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Aug 10 2013

Top 10 M14 Cards for EDH Decks

Top 10 M14 Cards for My EDH Decks

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Hi folks, better late than never… Here is my set review for the Top 10 M14 cards for my EDH Decks. For those of you that are familiar with my Gatecrash and Dragon’s Maze articles, you will remember that I provide Top 10 lists for cards that work in my EDH/Commander decks. So, for those of you that are new to my Top 10 articles that means that there may be more good cards for EDH out of the M14 set, but they just don’t fit into my current/future decklists.

My commander/EDH decks are now up to ten, proving once more that I have a deck building addiction.

As I did with my previous articles, I will also include a few updates as my Top 10 list gets some play time. Be sure to check back for my THEROS Set Review for my EDH Decks this fall!

Let’s Get Started!

Honorable Mentions

Notion Thief Blue/Black EDH

Seraph of the Sword: This young Angel would have been a shoe-in for Eight-and-a-Half-Tails as a second Dawn Elemental if it read Prevent all damage instead of Combat Damage. Unfortunately, the power of an attached Pariah would kill her.

Windreader Sphinx: Not as good as Consecrated Sphinx but could be relevant in my Wrexial, Hanna, or Lavinia decks. I am still contemplating this one and may give it a try in one of those decks soon.

Jace’s Mindseeker: At first, I thought the Mindseeker was a shoe-in for both Lavinia and Wrexial. It’s ETB effect can rip a free spell from the top 5 cards of an opponents library and fits the “steal” theme in Wrexial. At this time, I think I will pick up one copy and put it in Lavinia of the Tenth, but since Lavinia is currently my least favorite deck, who knows when this will see playtesting.

Dark Prophecy: A lot of fellow Chainer, Dementia Master players are plum giddy over this card. Unfortunately for my Chainer build, it just doesn’t enthuse me. Who knows, I may give it a try sometime soon though as I can see it working, but my fear is it will work too well and I won’t be able to shut off my rapid loss of life.

Strionic Resonator in Commander EDH

#10 – Strionic Resonator

This card is probably the most intriguing to me. I know it can be good, in fact, I know that it can be abused to the point of greatness, but I am just not sure which deck(s) is best to run this in. Strionic Resonator is the Rings of Brighthearth for ETB effects (Enters the Battlefield). It seems that the Resonator would be most potent in my Chainer, Master Dementia EDH Deck where I could abuse the triggered abilities of cards like Grave Pact, Braids Cabal Minion, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Kokusho, the Evening Star, Fleshbag Marauder, and the list goes on. Wow, that actually sounds really good with those guys. Hmmm… maybe I will playtest it soon and hopefully provide an update to this #10 card in the near future.

#9 – Fiendslayer Paladin

Mirran Crusader this guy is not, but he does hold value in other ways… particularly filling a spot on the lower end of a mana curve. Fiendslayer Paladin‘s protection from Black and Red spells is rather “meh” compared to his predecessor Paladin en-Vec, but this young Jedi Knight does have Lifelink and will make a strong servant to Obzedat/Vish Kal in my B/W EDH Lifelink Deck.

Shadowborn Demon in Chainer EDH

#8 – Shadowborn Demon

Shadowborn Demon will get it’s chance in my Chainer, Master Dementia on a trial basis replacing Bone Shredder. The problem with Bone Shredder has always been the non-black clause in the rules text. The echo cost was never a factor simply because we don’t mind losing Bone Shredder to the graveyard, because we can simply use Sheoldred or Chainer to bring it back again and again. I like Shadowborn better simply becauses it destroys a non-Demon creature and can target all 5 colors. If, during my upkeep, I don’t have enough cards in my graveyard and I have to sacrifice, I will simply sacrifice him to himself and reanimate him later with Chainer shenanigans. Where I will be watching most intently during playtesting will be my mana curve. If I miss Bone Shredder at the 3-drop spot, we may need to slide the new M14 guy back into the trade binder.

#7 – Angelic Accord

With my new Vish Kal Lifegain EDH deck nearing completion, I am already looking forward to Angelic Accord providing good times with a harem of 4/4 flying Angels. Even though it paints a huge red bullseye on your forehead in multiplayer EDH, I have always been a fan of Luminarch Ascension. Angelic Accord reminds me of a less powerful Luminarch so it should fly under the radar in regards to enchantment hate.

#6 – Ring of Three Wishes

So… if you received a Ring of Three Wishes, what would you wish for? How about another Ring of 3 Wishes? This is exactly what Hanna, Ship’s Navigator will be able to do. I have retooled Hanna to be a U/W Combo deck and you can never have too many tutors to get the card you need. Fans of Planar Portal should feel confident in an upgrade to “The Ring” because, honestly will we really need more than 3 attempts to finish assembling our win condition? Well, if we do need more than 3 activations, then Hanna will simply bring it back to the table with a fresh set of wish counters.

Archangel of Thune:  Vish Kal's Bottom Bitch

#5 – Archangel of Thune

Be ready for some South Park References! As stated earlier, Vish Kal loves him some angels so he has to have a favorite… Do You Know What I am Saying?. Archangel of Thune is Vish Kal’s Bottom Bitch as she will grant +1/+1 counters to all of our creatures on the battlefield every time we gain life. Whoa! In a deck that is all about gaining life, this may get out of hand. In addition, Archangel of Thune has synergy with Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter since he is always thirsty for more +1/+1 counters.

While Archangel of Thune is a definite in my B/W Lifelink EDH deck, I have also considered her for possible inclusion in Kaalia of the Vast. While there can be a solid argument for why she would be good in Kaalia, will she be good enough is the question. Kaalia already sports an all-star cast of Angels/Dragons/Demons.

