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Commander Review: Fate Reforged – Sultai of the Past

November 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Tyrant of Another Time.

Tyrant of Another Time.

Welcome back my fellow EDH-ers and thank you for following the Fate Reforged series of Commander Review. Today we will look at another khan of Tarkir past. The khan of topic is from Sultai Brood of the past named Tasigur. Delve is still use as the clan mechanic; implementing the clan heavy use of the graveyards for their everyday labour even in the past.

 

The Golden Fang’s Downfall

Dutiful Return

“Here is you Love One.”

Tasigur was the khan in the past of Tarkir, when Sultai was still ruled by Humans. He was the young heir of the Sultai fortune where the khans of the clan usually rule like emperors. As the young, pampered heir of his royalty line, he indulged in cruel pleasures and spared no thought for ruling his empire. He was usually carried about the palace on an ornate platform borne by Zombies. He wore elaborate golden adornments and carried a long, sharp-tipped whip which he used on others when he was displeased or simply bored. He was extremely sadistic and especially enjoyed tormenting his enemies by sending their own undead kin against them.

 

Tasigur's Cruelty

Everyday Homework. Tormenting the Peers.

The use of Zombies for the numerous everyday hard labour was also as much very integrated part of the Sultai life style as it is in present days. The power to use and control their Zombies was however not a given to the Sultai. They had actually gained the power through the Rakshasa, Cat Demons who would grant it to the clan. One such Rakshasa named Khudal had assisted Tasigur in pointing out a betrayer among his ranks whom it had framed and soughted to kill and feast on the betrayer’s soul as a reward. Tasigur went on to kill the betrayer himself denying Khudal the pleasure of the kill. Due to this act of disrespect, the Sultai lost their undead minions and were also abandoned by the Naga for several months. Left without their undead army, the Sultai was caught in constant attacks by the Jeskai, Abzan forces plus the Dragons’ palace siege. Unwilling to lose his power and clan, Tasigur attempted to gift Silumgar the Dragon leader with a throne of gold in hopes that he will gain help from the Dragons. In the end, Silumgar was less than interested in the throne of gold and proceed to fly in and ate the khan. This marks the end of the Human era of rule over the clan and the beginning of the Naga’s era of rule. Turns out the Naga had been contemplating with the Rakshasa to strip the Human khan of his power and take over his clan.

Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

“Our Era has finally cometh.”

 

Messing with the Wrong Ones.

“You chose the Wrong Ones to messing with, Young One.”

 

Tasigur’s fate was also altered by Sarkhan’s intervene with the past. He was still stuck in the same situation where he had lost his control over the Zombies and under constant attacks from the enemies of the clan. It was slightly different though as due to the Dragonstorm intensifying, it became mainly the Dragons having laying waste on his clan while the other clans faced their own Dragon problem. Seeing that he had no chance of winning without his Zombies, Tasigur was prepare to surrender to the then Dragon leader Silumgar in hope that he would gain a place of importance under the Dragon’s rule. To this end, Tasigur betrayed the rest of the khans by leading the Dragon’s brood to the secret meeting place of the khans which resulted in the khanfall. Thinking that he would gain a seat of power as promised under Silumgar’s rule through his betrayal, he was rewarded instead as the personal slave, a trophy of war, of Silumgar. His corpse would later went on to be preserved magically and wore by Silumgar as a necklace like a way of karma for his past doings.

Forever Slave

Forever Slave

 

Now you know the brief history of the Sultai past khan, let’s have a look at his stats below.

  

Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Card Name: Tasigur, the Golden Fang

CMC: 5B

Types: Legendary Creature – Human Shaman

Card Text: Delve

2 G/U G/U: Put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard, then return a nonland card of an opponent’s choice from your graveyard to you hand.

P/T: 4/5

As per the other khans of the past, Tasigur is also of Sultai (Black, Blue, Green) color identity due to the hybrid mana in his activated ability. Although he has a high cc of 6, it is compensated by Delve which can also be used to reduce Commander tax if needed. He even further support Delve with his retrieving ability by milling cards. The added retrieval of a nonLand card of your opponent’s choice is a bonus to the self-mill. Last but not least, Tasigur power and toughness is not small too. Using full Delve gives you a 4/5 for just B which is very cost effective by most standards. Overall Tasigur is quite a good package with all his stats.

 

 

Dig Through Time

Tombstalker

Strength in the Graves.

Delve was introduced back during Khans of Tarkir set as the Sultai clan mechanic. Even though he cares more about torturing his peers than governing the clan, Tasigur still fittingly supports the mechanic as the khan. His self-mill and retrieve ability have many directions which one can make of him. As you have read earlier in this article, Delve is supported by his ability by him filling the graveyard with cards which you can exile for Delve. Delve also works as a method for cleaning up the graveyard of cards which you can retrieve with Tasigur’s ability. This works by using Delve to exile cards you do not want in the graveyard leaving your opponent to choose only the good stuffs in your graveyard. This makes Taisigur and Delve a strong combination as each will help and compensate each other. Fortunately since Delve is Sultai clan’s mechanic, it is very much available if you chose to use it to customize your graveyard for Tasigur’s retriever ability. Below are all the Delve cards available at the point of this article.

