Benalish Commander – Time Spiral Remastered
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 3.13
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Soldiers are a tribe whose reputation is about getting things into play and attacking linearly, so it’s interesting to see one who has a few more subtle things going on. One token per turn is a similar rate to Goblin Rabblemaster or Bitterblossom, but the amount of mana you’ll need to spend up front is much higher. Of course, since the Commander is waiting in exile where he can’t be interacted with, he can give you even more of an advantage against control decks, and they also have to account for the fact that he could have ridiculous power and toughness when he does appear. While he’s not the fastest or most aggressive way to get a herd of tokens, the tribal interactions and the difficulty of stopping him makes him a very tempting option.
Part of the Planar Chaos cycle of creatures that rewarded you for suspending them, Benalish Commander is actually flat better by casting it through suspend…unless you need it on board immediately. If you set X = 1, you get a 1/1 at the same time you get at least a 2/2 with haste, and being able to wait longer means you get more soldiers. All the same, though, it’s definitely a big body for a well-supported tribe that goes wide more often than not, and it’s certainly a threatening win condition if you can get it in with haste. Considering it’s 3 mana and 1 turn wait at the cheapest, it’s not bad at all.
Constructed: 2 (a bit too “cute” and slow for Modern, but it’s not the worst play you can make)
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