Partner Focus — Battlebond

Hey, there’s a new set with the partner mechanic! That means I can dust off this article series and talk some more about partners in Commander decks. I’m not talking about how to play Battlebond, or Two-Headed Giant, or drafting, or any of that, just looking at these cards and how they stand up in […]

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Intellectual Offering — Tymna and Sidar

It’s that time again. This week on Intellectual Offering we are going back to IO’s roots and examining a deck on a card-for-card basis. Ok, that’s a small lie. This week we examine a couple of decks that are all actually one. This week I’m looking at Tymna the Weaver and Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa, […]

#abzan, #average, #bygone bishop, #c16, #dawn to dusk, #hatebears, #hushwing gryff, #mentor of the meek, #partner, #proclamation of rebirth, #razaketh the foulblooded, #reveillark, #shadowborn apostle, #sidar kondo of jamuraa, #sirei shizo's caretaker, #tymna the weaver Read More »

Partner Focus — Akiri, Line-Slinger

She’s a kor who is good at offensive fighting, enjoys high altitude travel with grappling cables, and gets more powerful with the more gadgets she has. Basically, she’s the Zendikar version of Batman, except she’s not a man and presumably doesn’t have deep psychological parental issues that result in an animal-themed alter-ego. Akiri, Line-Slinger has first strike and vigilance and gets […]

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Partner Focus — Reyhan, Last of the Abzan

Reyhan, Last of the Abzan is one lonely (and angry) warrior khan. As her comrades die around her, she rallies strength from their sacrifice and inspires the rest of the troops under her command. That inspiration is a fluid that flows from the fallen to the survivors in her presence. Whenever a creature you control […]

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Partner Focus — Kraum, Ludevic’s Opus

Just for fun, try going into an IKEA, buying a few things at random, then dumping all the parts in one pile and throwing away the instructions. See what you come up with, Ludevic-style. Kraum. Two heads. Three arms. Ten eyes? When it comes to body parts: waste not, want not. For starters, Kraum, Ludevic’s Opus is […]

#black, #blue, #izzet, #kraum ludevic's opus, #ludevic necro-alchemist, #orzhov, #partner, #ravos soultender, #red, #stitcher geralf, #white, #zombie Read More »

Partner Focus — Thrasios, Triton Hero

Thrasios, Triton Hero. This guy. I know plenty of Simic-loving players who would gladly use this guy as a backup partner, just for access to the blue green colors, and using him as a mana sink in the background behind whoever their actual favorite partner happens to be. Is it possible to design a deck where this guy […]

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Partner Focus — Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder

Note the flavor text on the cards Pillarfield Ox and Ondu Greathorn. “May starving fleas birth a thousand generations on your stubborn hide, cow!” “May your horns get lodged in an Eldrazi’s bony face, ornery brute!” — Bruse Tarl, Goma Fada nomad Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder is brash, abusive, unapologetic, and may or may not […]

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Partner Focus — Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

I’ve been looking forward to writing this article. Along with Vial Smasher the Fierce, this partner was the most immediately appealing to me. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper is a combat-ready commander that enjoys jumping into the fray and gives you an amazing benefit as a result. Let’s look at each part of the card in […]

#golgari, #ikra shidiqi the usurper, #ishai ojutai dragonspeaker, #lifegain, #partner, #toughness Read More »

Partner Focus — Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist

Who knew that necromancy didn’t need the color black? I didn’t know that. Apparently, if you add alchemy then you can raise those dead bodies Gitaxian-style, with strange mixtures and fluids and not a single ritual sacrifice to be seen. Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist is an odd character. He can potentially help any player on the board […]

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Partner Focus — Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa

He is the Peter Pan of Magic, because he can convince the rest of the children that they can fly. They can’t really fly, but they think they can. It’s because of the hallucinogenic mushrooms he found on the island and then fed to the rest of the kids, just like in Peter Pan. You don’t […]

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