Become Immense Gives a target Creature +6/+6 till end of turn.
Dead Drop Force target player to sacrifice two Creatures.
Death Rattle / Murderous Cut Single target removal with Delve.
Dig Through Time Dig through top seven cards of library for two cards.
Empty the Pits Delve unwanted cards into Zombie tokens.
Gurmag Angler / Hooting Mandrills / Shambling Attendants / Sultai Scavenger / Tombstalker Basic Creatures with Delve.
Logic Knot Counterspell with Delve.
Necropolis Fiend Demon with Delve that can also selectively exile of cards in graveyard and give –X/-X to target Creature till end of turn for each card exiled this way.
Rite of Undoing Bounce spell with Delve.
Set Adrift Spell with Delve that puts nonLand permanent on top of its owner’s library.
Sibsig Muckdraggers ETB Creature retriever that comes with Delve.
Soulflayer Demon who can customize its abilities by gaining abilities from Creature cards it exile with its Delve ability. Abilities which can be gained this way consist of Flying, First Strike, Double Strike, Deathtouch, Haste, Hexproof, Indestructible, Lifelink, Reach, Trample and Vigilance.
Tasigur’s Cruelty Force discard spell with Delve which forces each opponent to discards two cards.
Temporal Trespass Time Walk with Delve.
Treasure Cruise Sorcery Ancestral Recall with Delve.
Will of the Naga Spell with Delve which tap down two target Creatures.

 

Resources from Beyond.

 

Besides using Delve, there are also many other ways to “customize” your graveyard to have the specific cards you want in it. As mentioned earlier this helps in the limiting of choices your opponent can choose from thus ensuring you get the good stuff back every activation. Below are some of such cards. Some are permanent ways meaning you can use them repeatedly unlike Delve which can be quite limited with most being just one shot.

Crypt Incursion / Decompose / Haunting Misery Exile Creature cards. Anti-graveyard theme.
Decaying Soil Customize exile a card from graveyard at upkeep.

Threshold – Nontoken Creature recursion to hand by paying 1 when it dies.

Ebony Charm / Rapid Decay / Rats’ Feast / Shred Memory / Suffer the Past Exile any card(s) from a single graveyard.
Faerie Macabre Discard from hand: Exile up to two target cards from graveyards. Anti-graveyard theme.
Famished Ghoul / Martyr of Bones Sacrifice to exile cards from a single graveyard.
Graveyard Shovel / Relic of Progenitus / Scrabbling Claws Artifacts which let targeted player exiles a card from his or her graveyard.
Grave Consequences Let each player exile any number of cards from their graveyards and then lose 1 life for each card in his or her graveyard. Cantrip.
Gravegouger Temporary exile up to two target cards from a single graveyard. Return those cards back to the owner’s graveyard when it leaves the battlefield.
Krosan Reclamation / Memory’s Journey / Perpetual Timepiece Shuffles cards you do not want your opponents to choose for Tasigur to retrieve back to your library.
Merrow Bonegnawer / Rag Dealer / Zombie Assassin Creatures with activate ability which exile cards from a single graveyard.
Necrogenesis / Night Soil Exile Creature cards from graveyard to create Saproling token.
Skaab Goliath / Skaab Ruinator Zombies which require exile of Creature cards from your graveyard as additional cost to cast.
Skeletal Scrying Exile X cards from graveyard to draw X cards.
Spinning Darkness Alternate casting cost of exiling three Black cards from graveyard. Deals 3 damage to target nonblack Creature and gain 3 life.

 

Clearing Out the "Trash".

Clearing Out the “Trash”.

 

All the Good Stuff

Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Emperor of a Fallen Dynasty.

The khan of Sultai past is a very powerful retriever style Commander. Using the ways mentioned above to “trim” your graveyard ensuring you only have the good stuffs left in the graveyard for you retrieve is a recommended way to use him. That method of using him that way reminded me of an older strategy in the past where we utilize Soldevi Digger, an old Artifact to repeatedly retrieve the top card of our graveyards to an empty library; ensuring the card we draw is always a useful card we want. Using Tasigur is very similar to that strategy. With Sultai color identity, you even have access to other Control cards to help you control the board. You can even go with reanimation with all the milling from using Tasigur’s ability.

 

Do you agree with our opinion of the Sultai khan of the Past? Will you consider the young spoilt heir to lead your army? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below. And with that we have come to the end for the Sultai khan of the Past. Do stay tune for more Commander Review of the set. So till the next article…

 

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

:D~

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