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Creature — Human Shaman
(Red), Tap: Target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
(White), Tap: Tap target creature.
Naya Battlemage Discussion
8 months ago
8 months ago
2 years ago
I've decided, amongst many uncommons that I've gathered up, that I'm going with Naya Battlemage as my commander, so I have access to the mana utility and beef it provides, some burn spells and loot effects as well as battle buffs and some enchants, and white for the overall utility in and out of combat.
I'm seeing two ways to build in the colors:
Tokens, since all three colors lend well to token producers like thallids/saprolings, goblins, and soldiers; along with battle buffs like Ethereal Guidance (swarm), Rise to the Challenge or Giant Growth (single). This strategy gives power to cards like Impact Tremors, Mob Justice/Outnumber, War Report, and beef for Gorger Wurm/Scion of the Wild.
Any thoughts? I know it's a fairly new and untested format, at least at my LGS.
2 years ago
Hexproof seems strong in this format, so for tribals, I could easily see Drogskol Captain being a house, even though zombies have always been my favorite underpowered tribe, which makes playing Diregraf Captain tempting in itself, or white human/spirit tokens under Phantom General since white is full of anthem battle buffs. Heck, even Chief of the Edge seems fun!
I think the 5-CMC limit is just a house rule to increase the difficulty of the challenge.
I just can't envision Bloodbraid Elf as a powerful general. Cascade is a chaotic (read: unpredictable, unreliable and inconsistent) mechanic. I could see it in blue, where you could gain value off it by cascading into a draw spell, but in G/R I can't see any amazing plays that aren't based on luck?
Although, without having tested the meta and some decks, without Sorin Markov to drop life totals to 10, or threats like Craterhoof Behemoth to Overrun people, I feel like lifegain would be a strong strategy, whether directly through lifelink (Seeker of the Way), extort (Knight of Obligation), or triggered (Nyx-Fleece Ram. Is lifegain really significant in the format?
2 years ago
Decent primer, I'll keep it in favorites for a while.
Commanders I'm looking at are Aerie Mystics or Bant Battlemage and building a controlish tempo deck with a pack of fatties to threaten combats, Naya Battlemage in a more creature-heavy -but similar- fashion (maybe even taking an Impact Tremors/token route)... Mistmeadow Witch in a U/W Control archetype... Blood Cultist cruel control... Nulltread Gargantuan is an idea since a 5/6 commander for effectively 4 mana doesn't seem bad in a combo-friendly guild, or Selkie Hedge-Mage in tempo... enchant voltron Ascended Lawmage seems perhaps the most powerful deck... Grixis Battlemage gives inherent card and combat tricks, so a tempo deck seems plausible... and lastly Woolly Thoctar, like Nulltread above, is an all-beef patty for chump change.
3 years ago
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