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 Edgar Markov
- Commander 2017

Reviewed August , 2017

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 4.25
Limited: DNA
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Edgar Markov
 
I quite like Edgar's art here, but I would comment that if you just look at the picture, it's not necessarily immediately apparent that he's a vampire. You might infer it if you were familiar with Innistrad's decadent and brutal vampires, but at first and second glance it looks like a nobleman and his retainers. Still, when you do put him in a deck with other vampires, you're not likely to be disappointed. Giving all your creatures a permanent boost is nothing to laugh at, especially since some vampires have abilities that care about +1/+1 counters anyway. The token-generating ability is also a lot more reliable than it looks, since in a Commander game it's active starting on turn zero rather than when you cast him - he effectively doubles the size of your aggro swarm, and that alone is worth looking into in a format where that archetype traditionally struggles.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: n/a
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Edgar Markov

 

He may be a vampire, but he doesn't suck. Edgar Markov is an excellent enabler for Vampires; while the tribe historically has been more in black and red (occasionally dipping into white), Edgar makes a good argument for the white splash. He churns out a Vampire with each other one you cast, and when you get him to the board, he threatens to end the game quickly. While he's “only” a 4/4 at first, first strike and his attack trigger make him hard to get rid of and extremely dangerous with a Vampire army.

 

Like with Arahbo, Edgar aims to end the game quickly on-board through lots of attacking, and he may well succeed. I can't think of a better Vampire commander off the top of my head, if I’m being frank (though the other new legend, Licia, is also pretty solid, though without giving the support to your board Edgar offers).

 

Constructed: 2

Casual: 4.5

Multiplayer: 4

Commander: 4.5


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