Breya, Etherium Shaper
– Double Masters
September 7, 2020
Commander [EDH]: 4.13
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Breya was part of the first generation of four-color commanders in the preconstructed decks from a few years ago; she made a big splash for that novelty, like they all did, but it also turns out that they’re quite strong in general. Breya, in particular, has a set of abilities that affect the game state quite dramatically, particularly in attrition battles, at the cost of being an artifact-heavy deck. You’ll notice that the only color she lacks is green, which is the color that has the fewest positive interactions with artifacts anyway, so this is probably just fine as decks go. This is particularly true in Commander, where a reusable creature with reusable abilities can just take over a table if left unchecked.
As far as activated abilities go, Breya has a pretty potent one: turn artifacts into removal or life gain. And since it’s triggerable off of any two artifacts (token or otherwise), she can do a lot of rude things once she gets entrenched. She’ll even bring two friends to thop the crap out of your opponents first. The mana cost is definitely a bit of an obstacle, though; four mana in specific colors forces you to build heavily around her. But once she’s in, she’ll do a lot for you. Definitely a bit more of a combo engine, but she offers solid value all the same.
Constructed: 2 (too fair for Legacy, and four color makes this a very hard sell)
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