Feather, The Redeemed

As a commander:

Holy Boros Batman!!! War of the Spark has given us a commander that can generate card advantage. Feather is awesome at the head of this wonderful deck. If you don’t believe me, check EDHREC. Feather is already the most popular Boros commander just a couple months after release, and it makes perfect sense. Feather turns combat tricks into card advantage. Think about cards like Defiant Strike.

For one white mana at instant speed you get to give one of your creatures a little boost and draw a card! Yeah, not quite what you thought of as EDH playable. What makes this card amazing in Feather, and Boros especially, is that Defiant Strike will return to your hand at the next end step. So for a single white mana you pump Feather, draw a card, and you get to do it again the next turn when defiant strike comes back. Feather is awesome, and is exactly what Boros needed to have a real fighting chance.

In the 99:

Feather has a very specific focus and will struggle to fit into many decks as one of the ninety-nine. When not at the helm I can see Feather in decks behind Anax and Cymede as well as Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest, the first of which actually fits really nicely into a feather led deck.

Feather is strong, and a strong step in the right direction for Boros as a whole. I would be surprised to see Feather a bunch when playing in new circles.

Niv-Mizzet Reborn

As a Commander:

Niv-Mizzet is back and more colorful than ever. This is Niv’s fourth creature card, and it is by far the most powerful. How powerful? CEDH Powerful. Yeah, that’s right. This clunky looking, card drawing lad is CEDH viable, taking over for General Tazri as the 5-color competetive Food Chain commander. Tazri relies heavily on three specific allies to win and is far easier to disrupt, Niv on the other hand, has multiple ways to win after infinite mana is generated with Food Chain.

After generating infinite mana with cards that can be cast from exile and/or the graveyard like Squee the immortal you can use cards like Sparkcaster or Walking Ballista to end the game faster than you can find Nicol Bolas in Niv-Mizzet’s art.

In the 99:

If you are play five color dragons, Ramos, Dragon Engine, or Jodah, Archmage Eternal you can make a case, otherwise no.

Niv-Mizzet Reborn is meant to lead. The three above commanders are just about it in terms of putting Niv in the ninety-nine. Five color cards are hard to run, and Niv realliy shines in a deck focused around those two colored cards.

Roalesk, Apex Hybrid

As a Commander:

I’m personally not a big fan of Roalesk as the commander of a deck. In order to get the proliferate effect it has to die. That means leaving it in the graveyard. Which sucks. A lot. Similar to Roalesk is Elenda, the Dusk Rose from Rivals of Ixalan.

The thing is, Elenda does so much more when she dies than Roalesk, and she’s in black, which recurs cards from the graveyard more. Overall, not a fan.

In the 99:

In the ninety nine, Roalesk seems far better. Primarily in +1/+1 counter decks like Prime Speaker Zegana or Vorel of the Hull Clade.

The card can be good, but I don’t see it being all that amazing. Still not a big fan.

Storrev, Devkarin Lich

As a Commander:

Storrev seems like a fun casual deck that plays a bit of an aggressive/planeswalker style deck. It is not near the most powerful in the color combination, nor in War of the Spark, but it could be a fun deck to build. Give it unblockable with Whispersilk Cloak, or make it large with something like craterhoof.

In the 99:

It’s just another utility-ish creature. There are better ways to get creatures back in black and green, but not so much planeswalkers, so there’s that. Otherwise I think it is just alright.

Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves

As a Commander:

Comes with a friend, gains you life, and lets the wolf fight for you like the direwolf you always wanted. Yes I side with house Stark, fight me. Anyway, Tolsimir is a commander for a previously unplayable, yet for some reason still played, tribe. You run the classic wolf themed cards, minus the red ones (*cries*). A fun casual deck, I might give it a try myself.

In the 99:

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. No. Not even in a token theme deck. Tolsimir cares about wolves not tokens, so no.

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