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Commander Review: Dragon’s Maze – Token Savior, Emmara Tandris

April 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Tokens Tokens, the ever present resource in MtG which had gain fame in recent years had been around for many years. They are always the one to run into your opponent’s big attacker, saving you a beating from the attacker. When you need a sacrifice, they are the first one to come to mind. Today Maze Runner is from that guild which promotes community more than anyone, Selesnya Conclave. The guild good interaction with tokens can be seen in the latest guild mechanic, Populate. Then with so many tokens around, the older guild mechanic, Convoke, becomes stronger too. But today we are not here to talk about tokens, Populate, or Convoke. Instead we are going to talk about the guild’s Maze Runner, the token protector, Jace’s good friend, Emmara Tandris.

 

Token Savior, Emmara Tandris

Emmara Tandris

Nature Lover

Yes, as mentioned earlier, Emmara is in fact in the novels, a close friend of Jace when he was in Ravnica. They had a bit of history back and although on separate ways now are still close friends. She is skilled in summoning Greater Elementals and that might explain why her power and toughness is so high at 5/7 for an Elf girl. Her token protecting ability also ties in to her always putting her guild priorities in the first place, often putting her in danger. This also explains why she protects the tokens but not herself.

 

Commander Potential

I have to honest though that I was a bit disappointed with Emmara stats and abilities. As a General, her casting cost is a bit too high. I am not saying that a high casting cost Creature can’t be a General, but usually a Commander who is at 7cc has much more powerful and devastating abilities or stats. Emmara token protecting ability seems a bit lacking in this regard. Because most board sweeps in EDH are not damage base, Emmara ability will do very little to help. The most she could do is allow your tokens to block or attack without the fear of being killed in combat. Yes, Emmara may make a good General in a Token style deck, but we think everyone would agree that Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice would fit that role much better. Emmara would serve better as a support Creature in the deck rather than as the General. As a late game play, Emmara will make your army of tokens invincible to damage, making them all eternal blockers. To summarize everything, Emmara is just one of those Creatures which makes a better support Creature more than a General.

Trostani, Selesnya's Voice

Still the Better Choice

 

Riding the Wave of Tokens

Many would have thought that given the story stand point of Emmara, she would be an Elemental token summoner or at least comes with Populate. Instead she protects the creation rather than creating them. But hope is hope, this is the Emmara we get for now. So….. moving on.

 

This is yours truly, Edward “Reaper King” Leong, signing off.

:D~

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