In honor of finally having “official” 4-color options, I’ve decided to give my pre-playtest opinions on the new 4-color Partner configurations. I’ll start with how I think they work together and give them a score on Compatibility from 1(least) to 4 (most) with only one “4” being awarded, and a score on how likely I’d be to build them as a pair (1 = no, 2=unlikely, 3=possibly, 4=yes) with no guarantees.
Note that additional card choices/deck context could improve compatibility, but I’m not going to go too deeply into that, though I may mention brief ideas.
The Non-red “theme” is “Growth”, which means a headache of +1/+1 counters. My current xG tag-team theme is “Legendary Colors” with Zur and Sisay.
= Ishai, might get bigger so Ikra might let you gain some more life.
Would I build: 1
= Both play with +1/+1 counters, and if Ishai has a counter on it, at least you won’t have earned it for naught if she goes to the Command Zone.
Compatibility: 4 but only because they fit more with the “growth” theme than Sidar/Silas.
Would I build: 3 , They’ll be the Built-in party ticket for Election.dec.
= Sure, Silas Renn can be harder to block.
Would I play: 3 , but only because they will be Running Mates on the Friendly ticket for Election.dec!
= No real interaction, other than Thrasios being card filtering, then again Ravos automatically works with any other creature (which is why he is the winner of best Partner).
Would I build: 1
= They both involve drawing cards, but not much overlap other than that.
Would I build: 3, I think this is the X-over party ticket for Election.dec for ballot box manipulation and door-to-door canvassing.
= Kydele might help cast another Ravos.
Would I play: 2. They are dark-horse candidates for being on the Election.dec ticket.
= If you can get through for some damage, Kydele is activated.
Would I build: 3, it might be nice to make an Agro deck with these… of course Melee is mostly a red ability, and that’s how I’d want to build the deck… or Blade of Selves and the old commander creatures that have the that ability