It's that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end, Core Set has finally returned, and the latest Commander 2018 set is getting previewed. I know everybody was excited to see the return the Elder Dragons and the Origin Story of Bolas himself, but Elder Dragon Highlander(EDH) is back and is revisiting the Planeswalker theme again this time around. The first time Wizards did this i thought it was a neat idea. A change of pace from the Legendary stipulation for your general, this lead to some pretty unique strategies. The Elf theme of Freyalise to the Scrap Mastery of Daretti, Planeswalkers have proven there worth as a general. This time around, we see some old friends and a fresh look at some new.
The themes this time around in Commander 2018 are visiting some of past favorites. Esper(White-Blue-Black) Subjective Reality focusing on top of the deck matters. The Commander for this is Animatou, Fateshifter. She has the ability to manipulate the top of the deck so Miracle cards and other effects like Future Sight, are a cool addition to her deck. Precognition Field, out of Dominaria, has some unique to play or remove the top of the library. Everyones favorite Counterbalance can pose as a potent threat with some of the many key pieces like Telepathy, that allow to see what’s in your opponents hand, mapping your route to victory.
The next deck revolves around Jund(Black-Red-Green) Nature’s Vengeance focusing on the the Ruthlessness and Savagery of Nature itself. This deck is led by Lord Windgrace, one of the Nine Titans that Urza had brought together to combat the Phyrexians. With Lord windgrace at the helm, you can expect the raw growth in mana as well as some card draw. The Gitrog Monster and Omnath, Locus of Rage will work greatvin this kind on deck, focusing on Landfall as well as lands hitting the grave for card draw and 5/5 Elementals. Look out for the dredge mechanic to play a key role in this deck.
Up next is is Bant(Green-White-Blue) Adaptive Enchantment with an Archetype that has been popular with Modern and Legacy players looking to draw a ton of cards and locking enemies from attacking you. This deck is led by Estrid, The Masked. What makes her unique, is the ability to create Totem Armor and untap land that have either Utopia Sprawl or Wild Growth for some mana acceleration. Cards like Courser of Kruphix and Eidolon of Blossom will some added synergy with Enchantments and Enchantment Creatures.
Last up on the docket is Izzet(Blue-Red) Exquisite Invention. This deck is focused on the masterminds ingenuity of creating small trinkets to massive constructs. The New fleet of inventions are piloted by Kaladesh’s own Saheeli, The Gifted. Many new cards out of Core Set like the new Tezzeret, Artifice Master and Sai, Master Thopteriest will add some draw power as well as creating an armada of flying 1/1’s. Artifacts have played an integral part in Magics history and with Saheeli commanding the Darksteel creations and vicous Wurmcoil Engines, you can bet that she wikl bring forth a terrifying menace of man and machine.