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Top 10 Generals from Legends for Commander (EDH Strategy & Tips) April 20, 2012

Posted by James in : all, strategy, constructed , trackback

One of the best things about Commander is that it gives us an excuse to play old cards. Originally generals had to be Elder Dragons from Legends, but now they can be anything. Even so, Legends still provides us with some very good generals to choose from. This is my top 10:

10. Sol’kanar the Swamp King

Sol'Kanar the Swamp King

An iconic card with a great picture, a great name, it’s big, it has swampwalk, and it has a way to gain life. (That works well with Necropotence, which is one of the best cards in Commander.)

9. Xira Arien

xira arien

Xira is a draw engine. Not much else to say.

8. Adun Oakenshield

adum oakenshield

Adun Oakenshield has a low cost and it has a “Raise Dead” ability. It’s ability can be quite good in a creature-heavy deck.

7. Tetsuo Umezawa

tetsu umezawa

Tetsu has a scary ability — to destroy a tapped or blocking creature — and it’s a 3/3 for only 3 mana. Oh yeah, and it can’t be enchanted.

6. Jacques le Vert

jacques le vert

First, you need to realize it’s a 3/4 for four mana because it pumps itself. Not the worst. Second, it makes all your other green creatures big by giving them +0/+2.

5. Nicol Bolas

nicol bolas

Nicol Bolas is by far the best of the Elder Dragons — a 7/7 flying creature. Whenever it deals damage to an opponent, he or she discards his or her hand. That works with enchantments like Fire Whip.

4. Gwendlyn Di Corci

gwendyln di corci

Gwendlyn Di Corci is a 3/5 for only four mana, which isn’t bad. What makes it really cool is it’s ability — it can force a player to discard a card at random. Unfortunately, it can only use that ability during your turn.

3. Rubinia Soulsinger

rubinia soulsinger

Rubinia Soulsinger is a Control Magic on a stick — tap it to gain control of a creature for as long as it’s tapped, and you can choose not to untap it. This is the most efficient creature that can steal other creatures.

2. Rasputin Dreamweaver

rasputin dreamweaver

Rasputin Dreamweaver enters the battlefield with 7 counters and you can remove them one at a time for one colorless mana each, or to prevent 1 damage to Rasputin each. It also recovers one of the lost counters during your upkeep. Rasputin is probably the best mana acceleration on any Legendary creature, and it is an incredibly powerful source of mana acceleration.

1. Angus Mackenzie

angus mackenzie

Angus Mackenzie is by far the most annoying of any legend ever made. It’s ability is a Fog — it prevents all combat damage for a turn. In one-on-one you can make sure you never take combat damage again. It’s the perfect answer to Progenitus.

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