker-commanders) that’s being introduced in this set, but it’s the first one we’ve seen. Essentially, these cards gain an effect if you control your Commander.

In this card’s case, it’s a 3/3 flyer for 2WW – pretty standard body – that gets +2/+2 if you control your Commander. Plus, all of your creatures gain vigilance. Sadly, it doesn’t give all of your creatures the +2/+2 also, but it’s still a decent card, especially if you want to cast your Commander at all times.

 

obnixilisoftheblackoath

Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath is the new mono-black planeswalker-commander, and isn’t bad. It’s a little surprising that he’s our black walker of old right after getting a new Ob Nixilis legendary creature in M15. But, I digress. At 3BB, 3 loyalty is a little low, but it’s compensated with a +2, where each opponent loses 1 life, and you gain life equal to the amount lost this way. While not fantastic, this can be anywhere from +1 to +5 depending on how big the pod you’re playing in is. The -2 is pretty solid, though – it gives you a 5/5 flying black demon, and you lose two life. It’s a pretty solid ability. The final ability is a solid emblem – at any time, for 1B, you can sacrifice a creature to gain X life and draw X cards, where X is the power of the sacrificed creature. And, of course, it can be used as your Commander. He’ll also get his own Commanding Opinion fairly soon.

 

freyalisellanowarsfury

Freyalise, Llanowar’s Fury is yet another planeswalker-commander, and hails also from the original Dominaria storyline. Again, the story stuff will be covered when they get their own Commanding Opinion articles. At 3GG for 3 loyalty, she looks similar to Nixilis above, but she has a little more protection and utility. Her +2 makes a Llanowar Elf – solid ability, and acts as both protection and mana generation. Her -2 destroys any artifact or enchantment. It can also be a form of protection taking into account the number of artifact and enchantment creatures now, and at the worst takes out a threat on the board you might have a problem getting rid of otherwise. Finally, her -6 draws you a card for each green creature you control.

 

jazalgoldmane

As we don’t have an English picture available yet, here’s the text:

Jazal Goldmane
2WW
Legendary Creature – Cat Warrior
First Strike
3WW: Attacking creatures you control get +X/+X until end of the turn where X is equal to the number of attacking creatures.
“As our king he is the source of my courage, as our brother he is the one who personifies my desire.” – Ajani Goldmane
4/4

Yes, Ajani’s brother is getting his own card in the Commander decks. At 4/4 for 2WW, he’s already pretty solid, especially with First Strike. But 3WW for his ability is decent: giving everyone you control +X/+X where X is the number of creatures attacking. While it’s disappointing that it’s only attacking creatures (meaning it can’t be used defensively) it’s a very strong ability, and a lot of people are excited to see this in their Kemba Commander decks. He will, of course, also get his own Commanding Opinion.

 

gravesifter

We don’t have an English picture for this card either, so here’s the text:

Gravesifter
5G
Creature – Elemental Beast
When Gravesifter enters the battlefield, each player chooses a creature type and returns any number of cards of the chosen type from their graveyard to its owner’s hand.
5/7

This is a pretty cool card. Mono-Green tribal decks will likely play this card, and green decks that may not have a whole lot of other recovery may too. Plus, a 5/7 for 5G isn’t terrible. I’m definitely interested in getting a few of these for my collection. If anything, I’m likely to play this in mono-green elves, or playing it in tribal elementals with Horde of Notions if you need certain ones back in your hand.

 

dualcastermage

Dualcaster Mage is Reverberate on a 2/2 with flash for 1 more mana. There isn’t a whole lot else to say. A 1RR 2/2 flash that copies an instant or sorcery definitely isn’t a bad card, but the RR in the cost makes him a little harder to play. If he was just 1R, I could see this card possibly seeing competitive play. He can copy any player’s spells, so you can also counter counter spells, which is fantastic for red to be able to do, and having a creature do it keeps it from getting Spell Pierced. Solid card, but the cost will dictate what he’ll see play in.

 

reefworm

Seeing cards like Reef Worm make me happy. Small enough to die easily especially with such a funny ability. It’s the old joke of “there’s always a bigger fish.”

When Reef Worm‘s 0/1 body dies, he’s replaced with a 3/3 blue fish creature token. But when the 3/3 fish token dies, it’s replaced with a 6/6 blue Whale token. Finally, that token has the ability that when it dies, it’s replaced with a 9/9 kraken.

I have nothing bad to say about this card. It could even see play in Legacy Pod in the 4 slot along with Glen Elendra Archmage and Venser, Shaper Savant. It’s just a matter of it finding a solid place. At worst, it’ll see play in Commander decks that want to abuse token generation. Blue/Green decks that want Doubling Season will have a ball with this card.

 

myriadlandscape

Lastly, we have Myriad Landscape, our land that will likely be in each of the decks. Going with the mono-colored theme, it’s main draw is it’s ability to sacrifice itself for two basic lands that share a land type. Sadly, this doesn’t go the route of Kroasn Verge and let you search dual lands with basic land types, but it does ramp and is easily playable in certain mono-colored Commander decks. I can definitely see this being a staple in decks that already play Crucible of Worlds, assuming there’s enough basic lands in the deck to support playing this card.

These spoilers have gotten me really excited for the new Commander decks, and I’ll be waiting for the next spoilers to pop up.

Until next time,
SolemnParty

 

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