Happy Thursday MTG peeps,
Rather exciting news out today - our very first Commander 2015 spoiler. It's a proper spoiler too and not a preview. It appears that someone had made an error an uploaded a graphic for the 'Wade into Battle' - Red / White Commander 2015 sealed product on a store's website. Oddly, the product was tagged Zendikar Fat Pack but appeared to be correctly priced at $60 (edit - dropped to $45 as of 10.16.2015).
Out deep felt appreciation to London Drugs (a pharmacy here in Canada-Land) for this beautiful good which allows us our very first look at Commander 2015.
Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas, 2WR
Legendary Creature, Giant Soldier, Mythic Rare
Double strike, vigilance
Whenever you cast a creature spell with converted mana cost 5 or greater, you get an experience counter.
Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas gets +1/+1 for each experience counter you have.
This one is illustrated by Jason Chan and we're happy this giantess is equipped with appropriate boob-armour and not the type of female CosPlay armour one can see at every pop-con.
Anywhoos, Kalemne looks solid, in fact really good - but - just a titch on the boring side as a Commander. Double strike and Vigilance is decent and the promise of collecting 'experience counters' whenever casting a fatty is great, but a simple +1/+1 pump for that experience is underwhelming. Do not misinterpret us, we'll play the hello outta this in every Boros build we have, but were hoping for a higher level of complexity and a deeper interaction beyond just the one card.
You can also pop up those new 'Experience Counters' using Proliferate, the keyword action introduced in Scars of Mirrodin. When a player proliferates, he or she chooses any number of players and/or permanents with a counter on them, then puts another of those counters on these players or permanents. You can also perhaps pair Kalemne with Sunrise Sovereign to give her a +2/+2 pump and trample - you should be laughing maniacally when you actually have this play.