First, let's dispense with the bad news... yes, someone at salvation decided to be a _______ and spoil this last week, which hurts our ability to build up a drumroll for the Commander release. Oh well, stuff happens. The good news is that none of other other previews have been spoiled yet... hopefully that'll hold up for a while
The better news is that this guy is gonna be more fun than a camera at a cosplay convention: people tripping over themselves to do what you ask, and all the while you're building up a kung-fu grip of awesome.
First off, Edric is a non-combo-oriented Commander for UG, which is great. Kraj and Momir Vig can both be fun, but more often than not lend themselves to combo/lock decks. For a 2/2 old man, Edric stirs up a whole lot of beatdown.
When I first saw him, I went through a funny thought process that I suspect others may share: "Cool, Ophidians... Enh, wait I don't like my opponents drawing cards... wait.. hrm... free cards are the kind of incentive that *actually works* in multiplayer. This guy is gonna be sweet. " Arcane Denial
is one of the best counterspells in Commander, and I think Edric has a little of that same feel to him: Efficient, and on the surface disadvantageous, but he helps your opponents hurt each other. I also think he'll stick around longer than his two-bit stats might indicate: it may be correct for opponents to kill him off, but they'd rather draw some cards first.
ObDeck: I think this guy might go really well with a partial Infect theme. Guys like Blight Mamba
, Rot Wolf
, and Viridian Corrupter
will do quadruple-duty with Edric around, and Ravnica has a battery of U/G guys with Graft which go well with A) Ophidians and B) Propagate. (See also: Helium Squirter
, Cytoplast Manipulator
and Plaxcaster Frogling
). Bolt on some Shroud (Plaxmanta
) and permission for protection and you're ready for beat-town.
Schemes abound! What do you think?