Top 6 Commander 2015 Generals To Beat Your Friends With – A Commander for Everyone
We all love spoiler season. You get to see all of the new cards for a set and start brewing your next Standard deck and additions to your eternal decks. For Commander players spoiler season is normally not the best with one or two cards viable for Commander decks ([card]The Great Aurora[/card] I’m looking at you). This is true for most of the year, but then comes November when the yearly Commander sets are spoiled. Today I’m going to quickly cover the six legendary creatures that have been spoiled so far as well as some cards that would work well with them:
6. [card]Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas[/card]
This is, in my opinion, the least interesting card that has been spoiled so far. It’s just a normal everyday Voltron commander. My issue with this card is that it doesn’t fit into any kind of deck that we have at the moment. If it’s a Voltron commander then its experience counters are going to be useless. Some people have been saying that it works well with [card]Mayael the Anima[/card] however you have to cast the creature spells to get an experience counter, making this what I like to call a “nonbo”. If you are going to use this creature as a Voltron commander you will want to use cards like [card]Goblin Gaveleer[/card] and [card]Aurelia, the Warleader[/card] to assist with defeating your opponents, you will also want to use some of the formats stronger equipments like [card]Lightning Greaves[/card] and [card]Sword of Feast and Famine[/card]. This card will probably work well with the other cards in the pre-constructed deck so we’ll have to wait until there is more spoilers.
5. [card]Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest[/card]
This is a very exciting card. With the upgrade that the Eldrazi Spawn tokens got in Battle for Zendikar there are more ways than ever to sacrifice your dudes without a problem. Cards like [card]Brood Monitor[/card] and [card]Nest Invader[/card] create tokens that can trigger Mazirek’s ability whilst also giving you mana. The deck also has potential to be able to dig through alot of cards for the stronger cards with [card]Viscera Seer[/card], who lets you sacrifice a creature and scry for no exta cost, and [card]Shadows of the Past[/card] which also allows you to benefit from the deaths of your creatures. This deck also synergises very well with token generation as it gives you plenty of creatures to sacrifice, some of the stronger token generation is in these colours with cards like [card]Grave Titan[/card] and [card]Avenger of Zendikar[/card] being at the forefront of winning with this deck.
4. [card]Mizzix of the Izmagnus[/card] (as a chaos deck)
I rarely play the colours but at heart I am definitely an Izzet mage, I love burn spells and I love the feel of using blue Magic. I also love playing goblins. So an Izzet Goblin commander? Sign me up! As excited as I am about this card is I’m not 100% sure how good it actually is as a control commander. Most Instants and Sorceries cap out at the 6CMC mark apart from [card]Decree of Annihilation[/card] and [card]Enter the Infinite[/card]. Now don’t get me wrong this card definitely has potential in the same type of deck that [card]Melek, Izzet Paragon[/card] is often the general of. A ”chaos” deck that focuses on creating, well, chaos. Using cards like [card]Warp World[/card], [card]Scrambleverse[/card] and [card]Thieve’s Auction[/card] to generate hilarity.
3. [card]Daxos the Returned[/card]
[card]Daxos of Meletis[/card] is back and this time he wants your enchantments. This is probably one of the better creatures that has been spoiled with potential as both a general and in other Commander decks ([card]Zur the Enchanter[/card] springs to mind). A deck with this card as your commander would be very heavily focused on enchantment synergy with cards like [card]Sphere of Safety[/card] keeping you alive whilst using [card]Starfield of Nyx[/card], [card]Sigil of the Empty Throne[/card] and [card]Bloodchief Ascension[/card] as win conditions.
2. [card]Kaseto, Orochi Archmage[/card]
[Obligatory Snakes on a Plane joke here]. Another exciting commander. The flavour of this card gives you access to a rarely explored tribal theme of snakes. There are some pretty powerful snakes like [card]Lotus Cobra[/card] and [card]Mystic Snake[/card] as well as some less powerful cards like [card]Orochi Leafcaller[/card]. There are some cards that benefit hugely from this commander’s ability such as [card]Blight Mamba[/card], a fast and strong win condition that has the ability to regenerate itself, or [card]Shisato, Whispering Hunter[/card] a card that can make your opponent’s life very frustrating. These colours also open you up to a plethora of other powerful cards such as [card]Prophet of Kruphix[/card] and [card]Kiora, the Crashing Wave[/card]. Finally these colours allow you to use the infamous Emrakul Killer, [card]Winged Coatl[/card].
1. [card]Ezuri, Claw of Progress[/card]
This is the legendary creature that I am most excited to make a deck around out of all of the ones that have been spoiled. This commander defnitely benefits from a +1/+1 counter theme, cards like [card]Doubling Season[/card] and [card]Bioshift[/card]. Looking at this commander I think that this deck works incredibly well with infect creatures such as [card]Blighted Agent[/card] or [card]Spinebiter[/card], these two are good examples as they can push their damage through easily. These creatures are also good with Ezuri as the majority of them have power 2 or less, triggering Ezuri’s ability while still being able to close out a game quickly thanks to infect, essentially changing your opponents life totals from 40 to 10. These colours have some other powerful cards including removal in the form of [card]Reclamation Sage[/card] or [card]Viridian Corrupter[/card] and some of the formats other stronger cards, [card]Prophet of Kruphix[/card] and [card]Jace the Mind Sculptor[/card] being two of those.
I think that there is a lot of potential behind each of these commanders and I will be looking at ways of making decks with them up until they are released or there are more spoilers showing the playstyles that Wizards are intending them to have. So in summary, here is the order of which of these commanders I am most excited to play:
- [card]Ezuri, Claw of Progress[/card]
- [card]Kaseto, Orochi Archmage[/card]
- [card]Daxos the Returned[/card]
- [card]Mizzix of the Izmagnus[/card] (as a chaos deck)
- [card]Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest[/card]
- [card]Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas[/card]
Well there is my opinion on these cards, let me know yours in the comments below. If you want me to write about a specific commander or a specific type of deck let me know and don’t forget to pre-order your commander 2015 decks so you can get hyped with me!
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