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.
Hello! My name is Bob, I’m new here and I’m helping Jordan (Frantic) and Luke knock out these Partner Commander articles. Today’s article brings us a pair of not-green commanders from the Invent Superiority commander deck: Akiri, Line-Slinger and Silas Renn, Seeker Adept. These partners form the basis for a commander decklist with only one thing in mind: artifacts! You can look at the Invent Superiority decklist for a lot of great cards to pair with these commanders, but I’ve chosen to only talk about cards that weren’t included in that deck. Let’s get this party started with a breakdown of the partners themselves.
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!
Hopefully everyone enjoyed their holiday season and merrily celebrated. Apparently, the aftershock of returning to work in the new year has been coupled with rocketing prices in the modern format. Each day seems to witness another modern playable card price jump drastically while I am left wondering if I am able to stretch my paycheck any further.
Last week, I spent some time researching the dreaded and despised Eggs deck. I am intrigued in running the rogue deck. At this point, the deck looks budget and comboesque, both qualities that I like to consider while researching decks. However, I found that with only one effective replacement for Second Sunrise, the deck might lack the ability to recover from a turn one Thoughtseize. Then while watching Gaby Spartz stream about the “#TronLife” I found myself thinking about how Tron also plays similar pieces of Eggs. Why not combine the two decks together?
Lightning Bolt is one of the staple cards in Modern that are run in any deck using red. Very rarely do we see it omitted from decklists. Tarmogoyf has a similar criteria, except for green decks. Being so common, the interaction of these 2 cards should be understood by anyone wanting to enter the format.
With the upcoming release of Battle For Zendikar this Friday one must wonder what cards are great and what are flops. Well allow me to speculate on what cards are in and what will be out.
Hello Readers and welcome to the second installment of Gemstone Mining! With over 10,000 unique cards in print, Magic contains a plethora of cards that go unnoticed or are undervalued. Gemstone Mining is going to be the place where we analyze the offbeat cards that the writers at Frantic Talks: Magic play.