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Commander Review: Fate Reforged – Jeskai of the Past

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Narset, Enlightened Master Trailer

Master of Another Time.

Hello and welcome back my fellow EDH-ers to yet another Fate Reforged Commander review. Today article will be about the Jeskai Way of the past. The clan at his time is still using the same mechanic as the present; being the clan mechanic is still Prowess. Leading the Jeskai at the time was the khan named Shu Yun.

 

Ghostfire Warrior

Pressure Point

Dragon Exterminators.

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest was the khan of the past. Although he has a relatively youthful appearance, Shu Yun was in fact among one of the oldest people on Tarkir then. He was an extremely skilled fighter, having mastered every form of combat known to the Jeskai. He also bears the dragon mark of a Ghostfire Warrior; an elite group of fighters dubbed the Dragon Slayers among the ranks Jeskai fighters who can take down Dragons with their skills. He was dedicated to improving the combat skills of every member of the clan. Admiring the Dragon’s aspect of cunning, he and his disciples had collected secret knowledge within the catacombs of the Ojutai, the main Dragon and his brood which were leading monastery siege on the Jeskai high Mountain monastery home. They seek to preserve the knowledge for Tarkir’s future, regardless of what fate the future may hold. This knowledge would later be used by Narset, a future khan, to learn of Ugin’s necessity to Tarkir.

Learn from the Past

Truth Hidden Behind History.

 

Whisk Away

Home Grounds Raided.

All these would change entirely after Sarkhan intervene with the past. With the intensified Dragonstorm, the Jeskai was not able to kill the Dragons in time to balance off the onslaught. In a last-ditch effort to find a solution to the intensified attacks, Shu Yun attempted to hold a meeting for the khans. The meeting failed however as the Dragons led by Ojutai and Silumgar coordinated an attack on it. After preserving the scrolls which documented the meeting safely in the catacombs, Shu Yun surrendered himself over to Ojutai; offering his life to Ojutai in exchange for the lives of his people and to preserve the existence of his clan. Ojutai agreed to the terms and proceed to freeze Shu Yun to his death. Although the people were spared, Ojutai would went on forbid the use of the word “khan” and any mention of the Jeskai, effectively erasing the existence of the clan. All the other Ghostfire fighters were also slaughtered that day and the Jeskai was to be forever lost to history; save for the scroll which Shu Yun had hidden in the catacombs before surrendering himself. Along with that scroll were also many other scrolls which documented the lost history of the Jeskai unknown to many for generations to come but to those who survivors who witness that lost day and their few descendants will forever knew that day as khanfall.

Hidden History Forgotten Past.

Hidden History Forgotten Past.

 

Brief history of the past Jeskai khan done, let us look at his stats below.

 

 Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

Card Name: Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

CMC: 2U

Types: Legendary Creature – Human Monk

Card Text: Prowess

Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, you may pay R/W R/W. If you do, target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

P/T: 3/2

Although mono Blue by casting cost, it is to be noted that Shu Yun is actually a Jeskai (Blue, White, Red) Commander by his trigger. As the grand master of his time, Shu Yun has quite some good skill sets playing into his clan. From having the clan mechanic, Prowess; to his Prowess-like trigger of giving target Creature Double Strike, both of which he benefits greatly when you are able to cast a lot of nonCreature spells. The trigger is quite mana intensive to use though; considering you have to pay two mana of either Red or White on top of casting the nonCreature spell. Putting that to simple words, that means that in order to use his trigger, 2cc has to be added to whatever nonCreature spells you are casting to trigger him. Nevertheless, Shu Yun abilities allow some very good combat tricks if you cast Instants or able to cast other nonCreature spells at instant speed. For example, casting an Instant alone during combat with Shu Yun alone will yields you a 4/3 Creature with Double Strike, and that is not considering if the Instant will to be a power enhancing spell. All in all, Shu Yun is like a Voltron style Commander which pumps himself up with Prowess and delivers the killing blow with Double Strike through his trigger. It is in fact not too mana intensive if you go that way as you only need to trigger the Double Strike once for one nonCreature spell and the rest of the nonCreature spells will trigger Prowess with no need of extra costs. All these combined truly showcased his abilities in combat as a Ghostfire Fighter; one who could fight on par with Ojutai.

 

To Attack or To Pump

Voltron

How to Build a Commander.

As mentioned earlier, it is not really a must to trigger the Double Strike trigger every time you cast a nonCreature spell since Double Strike does not stack with more instances. Thus most of the time it will always be only giving Double Strike to the Creature who is going to deal the lethal strike. This makes Shu Yun either a very good Voltron Commander or Voltron pumper depending how you like to utilize him.

 

Shu Yun makes quite a good Voltron as he pumps himself up with the nonCreature pump spells through Prowess topping it off with his Double Strike trigger. Since all pump spells are effectively nonCreature spells, they will all trigger Prowess in the process pumping Shu Yun up faster. The process of getting to lethal damage is even further shorten with his Double Strike trigger as you only need to pump him up to half the lethal damage in order to kill the opponent.

Temur Battle Rage

One Attack One Kill.

 

Going the other direction, Shu Yun can also use as a Voltron pumper by offering his Double Strike to your Creatures. The recommended fastest way to kill with Shu Yun Double Strike trigger will probably be giving it to Infect Creatures as five poison damage will be lethal damage. Even when the attacking Creature is blocked, five Double Strike poison damage is also very deadly to the blockers likely killing them in the process even before they can deal their damage if they do not have First Strike or Double Strike. Below are some Infect related cards within Shu Yun color identity which you can consider for use.

Blighted Agent Unblockable Infect Creature.
Blightsteel Colossus The one hit one kill Creature
Chained Throatseeker / Core Prowler / Corpse Cur / Fallen Ferromancer / Ichorclaw Myr / Lost Leonin / Ogre Menial / Phyrexian Digester  / Phyrexian Juggernaut / Priests of Norn / Razor Swine / Shriek Raptor / Tine Shrike Creatures with Infect.
Corrupted Conscience Creature steal. Also pump spells for Prowess and Infect provider.
Grafted Exoskeleton Equipment which gives Infect.
Plague Myr Infect mana Creature.
Necropede Infect Creature which gives -1/-1 counter when it dies.
Viral Drake Flying Infect Creature with Proliferate to help speed up Poison kill.

 

Corrupted Conscience

“Ten is all I need to win.”

 

Double Damage

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

A Master never stops Learning.

In summary, unless you like to invest in Shu Yun as a Voltron Commander, he fits better as a pumper in the deck in my opinion. I personally do not see him as a Commander as he does not has an in-built protection to himself requiring extra help to protect him. Unless you have the protections (Lightning Greaves; Swiftfoot Boots) up, Shu Yun will be easily dealt with. Otherwise he can be used as a pumper Commander instead; making combat more tricky than usual as you give Double Strike to your attackers or blockers.

 

What do you think of the old Jeskai khan? Is he worthy as a Voltron Commander to you? How will you use him otherwise? Share with us your thoughts and any other ideas we may have missed in the comments below. That is all we for the Jeskai Khan of the past. Do stay tune for more Commander Review of Fate Reforged Commanders. Till the next article.

 

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

:D~

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