Hey there everybody! Unmistakable back again with another Points of Synergy, and this time I’m taking on the guy that mills and has gills, Ambassador Laquatus! A classic mono blue commander, he’s a popular choice for mill decks; both at the helm and in the 100. Without further adieu, let’s have a looksee:
The Ambassador has only one ability going for him; coupled with his measly 1/3 body, he’s certainly not the most aggressive commander I’ve reviewed, but let’s take a look at that ability:
1) 3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
This is truly an ability that defines a commander. No restrictions in activation, no coloured mana symbols, just mill as much as you pay in increments of 3. While underwhelming on the face of it, this ability has remarkable combo potential. He could easily go infinite with infinite mana, Power Artifact combos would deck every player not running an eldrazi titan. Note that he could also be turned on yourself as an engine for dredge commanders like Sidisi, Brood Tyrant or Gisa and Geralf. While I could go on, I risk mentioning the spicy pieces of synergy that line up with our fishy friend. What does he like?
Training Grounds – an excellent, cheap (manawise at least) combo piece with hihzim, this enchantment reduces the activation cost of his ability to 1, making it super efficient to mill, even to the point where you can just take pot shots with impunity (Disclaimer: I don’t recommend this in a meta with graveyard decks, and you’re better off doing it with infinite mana or not at all). 1 mana for 3 cards is getting close to worthy to put onto an actual card (while it doesn’t cantrip like Thought Scour, it very nearly emulates a repeatable Tome Scour), and suddenly makes your untapped mana a very powerful political tool to those not too fond of being milled.
Laboratory Maniac – As mentioned earlier, he goes infinite easily, and can be turned on yourself. What if we were to combine the two? While I don’t imagine anybody needs introduction to the old LabMan, he’s a powerful combo piece that allows you to mill yourself out to win with a draw spell – which I am told blue has plenty of.
Laquatus’s Disdain – This week in Flavour Corner, an interesting (if narrow) answer from the Ambassador himself! While the card seems too narrow to be reliable, it can do work to mitigate some of the more powerful cards you may end up milling – Deep Analysis, Past in Flames, Snapcaster Mage, Dread Return, all of these make decks fine with being milled. Packing this as a backup plan (probably only in a meta known to use these, mind) grants you the ability to do 3 things: foil a potential attempt to steal the game, psych your opponents out, and allow you to claim your rightful monopoly on flavour points. As we know, those are the real prize – anybody can win, but this guy can win in style.
That just about covers me here, guys! What do you reckon? Like him? Think he’s boring? Be sure to let me know! And if you like what you see, be sure to like us on Facebook to be kept up to date with everything Salty. For now though, Unmistakable out.