Core Set 2020 has arrived! There are twelve sexy, sexy new commanders for all of us to try out. Today I’m going to cover the mono-colored legends, and as usual there is one for each color. Let’s get started.

Sephara, Sky’s Blade

Sephara, Sky's Blade

As a Commander:

Our new white legend is a seven mana 7/7. Seems pretty meh, but if you look beyond the three white and four casting cost you’ll find an angel with a familiar ability. Other creatures you control with flying have indestructible. This card is Avacyn lite. On top of that Sephara has flying and lifelink. Oh, and an alternate casting cost. You can pay white and tep four untapped flyers you control to cast Sephara. Overall she seems like a fine commander for a flying themed deck. That’s about it.

In the 99:

This sweet angel belongs in any angel tribal deck, and really just about any deck with a large amount of flyers. I have a friend who runs a Kangee led bird tribal deck, and I know the deck loves running Sephara.

Kangee, Aerie Keeper

It fits better in the 99 than as a commander in my opinion. I feel as though she does not really scream “build around me,” and she instead belongs somewhere where she can help other flyers.

Atemsis, All-Seeing

Atemsis, All-Seeing

As a Commander:

What the heck is this? This is the wackiest card I have seen in a long time. Six mana for a 4/5 flyer, who for three mana, lets you draw two and pitch one. Pretty normal and underwhelming so far. Then whenever it deals damage to an opponent you may reveal your hand. Um, why? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because if you have at least six cards with different cmc’s revealed this way, that player loses the game. WHAT!?! That is bonkers. This seems like such a fun deck. You get to play a pile of janky cards that somehow work because of their mana costs. Also if you take a look at the card text it says “deals damage” not deals combat damage. This card is ridiculous. I love it. Two thumbs up.

In the 99:

Um. That’s a big no, my friend. Maybe in sphinx tribal. Literally nowhere else.

Vilis, Broker of Blood

Vilis, Broker of Blood

As a Commander:

This demon is nuts. Out of all the new commanders, this is the one I am most likely to build. It seems super strong. Eight mana 8/8 flyer with “{B}, pay two life: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.” Stapled to the bottom is a nice little line of text. “Whenever you lose life, draw that many cards.” What the hecking heck. While not as powerful as Grizzy-B, this is pretty darn close. Necropotence is just absurd in this deck. That ability is so easy to abuse. So strong.

Necropotence

In the 99:

If you are in a deck that happens to care about any of the following things you run Vilis. Number one is demons. Vilis is a demon and a strong one at that. Run the card. Life loss/combat/life gain all makeup number two. Any deck where you can afford to have large swings of life. Aetherflux Reservoir is a nice kill someone + draw fifty.

Aetherflux Reservoir

Be careful with that one actually. Last but not least is just a good stuff deck. No need to explain.

Drakuseth, Maw of Flames

Drakuseth, Maw of Flames

As a Commander:

I don’t like this card. Run it as your commander if you want, but I don’t like it. It has next to no impact in a commander game. It will deal some extra damage to a few things. Meh. I personally think it is terrible. Prove me wrong.

In the 99:

Drakuseth goes into some dragon tribal decks, and maybe some red based aggro decks. I’m going to move on now.

Gargos, Viscious Watcher

Gargos, Vicious Watcher

As a Commander:

Hydra tribal is real my friends. No more are the days of being forced to run Rosheen Meanderer just to be able to play a large multi-headed dude. No.

Rosheen Meanderer

Today we get to have all of our Hydras discounted by four. That is not all that our new pet brings to the table on its 8/7 vigilant body. In addition to the discount goodness, we get to have Gargos fight an enemy creature whenever a creature of ours becomes the target of any spell at all, controlled by us or our opponents. This is hydra tribal, bask in its glory.

In the 99:

Yeah, I guess you could just put it in the Rosheen hydra deck and be able to run red also, but that would make me sad. This cares specifically about hydras. Show Gargos that you care too.

That’s what I got for you this week. Leave comments below about your thoughts on these legends, and prove my feelings on Drakuseth wrong. Until next time.

Warper of Worlds

 

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