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Soraya the Falconer
Legendary Creature — Human
Bird creatures get +1/+1.
(1)(White): Target Bird creature gains banding until end of turn.
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Soraya the Falconer Discussion
2 months ago
10 months ago
For mono-White, here's a couple neat options, bushido_man96's suggestion of Sram, Senior Edificer is solid. Card draw is scarce in mono-White, so having a commander who provides card advantage is invaluable.
Some other options to consider:
Isamaru, Hound of Konda can be surprisingly explosive as a Voltron commander, as you can start swinging for commander damage on turn two. Personally, I find its strategy a bit too straightforward for my taste.
Odric, Lunarch Marshal can be good for a lot of different, interesting creatures.
Eight-and-a-Half-Tails has very interesting abilities and can make for some fun mindgames with your opponent.
If you're looking for a less popular commander, you could try Soraya the Falconer. Unfortunately, mono-White, particularly mono-White birds, are not great alongside Banding. But, if you could make it work, you'd be in the interesting position of using (and explaining) one of Magic's unfairly maligned abilities.
1 year ago
Creature - Bird
When Nova Hawk dies, exile target creature if it has a power of 2 or less. Its controller gains life equal to its toughness.
Its soul the burning stars, its cry the sorrowful void.
Create a bird that would benefit greatly from Soraya the Falconer's activated ability.
1 year ago
I mean, we should probably talk about that big ol' elephant in the room: Banding.
Banding is one of those abilities that should work. There are plenty of absurdly powerful combos you could assemble--I've always thought a combination of Breaker of Armies, Stuffy Doll, and Cooperation would be rather fun. On defense, a creature with banding can completely block a creature with trample, which is absurdly good, particularly given the numerous ways of giving creatures indestructible.
Now, it's pretty clear that I love the concept of banding, but there are several reasons why I do not think it worked.
Banding requires tremendous support to excel on offense, but is from an era of Magic where cards tended to be less complex. There really are not any creatures that both have banding and a way to abuse it.
Wizards had not quite figured out how to cost creatures with abilities when banding was released. 1/1s with banding (Benalish Hero and Timber Wolves) for 1 mana is quite reasonable--this is a card you want to throw in front of a trample user to buy you time. But it will not really help you much on offense. But once you start getting larger creatures like Benalish Infantry, the cost feels wrong--you're paying far too much for an ability that heavily requires other cards.
Often times, banding creatures together makes them worse in combat. There are some combos you can use, but none of those combos work well with the existing set of banding cards.
It's a wordy nightmare. I'm no stranger to complex legalese, and banding still gives me a bit of a headache.
While nothing else really compares to banding's blocking ability, there are far, far better pseudo banding options for offense such as Odric, Master Tactician.
The current selection of banding cards are far, far too slow for Legacy and Vintage, leaving only Commander. There are only two legendary creatures with banding. Ayesha Tanaka is just terrible, with a small body for 4 mana and an extremely situational ability. Soraya the Falconer has a wonderful ability to confer banding... but only to birds--a tribe which does not really have the support necessary to break banding.
1 year ago
1 year ago
Soraya the Falconer might be helpful.
For 3 mana, you get +1/+1 to each of your creatures. But, more importantly, Soraya allows you to spend 2 mana to completely block any creature with trample. Not too shabby if trample is an issue in your meta.
1 year ago
Definitely get rid of Soraya the Falconer because there are no falcons in your deck, making her useless. Instead, throw in Storm Crow or if you want a serious option, Mass Calcify (Budget) or Coat of Arms (Not Budget). I'm definitely going to build this deck! It look like a lot of fun!
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