Top 10 Gatecrash Cards for My EDH Decks
I am finally finished with my Top 10 List of Gatecrash Cards for EDH… Well, sort of. This is actually a top 10 list of Gatecrash cards that I wanted for my existing EDH Commander Decks. The big winners of my current Generals are Kaalia of the Vast who received 7 Gatecrash cards and Wrexial the Risen Deep with 6. Vhati il-Dal received 2 new cards and Uril, the Miststalker received 1 while Eight-and-a-Half-Tails and Hanna, Ship’s Navigator did not receive any new Gatecrash Toys.
Shortly after the Gatecrash prerelease, I began writing this article but was never able to finish and publish. Well it has been 2 months since the release of Gatecrash, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts from then and now. Most of these cards I preoredered online unless I was lucky enough to trade for them before hand.
Godless Shrine, Sacred Foundry, Stomping Ground and Watery Grave: I think it goes without saying that all of my EDH Decks will benefit from the Gatecrash reprint of Shock lands. I have already accumulated all of the necessary shock lands for my 2 & 3 color decks. However, since the shock lands are a reprint from the original Ravnica Block, I can’t actually rank them as new Gatecrash cards for my current EDH decks.
Merciless Eviction: I put this in my Kaalia of the Vast EDH Deck for testing. Granted, Austere Command is probably better in this slot.
Thespian’s Stage: This copy land found an immediate home in my Wrexial, the Risen Deep EDH Deck that prides itself on anything that Copies other permanents.
Duskmantle Guildmage: I am currently testing this Dimir Wizard in my Wrexial EDH deck for the possibility of an infinite combo with Mindcrank.
#10 – Illusionist’s Bracers
An intriguing equipment, Illusionist’s Bracers, starts off the top 10 list as an intriguing option for Vhati il-Dal. Suiting Vhati up with the Bracers will allow for double the Power/Toughness anarchy on the battlefield. Aside from Vhati, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Triskelion, Avatar of Woe, and Guul Draz Assassin will also partake in the “tricksies” involved with the Illusionist’s Bracers.
#9 – Whispering Madness
Wrexial, the Risen Deep includes several cards that allow me to cast instants, spells or creatures from opponents graveyards. What better way to create Wrexial fodder than to make players discard? Whispering Madness will be replacing Windfall in this deck simply for the Cipher ability. The mad genius in me sees Wrexial, the Risen Deep getting the ciphered Whispering Madness ability and then getting a repeat windfall everytime he island/swamp walks over and splashes someone.
UPDATE: Okay, maybe this card is stronger that I thought. Both times that I tried to cast this it received counterspell treatment. I would also like to report that I did not remove Windfall from the deck, but chose to run both of these discard/draw shenanigans.
Okay, so maybe not my #1 overall best, but definitely my overall favorite new Gatecrash card for EDH is Lazav, Dimir Mastermind. I have seen a lot of jibber-jabber on MTGSalvation and similar forums about making this guy a General. I believe he is better served as Colonel. His unique ability will compliment the platoon of shapeshifters in my Wrexial, the Risen Deep EDH Deck. The fact that he is Hexproof, can Copy Legendary creatures and has selective morphing ability makes him my most anticipated add to my existing decks. Hats off to you on this one Wizards. 🙂
#7 – Stolen Identity
My Wrexial, the Risen Deep EDH deck thrives on being able to copy other cards and permanents. So naturally, another card that gives me the ability to clone something will be given a shot to make the team. What sets up Stolen Identity for goodness is that it can also copy an artifact. Think about this – on the turn I cast Stolen Identity, I can potentially have 2 copies of anything on the board. Whether it’s a fatty creature or an artifact such as Sol Ring.
UPDATE: This card is GOOD, GOOD, GOOD! I was able to clone a Consecrated Sphinx and encode him with Cipher. Within a couple of turns I had an army of Consecrated Sphinx and was drawing cards at the speed of light.
