Lithowomancer

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Uh, Equipment.deck?

How does it compare to previous generals?

Oh good lord. Mono-white. Here’s a list of questionable cards I have seen people run in Mono-White in an attempt to have something resembling a draw engine:

Mentor of the Meek
Inheritance
Well of Lost Dreams
Armistice
-any of the various artifacts that have “pay a lot of mana, draw some cards”
Skullclamp

Hey wait, this thing’s +2 ability combos with Skullclamp! And with Mentor of the Meek! Tight!

Um, yeah. It’s mono-white. It doesn’t draw cards. Welcome to the party.

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

To me the most compelling deck design space that any of the new Generalwalkers offer is the idea that, since you can recur them, their minus abilities become more attractive. Maybe I’m just a bad player (probably), but I find that whenever I play Planeswalkers in EDH (which, to be fair, is pretty rare), I almost never start by minusing them; it’s like I drop them and then immediately start grinding to the ultimate, using the minus abilities only if I get desperate.

I would imagine that knowing you can just recast your Generalwalker might make it more attractive to immediately use the minus ability (and I’m really, really glad that none of them has a middle Emblem ability like Sorin.) With that in mind, I can see how Lithowomancer is destined to be at the helm of Free Argentum Armor Day.deck, and that seems fine.

Oh, and no, I don’t have anything interesting you can do with it.

Ajani’s Dead Brother

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Clearly something involving White Sun’s Zenith.

How does it compare to previous generals?

So, at this point it’s pretty clear that someone who designs cards for Wizards has a full-on robot chubby for Mono-White Cats Tribal, which means someone at Wizards is totally enamored with games that either go do nothing do nothing do nothing EOT WSZ you lose, or do nothing do nothing do nothing lose. What a great time!

No, for reals. Why are we so obsessed with Cats tribal? It’s not like they’re any good, and outside of WSZ, there not really any way to make a bunch of ’em that doesn’t involve jumping through a bunch of hoops (except for Waiting in the Weeds, and that’s in the wrong color and terrible anyway.) And yet, virtually everyone I know has at least flirted with the idea at one point or another.

Here’s a better question: WHY CAN’T I COME UP WITH ANY GOOD IDEAS FOR A MONO-WHITE DECK?

(And no, this card doesn’t help me come up with any good ideas either.)

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Sadly, there’s no way to have negative attacking creatures, which pretty much kills my innovative ideas with this dude right out of the gates. Is this the General that allows you to ruin everyone else’s life with Lightmine Field? Oh probably! Have fun building that!

Teferi

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Mono-Blue Superfriends? Why not?

How does it compare to previous generals?

Well, I’ll give it this: it’s way, way less obnoxious than running actual Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir as your general. For that matter, there’s about 15 other mono-Blue generals that seem more scary than it, so that’s in play. Is it good? Who knows! Have fun building around this thing!

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Honestly, I’ve been trying to figure out interesting things to do with mono-Blue in general, and I tend to come up short most of the time. This is no exception to that, so I’d say the most interesting thing to do with this is build anything non-GoodStuff with it. Good luck.

Geralf

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Zombie mill! Lookout!

How does it compare to previous generals?

This doesn’t really give you any value from running other mill stuff (except for maybe Undead Alchemist, so there’s that.) Is this your opportunity to run all the crappy Skaab guys from Innistrad? Stitched Drake for the GOD DAMN WIN? Get to it!

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Ok, so Geralf’s creature type has no flavorful connection to this, but if you want to make huge dudes with him, clearly this is your optimal general for Leviathans Tribal, because what better to do with all that janky crap then stitch two of ’em together for a gigantic crappy man? Boom! Dig this, baby:

“Uh, EOT activate Geralf? Mill Grozoth and Polar Kraken? Big ass zombie? Untap, 20 you?”

Nice life!

Ob Nixilis

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Friendly poke! Take 1!

How does it compare to previous generals?

This seems like another in the long litany of mono-Black board-control Generals (or, Bored-control Generals, if you’re That Guy), with an added sacrifice theme if you can ever ultimate it. Sure, why not?

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Hey, does anyone know the backstory on this guy? Because I think that some sort of narrative-based deck could be kind of cool here. I know he originally comes from Zendikar, which is weird because the way I imagine his backstory seems so Innistrad. Somehow because a demon and lost his planeswalker mojo? Evocative! Run a bunch of crap like Promise of Power and Demonic Rising, plus Ancient Craving and Corrupt, as well as both creature iterations if this dude? I’m not playing EDH, I’m telling a story!

(BONUS: Here’s the ending to the story: “…and then, you lost to a good deck that actually does something.”)

Gisa

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Zombie zombie zombie!

How does it compare to previous generals?

Is black. Makes Zombies. Is not a Zombie. Dies to Noxious Ghoul triggers, just like every other non-Zombie black general. Oops.

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Isn’t Gisa where the pyramids are? (Checks Google.) Ok, so that’s GIZA. Close enough! Gisa! Pyramids! 98 other cards! Boom! Theme deck!

