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Commander Spoilers 1

Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

It apears that Wizards is now ramping up previews for the latest Magic the Gathering offering - Commander (formerly EDH or Elder Dragon Highlander). We are now sitting at 8/51 cards and there is now a page over at the mothership to hold a gallery - make sure you check for updates here. If you have no clue what we are talking about - don't fret - The Commander product from Wizards consists of five decks, each 100 cards strong, that are ready-to-play right out of the box, with the option of choosing one of the three legendary enemy-tri-colored creatures each deck includes as the commander. For previous posts check out here, here, and here.

Anywhoos - onto the spoilers 'n' prviews from forum member raccon82 (who scored three promos) and the WoTC site . . .

Basandra, Battle Seraph, 3
Legendary Creature - Angel, Rare
Players can't cast spells during combat.
: Target creature attacks this turn if able.

This legendary angel is sure to deliver some excellent games. We are already dreaming of coupling this with Æthertow or something similar - perhaps even a chump blocker with deathtouch.

Edric, Spymaster of Trest, 1
Legendary Creature - Elf Rogue, Rare
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to one of your opponents, that creature's controller may draw a card.

We're thinking that Distortion Strike may be friendly in a build with Edric. If you could perhaps get Psychosis Crawler into the mix here, you can turn your card draws into pain for your opponent.

Skullbriar, the Walking Grave,
Legendary Creature - Zombie Elemental, Rare
Whenever Skullbriar, the Walking grave deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
Counters remain on Skullbriar as it moves to any zone other than a player's hand or library.

The part about the counters sticking on it sounds great - being able to Disentomb it from the graveyard with counters intact is very cool. You may want to consider trying to get Sewers of Estark into your singleton build on the off-chance these two may have a random encounter.

Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, 4
Legendary Creature - Vampire, Rare
Flying, lifelink
Sacrifice a creature: put X +1/+1 counters on Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.
Remove all +1/+1 counters from Vish Kal: target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn for each counter removed this way.

Not sure if we like this one as much as the previous cards previewed - we have a soft spot for black / white builds and cards that share these colours. You may want to consider using Angelic Renewal to get that sac'd critter back on board and perhaps sac again to double up Kal's counters.

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