Fblthp, the Lost
– War of the Spark
April 16, 2019
Commander [EDH]: 3.25
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Is Fblthp really still lost if we can summon him using this card? I suppose there’s no way to be sure where he is before we call on him!
His clause about being cast from your library is curious to me. Beyond Experimental Frenzy, I’m not aware of any significant cards in Standard right now that let you do that – is he hinting at a significant card or mechanic from the next set? The Frenzy tends to lend itself more towards aggressive strategies while Fblthp is more about incremental advantage, but he certainly suggests use in some manner of combo. I doubt you would go out of your way to use Chord of Calling on him, but a different kind of Experimental Frenzy strategy, or something involving Future Sight or Vizier of the Menagerie, could fit him in. It’s also worth noting that if he’s your commander, you can choose to have him be shuffled into your library and get him back out somehow to avoid paying the “commander tax”. (Now I kind of want to know what sort of Commander deck comes up from choosing him as the leader!)
I’d love to know if Fblthp’s thing is just being lost somewhere in the city of Ravnica, or if he might eventually branch out. The Planar Bridge is technically in the city now, of course, so there might be a way for him to get somewhere else even if he never becomes a planeswalker. It’d be cool to one day see him stargazing in Akros, or standing on a dragon-headed longship’s prow!
The meme has arrived. Everyone’s favorite directionally-challenged homunculus, Fblthp, finally makes his in-game debut with an interesting puzzle to try and solve. He’s normally a blue Elvish Visionary, but you get more cards if you can get him to play from your library…think Collected Company, Experimental Frenzy, a Protean Staff-style effect, or something close to it. And he also gets lost again rather easily, thanks to his “run to the hills” effect.
By no means is Fblthp, the Lost a Constructed all-star, but he’s an interesting enough card that can get you a nice bit of card advantage in the process. Being a 1/1 with no combat abilities that can’t be hit by targeted pump spells is not a great place to be, but when you can let your memes actually be memes, who cares?
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