Commander (2017 Edition) is on its way, which means it’s about time we see some official spoilers. This time around, the yearly commander product will focus on some of Magic: the Gathering’s most beloved and iconic tribes.
Today, Wizards finally started doling out information about the first of those tribes: cats. While support for cat tribal has been a bit light, demand has long been high. From what we’ve seen on this first day of spoilers alone, Wizards of the Coast is definitely giving fans what they want, including a number of powerful Catmander cards.
Pay particular attention to the legendary creatures below, including my favorite, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist. Commander (2017 Edition) releases August 25th, 2017.
Let’s take a look at today’s spoilers…
Alms Collector – 3W
Creature – Cat Cleric (Rare)
If an opponent would draw two or more cards, instead you and that player each draw a card.
Flavor text: “There is no justice when some profit and others go without.”
001/309 R – Illus. Bram Sels
Arahbo, Roar of the World
Arahbo, Roar of the World – 3GW
Legendary Creature – Cat Avatar (Mythic)
Eminence – At the beginning of combat on your turn, if ~ is in the command zone or on the battlefield, another target Cat you control gets +3/+3 until end of turn
Whenever another Cat you control attacks, you may pay 1GW. If you do, it gains trample and gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is its power.
035/309 M – Illus. Jesper Ejsing
Balan, Wandering Knight
Balan, Wandering Knight – 2WW
Legendary Creature – Cat Knight (Rare)
~ has double strike as long as two or more Equipment are attached to it.
1W: Attach all Equipment you control to Balan.
Flavor text: “What weapon will you bear against one who’s mastered them all?”
002/309 R – Illus. Svetlin Yelinov
Bloodforged War Axe
Bloodforged War Axe* – 1
Artifact – Equipment (Rare)
Equipped creature gets +2/+0.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, create a token that’s a copy of ~.
Flavor text: Wenn man einmal mit dem Blutvergießen angefangen hat, ist es schwer, wieder aufzuhören.
050/309 R – Illus. Alayna Danner
* Name not confirmed.
T: Add to your mana pool one mana of any color in your commander’s color identity.
Flavor text: When defeat is near and guidance is scarce, all eyes look in one direction.
242/309 C – Illus Ryan Yee
Hammer of Nazahn
Hammer of Nazahn – 4
Legendary Artifact – Equipment (Rare)
Whenever ~ or another Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, you may attach that Equipment to target creature you control.
Equiped creature gets +2/+0 and has indestructible.
051/309 R – Illus. Victor Adame Minguez
Hungry Lynx – 1G
Creature – Cat (Rare)
Cats you control have protection from Rats.
At the beginning of your end step, target opponent creates a 1/1 blac Rat creature token with deathtouch.
Whenever a Rat dies, put a +1/+1 counter on each Cat you control
031/309 R – Illus. Shreya Shetty
Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist
Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist – 1GW
Legendary Creature – Cat Warrior (Mythic)
Whenever ~ attacks, each opponent can’t block with more than one creature this combat.
As long as ~ is tapped, no more than one creature can attack you each combat
043/209 M – Illus. Magali Yelleneuye
Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith
Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist – 4GW
Legendary Creature – Cat Artificer (Mythic)
When ~ enters the battlefield, search your library for an Equipment card and reveal it. If you reveal a card named Hammer of Nazahn this way, put it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Whenever an equipped creature you control attacks, you may tap target creature defending player controls.
044/309 M – Illus Victor Adame Minguez
Seht’s Tiger – 2WW
Creature – Cat (Rare)
When ~ enters the battlefield, you gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.
072/309 R – Illus. Thomas Gianni
Stalking Leonin – 2W
Creature – Cat Archer (Rare)
When ~ enters the battlefield, secretly choose an opponent.
Reveal the player you chose: Exile target creature that’s attacking you if it’s controlled by the chosen player. Activate this ability only once.
007/309 R – Illus. Zoltan Boros
Traverse the Outlands
Traverse the Outlands – 4G
Search your library for up to X basic land cards, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control. Put those lands onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
Flavor text: With such great footsteps, everything is within walking distance.
034/309 R – Illus. Daarken