– Commander 2018
August 24, 2018
Commander [EDH]: 4.13
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1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
The Limited Edition Alpha card Berserk was restricted in tournaments for a surprisingly long time. To be fair, doubling almost anything is inherently difficult to balance – just ask Doubling Season players. At this cost, Nylea’s Colossus is unlikely to follow its famous ancestor to the Restricted List. It is, however, likely to end games with an obscene amount of damage, especially in a deck with lots of other enchantments that are included for their own unique functions but happen to be cheap enough to play a whole bunch of them in one turn. Might I suggest Wild Growth? I also like how well it plays with its namesake god herself – not only is she an enchantment that triggers the Berserk effect, but she gives creatures trample.
Seven mana, make one creature freaking massive? Sounds green, all right. The color of big creatures normally, Nylea’s Colossus plays nicely in that place, making them even bigger. And the how is rather elegant: a Constellation trigger, that Journey Into Nyx mechanic that triggers when enchantments come into play.
Nylea’s Colossus might become one of the staple green creatures in Commander Enchantress decks, using enchantments to draw cards and wreak havoc. Seven mana is a big ask, but since it lets you target any creature, you can easily use this to make Nylea’s Colossus into an absolute unit, or something; 6/6 with no abilities is underwhelming, but a 12/12 is a bit better. And even without enchantments, it can work as a one-shot “make large creature unstoppable” trick.
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