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Edric, Spymaster of Trest
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Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Commander

Reviewed June 28, 2011

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 4.10 
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 4.10

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BMoor

Edric, Spymaster of Trest

This is an amazing card in multiplayer. Once it hits the table, not only do you get to draw cards whenever your creatures get through for damage (and you're in green/blue, the colors of trample and unblockability) but you get to say to the table "Okay guys, you get to draw extra cards.. as long as you attack each other, and not me." And so your opponents will merrily bludgeon each other mercilessly until they're all softened up enough for you to end it easily. Sure, giving your opponents extra cards sounds bad, but remember-- they're attacking each other. Which means they're blocking and killing each others' creatures (and not yours), using their combat tricks on each other (and not you), and driving each others' life totals ever downward (bot not yours). And you? You're the most popular guy at the table! Not only does attacking you not grant card draw, but knocking you out of the game would mean no cards for anyone! Nobody wants that!

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995


Edric, Spymaster of Trest

Where the heck is Trest, anyway? I'm still hoping for more backstory for a few of these Commander legends. Like Avatar of Slaughter last week, Edric encourages your opponents to attack each other in a multiplayer setting, which can be just what you need to get your own stuff set up. I like that this is probably the one Ophidian-style creature that people aren't going to try to kill on sight, at least when you have more than one opponent. The risk is a little higher in one-on-one settings, but the time you can turn everything you own into an Ophidian, you'll probably win the game. It might be worth experimenting with.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: N/A
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Eldric Spymaster of Trest an interesting and powerful commander card that has received a lot of legacy hype. In standard and extended this card won’t see play due to illegality. In legacy this card may see lots of play in a one on one scenario this card turns every one of your creatures into a Cold Eyed Selkie finding room to test this is a green and blue deck will definitely happen the card advantage this card provides can be insane and the cheap mana cost and relevant tribal type elf gives it potential in a large variety of decks. In casual and multiplayer this card makes an interesting commander due to its political nature and it may escape harm due to players looking elsewhere for targets to attack. In limited it would be a solid creature with draw capabilities and an unsupported color combination. Overall one of the most political cards outside of the political puppets deck and a card that has a chance of seeing major legacy play.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Edric, Spymaster of Trest which is a three mana Green and Blue 2/2 that has the controller of a creature draw a card whenever it deals damage to one of your opponents.  Legal in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage this card works best when you have some kind of ally to also take advantage of the effect.  Even without that a 2/2 for three that can draw extra cards for every creature you have is quite nice, especially in a color combination that already supports that theme.  It does not take many attacks getting through for this card to pay for the three mana casting cost and creatures in play before it is cast can potentially manage that in the turn it is played.  Adding something like Shielding Plax to protect the Spymaster from any targeted threats plus Favor of the Overbeing and it may even become a serious longterm threat.  Overall a very solid card in a Blue/Green swarm and draw design and should see some play in team games and builds using the somewhat uncommon color pair.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com. We are examing Edric, Spymaster of Trest today. Edric is a legendary elf rogue that costs one generic, one blue, and one green mana. He is a 2/2, and says whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to one of your opponents, that creatures controller may draw a card.

     This guy loves his card draw. And how easily with Jace’s Erasure could you mill an opponent right into oblivion, even in a Commander game. The main thing about this guy is the card advantage he grants. There is no mistaking that when you could draw as many cards as you have creatures hitting, that you will be pulling what you need, and making your opponent suffer more. Since he is blue and green, unblockable creatures and large trampling creatures should be all over the deck designed around him. This ensures damage, and card draw.

     Combining him with other elves is also a no brainer. Joraga Warcaller could pump him even more, and using Elvish Champion grants them forestwalk, which blue has plenty of spells that can change lands into the type of your choice so that you can exploit the land walk abilities as well.
 
Limited: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Constructed: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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