Week two of Commander Legends previews is underway, and so far, the revealed cards for this week look quite powerful! Let's dive into the reveals with a few game-changing cards.
Hullbreacher feels like the brainchild of whoever created such cards as Smothering Tithe or the recently revealed Opposition Agent. In realty, it's probably a bit more like Dockside Extortionist-meets-Notion Thief. A lot of buzz has been generated about this card (as well as a few others) making more sense in white, but while arguments have been made, they seem rather weak.
This card, however, is anything but. Turning your opponent's potential draws into mana for you is nothing to sneeze at. Hullbreacher will be one of the key chase rares in the set for its mana efficiency and its relatively high power level.
A spin-off of cards like Conquering Manticore and Zealous Conscripts, Coercive Recruiter is arguably stronger than either of these. This card not only steals a creature when it enters the battlefield, but also whenever another Pirate enters as well. Because it's also a Pirate, you can get up to some crazy shenanigans by making copies of Coercive Recruiter with cards like Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.
Akroma, Vision of Ixidor was revealed today and is already turning hands. At first glance, Akroma looks to be a "keyword soup" commander, dealing mostly in creatures with a large number of keywords. In this respect, in mono-white Akroma is outclassed by Odric, Lunarch Marshal... except that Akroma, Vision of Ixidor has the partner ability and, therefore, has access to at least one additional color. Off the bat, Sakashima of a Thousand Faces looks ideal as Akroma's partner, especially if copying Akroma. This will provide both Akromas with a buff of +4/+4 at least, and buff any other relevant creatures with +2/+2 per keyword. That is tremendous if you want to alpha strike for the victory.
However, if you don't like playing white-blue, Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh doesn't feel out of place, either. While definitely not as strong as Sakashima for this partnering, Rograkh at least gets +3/+3 during combat and is otherwise a cost-free creature. What's more, Akroma, Vision of Ixidor grants Rograkh access to white, which is a fantastic color for Equipment and Aura spells to augment the Kobold.
Commander Legends preview season ends very soon, and while we are sad to see it end, we are eager to see what the sets of 2021 will bring!