Q:"No, this cycle specifically has text on them that days they can be Commanders." So you're saying it's a cycle then?
Q:How do you feel about yisan, the wanderer bard as a commander? What cards do you think would work well in the deck?
Yisan is a really interesting new legend and I feel like he has a lot of potential as a Commander. Utilizing your Commander as a piece of the overall machine rather than as the all-star attacker is a very viable option and a number of decks are built this way, but it requires that you go about building the deck a certain way.
First, because Yisan’s verse counters reset if he dies, it’s important to ensure you have multiple creatures at the important CMC levels. Missing one or two searches with Yisan is okay, but if you have to dump five activations into him to get back up to your creature curve, he loses a lot of punch. I’d also include some defensive measures for him — Asceticism is a favorite in Green for protecting your guys. This will keep from his count being reset too often.
You’ll probably want to include cards with abilities similar to Yisan in case he becomes incapacitated. Options here include things like Birthing Pod and Hibernation’s End, either of which can act as a replacement for Yisan in a pinch.
Then, of course, there’s the creatures. Green is the “creature color,” so there’s no shortage of options here. If you’d like to see some of my personally favored creatures for a mono-Green build, you can check out the Yeva decklist I run. This deck works similarly to how I’d construct Yisan, in that it’s about cheating out creatures and taking command of the game through combat.
Hope that was helpful! Check back in with me as you start in on the decklist, I’d love to see it.
Jace vs. Chandra Japanese ver. ~ Art by Yoshino Himori
The Legends of Magic 2015
With the Prerelease over, M15 is in the hands of the players, and it’s one of the greatest core sets in a long time. The set offers a lot for Commander as a format, and I really like some of the new cards. I’m preparing my set breakdown as we speak — it’ll hopefully be up within the next day or two. Stay tuned!
The mothership has released the DECKLISTS for the M15 Clash pack decks, and also revealed the gorgeous promo art for six of the cards that come in it.
These are very pretty. I especially like the Prophet of Kruphix and the Hydra Broodmaster. I suppose I’ll have to track a few of these down.
References on Magic: The Gathering Cards
There have been a few cards in the game made with specific references to movies, books, video games and other forms of media. Shown above are two of them — Goblin Diplomats references the classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, while Stone Idol Trap is a nod to Indiana Jones.
There’s plenty more though. Let’s hear from you guys on this one — what are some of your favorite Magic cards that reference something else?