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Commander Review: Theros – Scrying to a better Future with Thassa, God of the Sea

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Hello fellow EDH-ers and welcome back to another Theros set review. Today we continue to introduce the high and almighty gods of Theros. Today God is the Blue god of Theros.

 

Thassa, God of the Sea

Today review Commander is Blue part of one of the five main Gods. Let’s have a look at the stats.

Thassa, God of the Sea

Card Name: Thassa, God of the Sea

CMC: 2U

Types: Legendary Enchantment Creature – God

Card Text: Indestructible

As long as your devotion to blue is less than five, Thassa isn’t a Creature.

At the beginning of your upkeep, Scry 1.

1U: Target Creature you control can’t be blocked this turn.

P/T: 5/5

Thassa also has the new mechanic “devotion to color”. Her upkeep trigger of Scry 1 is also a very good ability in EDH. Library manipulation could help in ensuring a better draw. Nothing beats the feeling of dread when you drew the wrong card at the moment only to know that the next card could save your day. Scry 1 will help to neutralize that kind of situation. The last activated ability of making a Creature you control can’t be block this turn is also very good too in EDH if your deck winning plan is through Commander Damage.

 

Commander Potential

Thassa makes a pretty decent Commander for having Indestructible. That protects her against most of the non-sacrifice board sweeper. Her low cc also allows her upkeep Scry 1 to be active as soon as possible, and it’s a free Scry 1 at that. You can use that ability to avoid drawing your bomb spells too early, helping to optimize your draw each turn. She also protects herself from early sacrifice-type removal (Chainer’s Edict; Cruel Edict; Diabolic Edict) or exile-type removal (Path to Exile; Swords to Plowshare) due to her being a full Enchantment if your devotion to Blue is less than five. If she is your Commander that would means that your deck will be Blue. Blue usually do not have that much permanents on the battlefield. Even if there are any, most of them would be Artifacts which has no U in their mana costs (that would exclude colored Artifacts of course). Your devotion to Blue would usually starts with one since Thassa has U in her mana cost and climbs slowly to five from there or even never reaches five. If you ever hit five, Thassa could also be that game ending clock for your opponents as her power is not low at all at 5. She can make herself can’t be block and then go in for the kill herself. The ability is also good as you could target multiple targets with multiple activations since the activation cost is low and doesn’t require you to tap Thassa herself.

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Now anyone and everyone can be an Invisible Stalker

 

Worshipping the God of the Sea

Thassa, God of the Sea

The future is controllable.

If your interest is in Blue, Thassa makes a very good Commander for an all Blue EDH deck solely for her upkeep trigger of Scry 1. Optimizing your draw is very important for Blue and Scry helps a lot in that area. I had seen how Scry helped my friends in our play group when they were use Crystal Ball to Scry 2. Thassa would add to that and for free too. She is also a good Commander since she protects herself with Indestructible. Indestructible Commanders usually dies to the Chainer’s Edict or Path to Exile. Thassa avoids all that too when she comes out in the early turns to aid you with her upkeep trigger Scry 1 when your devotion to Blue is still low; and may also avoid all those till the late games too for her color as Blue, which generally do not have that much of Blue permanents on the battlefield. And last but not least, she could also make your attackers can’t be block through her other activated ability allowing your heavy beaters to end off opponents. All the above could be done with her not even being a Creature herself. Her high power is a bonus to have should your devotion to Blue ever hit five and above. She is definitely worth worshipping as your Commander for any fan of mono Blue decks. And for those fans of Blue drawing power, Thassa’s signature weapon, the Bident Dekella, provides you with a card draw whenever your Creatures deal combat damage to a player. This compliments well with Thassa as she can make target Creature unblockable to ensure the card draw from Bident of Thassa. The secondary ability has some political values here as it forces your opponents to attack, though you must have some defenders if you want to do that. I am not too sure as to how that may benefit now, maybe you would like to enlighten us and tell us what you think of the God of the Sea and her bident in the comments below. For now we are done with this God of the Sea. We shall see you next review. Till then…

Bident of Thassa

Dekella, the Bident of Thassa

 

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

:D~

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