– Commander Legends
November 10, 2020
Commander [EDH]: 3.75
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
There’s little party like a Pirate party, and Port Razer is a good way to keep the party going on your turns. He’s able to be chump-blocked, and a 4/4 with no combat abilities isn’t intrinsically amazing, but more attacks is always a good thing. And the wording on Port Razer means you can get as many combat steps as you have opponents (plus one), if you can get him through each time. While Pirates have plenty of support, Port Razer is agnostic about who he enables, and red decks that look to smash might have a use for the pillaging orc.
Constructed: 1.5 (too expensive, no combat abilities, and mediocre stats don’t add up)
We’re very used to seeing orcs as primitive tribal warriors, so can I just point out that orcs as pirates is awesome? It’s far beyond anything Tolkien dreamed of when he introduced the concept to fantasy, but it just works. It really does. I hope to see a lot of interpretations of this concept in official publications and fan art (and that’s not even mentioning that both orcs and pirates exist in Lego!).
Port Razer has absolutely devastating abilities in multiplayer settings, where decks that want to win by attacking often have a difficult time. Of course, he also lacks any kind of evasive or protective abilities in himself, and red doesn’t necessarily excel at the latter in particular, so he will probably do best in multicolored decks alongside other creatures with attack triggers and/or saboteur abilities. I don’t even know how to start counting the advantage he generates when he hits two people in one turn with specters or – Neptune save us – Titans.
Constructed: 1/5 (an extra combat phase is good, but this particular version is kind of hard to trigger in conventional constructed)
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