I like how the Mole enables graveyard synergies without feeling like it’s a “wasted card.” I’d like continue to develop how my stack utilizes the Graveyard without being heavy handed about it, and cards like Excavator Mole are a great step in that direction. For me, this could only mean one thing…. The fact that it is a powerful late game mana sink that can summon a flock of Spirit Tokens to your side is icing on the cake! The other companions are still decent as companions, but moreso are worth looking into as standalone creatures as they're relatively pushed for their mana rates. Heartless Act is where it’s at! If that kind of fluffy, flavor-driven way of thinking speaks to your inner Timmy… Go for it! The opportunity costs seem so low with so much upside to me. With Umori, it's even harder to make work and if you get it pack 2 or 3, good luck.
Alert Heedbonder is a fine and worthy Battle Box card, but seriously….
We do have Cultivate and friends, but given how many other draw options these colors have, it’s not worth skipping our first two turns to have this as a Companion. There's better things to spend Red spell slots on. Ultimately, I felt Snapdax did a few too many things a little too efficiently to be a fun fit in my stack. In other news, this card is extremely silly with Selfless Spirit or Sakura Tribe-Elder in a deck with green. Using this as a Companion in Commander is right out, which is too bad. UGH! Since this is coming out so long after Ikoria, I'm honestly not sure how useful you all are going to find this review. I talk about value, fun, balance, implementation, and way more. Obosh, the Preypiercer is another companion for aggro decks that plays similarly to Lurrus but one that puts more pressure on getting your required 1-drops. Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Commander 2020 were challenging sets for me to review for Battle Box. Sort by. 10 Best Gifts for Magic Players – 2020 Edition. These types of highly specified synergies tend to translate well to “build around me” style constructed decks, as well as provide a neat take on Limited play. Kolga, The Titan Ape is straight up bananas! And, YES, due to overwhelming reader requests, it will now be a fixture of my Battle Box content to always highlight not only what I’m adding, but also what I’ve cut, to make it a little easier for those who are trying to build an identical copy of my stack.
Wilt brings to mind Amonkhet's Dissenter's Deliverance and Forsake the Worldly, the latter highlighting the issues with a lot of these kinds of cards. My gut says Cycling 3 is too much for those to replace [[Sheltered Thicket]] or [[Tranquil Thicket]] in Loam decks. Spell Belly) (D), Jegantha, the Wellspring (D) (note the correction about Chalice of the Void in the comments!). It basically lets Roon act like Brago!
Blow folks out with super-cheap Eldrazi Displacers, Captivating Crews, Mimic Vats, and Aggravated Assaults. It seems like an outstanding Constructed card, but I’m concerned mutate isn’t a strong mechanic in Danger Room without the tailormade enablers to mutate onto.
Although it's been a meme that Oracle of Mul Daya doesn't do much in this day and age, Verge Rangers has generally been doing the job of Oracle better, relying much less on the highrolls that Oracle usually needs to rely on to make the mana cost worth it. Also, don’t be afraid to leave a comment with your thoughts. Ikoria & Commander 2020 Set Review - Ranking the Legacy playables [by PVDH] Article.
The effect isn’t nothing, but Golgari definitely has more interesting commander options, and I’d usually rather just run Nylea, Keen-Eyed, except maybe in a Glissa the Traitor artifact deck. In this video, I break down everything I think about Commander 2020. Hopefully, these times will pass.
Because of this, consider it for the same decks you'd consider those tempo-only cards in. Regarding the cycling text, even though this set is going to bring some more cycling cards, assume it's like the cycling flavor text on Curator of Mysteries. Still, some nice things to consider, but nothing that's a stone-cold staple. It's fine for being a Red removal spell that deals with midrange beef and also isn't terrible against soldier tokens and aggro threats. Usually they're only about 1 or 2-ofs, but because they sometimes end up being played as either 3-ofs or 4-ofs in the deck, it's tempting to include a lot of them in Cubes because they have such a high impact in those decks. Amos has been playing Magic since OG Innistrad, where in his first ever draft pack he passed a shiny Grimgrin for a Corpse Lunge. Blowing something up and gaining four life every time we trigger our pile is no joke, so this is definitely another solid contender for a Mutate commander as long as we include some of white’s indestructible creatures to Mutate onto.
Ikoria and Commander 2020 Cube Review.
It's a bit too low impact on resolution for midrange decks, and I've not had a chance to try Fiend Artisan yet, but my impressions of it have been good, even if it can only search at sorcery speed. It also gets punished hard by various pump spells and combat tricks. It’s certainly a card that is well above average power level, but it’s interesting and flavorful enough that I can’t help but want to play with it. Like other Commander boxes, a lot of air with tricolor legends, reprints, and cards that only care about Commander. Like with other "niche" Cube cards, you'll likely know if you want another Naturalize type of card. It’s always nice to swap a well-below average two-drop for one that is actively good! Come to think of it, this will probably be an excellent inclusion in Sisay, Weatherlight Captain brews, as well, especially more combo-focused strategies. I’ve had a lot of fun with Battle Rage in my day and it pains me to see it go. Lastly, Swallow Whole offers too few timing windows to make its payoff worthwhile. In terms of what Blue finishers are looking for, Shark Typhoon hits all of the marks incredibly well - instant speed, uncounterability, scalability, card advantage and not being a dead draw if drawn early. There is a lot of exciting stuff on the horizon for Magic: The Gathering! And even outside of combo shenanigans, it’s just an absurdly powerful effect for a two-mana creature. What about Companion? On the one hand, I like to think of my stack as a MTG time capsule that draws from the entire history of the game in order to create a new, exciting, and most importantly fun landscape where fan favorite cards can all rumble against with one another.
FAIRY DRAGON!? That aside, it’s not a great inclusion in the 99 over Fiendish Duo, or even more specific doublers like Fire Elemental.
Usually, it was making tramplers, but being able to make reach beasts was nice in matchups where it's relevant.
These swaps are great examples of replacing notable soft spots in the roster with consistent bassline two-drops. I’ve been mostly unimpressed with Reverent Silence and do run into problems where drawing too many hate pieces cost me pressure.
The goal of our YouTube channel is to showcase the fun and casual side of commander! I guess you could run both but nobody plays Foundry Inspector.