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Dec 12 2013

Glaring Spotlight Vol 4 – Exotic Orchard

Glaring Spotlight EDH Commander Column


Putting a “Glaring Spotlight” on Magic Cards for EDH/Commander

GLARING SPOTLIGHT is a Magic the Gathering™ column featuring a card that may have gone over-looked during the the building of your EDH Commander deck. Today we discuss Exotic Orchard.

CARD: Exotic Orchard
TYPE: Land

EXPANSION: Conflux/Planechase – Rare
Card Text:
: Add to your mana pool one mana of any color thhat a land an opponent controls could produce.

Exotic Orchard

Exotic Orchard for EDH Commander

First Order of Business

The mana fruit produced by this non-basic land is entirely based on the colors of the opposing Commanders. Exotic Orchard, in a 3 or 4 player game, has the possibility of tapping for at least one, two or all of your Tri-Color General’s colors. At the very least, it taps for colorless and does not come into play tapped.

With this in mind, let’s discuss if Exotic Orchard is right for your EDH deck. Do you run three or five colors? Do you usually play multiplayer Commander games? If you answered “yes” to both then you have found yourself an inexpensive land that will fit right into your tricolor or 5 color EDH deck. If not, well then, I encourage you to finish reading this article as it may provide useful in your future brews.

As of the writing of this article, you can order an Exotic Orchard from TCGPlayer.com for about $1.00. Value-town!

The Gray Area

Lets pour ourselves a cup of coffee, put on our reading glasses and open the EDH rulebook to page 375. Scenario: We are playing Oloro, Ageless Ascetic while one of our opponents is playing mono-red Purphoros, God of the Forge. The Purphoros player puts a Command Tower onto the battlefield. I know what you are thinking, Command Tower in mono-red? What? I know, I know, this guy is not the best deck builder, but hey, he brings a case of beer and pizza to Magic night so in my eyes, great guy! Pop-quiz EDH rule gurus, what color mana does the Oloro player’s Exotic Orchard tap for? If you answered “Colorless” then you, my friend, win a prize! Please fill out your prize voucher and submit to your local game store before yesterday.

In all seriousness, EDH rules state that lands you control can only produce mana of your Commander’s color identity. In our scenario above, a Command Tower controlled by a mono-red player will only tap for . Therefore, the Oloro player’s Exotic Orchard will only produce instead of the colored mana of his/her choice. Aww, sad face.

Summary

Exotic Orchard does not come into play tapped and proves its worth when your opponents are playing with at least one of the same colors as you. In a format such as Commander/EDH, deck builders understand the importance of mana fixing and having lands that can tap for more than one color. Most of the time, Exotic Orchard will carry its weight in your tricolor deck, but even when it is at its worst in a game, it still isn’t bad. By the way, if you are digging the introduction to Exotic Orchard, you may also want to look at Fellwar Stone. You’re welcome. 🙂

Thank you for Reading, If you would like to comment or have experiences with Exotic Orchard, please reply in the section below!

2 comments

  1. Kuchisama

    Ah, just last Tuesday was a day when the Orchard failed me in a Commander game. I was playing Mimeoplasm, my enemies were Rorix Bladewing and Darien, King of Kjeldor…
    However, I generally like the card as situations as the one above don’t happen all that often. Usually, the worst the orchard does is imitating a basic land, ostly it’s better.

    1. Wally D.

      Ah, yeah, Orchard is a big dud for you against those colors. I really, really like the card in a blue deck since most of my meta plays blue in some way, shape or form. Orchard and Fellwar Stone in my 3 color decks are almost automatic. 🙂

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