Happy Monday MTG peeps,
As promised here at MTG Realm, we are getting to a review of each of the new Commander 2015 decks. For the first one, we are looking at the Black / White one and will likely have the next review next week, so stay tuned.
Call the Spirits
Daxos the Returned travels across Theros in a never-ending search, surrounded by spirits that are drawn to his power. As mighty enchantments enter the battlefield, the spirits he summons grow larger and larger, leaving his enemies overwhelmed.
Here are the three Black / White legendary creatures supplied with 'Call the Spirits' which may be used as your Commander -
• Daxos the Returned
• Karlov of the Ghost Council
• Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts
Legendary Creature - Zombie Soldier
Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, you get an experience counter.
1WB: Put a white and black Spirit enchantment creature token onto the battlefield. It has "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of experience counters you have."
Karlov of the Ghost Council, WB
Legendary Creature - Spirit Advisor
Whenever you gain life, put two +1/+1 counters on Karlov of the Ghost Council.
WB, Remove six +1/+1 counters from Karlov of the Ghost Council: Exile target creature.
Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, 5WB
Legendary Creature — Human Advisor
Vigilance, protection from creatures
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, destroy that creature. Put a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
Given the name, 'Call the Spirits' of this pre-constructed Commander list, one would imagine a Spirit theme of sots, and indeed the primary commander, Daxos the Returned, does produce spirit tokens but this really is an Enchantments matters theme. There are approximately (by our brief revie) some 21 Enchantments as well as 7 Enchantment Creatures. There are 5 more additional creatures, 2 sorceries, and 1 artifact with a synergy with enchantments.
As for the reprint of Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, we think that perhaps this is best left in a supportive roll as a late-game bomb. There are a few lists we've seen that look rather nice with Teysa but we feel that that this one is better in the mixx of 99 rather than in the Command Zone.
Here are the newly printed cards that are included in the 'Call the Spirits' Commander 2015 decklist. In general, all solid support cards which could also find gainful employment in a variety of other Commander lists.
Banshee of the Dread Choir
Daxos the Returned (Legendary)
Grasp of Fate
Herald of the Host
Karlov of the Ghost Council (Legendary)
Shielded by Faith
Thief of Blood
Depending upon your taste, we suggest you pick the one of the two new Commanders (as we suspect WotC intended), and then provide some fine tuning (in the case of Daxox) or a complete overhaul (in the case of Karlov).