Group Hug and/or Politics in General
Posted on Oct. 31, 2018, 1:32 p.m. by ZendikariWol
So group hug and politics are both fairly ephemeral concepts and I can't really find any good search keywords for it. So for my part I'll provide some good rattlesnake and hug cards. I'll be providing them in comment form for the sake of not taking up all of the space.
Your job (or, rather, my request of you) is to provide some sweet cards for edh that interact with politics; symmetrical effects, rattlesnakes, incentive to attack opponents, and the like. This is not just for me. It's for anyone who wants to run them some group hug in the future!
I forgot to mention earlier that a political card can also be cards that give a backhanded gift (ie Nin, the Pain Artist). Also, not listing every curse in Magic's history.
October 31, 2018 2:59 p.m.
Dude... Forbidden Orchard is the most hilariously political land there ever was. I have actually won many games from tapping a land and not spending the mana because of it! Homeward Path can be uaed politically too!
Skullwinder and the advocates are also super political!
October 31, 2018 4:35 p.m.
For incentives to attack opponents, the curses from commander 2017, eg Curse of Verbosity, do a good job of incentive, and the friend and the cards from battlebond that have assist or the friend/foe cards are very political.
October 31, 2018 4:44 p.m.
What is a rattlesnake card? I've never heard/read that term before.
October 31, 2018 9:25 p.m.
maxon: any card that discourages an opponent from playing a certain way. Examples (as I probably described that in a not-great way) include Dread and No Mercy to discourage attacking me, Aura of Silence and Seal of Cleansing to discourage artifacts and enchantments, and Portcullis and Grave Peril to discourage creatures
I’d say most removal, counterspell, and fog effects can be used politically, especially if they’re repeatable. Cracking Spore Frog in Meren of Clan Nel Toth to save an opponent could have them owe you a debt, or pointing a removal spell at the Mind Over Matter or other combo piece can curry favor with every at the table (except the guy trying to combo off). This probably wasn’t exactly what you were looking for, but I think it’s worth mentioning.