I have a lot of anticipation for Aurelia as she joins my Kaalia of the Vast team of Angels. The drawback of sneaking Aurelia into play with Kaalia is that her 2nd attack phase ability will not trigger due to the fact that the attack phase was already declared. However, on the next turn expect a double onslaught of Kaalia and Aurelia. Another “rule” note for Aurelia is when you do get to use her with Kaalia for a 2nd attack, keep in mind that any other creature snuck in with Kaalia that turn will not have haste and will not be able to join the girls on the next attack run. Dare I say another drawback of Aurelia is her small rear-end. Due to the 4 on the back-end, I will have to make sure that the path is clear for her to attack and survive. If it weren’t for the drawbacks, Aurelia could have easily been #1 in my rankings, but at #6 she is a great high risk/high reward addition to my Kaalia EDH Deck.
UPDATE: After chatting with a lot of Kaalia players in various forums, there is not a lot of love for Aurelia, the Warleader. However, I have had her on the table with Kaalia and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight (plus other non-hasty creatures sneaking into battle) and she is a tornado to an opponent’s lifetotal. +1 Aurelia. 🙂
#5 – Aurelia’s Fury
The most sought after Mythic Rare in Gatecrash as of the pre-release was Aurelia’s Fury. Funny enough, this is the only card that I did not preorder due to the $20 – $25 price tag. I think this is going to be good. This card will eventually be an auto-include for Kaalia of the Vast due to it’s ability to tap the defending player’s creatures or to use like an Orim’s Chant-like effect to keep Kaalia from being countered or destroyed. Aurelia’s Fury can also be used as creature removal or as a game-ending Fireball if needed.
UPDATE: Not even 60 days later you can pick one of these up for $7.00 – Glad I waited :). It is now in my Kaalia EDH Deck and ready for playtesting!
#4 – Crypt Ghast
What’s not great about doubling your mana? My Vhati il-Dal deck runs heavy on the black side and can be quite mana intensive. Crypt Ghast will provide mana ramp for Vhati and help fuel side projects like Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief. Teaming Crypt Ghast with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth will provide a bubbling crude of black mana gold from every land I control. As a bonus, the Ghast has an extort ability – which will probably be situational but with all of my extra black mana… why not zap my opponents for 1 and gain some life?
#3 – Lord of the Void
Well, I do like Copy/Steal effects in MTG so I welcome Lord of the Void to my collection. Lord of the Void is a Bribery for the first 7 cards of an oppenents library if he connects. Not only that, but he is an efficient beater with no drawbacks. This Demon fatty is in the top 5 of my Kaalia of the Vast auto-includes. I am also contemplating on his addition to my Wrexial, the Risen Deep EDH build since he does fit the theme by “stealing” from opponent’s libraries. The only drawback on adding him to Wrexial is the Triple :symb: in its casting cost.
#2 – Hellkite Tyrant
This guy just oozes with goodness. I first seen Hellkite Tyrant in the Gatecrash Spoiler in December 2012 and knew within seconds that I needed a deck with Red just so I could play this card. I immediately turned to Kaalia and completed the thought by purchasing the Heavenly Inferno preconstructed commander deck on ebay.
#1 – Boros Charm
This card could quite possibly be the best card of the entire set. Boros Charm will be an auto include in my Uril, the Miststalker and Kaalia of the Vast. Uril will reap the most reward from this Boros trinket as it will allow him to quite possible finish off an opponent with Double Strike. Boros Charm can also keep Uril from inevitable destruction from board wipes such as Wrath of God or Austere Command. My newest EDH Deck, Kaalia will also benefit from the inclusion of the Boros Charm in her Sunforger Package. Though Double Strike isn’t as powerful for her, the permanents you control are indestructible this turn will help keep the army of Angels, Dragons and Demons in play and unaffected by sweepers. At the very minimum, Boros Charm can do 4 points of damage to an opponent’s dome and is a must-have in all Commander decks that run RED/WHITE.
UPDATE: I have a Boros Charm in both Uril and Kaalia, but still have not used it during a match. However, it is a great insurance policy and still value this as a “must have” in both of these decks.