Do you like eggs? Not for breakfast, I mean, but in Magic. No, not the artifact combo deck either. I mean egg tokens. You know, the little defenders with no power that hatch into huge creatures? They’re fantastic, and now Commander 2019 spoilers have given us a commander dedicated to them: Atla Palani, Nest Tender!
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For 4 mana in the Naya colors, Atla Palani, Nest Tender is a 2/3 Human Shaman. By tapping her and paying 2, you make a 0/1 defender egg. Whenever an egg you control dies, you get a free creature from the top of your deck. How can you abuse this? By playing every single big fat creature you can stuff into the deck! Eldrazi, fat behemoths, you name it – any of them might come into play for free when an egg dies. You could also play some small egg creatures to make even more eggs that can die.
Of course, opponents won’t always attack into your tokens once they figure out what’s up. As such, it’s important to have ways to kill your own tokens. Any of the altar effects are great ways to sacrifice your eggs. Use them for mana, card draw, searching, whichever you please. The important thing is that they die and give you a free big, stompy creature. If you want to get tricky, you could include ways to manipulate the top cards of your deck as well.
Overall, Atla Palani seems very powerful. Flooding the board with eggs only to kill them all and make a bunch of huge creatures seems both fun and very strong. Her power level will likely depend on what big, fat beasts you fill your deck with, so keep that in mind if you decide to build around her.
What do you think of Atla Palani, Nest Tender? Will you be cracking some eggs (and a few heads) with her? Let us know down in the comments below. And stay tuned to Daily Esports for more Commander 2019 spoilers!