With the release of the Commander 2017 deck, Feline Ferocity (Amazon | TCGPlayer), Brimaz, King of Oreskos got a new look from many EDH players looking to improve the Cat Tribal pre-constructed deck. In late August 2017, he hit $16.75 a copy after being under $10 for a long time. Let's take a look at why players wanted to pick him up so suddenly.
Whenever Brimaz attacks, you put a 1/1 white Cat Soldier creature token with Vigilance onto the battlefield attacking. Whenever he blocks, you also put a 1/1 white Cat Soldier token with Vigilance, blocking that creature. While these tokens likely are going to die, they become extra things for your opponent to be concerned about during combat. Brimaz is a very solid mythic rare creature.
The first deck that came to mind for Brimaz was a competitive White Weenie aggro deck in Standard. Indeed, he did see play in some highly competitive White Weenie decks, including this one deck piloted by Sam Black at the 2015 World Championship. He also popped up in a wide range of other aggressive strategies, such as Mardu Aggro, Selesyna Aggro, and even Abzan Midrange. He was a very solid card.
While Cat Aggro never become a thing in the Standard environment that Brimaz entered, the King of Oreskos still saw a fair amount of Standard play just on the basis of being an aggressive creatures that brought little buddies with him. He’s also popped up in the occasional Modern deck and even shows up in the occasional Legacy Death and Taxes deck.
But right away, it was very clear that his usefulness in Commander was going to make up most of his long-term value.
Brimaz, King of Oreskos in Cat Tribal EDH / Commander
With new Cats from Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, and Commander 2017, Cat Tribal just became a serious deck to be reckoned with in EDH. But, many of the newer cats are Green or Green and White. There are a couple of new Green and White Legendary Creatures that would probably serve as better commanders for Cat Tribal. But Brimaz can still play a big role in a Cat Tribal deck. If you want to stay mono White, though, then it's perfectly fine to use him as your Commander.
As a Commander, there are so many ways to abuse these incoming tokens, it's not funny. First of all, there’s Cathar's Crusade. This is an enchantment that triggers each time a creature enters the battlefield on your side. It becomes ridiculous with these effects in play, giving all of your creatures a +1/+1 counter for each token that enters. There’s also a token doubler called Anointed Procession which can double the amount of tokens that Brimaz creates.
Also, if you're playing Coat of Arms, this Cat Soldier token will pump up all of your Cats and Soldiers by 1/1 just by entering. It’s also useful alongside Door of Destinies If you're playing Cat or Soldier tribal (or a combination of the two). While the tokens don't tick up the counters on the Door, their power and toughness are helped by it.
According to EDHREC, as of August 2017, there are only about 150 listed Brimaz EDH decks with the King of Oreskos as the Commander. However, as a member of the other 99, Brimaz sees play in over 2500 other Commander decks. The Commanders that have used him most include Iroas, God of Victory, Kemba, Kha Regent, and Aurelia, the Warleader. With Arahbo, Roar of the World, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist, and Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith looking like solid Cat Tribal Commanders, Brimaz should be seeing far more play soon.
Brimaz, King of Oreskos Price History and Future Value
Once a 30 dollar card, the price of Brimaz, King of Oreskos fluctuated a fair bit during his time in Standard. He preordered for as much as $35, and fell to around $20 shortly around the release of Magic 2015. But as the Born of the Gods set stopped being opened, Brimaz saw his price rebound to about $30 around the release of Khans of Tarkir. After his rotation from Standard, his price dipped below $10. His lowest point was around $7 in March of 2017, but with a price that low, people finally started buying him again.
With the spoiling of Feline Ferocity, his price jumped about 10 percent from under 9 to just over 10 bucks. But towards the end of the month, his price jumped north of $16, before settling back to $14. As the most valuable card from Born of the Gods, barring a reprint, Brimaz’s price should go up as more Commander interest buys him up. While it’s unlikely that Brimaz will hit $30 again based on just Commander demand alone, because he’s been seen in other formats, a surprise showing could cause his price to spike that highly again.
In an case, Brimaz, King of Oreskos is definitely worth buying. He’s good in a wide range of Commander decks, not just Cat Tribal, although he’s exceptional in those decks. With playability on the fringe of Modern and even Legacy, Brimaz is one surprise showing away from being $30 again. But, it’s more likely that he’ll just be a steady gainer back to $20 over the next few years, outside of a buyout event.
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