UPDATE: Still do not have a copy of Archangel of Thune. StarCityGames.com is currently selling her for $39.99 which seems like an extremely ludacris price. It reminds me of Aurelia the Warleader when she first hit the scene. Give it 2 or 3 months and she will be in the $8 to $15 range (I hope).

#4 – Primeval Bounty

Primeval Bounty is where the dreadlock slivers now call home! This card will be amazing in my Sliver EDH Deck deck. With this enchantment in play, everything I do gets an added bonus from the Bounty. Cast a Sliver, get a 3/3 Beast. Cast a non-creature spell, juice up a sliver with three +1/+1 counters. Play a land, gain some life. Now, of course, the first trigger is when you cast a creature, not when a creature comes into play by any methods other than casting from your hand. I plan on casting Slivers all-day-long and will be rewarded with an additional army in the process! Anyone playing this card in a Green-based EDH/Commander deck will enjoy smiles for days…

M14 Slivers for EDH

#3 – SLIVERS!

Still under construction, but almost finished, is my Sliver EDH deck. I first started playing Magic the Gathering ™ during the Tempest block, so it is pretty obvious why I have nostalgia for Slivers. I will note, however, that the artistic evolution form the “Alien-looking” slivers to the M14 “Predator-looking” slivers (some with Dreadlocks) has me a bit disappointed. I am still a fan of the old alien looking slivers, as I thought they were quite unique. Regardless, I will be welcoming the following into my Sliver Queen/Sliver Overlord Commander EDH deck:
Ranking them in the order that I like them…

  1. Bonescythe Sliver: Double Strike!? Yes Please.
  2. Galerider Sliver: Flying for 1 mana. Sweet.
  3. Manaweft Sliver: Mana Fixing! 5 Color Goodness.
  4. Thorncaster Sliver: Pinging ability that stacks!? Now This could get out-of-hand.
  5. Syphon Sliver: Lifelink? I’ll take that.
  6. Sentinel Sliver: Vigilance? Why Not.
  7. Blur Sliver: More Haste? Good idea.
  8. Groundshaker Sliver: Trample. Well, trample.

I am not sure if I will be adding too many Lord effects, but if I do, I will definitely inquire about the services of Megantic Sliver and [CARD]Predatory Sliver.

Yes, Grim Return is Good in EDH

#2 – Grim Return

Okay, after a solid discussion on MTGSalvation, I found out that I am in the minority of thinking this card is good… In fact, I would go as far to say that Grim Return absolutely rocks! Let’s look at why Grim Return is so high on my Top 10 list.

  1. Instant Speed
  2. :mana2: :symb: Casting Cost
  3. I can bring my own creature back to the battlefield OR one of my opponents creatures. With NO Drawbacks!
  4. I receive ETB Effects. Heck ya.
  5. If cast on someone elses turn, I have one of the few creatures on the board and it won’t be effected by summoning sickness on my next turn. Attack Phase. Get some.

Are there board wipes in your meta? There’s a ton of mine. I have no issues holding 3 mana back for cool tricks. Board wipe with Wrath of God? Awesome, I get my pick of any creature being destroyed on the board. I have 7 mana? Damnation + Grim Return.

Here is how the nay-sayers of Card Return feel: It’s Conditional. It’s Terrible. You have to leave 3 mana open. There is not a slot left in a reanimation package because Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead, Necromancy, Beacon of Unrest, and Reanimate are better.

I tend to think of Grim Return as more of a pseudo-reanimation spell. Its more of a “trick” that can do fun and cool things. It’s not conditional, it is opportunistic. Sure you could use Animate Dead or Necromancy on your turn, then wait for Summoning Sickness or you can steal a critter on your opponents turn with Grim Return and swing during your next attack phase. The Reanimation Package are Sorcery Speed and what’s worse, the creature you steal with Animate Dead or Necromancy can be destroyed with a Disenchant-like effect. Hmm.

I’m not saying it’s a staple… but I will defend the “trick” side of this card. I love foiling Board Wipes, Stealing Creatures and having tricks up my sleeve.

Anyway, I have Grim Return slated in two of my decks already… In my Vhati il-Dal deck, I can use Vhati to kill a critter (provided I have a -1/-1 effect on the board), then bring it back to my side. In Chainer, Dementia Master I can grab an opponent’s fatty or return Kokusho, the Evening Star after I sacrificed him to Disciple of Bolas. Regardless, I have plenty of mana doubling and board wipes in my Vhati and Chainer decks so there are definitely good-times ahead for Grim Return. I may even find room for this in Kaalia of the Vast so when my opponents destroy her or wipe the board with a wrath-effect I can use a trampoline-effect to bounce her back into play so she is ready to attack on my next turn.

Best Magic 2014 card for EDH

#1 – Rise of the Dark Realms

Liliana Vess has one of my favorite ultimates of all planeswalkers, so would I spend 9 mana to cast her ultimate at sorcery speed? You bet your salted french fries I would. Rise of the Dark Realms will find an immediate home as a game-changing sorcery in my Chainer, Dementia Master. Chainer is already built around having opponents sacrifice creatures and reanimating them under my control. Vhati il-Dal is boiling with jealousy that I am not auto-including this as a weapon in his arsenal. Don’t worry Vhati, if this card performs as well as I think it will, we may pick up an extra copy for you.

Rise of the Dark Realms will also find a home in our Zombie Horde Deck and should provide plenty of frustration as we attempt to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

UPDATE: In a multi-player game entering over an hour of play already, the Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker player had been devastating graveyards with Leyline of the Void. Post boardwipe, his graveyard sat chalk-full of about 7 or 8 beefy critters. Needless to say, I was soon the only player with an Army on the board. I could only have imagined the how the game would have went if not for that damn Leyline. šŸ˜”

Hope you enjoyed this article… Don’t miss the THEROS set review – Fall 2013!

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