Category: Ravnica: City of Guilds


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Chord of Calling is getting a reprint in M15!

For those of you who don’t know, Chord of Calling is one of the centerpieces of Birthing Pod decks in Modern, after the banning of Green Sun’s Zenith, and is another very expensive reprint.

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Original Ravnica ones are sitting at 36 dollars as of this moment, but they’ll be going down any moment now due to the reprint.

This reprint was very needed, and due to our returning mechanic for the set being Convoke, this is probably the only opportunity they’d be able to put this card back into standard.

To actually explain what the card does, it searches for a creature converted mana cost X or less and puts it into play – clean, simple, and effective. In fact, it’s actually better than Green Sun’s Zenith due to the fact it doesn’t have the limitation on what it can search, but at the disadvantage of being 2 green more. However, that’s easily solved with the magical ability of Convoke! With enough on board, you can tap out to search out combo pieces, or just to search whatever you need to pod into, instead of podding into it.

This set is just cranking out surprise after surprise! I’m excited to see what else lies in the last 80-so cards of the set.

Until next time,

-SolemnParty

 

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Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran

Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, is a Boros Legendary Creature from the original Ravnica: City of Guilds.

At 3RW for a 3/3, he initially sounds fairly underwhelming. That is, until you read his ability:

Whenever Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran attacks, attacking red creatures +2/+0 and attacking white creatures get +0/+2 until end of turn.

This more or less balances out his casting cost, giving you a 5/5 for 5 mana.

As far as actual Commander implications, he isn’t terrible, but I’d rather play Tajic, Blade of the Legion or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight over him most of the time. However, if you are playing entirely Boros creatures, he effectively makes every creature in your deck +2/+2 bigger each time you go on the offensive, making him a fantastic aggro commander.

The best example of this sort of deck is one that I found on MetaMox, which is becoming a go-to site for our Commander research here at Win Target Game. Besides being a fairly budget deck, this Agros Kos EDH list uses exclusivelycards that are both red and white with the sole exception of Rally the Peasants, which has a Red flashback cost. This allows Agrus Kos the ability to always have his troops at full strength and the various buffs pump more effectively for all creatures.

Things to play in an Agrus Kos Deck:

Outside of using him as a Commander, he is definitely a good play within other Boros decks lead by the other aggressive commanders like Aurelia and Tajic.

How would you build an Agrus Kos deck?

– SolemnParty & Elspeth for the Win

 

Plague Boiler is a thing that is going to blow up everything you hold dear if you don’t keep removing counters from it. However, I think this card is a perfectly valid card in Commander decks that play out of the graveyard, like Dredge decks in Commander, that use Karador, Ghost Chieftain, which likes blowing the board up every turn (seeing as black/green/white gets access to damnation, life’s finale, day of judgment, wrath of god, etc), and then dredging and playing their entire board again with Karador, who will rarely cost more than 3 due to him costing 1 less for each creature in your graveyard. Plague Boiler isn’t great, but it has a place in Commander.

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