Gavin Verhey followed up Monday’s episode of Good Morning Magic with another installment of designers from Commander Legends talking about their favorite legends.
Ethan Fleischer starts things off with Obeka, Brute Chronologist. It plays as a card that can allow you to take advantage of ending your turn, but also can turn games political by offering players the chance to end turns with certain triggers on the stack. Some cards even play into absolute madness like Tempt with Reflections.
Jules Robins designed many legends in the set as the lead designer, but Jared Carthalion, True Heir is the focus today. The key was making sure Jared gave the monarch away and made the payoff to his card getting the monarch back to match with his lore. Jared started Gruul and ended up Naya like many creatures that transformed to three colors after design moved to putting shards in the set. It’s important for decks around him to give you the monarch back, clear away other creatures, and find ways to get Jared into combat effectively.
Next up is Ken Nagle, who has wanted to make an evil version of Zedruu the Greathearted since he helped make the first Commander precons. Blim, Comedic Genius does exactly that and forces you to build your deck to have plenty of fodder as he must attack to cause pain and always has to gift cards to players on attacking. Some cards are great to give away immediately, while others can be used up first or held until it’s time to take a player out.
Corey Bowen showed off how to build Nymris, Oona’s Trickster to take full advantage of Dimir’s flash playstyle and using its sabotage and trickery themes. The archetype has gained plenty of tools in recent sets.
The description for the video even includes some of the designers’ full lists for their Commander decks based off the above legends.