Goblin Artifact Man Thing

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Probably play something like this atrocity here, which I pull out every now and then when I want to play a very long game that makes everyone hate me. Sure, I know it seems like it has no win conditions, but that’s just because you’ve never played against Repercussion. Good lord. A lot of times, I look at Repercussion sitting in my hand, and then I look at Blasphemous Act sitting next to it, and then I look at my friends, and ponder what life would be like if they weren’t my friends any more, and then I feel very sadface.

Oh wait, I’m supposed to be taking about Goblin Artifact Man Thing. Good point! Right, run him in something with lots of Artifacts?

How does it compare to previous generals?

Hey look, red is the new “Artifacts color”! Does this make any sense to anyone? No? Ok then!

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Trade it to misguided novelty-obsessed Legacy players convinced that this creates a new archetype that somehow has a chance of doing anything! Get there!

Feldon

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Emo.deck! Now with 100% more rando creature recursion until end of turn!

How does it compare to previous generals?

Ok, so Goblin Artifact Man Thing was sort of new territory for red (what with being a red General that plays nice with artifacts and doesn’t cost 10,000 – hi, Bosh, Iron Golem!) This, on the other hand, is TOTALLY new territory for Red. Interesting!

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Mono-red Reanimator? Do you have what it takes?

(Didn’t think so.)

Freyalise

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Elves!

(Gosh, these new Planeswalkers and/or Generals are kind tribally linear, huh?)

How does it compare to previous generals?

As somebody who has watched Cass nonbo himself into oblivion with Eladamri, Lord of Leaves and any of the various Elves that want to target themselves or other Elves, this lady seems like an upgrade.

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Ok, so here’s where I admit that none of the Generalwalkers do anything at all for me, ok? I mean, Planeswalkers tend to be pretty boing in EDH because they’re kinda generically good and predictable and always do the same thing.

Here’s an example of what I mean: last night in a game I had Vedalken Orrery out. Spine of Ish-Sah got cast, resolved, and came in targeting Orrery. In response, I cast a creature face down, unmorphed it, and Willbender-ed the Spine trigger to something else. I’d never done that with Willbender before.

In contrast, what will you ever do with a planeswalker besides cast it during your turn and activate it for value? I realize that’s not bad per se, but it’s not particularly interesting, either.

So anyways, I have no idea what to do with this, so I’ma go with mono-green storm! For reals! Dig this combo, baby! First, get a bunch of mana dorks (your Generalwalker can help with this.) Then, imprint Vitalize on Isochron Scepter. Tight! Then, use Karn, Silver Golem to animate Isochron Scepter. Boom! Infinite mana and storm count! Hunting Pack for days, baby!

Titania

What is the most obvious thing you can do with it?

Oh dang! Mono-Green mass LD, now with 100% more incentive to be That Guy! Is it possible that this lady will single-handely spike the price of Natural Balance? Don’t hold your breath!

How does it compare to previous generals?

I’ve seen a few players try to make a go of it with a “Lands Matter” EDH deck (most notably my friend Tyler before some flaming douchebags stole his collection and I hope they burn in Hell.) If that’s your thing (the “Lands Matter” deck, not stealing Tyler’s collection and burning in Hell), then this is a relatively interesting new general option.

For everyone else, this slots into the long, long list of “Mono-Green Generals less good than Azuza, Ezuri, Multani, Kamahl, Omnath, or Yeva.”

What is the most interesting thing you can do with it?

Earth Surge? Liege of the Tangle? Landy handy?

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

Oh hey, you’re still reading this! Nice work!

So anyways, back in July when they announced these things, we announced the 2014 GDC EDH Precon Contest, where we asked people to prognosticate on the Planeswalkers and Legends in this product in order to win free stuff. Who doesn’t like free stuff?

So anyways, we got a bunch of entries, and I’m happy to report that our winner is Patrick Goulding! In addition to being tastefully named, Patrick also totally nailed it with three correct on-color guesses (Ob Nixlis in black, Titania and Freyalise in green), giving him a stunning 30% success rate!

Oh wait, that doesn’t sound very impressive. Ok, well think of it like this – since Wizards announced three of the Legends, it was really 3-of-7, which brings him up to like 43%. Nice one!

Oh wait, that’s still kinda bad. Ok, so how about this: since both the White and Red Planeswalkers were impossible (since they were new characters), Patrick actually got three out of five, or 60%! Boom! Got there! D for Diploma, baby!

So anyways, Patrick gets himself a shiny new EDH Precon for his troubles, which will be mailed to him by Cass since I’m horrendous about mailing things (this is why I can’t use PucaTrade.) Nice one, dude!

Oh hey, since we’re on the subject of Winners, I’d also like to congratulate Wojtek aka Vampirezombieninja, who totally crushed the competition in my life-changing Flash for Ass” Competition from my Khans of Tarkir Generals Review, and who I contacted like a month ago to let him know that he won but haven’t sent his prize until now because I’m totally flaky and also because I had to acquire it. Congratulations, dude! “Flash for Ass” is a winner!

Ok! Obligatory pandering for comments below outro! See y’all in two months for my review of the Generals from Fate Reforged! You’re lovely!

XO,
->Mr. P
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