Commander Legends previews are continuing this week and the next, and there's a lot to unpack from yesterday. Let's get into discussing one of the biggest cards of the set, as well as one of the smallest!
Jeska, Thrice Reborn was revealed by Twitter user @Merchant_MTG yesterday. At first glance, Jeska does not look like much of a powerhouse in Commander. After all, Jeska only enters play with one loyalty per commander you've cast this game. While that adds up, you probably don't want to rack up commander tax onto Jeska in order to boost her initial loyalty count. Unless you're planning for Jeska to be a mana sink in commander form. If a player can make infinite red mana somehow with her in the command zone, the game is over due to her -X ability and a repeat casting of Jeska ad infinitum.
This seems sound, but what partner commanders that we have seen go well with Jeska, Thrice Reborn? For starters, a few established partner commanders seem good for this purpose, including Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix or Tymna the Weaver. Those two cards serve as decent value outlets, as shown in Commander games since 2016. Additionally, Dargo, the Shipwrecker, a new legendary creature card from Commander Legends, seems well equipped to go infinite, especially with a blinkable Treasure outlet like Dockside Extortionist and Cloudstone Curio in the other 98 cards.
What doesn't play too well with Jeska, Thrice Reborn? It might be too early to call it, but I'd suggest that other mana sinks don't work optimally here as a mana-driven activated ability could mesh poorly with the win condition of casting Jeska over and over. Nevertheless, if something like Thrasios, Triton Hero is a means to that end, it might play about as well as, if not better than, Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix with Jeska. While this remains to be seen post-release, a Temur Thrasios deck doesn't seem too out-there.
This card was revealed officially by Wizards of the Coast yesterday. Off the bat, newer and/or less-enfranchised players may struggle to see why Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh is in this set. Some players don't understand the memetic history behind the Kobold creature type and how this card, even as a 0/1, can exist for no mana investment, much less why the creature is legendary.
However, this little fellow may be one of the most efficient Voltron-style commanders to come out of the set, if you wish to commit to that line of play. As a free creature in command, you can cast Equipment spells to augment Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh for powerful attacks to win the game. Colossus Hammer seems to fill that role nicely, especially when supported by Magnetic Theft or Sigarda's Aid (for which you'd need a white-aligned partner, of course).
That's not all, however—if you're looking to exploit Cloudstone Curio (like the above scenario with Dargo, the Shipwrecker, Dockside Extortionist, and Jeska, Thrice Reborn), it may make sense to add Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh in the deck either as a partner commander or in the 98. It may even be advisable to run Rograkh in a Norin the Wary deck for the free enters-the-battlefield triggers. The possibilities are there, and ready for exploiting.
This was only week one of the preview season, and plenty is still in store for players! We look forward to seeing how next week plays out.