Single Card Discussion: The Eldest Reborn

 

Hello and welcome back to the Single Card Discussion series! After my pieces on Cultural Exchange and Dualcaster Mage, it’s time to take a look at yet another multiplayer gem that I feel has been sadly overlooked.

Today’s card is one that I’ve thought was useful in multiplayer since it was first spoiled many years ago, and though it does see play, I’m shocked that I haven’t seen a lot of talk about it. Today’s featured card is new Dominaria card, The Eldest Reborn!

Let’s take a look!

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Thus far in my Single Card series, I’ve looked at some great multiplayer gems.

• I started the series with Utter End, my favorite spot removal spell from Khans, here.
• I looked at a red card, Outpost Siege, my overall favorite card from Fate Reforged, here.
• Another red card, Greater Gargadon, a fantastic sacrifice outlet, here.
• I looked at the first monowhite card, the tricksy Seht’s Tiger here.
• The first blue card of the series, Gilded Drake, a potent thievery effect, here.
• I went over white control card World Queller and how to use its powerful effect here.
• I looked at the once-restricted blue recursion card Recall, the only blue card that can recur dead planeswalkers (plus any other type of card), here.
• I went over the first black card of this series, Commander 2014’s Flesh Carver, an excellent sacrifice outlet here.
• As part of my week-long look at Modern Masters 2015 cards, I looked at Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, and his token-making prowess here.
• We went over the red sweeper Magmaquake, which hits all planeswalkers at once, here.
• I looked at Shrouded Lore, a strange black recursion spell, here.
• We discussed the power of tapping down opposing creatures with a trio of white cards: Glare of Subdual, Sandsower, and Diversionary Tactics, here.
• I took a look at two green recursion creatures, Hua Tuo, Honored Physician, and Loaming Shaman from Ravnica, here.
• I looked at an Innistrad favourite, Reaper from the Abyss, an excellent card for killing off opposing creatures, here.
• I looked at the powerful Magic Origins card Chandra’s Ignition, a mighty Wrath effect/player killer, here.
• I spotlighted Vorinclex’s potent new win condition and mana-ramp spell, From Beyond, and the possibilities of an Eldrazi sideboard here.
• I looked at my favourite modal spell from Commander 2014, the deceptively useful Wretched Confluence here.
• I looked at new Ally tribal leader General Tazri and how she would interact with the Allies here.
• I looked at the Mana Reflection/Soul of the Harvest love child, Zendikar Resurgent here.
• I looked at the super Purify slash big dude, Kalemne’s Captain, here.
• I went over one of my favorite lands from Shadows Over Innistrad block, Westvale Abbey (and its flip side, Ormendahl) here.
• I took a look at Amonkhet’s new powerhouse card drawing spell, Pull from Tomorrow, which is deceptively good, here.
• I went over the aftermath all-star, Commit // Memory, a powerful and flexible bounce spell and draw 7, here.
• I looked at a third Amonkhet card, as I looked at a second aftermath card, Dusk // Dawn here.
• I took a look at a fourth Amonkhet card, Mouth // Feed, which was the third aftermath card that I really liked, here.
• I shared my thoughts on the simple-but-powerful Commander 2013 land, Opal Palace here.
• I looked at Hour of Devastation’s graveyard-hosing Scavenger Grounds here.
• I delved into Commander’s Verdant Confluence here.
• I looked at Theros’s Bow of Nylea here.
• I took a look at a removal spell that has aged very well, The Dark’s Ashes to Ashes here.
• I looked at a simple, yet deceptively powerful Equipment card, Bloodforged Battle-Axe, here.
• We went over the surprisingly useful split card Pure // Simple, the bane of Equipment, Auras and multicolor creatures, here.
• I looked at super fun “swap my team for yours” card, Cultural Exchange here.
• I took a look at the cards with the myriad ability from Commander 2015 here.
• I looked at classic Urza’s Destiny rattlesnake card, False Prophet, an excellent way to deter attacks, here.
• Finally, I took a look at Commander 2014’s Fork variant-on-a-dude, Dualcaster Mage here.

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When the Saga enchantments from Dominaria were first spoiled, I was not a huge fan of how they looked, but I definitely liked how they would play. I liked that every turn you would get one of three effects, much like a less powerful planeswalker, and I liked that eventually they would do their thing and go away. Today’s featured card, The Eldest Reborn, is one of these Sagas, and is a very powerful and cool card.

One thing I always look to include in my EDH decks is removal, since the best way to kill off opponents is to remove their threats. I love the fact that it’s a Diabolic Edict the first turn, that hits each opponent (and can kill planeswalkers); against non-token decks in EDH, Edicting each player is a very strong effect. Forcing a sacrifice is a great way to get around indestructibility (on creatures like the Theros Gods, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Blightsteel Colossus, and so on), hexproof/shroud, and the less-relevant regeneration.

So the first mode on this card, my verdict: already a pretty good card.

The second mode is a bit lacklustre compared to the first mode (each opponent discards a card); still, this is not actually that bad, and plays right into the card’s third mode. Each card that your opponents don’t have is one less to kill you with, so this mode has its uses.

I really adore how each of the first two modes feed into the third mode, however. For this card’s third mode, you get to recur a dead creature or planeswalker into play from any graveyard; this mode is sweet, giving you access to any of the creatures/planeswalkers you killed with the first mode’s Edict effect, or forced your opponents to discard with the second mode (or your own graveyard, of course). This is a very strong third mode and a great way to finish off this card, and I adore how it all fits together to make a strong and fun card.

I currently have this card in our Maga, Traitor to Mortals deck, which is mono-black control and thus loves having a card that is an Edict plus graveyard recursion in one card, and also in The Mimeoplasm, our resident graveyard-based deck, where having a graveyard recursion spell that happens to Edict people is quite good. In each of these decks, I expect The Eldest Reborn to overperform. If it ends up working out as well as I hope, it’ll be added into Kresh the Bloodbraided as well.

So that’s a quick look at The Eldest Reborn, one of Dominaria’s Saga enchantments that I really like for EDH! If you have a black deck that can use this effect, I urge you to give it a try!

 

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