So I was going to use this as a Khans set review but as the set’s been released for a little over a week now, I’m pretty sure all of you know just how awesome our Fall set is. There’s a little something for everyone and the reprinting of the Onslaught Fetch lands is a huge boon to a variety of formats. Rather than go over the set card by card, I’d rather look at some options for my new favorite legend Narset, Enlightened Master. The Jeskai Khan supports several different strategies with a voltron theme being probably the most obvious. Since Narset starts out with a relatively low power and I have to fight through 3 separate opponent’s life totals, I’m more concerned with being able to finish the game in a turn or two. To that end, I want to play all of the spells that will grant me either extra turns or extra attack steps.

Land (36)
Ancient Tomb
Cascade Bluffs
Cavern of Souls
Celestial Colonnade
City of Brass
Clifftop Retreat
Command Tower
Flooded Strand
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
5x Island
Mana Confluence
Maze of Ith
Mistveil Plains
5x Mountain
Mystic Gate
5x Plains
Rogue’s Passage
Sacred Foundry
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Temple of Enlightenment
Temple of Epiphany
Temple of Triumph

Planeswalkers (10)
Chandra, the Firebrand
Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Karn Liberated
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Ajani Steadfast
Ajani Vengeant
Chandra Pyromaster
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
Tezzeret, the Seeker

Artifacts (17)
Azorius Signet
Boros Signet
Coalition Relic
Gilded Lotus
Grim Monolith
Izzet Signet
Mana Vault
Mind Stone
Mirari
Proteus Staff
Scroll Rack
Sol Ring
Strionic Resonator
Lightning Greaves
Sword of Feast and Famine
Talisman of Progress
Worn Powerstone

Instants/Sorceries (27)
Brainstorm
Cryptic Command
Cyclonic Rift
Enlightened Tutor
Counterspell
Long-Term Plans
Pact of Negation
Misdirection
Mystical Tutor
Path to Exile
Return to Dust
Swan Song
Swords to Plowshares
Armageddon
Beacon of Tomorrows
Bribery
Capture of Jingzhou
Cataclysm
Personal Tutor
Recurring Insight
Relentless Assault
Seize the Day
Supreme Verdict
Temporal Manipulation
Temporal Mastery
Time Spiral
Time Stretch
Time Warp
Waves of Aggression

Enchantment (9)
Aggravated Assault
Angelic Destiny
Decree of Silence
Eldrazi Conscription
Hammer of Purphoros
Omniscience
Steel of the Godhead

The Good: If Narset can stick on the board and attack a few times, I should be far enough ahead to clinch the game. Since I’m not spending mana to play all of these big spells, I can keep countermagic mana up even if it’s just a bluff.

The Bad: the deck is weak to Edict effects, especially at instant speed. If Narset gets removed a few times she might be prohibitively expensive to cast in the later stages of the game. Without a creature on the board, the deck has trouble going off.

Key Cards: Proteus Staff is probably the best card in the deck, allowing you to polymorph Narset and stack your deck however you want. Since there’s no other creatures, Narset comes back into play. Of all the “extra attack steps” cards, Waves of Aggression is probably my favorite since I can re-use it. Mistveil Plains allows me to recycle the extra turn cards if need be.

I’m very excited to explore the possibilities that the other Khans offer in terms of deck construction. Each one has a unique Next month I’ll probably turn my focus back on Duel commander since it’s become my current obsession. Until then, I hope to see you all down at Nu Games representing your favorite clan!