Hello! Welcome to my set review of March of the Machine, where I will pick five cards of each colour and discuss my favourite cards from them.

Given that March of the Machine (aka MOM) also comes out with a set of preconstructed Commander decks, I’ll also be covering my favourite new cards from there in another article.

I will not be counting the legends I’ve already written about in A Seat at the Table toward the top 5 despite Ayara, Thalia and The Gitrog Monster, and Zimone and Dina are definitely at the top of my list, personally. I know the internet agrees about Z&D and Froggy Thalia, but Ayara is my Queen and I can’t wait for her!

Without further ado, here are my favourite legendary multicolour cards from the main set!

  1. Quintorius, Loremaster

I am very into Quintorius, Loremaster. Whether as a themed spell commander like instant or sorcery or enchantment or artifact or planeswalker… or battle! Quint does it all! Expensive spells cost three and a Spirit now. There are lots of ways to make Spirits in white and being able to bottom the spell instead of exile it is also an upside. Also no timing restriction!

With Magewright’s Stone and Thousand-Year Elixir there are ways to untap Quintorius and get some extra value before the big boy gets sniped. Vigilance also means that you don’t have to spare him from the red zone. Loving this version of him before he’s a planeswalker! Will this be my next Boros commander? Very possible.

  1. Rona, Herald of Invasion // Rona, Tolarian Obliterator

Hot damn, a 1/3 Merfolk Looter in the command zone is already pretty cool. We’ve seen Vohar do a bunch of work, but the added upside of untapping when you cast a legendary spell? That’s next level. In the right deck, this goes through cards like crazy. Jodah, the Unifier obviously loves this card but I foresee Rona leading a ton of decks because the backside is absurd.
Sure it costs 6 mana or 5 mana and two life to flip her over, but you get a crazy version of Phyrexian Obliterator! A 5/5 trampler that dares your opponents to block her, Rona gets to exile cards at random from players’ hands when they damage her. That means you too! Why is that a good thing? Because if it’s a land, you ramp (untapped by the way), and if it’s a spell, you can cast it for free! Pestilence and Pestilence Demon, it’s time to ride again! Is this the first viable Dimir Lure commander? I am in love with this card.
  1. Omnath, Locus of All 

Omnath is finally five colours. We’ve seen mono green Omnath, Locus of Mana, red green Omnath, Locus of Rage, red green blue Omnath, Locus of the Roil, red green blue white Omnath, Locus of Creation, and finally five colour Omnath, Locus of All.

Five colour Omnath is really cool but seems a little directionless, which is not a trend I’ve missed in five colour commanders. You can basically build it however you want, but to truly optimize it, you should build with cards that have three or more coloured pips in their casting cost. This is the first Omnath that is not lands focused but it does have a mana retention ability that is a sort of mana sink as well. I am excited to see how people build this.

  1. Inga and Esika

Acting as a restricted Cryptolith Rite in the command zone, Inga and Esika has the capability to be a total snowball commander. I would personally pack a ton of flash creatures or a Leyline of Anticipation / Vedalken Orrery since your creatures have vigilance and can swing, hold back on defence and then slam a Hornet Queen, an already great card that now replaces itself and now is ramp. Tendershoot Dryad and other token strategies that cost three or more are great additions to this deck. Maybe this is a Trinisphere deck to make even your two mana creatures cantrippers.

In the 99, Inga and Esika can be in a ton of decks and add to it without even trying. Keep an eye on your creature’s mana costs because you’re going to miss a lot more draw triggers than you think!

  1. Kroxa and Kunoros

I love Kroxa and I love reanimating. I think that exiling five cards is tough, but to trigger reanimation on ETB and attack, that perks up my ears!

There’s already an infinite combo with Kroxa on ETB where you can use Altar of Dementia to mill yourself six cards, then exile five of them to bring back K&K and repeat the loop. This basically can empty your deck into your graveyard and pair that with Warstorm Surge or Stalking Vengeance and you’ve got a win going. They’re such a big beater that can make a difference in the red zone. Panharmonicon and Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines, let’s go.

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