In past Eye of the Stack articles I’ve covered very specific card interactions. One of those articles that has proved to be very popular covered what happens when you Lightning Bolt a Tarmogoyf, something that most people didn’t know exactly how it worked. Where did the confusion stem from? State-Based Actions. Let’s talk about those.
It would be easy for me to just tell you to look at my Reyhan/Ishai article and that be the end of it, but this series is supposed to make us build unique decks and as-close-to-original decks as possible. So I clearly won’t go against the spirit of the series and will discuss the partners from Breed Lethality that are Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker.
When researching the Open Hostility deck I wanted to take a unique spin on “swing all out and hope for the best” as a strategy. The problem is that there isn’t much beyond that to do unless we want to deal small chunks of damage each turn, which would not be playing to our deck’s full capacity. So instead of trying to find a way to be super unique in combat, we will instead just go for the throat and hope for the best. I can think of no other way to do this than to pair Tana, the Bloodsower with Tymna the Weaver.
Did you know that Commander 2016 brought us 105 different commanders? Well with the new Partner mechanic and 15 different creatures being printed with it, we can combine them into 105 different pairs to allow for insane amounts of brewing. We here at Frantic Talks have decided to tackle this seemingly insane task and will bring you two articles a week covering the partners, starting with the way they were given to you in each deck (four color pairs), then moving into the wedges, shards, and guilds!
Frantic takes a quick dive into another top 10 where he discusses his most liked and disliked keywords/mechanics.
Frantic returns to finish off his top 10 series with his favorite colorless cards and land cards.
Frantic kicks off a 4 episode journey through his favorite cards in Magic. This week he covers white and blue.