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January 5, 2016

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EDH Take on Oath of the Gatewatch: What We Know So Far

While I’m not sure how many people will agree with me, I’m currently finding the spoilers of Oath of the Gatewatch to be rather disappointing so far. Be that as it may, I still found that we have a couple of great Legendary Creatures to serve as Commanders, as well as a few goodies for the avid EDH community. Here are some of what I’m loving so far:

  1. Overwhelming Denial

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Possibly not the final name, but the spoiled card is from an official source. Basically the text is identical to that of Last Word, which is a perfectly solid counter in many Blue EDH decks. The only addition this spell has is the new Surge ability. Meaning that if you cast a spell already it only costs UU instead of 2UU. This makes Overwhelming Denial excellent at protecting your own spells that you wish to resolve. Considering that Last Word goes into all of my Blue decks – and that this is strictly better – I think it’s safe to say that I’m picking up a foil of this thing.

  1. Eldrazi Displacer

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Like Overwhelming Denial, Eldrazi Displacer is heavily similar to an already existing card. Unlike Overwhelming Denial however, this guy is not strictly better, or even identical to its existing counterpart. Deadeye Navigator is an EDH powerhouse, commonly being subject to ban requests from many devoted players of the format. Eldrazi Displacer gives access to that kind of abusive effect in White. The only downside is that it can’t protect itself as easily as Deadeye can. As an upside, it can affect opponents’ creatures however you may see fit.

  1. Chandra, Flamecaller

 

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To me, this new Chandra seems like a halfway point between Chandra Ablaze and Chandra, Pyromaster. While she seems more like the former in terms of playability in Constructed, I’m confident our new friend will find a home in EDH. Six mana isn’t that much in a format that tends to have long games with crazy spells being thrown around. And the fact that her 0 ability is a genuine card advantage engine in Red allows her to give Red’s other Planeswalkers a run for their money.

  1. World Breaker

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One of the more self-explanatory items on this list. Green likes cards that destroy things, this guy EXILES things, has reach, and can be recurred. All in all a very solid utility creature in a colour that loves this sort of thing.

  1. Mirrorpool

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I’m having a great deal of difficulty trying to think of a deck that doesn’t want to play this. Sure the colorless restriction on the ability hurts, but many decks run Sol Ring, Strip Mine, Tectonic Edge and many other sources. So this card just seems like one of the best utility lands ever printed.

All in all I’m quite disappointed with Oath of the Gatewatch so far, but being the draft lover that I am – and the EDH enthusiast that goes along with it – I’m sure I’m going to have a blast with it anyway. This set has already given me three Legendary Creatures that I now wish to use as generals, so I’m sure there’s more excitement to be had before spoilers are finished.