Gavin Verhey used today’s episode of Good Morning Magic to unveil the latest rare Pirate from Commander Legends — Coercive Recruiter!
Before showing off the new Orc Pirate, Verhey talked about how Commander Legends ended up with some tribal themes. While many Commander players enjoy tribal game play and themes — as evidenced by the success of the Commander 2017 preconstructed decks that revolved around tribes — tribes also make for a good draft environment. Having the perfect tribal deck come together feels good and it also helps newer drafters, which many Commander players might be, find a easier track when going through packs.
Verhey originally had a Zombie tribal theme in blue and black when he handed the vision blueprint off to the design team, but they tweaked the set a bit. Design decided to go with two tribes and to switch the colors so that green and black went with Elves, a classic Magic tribe, and blue and red went with Pirates, a newer tribe to the game. Elves are already iconic and had plenty of great reprints to hit while also being able to give some legends cards for the first time like Belbe, Corrupted Observer. However, Pirates would need a lot more new designs with fewer Pirates in Magic history.
One of the new Pirates is Coercive Recruiter. Take a look!
A repeatable Threaten effect that turns the stolen creatures into Pirates to pay off any synergies you have established. Of course, it’s also another way to win the game instantly with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.
What do you think of Coercive Recruiter? Is it a perfect fit for your Pirates deck or another way to do broken things with a certain Goblin Shaman?