4, Mar, 24

MTG Legendary Otter Spoiler is an Amazing Spellslinger Commander!

Article at a Glance

Over a week ago at MagicCon Chicago, a preview panel revealed a boatload of information about various upcoming sets. From a new Oko variant highlighted in Outlaws of Thunder Junction to a multitude of powerful Assassins showcased in MTG Assassin’s Creed, there’s plenty to rave about in the coming months.

While further down the line, we also got to see some neat spoilers for Bloomburrow. Set to release on July 30, 2024, Bloomburrow boasts a bunch of really cute animals in a unique environment for MTG. Even though there haven’t been many cards revealed as of yet, some definitely fit this description.

Perhaps no card fits the mold of being an adorable inclusion more than Bria, Riptide Rogue. Barring any surprising developments in the near future, Bria will be the first legendary Otter that players can utilize as their Commander since Lutri, the Spellchaser was banned. This card is not only cute, but also quite strong in an EDH setting. If you’re going to maximize its power, though, you’ll need to build around it in a few important ways.

Token Production

Bria, Riptide Rogue

The first aspect of Bria that is essential to take advantage of is the fact that your other Creatures gain Prowess. Obviously, this means that you will want a high density of non-Creature spells in your deck. In addition, though, you ideally want to create a wide board state first in order to get the most bang for your buck. The goal is to go wide with tokens in the early game and eventually find a window to chain a bunch of non-Creature spells together to get a big attack in.

Luckily, there are a decent number of cards that can help you generate tokens at will. First and foremost, we have cards that make tokens every time you cast an Instant or Sorcery spell. Young Pyromancer, Third Path Iconoclast, Saheeli, Sublime Artificer, and Talrand, Sky Summoner all come to mind in this category, but there are plenty of other similar cards that are worthy inclusions. Assuming you have enough cheap spells to go alongside them, it’s easy to build out a big board in no time.

You can also utilize Instants and Sorceries that naturally create lots of tokens at once. Cards like Tempt with Vengeance and Empty the Warrens work double duty, helping you develop your board and buff your other Creatures in the process. Song of Totentanz is a really nice inclusion not only as a mass token producer, but also as a Haste enabler. It’s quite reasonable after casting a plethora of Instants or Sorceries on a big turn to simply cast Song of Totentanz for one mana, allowing for one huge attack.

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Casting Lots of Spells

Case of the Ransacked Lab

Of course, in order to make these small tokens into scary threats, you need the ability to cast tons of spells. The simplest way to ensure that you don’t run out of gas and can play multiple spells on the same turn is to fill your deck with cantrips. Cards like Ponder, Preordain, and Brainstorm go a long way in setting up your draws. They also make your Young Pyromancer-style cards reliable.

Beyond basic cantrips, consider adding in ways to actually pull you ahead on cards. Cards like Archmage Emeritus and Case of the Ransacked Lab reward you for filling your deck with efficient spells, making it easy to churn through your library. Meanwhile, Ojer Pakpatiq, Deepest Epoch essentially gives you double usage of your Instants and Sorceries, which works perfectly with your cantrips.

Even with a ton of cheap spells, though, sometimes you may be a bit restricted in the number of spells you can cast each turn just based on the amount of mana at your disposal. In this sense, mana rocks like Sol Ring and Izzet Signet are nice because they help you accelerate your gameplan, cast additional spells on each of your turns, and even trigger Prowess while doing so.

To take things a step further, there are a handful of cards that can actually provide you an enormous boost of mana all at once if you have a decent number of Creatures in play. Sorcerer Class, for example, enables your Creatures to help cast all of your Instants and Sorceries. If you have a way to grant Haste to your team, such as Fervor and multiple Young Pyromancer-style effects in play, it’s possible to chain a ton of spells together. Similarly, Battle Hymn can give an enormous mana boost to enable one explosive turn.

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Winning the Game

Mizzix's Mastery

By combining token production, cheap spells, and big bursts of mana, it’s not hard to take advantage of Bria’s abilities. Not only does Bria grant Prowess to your other Creatures, making it easy to attack for lots of damage, but Bria can even make some of your Creatures unable to be blocked. This can make it easy to chip away at your opponents’ life totals as the game goes on. That being said, it’s nice to be able to win the game all at once. Battle Hymn in particular encourages you to go off the turn you cast it.

Fortunately, there are a couple ways to help ensure victory. Likely the easiest way to close the game is to cast Mizzix’s Mastery. Later in the game, its common to have a graveyard chock full of spells. Mizzix’s Mastery lets you cast all of those spells again for free, triggering Prowess a multitude of times and making a huge portion of your team unblockable in the process. Even Past in Flames can accomplish the same goal if you have enough mana, and Battle Hymn can help a ton in this regard. Once you’re ready, cards like Mystical Tutor can help set things up.

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Other Uses for Bria

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As strong as Bria is as a Commander, it can also play a potent role outside of the Command Zone. Most notably, Bria seems like an automatic inclusion in decks built around Narset, Enlightened Exile. Narset has a similar ability to Bria, giving your Creatures Prowess. What’s nice, though, is that because each instance of Prowess triggers separately, Bria and Narset stack quite well together.

Additionally, once you cast a non-Creature spell, you can prevent Narset from being blocked, making sure it doesn’t die in combat. This is also essential for Narset, Enlightened Master decks. The reality is, Bria is sure to find homes in lots of Izzet spellslinger decks, whether as the primary general or not. Otter fans rejoice!

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