Welcome to a new era of big spells in Standard!
Sure, Mono-Red is going to try to play Fun Police, but much of the rest of the format? They’re casting big, big, Magic: The Gathering spells. No no – Bigger than that.
Command the Dreadhorde – Is it the Biggest?
Certainly not in every deck.
Ben Friedman played a copy in his main deck (and other copy in his sideboard). Otherwise? Just a modified “Esper Superheroes” deck. Yes, there were powerful Planeswalkers to get back (as well as a full quartet of Basilica Bell-Haunts… But this is not really where Command the Dreadhorde shines brightest.
Dedicated Command the Dreadhorde
Command the Dreadhorde is more central to the winning deck of last week’s Classic, played by Robert Hayes.
With a ton of Explore creatures like Jadelight Ranger and Merfolk Branchwalker, the Hayes deck willfylly dumps extra cards into the graveyard, making for potentially juiced commands. On top of this, four copies of Tamiyo, Collector of Tales both fills the graveyard and searches for our key spell.
The card that laces everything together is Wildgrowth Walker!
Wildgrowth Walker can help you gain life along the way, which will either give you fuel to Command the Dreadhorde or a ton of triggers paying you back once you already have.
I’d say keep your Walker safe, but if you don’t you can always get him back later, life-granting Explore triggers and all!
Hayes is so big into having the biggest end game he even played Trostani Discordant.
Oh I get it… Is Mass Manipulation even Bigger of a Big Spell?
Your size will vary on Mass Manipulation depending on how big and strong and overall powerful the kinds of cards are that it will steal.
But what we do know: Trostani Discordant could be better.
Trostani defends creatures only… So if the opponent lines up to get Planeswalkers? The Selesnya Legend has no opinion 🙁
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