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Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked
Legendary Creature — Demon Spirit
As Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked enters the battlefield, sacrifice any number of permanents. Shimatsu enters the battlefield with that many +1/+1 counters on it.
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Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked Discussion
10 months ago
One of commander's strengths is that you can build a deck with ANY commander and still have a chance to win at most tables. I echo the thoughts of the folks above, you can make a good deck with a bad commander.
That said, it's way more fun to choose commanders that, even if they aren't quite good, they at least do something. For example I built a ETB effect/clone/bounce/flicker Dragonlord Atarka deck and it's awesome: Atarka enemy now!. I also just built a Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor deck I Will Survive | Varchild EDH. Neither commander is particularly good, but they do a thing that I can build around.
Also, for the record, I play a lot of Boros. You can make decks with the bad colors too!
So your thoughts on Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle or Tariel, Reckoner of Souls could be awesome decks! Or Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked + a million token makers! If those commanders are interesting to you, build them! This of course depends highly on how cutthroat your meta is, but some good before-game and early-game politics can help even the playing field for you.
Again, the commander is only 1 of the 100 cards in the deck. It is great to have them do a thing because you get them every game, multiple times a game. So while you can make decks with vanilla legends, I wouldn't. Instead, make decks with commanders that do weird things. Good luck!
10 months ago
I've been thinking about some commanders that may be underrated or just aren't played much. I know a lot of the legendary creatures that don't see play are bad, as in really bad. Cards like Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked and Ur-Drago don't see play for a reason. So I have two questions to ask: Which commanders are so bad that wouldn't see any play no matter what (basically, what's the floor for a legendary to never see use) and what are some good/okay commanders that are underrated?
11 months ago
I freely admit to not being the most EDH-focused player, but it seems to me like the Tier 5: Casual list could be split up. I'm not going to suggest moving any of them up to a higher tier, but even the most casual player (performed here by me) can envision a deck for, say, Palladia-Mors, the Ruiner or Daghatar the Adamant much more easily than Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked or Torsten Von Ursus. I'm going to guess the tier rankings are deeply ingrained in the PlayEDH Discord conversation, but there is an objective difference between "casual" and "unplayable trash", and I submit that right now, there's a much greater spread in power level within Tier 5 alone than between Tiers 1 and 2, or between 2 and 3. Is there any space for a Tier 6?
1 year ago
Icbrgr The biggest problem with Kamigawa was that it came after the tournament takeover that was Affinity--either you used Affinity, you built specifically against Affinity, or you lost.
After a round of bannings that didn't affect a whole lot (the Ancient Den cycle is still banned in Modern), they decided to reduce the power level of the next set. The resulting mechanics are interesting--Soulshift, Bushido, Ninjutsu, among others--but the cards tended to be overcosted, to the point of uselessness. Takeno's Cavalry is a 4 mana part-time 2/2 with a largely irrelevant ability. Death of a Thousand Stings is 5 mana for a possibly repeatable 2 life swing.
Another problem is that one of the themes was having lots of cards in hand, without providing a lot of draw power. This effectively meant that you were encouraged to to not play spells or lands to keep them in hand.
2 years ago
I think these are the demons I will pull out Bloodgift Demon, Eater of Hope, Overseer of the Damned, Silent-Blade Oni, Malfegor, Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked. All of these demons are either low impact or highly situational.
3 years ago
Personally, I think Munda, Ambush Leader is one of the worst commanders there is. Worst color pair, if you build into his ability he guarantees that you'll never draw a fifth land, and if you don't build into him he's basically a slightly cheaper vanilla legend.
3 years ago
These are all the Red commanders I could find that weren't in your list:
Adamaro, First to Desire, Balthor the Stout, Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit, Brothers Yamazaki, Chandler, Diaochan, Artful Beauty, Dong Zhou, the Tyrant, Fumiko the Lowblood, Hivis of the Scale, Homura, Human Ascendant, Iizuka the Ruthless, Ishi-Ishi, Akki Crackshot, Jeska, Warrior Adept, Jiwari, the Earth Aflame, Joven, Kamahl, Pit Fighter, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Kumano, Master Yamabushi, Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient, Latulla, Keldon Overseer, Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms, Ma Chao, Western Warrior, Mannichi, the Fevered Dream, Maraxus of Keld, Myojin of Infinite Rage, Rakka Mar, Rorix Bladewing, Ryusei, the Falling Star, Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked, Skyfire Kirin, Squee, Goblin Nabob, Starke of Rath, Tahngarth, Talruum Hero, Tarox Bladewing, Telim'Tor, Tuktuk the Explorer, Yuan Shao, the Indecisive, and Zurgo Bellstriker.
