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Commander Review: Theros – Everyone is a Tool to Tymaret the Murderer King

June 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Hello and welcome back to the last Commander Review for Theros. Today Commander is the ruthless de facto leader of the Returned from one of the Zombie ruled cities called Necropolis on Theros. A bit of back story on the Returned also called the Nostron; they are the undead which had escaped the Underworld governed by the God Erebos. In order for one to escape the Underworld, they must lose their own identity, as such the Returned all have no faces beyond a few holes. More ever they also lose their memories, both of their past lives and have not the capacity to hold long term memories. As such, even though they are able to feel emotions, their existences are nothing but shadow-play, unable to connect with the living and form an actual identity. When a person died on Theros, clay masks are used to frame the faces of the dead. All Returned wear gold masks which they craft out from gold as it is the most common material in the Underworld. These gold masks are crafted in the likeness to the clay mask they shed to give them the hollow identities they will lose when they return. Thus the elimination of the clay masks is a symbolic act for the Returned to return to the world of the living.

Ritual of the Returned

Return ticket to the world of living.

 

The real concept behind this was that Phenax, God of Deception, was the first to return from the Underworld. As he was shrouded with illusions, Athreos, God of Passage, also the River Guide, could not detect him when he crossed over. Now Phenax lies at large hiding with the aid of his illusions from Erebos. Seeing what Phenax had done, the Returned who saw him doing the act also followed his path and thus the way to return from the Underworld is called the Path of Phenax. But as the Returned are not protected by illusions like Phenax, they lost their souls, called Eidolons, when they crossed over, resulting in the loss of memory. So whenever a Returned had return from the Underworld, an Eidolon will be born. Both would then wander the world of the living never knowing the existence of the other.

Lost in transition.

Lost in transition.

 

There are many Necropolises on Theros, two of it of particular importance: the neutral Asphodel, where the Reutrned had embraced their fate and go on their daily empty routines; the more aggressive Odunos, where the Returned had given in to their more violent emotions and they performed raids on the living. The Commander we are reviewing today is one from the more aggressive and violent Odunos.

 

Death to Them All

Before we begin, let’s have a look at today Commander’s stats.

Tymaret, the Murder King

Card Name: Tymaret, the Murder King

CMC: BR

Types: Legendary Creature – Zombie Warrior

Card Text: 1R, Sacrifice another creature: Tymaret, the Murder King deals 2 damage to target player.

1B, Sacrifice a creature: Return Tymaret from your graveyard to your hand.

P/T: 2/2

 

Tymaret reminds me of an older card from Invasion block, Pyre Zombie. Both are in the same colors but cost differently; has almost identical abilities; even the power is the same but Pyre Zombie has a lower toughness.

Pyre Zombie

Blast from the Past

 

Below is how both are differentiate.

Tymaret, the Murder King Pyre Zombie Remarks
1R, Sacrifice another creature: Tymaret, the Murder King deals 2 damage to target player. 1RR, Sacrifice Pyre Zombie: Pyre Zombie deals 2 damage to target creature or player It is obvious here that the cost is one of the main difference here, Tymaret costs lesser to activate. Although both can be activated as long as you have the mana, Tymaret does lose out a bit here for only being able to target players. Also the Zombie can only sacrifice itself and Tymaret can only sacrifice other Creatures.
1B, Sacrifice a creature: Return Tymaret from your graveyard to your hand. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Pyre Zombie is in your graveyard, you may pay 1BB. If you do, return Pyre Zombie from your graveyard to your hand. This is what I see as the upgrade for Tymaret from Pyre Zombie. Although require an additional Sacrifice of a Creature to activate, Tymaret can be activated anytime rather than the upkeep trigger of Pyre Zombie. This could save Tymaret from graveyard hate.

 

It is quite obvious the main use of Tymaret is as a sacrifice outlet. By himself, Tymaret isn’t much of a threat. You will need to provide the supply for him to sacrifice in order to use his abilities effectively. Creatures with LTB (Leave the Battlefield) effects will be most welcome with Tymaret. Those will net you two effects, one from the Creature LTB and one from Tymaret.

 

Leading or Being Lead

Although Tymaret is a very small Creature (2/2), he does also make it up for having a low cc. This makes recasting him from the Command Zone easy. When the Commander Tax becomes too high, you could also leave him in the graveyard as he has his own reanimating ability. Since Tymaret has his own reanimating ability, you could just leave him in the graveyard whenever he dies. There is really no need to put him back into the Command Zone unless he is exiled. Decks which depend on sacrificing their Creatures for benefits usually take time to develop. With Tymaret as the Commander, one could just sets up everything and then brings in Tymaret as that sacrifice piece of the puzzle. Some combos which relies on the dying or LTB of Creatures will be totally useless if your sacrifice outlet is not present. Having Tymaret as the Commander will save you that time and resource to search for that sacrifice outlet since he will be in the Command Zone ready for casting. Otherwise if sacrifice is only part of the sub theme of your deck, then Tymaret is better used a normal Creature as one of the many sacrifice outlets since his color identity has Black which has a lot of tutors to search for your key cards.

Sacrifice

“Don’t worry. I promise your sacrifice will be well worth it. At least for me.”

 

Below are some combos or combinations which are very useful with Tymaret.

Rotlung Reanimator / Xathrid Necromancer + Conspiracy + Tymaret The combo of either Rotlung Reanimator or Xathrid Necromancer with Conspiracy is already a very powerful cycle of endless tokens. Tymaret is that sacrifice outlet for you to start the engine.
Dictate of Erebos / Grave Pact + Tymaret Why should you be the only one sacrificing Creatures? Let everyone join in the fun.
Reassembling Skeleton / Tenacious Dead + Tymaret Recurring Creatures to sacrifice to Tymaret. Reassembling Skeleton is a bit better here for being able to activate itself at a later time. Tenacious Dead on the other hand requires the activation the moment it dies.
Undying / Persist Creatures + Tymaret Both groups of Creatures offer you a second chance to sacrifice them at no extra costs. You could also throw in Mikaeus, the Unhallowed to further break this already quite broken combo.
Vengeful Dead + Tymaret Killing your opponents as you sacrifice Creatures.
Kresh the Bloodbraided + Tymaret Using Tymaret as a normal Creature and reaping extra rewards with each of his activation.

 

 

Conclusion

Tymaret is quite a build around Commander if so chosen, but in my opinion fares better as a supportive Creature instead. Although he has all the necessary abilities in-built, there are a lot of other cards needed to truly break him. Nevertheless, Tymaret still serves very well as a sacrifice outlet and would be a good Commander choice if your win con involves sacrificing Creatures. If the sacrifice theme is only part of your deck, it would then be a better idea to just leave Tymaret as one of the sacrifice outlets in your deck. Do share your ideas below if you have any about this murderous Zombie king.

Tymaret, the Murder King

Just another day waging war on the living.

 

And with that we come to an end for the Theros set Legendary Creatures. Hope our articles had provided you with some ideas to how to utilize the new Commanders from the set. Thus till next time we meet…..

 

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

:D~

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