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Commander Review: Dragon’s Maze – Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts & Overly Attached Girl Friend

April 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

I have a confession to make. Building Teysa as a general and a good deck that make use of her ability isn’t easy. Let’s have another look at Teysa, shall we?

 

Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts

Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts

Legendary Creature — Human Advisor, 5WB (7)

Vigilance, protection from creatures
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, destroy that creature. Put a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

 

Teysa reminds me of a lady. Yes. She is a lady. But not the most ideal lady. The worst kind. An Overly Attached, Protective and Jealous er… female friend?

Someone touch you? Now they will DIE!

Someone touch you? Now they will DIE!

Let’s start with the advantages and then disadvantages of Teysa.

 

Advantages

Teysa X Teysa

Being an ideal lady doesn’t always involve cleavages…

The obvious advantages of Teysa are few:

  • Does Shit for you and still stay behind for you (Vigilance)
  • Princess mode (Protection from creatures)
  • Why you touch my boyfriend! (No Mercy-like Ability)
  • She knows how to be angry… (White and Black color)

Vigilance is self-explanatory. Since ancient MTG, Serra Angel has demonstrated the value of Vigilance. Able to attack and defend at the same time really makes Vigilance Creatures extremely useful. Teysa is that kind of girlfriend, er… I mean female friend, that is willing to beat the shit out of your opponents and also stay behind to cover your ass…

However, Teysa having protection from Creatures which makes her Vigilance more potent. Molten Primordial and Zealous Conscripts wouldn’t be able to control her. (Speaking of Loyalty!) She can block virtually anyone unharmed. And everyone has to give way to her to beat your opponent. (What a princess!)

Teysa’s ability really speaks volume about her jealously. Whoever touches you, regardless the race, religion, vertebrate or invertebrate. Even if that creature has hexproof, shroud or even protection of white/black/creature, Teysa’s jealous rage will Still, I mean STILL tear that poor creature apart and capture its soul as a slave for you to do your bidding.

The last advantage that she can provide indirectly is she allows you to access White and Black spells. Allowing you to access cards that nuke the battlefield like Wrath of God and Damnation. Black and some White cards also allow you to get creature cards back to the battlefield quite easily. Cards like Animate Dead and Breath of Life helps you get any creature that dies thanks to your nukes.

Black has decent card drawing and has the best tutor capabilities in the game. White has tough creatures that protect you or your creatures. Avacyn, Angel of Hope and Iona, Shield of Emeria are fine examples.

 

Disadvantage

Teysa may be on your side. However, like ALL Overly Attached and Jealous Female friend, Teysa has many core weakness that I personally felt that she isn’t General material.

Because she is:

  • Costly (High casting cost = High Maintenance Cost)
  • Doesn’t Benefit Straight away for the Cost

Due to high casting cost (Seven Mana! Oh Gosh!). Once she left you. She is going to cost even MORE to bring her back to your side.

Philosoraptor - Magic

All the Spells you can have, but not the Mana to cast them…..

However, the worst drawback is that when she comes into play, you are unable to benefit anything straight away. Cards like Angel of Despair cost the same, but allows you to destroy 1 card you deem fit. Mournwhelk force a player to discard 2 cards. Rune-Scarred Demon lets you get any card. And Yoked Plowbeast, well… he cycle…

Although her ability may delay you from being attacked as opponents will lose their creature. However she is a creature and she can still be answered damn easily.

 

Conclusion

Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Once more for the Good Old Retro Days

Teysa is over cost. Although she has good defensive abilities (Protection from creatures and Vigilance), she doesn’t help much in neither multiplayer nor 1v1. Sadly, I don’t see she as a neither General nor EDH material at all.

If you disagree, please comment below. I love to see possibilities.

 

To end this, I present you three videos. You get what I mean when I say Overly Attached girlfriend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y6dDQ129UM (Shit Girlfriends Say)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2s-qNZ1b08 (Shit Singaporean gf say)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PoXbH39koo (Shit Malaysian gf say)

 

Yours Humility

Manferd.

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