Card Highlight: Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor on Standard, Pioneer & Commander!
06/11/22 1 comments
We finally have a Gix card! But is one of Yawgmoth's most powerful praetors good enough to see competitive play in Standard, Pioneer, Commander, and/or Conquest?Edit Article
Who is Gix?
Gix. For those who have never heard of it, Gix was none other than one of Yawgmoth's top lieutenants, one of the first living beings to be compleated, and a Phyrexian praetor. It was originally a human from the Thran empire, being converted by the Father of Machines himself, transformed into a demon of bone, flesh, and metal that would terrorize entire planes and bring great consequences for the multiverse, such as Mishra's conversion during the Brothers' War that triggered key events in Magic's lore.
multiplayerthere is the drawback of opening up the possibility for your opponents to draw cards at your expense, but it is worth noting the detail: it does not trigger if the damage is to the Gix's controller, which can help to take the focus off opportunistic attacks against you, while you can abuse a good deck built around that synergy. It should be noted that in
two-playerformats, this is an ability that stands out, since your only opponent will not be able to take advantage of it, which makes Gix have enormous potential to generate massive card advantage in these formats. His second ability has a very high cost of 4BBB and the discard of X cards, causing the target opponent to exile X cards from the top of their library. You can play lands and cast spells without paying the cost from among the exiled spells. In a game that allows you to reach this stage of the game with 7 mana available, basically what you have is a super spare. Exchange your bad cards at this stage for opponents' spells at no cost, which, in practice, can easily end a game.
Gix on Standard and Pioneer
card draw. When playing Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor, you can start out a strong sequence, as Gix enters on turn 3. If you are preceded by some creatures that allow attacking in the early game, you can already dig some advantage over your opponent. If you then cast Sheoldred, the Apocalypse, you will punish opponents' draws while transforming the damage from the draws provided by Gix into life gain, which makes the decision on what should be dealt with harder, for example.
Gix in Commander and Conquest
Is Gix viable as a competitive commander?
Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor Commander DecklistAd Nauseam or Peer into the Abyss as quickly as possible, having access to insane amounts of cards and, from there, dig a victory line.