Jeleva, Naphalia’s Scourge is the new Grixis commander from Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming multiplayer product “Magic: The Gathering – Commander” (2013 Edition). This mythic rare legendary Vampire Wizard can have a devastating impact on the game.
Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge – 1UBR
Legendary Creature – Vampire Wizard (Mythic Rare)
When Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge enters the battlefield, each player exiles the top X cards of his or her library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast Jeleva.
Whenever Jeleva attacks, you may cast an instant or sorcery card exiled with it without paying its mana cost.
Commander is notoriously known as the format with big creatures, and even bigger spells. It’s where cards like Army of the Damned, Merciless Eviction, Primal Surge, Rise of the Dark Realms, and Worldfire see play. And Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge can steal them all.
The beauty of Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge is that she hits all players at once, including yourself. That means you can ensure there’s always at least one spell for you to use by playing with devious Dimir sorceries such as Undercity Plague and Whispering Madness.
One interesting card to add to your deck might be Misthollow Griffin because it can be cast while exiled. Although Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge won’t grow your Consuming Aberration, several cards that you might want to consider running that will include: Jace’s Mindseeker, Thought Scour, Curse of the Bloody Tome, Nephalia Drownyard, and Jace, Memory Adept.
Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge becomes more powerful the longer a game progresses. With four players there will be 16 cards to look through the first time you cast her and a whopping 48 the third time you play her. There’s bound to be something awesome to cast with her, and you’ll be able to do it right away if you equip her with Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots.
Looking to get more than one attack out of Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge? One trick to keep her from dying in combat is to target her with Maze of Ith (recently reprinted in “From The Vault: Realms”).
Don’t forget she’s both a Vampire and a Wizard, allowing her to trigger tribal abilities from other cards that care about creature types.
How will you use Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge?
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