3 years ago
Almost got it in three hours, I'm only like 20 minutes late.
Assuming a 6 tier system:
To be moved from T5 to T6: (Rationale: french-vanilla, overcosted with no pay-off, or just vitually no effect on the game.)
Akuta, Born of Ash, Anthousa, Setessan Hero, Baron Sengir, Bartel Runeaxe, Boris Devilboon, Cho-Manno, Revolutionary, Arcades Sabboth, Atogatog, Chromium, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist, Cloudhoof Kirin, Commander Greven il-Vec, Crovax the Cursed, Dakkon Blackblade, Daughter of Autumn, Gabriel Angelfire, Gallowbraid, Gosta Dirk, Grandmother Sengir, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge, Halfdane, Hazduhr the Abbot, Hivis of the Scale, Huang Zhong, Shu General, Hunding Gjornersen, Ihsan's Shade, Irini Sengir, Ishi-Ishi, Akki Crackshot, Iwamori of the Open Fist, Jacques le Vert, Kei Takahashi, Kentaro, the Smiling Cat, Lady Caleria, Liu Bei, Lord of Shu, Livonya Silone, Lord Magnus, Ma Chao, Western Warrior, Marhault Elsdragon, Morinfen, Myojin of Cleansing Fire, Myojin of Life's Web, Orim, Samite Healer, Palladia-Mors, Pang Tong, "Young Phoenix", Pavel Maliki, Princess Lucrezia, Purraj of Urborg, Rashida Scalebane, Rashka the Slayer, Reveka, Wizard Savant, Riven Turnbull, Rohgahh of Kher Keep, Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked, Sima Yi, Wei Field Marshal, Soraya the Falconer, Spirit of the Night, Stangg, Taniwha, Tarox Bladewing, Telim'Tor, Tuknir Deathlock, Tuktuk the Explorer, Ur-Drago, Vaevictis Asmadi, Veldrane of Sengir, Xun Yu, Wei Advisor, Yukora, the Prisoner, Zhang Liao, Hero of Hefei, Zhao Zilong, Tiger General, Zhou Yu, Chief Commander, Zuberi, Golden Feather.
(I left out Ramirez DePietro because I just didn't have the heart to be the one to demote him. I mean, come on, he's a pirate. Pirates should get their own tier...)
Moved from T4 to T5: (Rationale: mediocre voltron stats w/ limited defensive or evasion abilities, effects that don't have a strong effect on the game.)
Arashi, the Sky Asunder, Adamaro, First to Desire, Alexi, Zephyr Mage, Atalya, Samite Master, Autumn Willow, Ayumi, the Last Visitor, Balthor the Stout, Bounteous Kirin, Cabal Patriarch, Cao Ren, Wei Commander, Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh Flip, Commander Eesha, Daghatar the Adamant, Diaochan, Artful Beauty, Dong Zhou, the Tyrant, Eron the Relentless, Fumiko the Lowblood, Geist of Saint Traft, Gerrard Capashen, Ghost Council of Orzhova, He Who Hungers, Heidar, Rimewind Master, Higure, the Still Wind, Iizuka the Ruthless, Iname as One, Iname, Life Aspect, Isao, Enlightened Bushi, Infernal Kirin, Jareth, Leonine Titan, Jedit Ojanen of Efrava, Jiwari, the Earth Aflame, Kamahl, Pit Fighter, Karona, False God, Kami of the Crescent Moon, Kaysa, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Kiyomaro, First to Stand, Kiku, Night's Flower, Kodama of the North Tree, Kumano, Master Yamabushi, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, Kuon, Ogre Ascendant, Lady Evangela, Lady Sun, Latulla, Keldon Overseer, Linessa, Zephyr Mage, Llawan, Cephalid Empress, Lovisa Coldeyes, Masako the Humorless, Masumaro, First to Live, Munda, Ambush Leader, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Oyobi, Who Split the Heavens, Oriss, Samite Guardian, Pianna, Nomad Captain, Pharika, God of Affliction, Polukranos, World Eater, Radiant, Archangel, Ragnar, Rakdos the Defiler, Rayne, Academy Chancellor, Rorix Bladewing, Ruhan of the Fomori, Sensei Golden-Tail, Shauku, Endbringer, Shisato, Whispering Hunter, Silvos, Rogue Elemental, Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer, Sosuke, Son of Seshiro, Squee, Goblin Nabob, Starke of Rath, Sun Ce, Young Conquerer, Sunastian Falconer, Tahngarth, Talruum Hero, Tajic, Blade of the Legion, Takeno, Samurai General, Thriss, Nantuko Primus, Tymaret, the Murder King, Vhati il-Dal, Vorosh, the Hunter, Zhang Fei, Fierce Warrior, Zurgo Bellstriker.
