Svogthir’s Study: Sisters of Stone Death

Hello and welcome to Svogthir’s Study: a place to appreciate Golgari in Commander.

It’s been a month since my last entry into Svogthir’s Study and it’s not for lack of desire. When I started this project I was furloughed and figured I would make use of the hours in the day. Well, my furlough ended early and those hours were filled with work. And so I let this post linger in the thought box.

It didn’t help that this next Commander is a tough nut to crack.

Sisters of Stone Death is from an era before Commander was as large of a thing as it is today. Legendary creatures didn’t need to carry a format on their back and you can see that in this eight mana spell that you need to put more mana into for maximum value. Compare the Sisters to Dragonlord Silumgar and you could drown a leviathan in the gap between the two in efficiency.

I wish I had more to say about the Sisters that can’t be better said by their EDHRec page. You can lean on the creature type and go for Gorgon Tribal, featuring Hythonia the Cruel. Or you can go for Lure Tribal and turn the Sisters into a combat dominating machine. If I were building this deck, I would go for the second option.

How would I do this? I’d start with ramp – every mana elf I could get my hands on. I’d want various forms of protection – Asceticism comes to mind – as possible. Why? I want to make sure that once the Sisters are ready to rumble there’s a loaded Druid’s Repository ready to make a new suite of statues.

How would you build Sisters of Stone Death? What’s your favorite “bad” Commander?

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Published by Alex Ullman

Alex Ullman has been playing Magic since 1994 (he thinks). Since 2005, he's spent most of his time playing and exploring Pauper. One of his proudest accomplishments was being on the winnings side of the 2009 Community Cup. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised.

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