This week we’re going to start off by playing a little game, as an exercise on the power of groupthink. This segment’s goal is to avoid cementing the idea of staple cards. So, let’s show an example of this at work. You’re going to guess the card in question. Ready?
I want to you think of a Blue enchantment that is useful for drawing cards…
It has a low mana cost to cast…
And it’s fairly easy to come by…
Do you have it?
Everyone plays for different reasons, and our hope is that variety is part of what drives Commander players. For those who seek the world of forgotten, overlooked, and neglected cards – step on up. The choice this week is an example of a card that works as an alternate to (or in addition to), it’s more well-known cousin.
Today we have: Mystic Remora
Name: Mystic Remora
Edition: Ice Age
Focus: Card Draw
Highlights: If players have to make the decision to pay an additional 1 mana for Rhystic Study (which you should always do if you can), Mystic Remora takes the idea to the next level. While only affecting non-creature spells, this enchantment requires a player pay 4. Four! Chances are then that if the timing is right, you will get to draw cards, right?
The elephant in the room, is of course, the prohibitive Cumulative Upkeep cost. If you have the Remora out early in the game, players may opt to only cast creatures until the upkeep cost on your end is no longer worth it. Objectively, the early game is where Rhystic Study has the slight advantage.
Conversely, as the game progresses, a fact often brushed under the carpet is that Rhystic Study’s usefulness drops as players end up with mana pools that can easily swing the extra 1 cost. Paying 4, however, is not as easy of a sell. Additionally, you’ll be able to pay for the Cumulative Upkeep easier as the game progresses.
Better yet, pair the Remora with cards like Power Conduit, Hex Parasite or Eon Hub to really let the card’s magical fish powers shine unabated. Granted, the longer a game goes, the more access you have to other powerful card-drawing enchantments, creatures, and artifacts, but don’t let this card fool you. In larger games, a well-situated Mystic Remora can be quite lucrative to have out.
And as always, there’s nothing saying you can’t run similar cards in your deck at the same time. “Rhystic and Remora” has a nice real ring to it, don’t you think?
Keep an eye out for us to be regularly featuring other more accessible-but-worth-it Commander cards going forward. In the meantime, we’ll keep the light on for you.
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