Moved from T4 to T6: (Rationale: a combination of the last two. These guys really didn't belong in T4 in the first place.)
Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior, Hakim, Loreweaver, Hikari, Twilight Guardian, Kodama of the Center Tree, Kuro, Pitlord, Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon", Maga, Traitor to Mortals, Mannichi, the Fevered Dream, Meng Huo, Barbarian King, Nagao, Bound by Honor, Obzedat, Ghost Council, Patron of the Nezumi, Patron of the Kitsune, Tivadar of Thorn, Zhang He, Wei General, Zuo Ci, the Mocking Sage.
Moved from T3 to T4: (Rationale: Just basing this off of my experience with the commanders and the synergies available to them. Trying to split into Good Tier and Average Tier. Priorities for Good Tier: commanders that have built in methods of dodging removal and disruption (e.g. Thrun, the Last Troll), and commanders who's strategies quick swing the board out of proportion if left unchecked (e.g. Rakdos, Lord of Riots).)
Adun Oakenshield, Akroma, Angel of Fury, Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Angus Mackenzie, Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Athreos, God of Passage, Balthor the Defiled, Baru, Fist of Krosa, Borborygmos Enraged, Bosh, Iron Golem, Crovax, Ascendant Hero, Dragonlord Atarka, Dragonlord Dromoka, Dragonlord Silumgar, Dralnu, Lich Lord, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Erebos, God of the Dead, Ertai, Wizard Adept, Feldon of the Third Path, Gahiji, Honored One, Garza Zol, Plague Queen, Godo, Bandit Warlord, Heliod, God of the Sun, Homura, Human Ascendant, Iname, Death Aspect, Isperia, Supreme Judge, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip, Jenara, Asura of War, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Jolrael, Empress of Beasts, Jori En, Ruin Diver, Kaervek the Merciless, Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund, Kaseto, Orochi Archmage, Keranos, God of Storms, Kodama of the South Tree, Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury, Kothophed, Soul Hoarder, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Lavinia of the Tenth, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip, Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero, Mangara of Corondor, Marrow-Gnawer, Mayael the Anima, Mirri the Cursed, Mogis, God of Slaughter, Molimo, Maro-Sorcerer, Nahiri, the Lithomancer, Nin, the Pain Artist, Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip, Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Norin the Wary, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath, Olivia Voldaren, Patron of the Akki, Patron of the Orochi, Pia and Kiran Nalaar, Radha, Heir to Keld, Reki, the History of Kamigawa, Sapling of Colfenor, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, Surrak Dragonclaw, Surrak, the Hunt Caller, Sygg, River Cutthroat, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Thraximundar, Thromok the Insatiable, Toshiro Umezawa, Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Ulasht, the Hate Seed, Urabrask the Hidden, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Vendilion Clique, Venser, Shaper Savant, Visara the Dreadful, Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, Wrexial, the Risen Deep, Xira Arien, Yasova Dragonclaw, Yeva, Nature's Herald, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard, Zada, Hedron Grinder, Zo-Zu the Punisher, Zurgo Helmsmasher.
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