Elder Dragon Highlander is one of my favorite formats to play. The rules of this format allow for some very exciting interactions with cards that would be rarely played in any other format. The most important aspect of EDH is the General. Any Legendary Creature can be the General for your EDH deck with very few exceptions ( Braids, Cabal Minion is banned for example), and with the release of Worldwake some new potential Generals join the fray.
Anowon, the Ruin Sage is a strong new General for mono-black EDH decks.
Anowon has an ability that reminds us of the Abyss. Mono-black is a strong color in EDH and with the addition of Anowon, vampire themed decks get a power boost. There are plenty of Vampires running around in Magic but the fact that their creature type lets them dodge a bullet from Anowon makes them really shine. Vamps that work well on team Anowon include Ascendant Evincar which can destroy token strategies; Repentant Vampire shines against other decks running swamps; Mephidross Vampire is a house when you start turning your opponents team with Krovikan Vampire and Soul Collector. Anowon’s Worldwake friends are also welcome additions to the army: Bloodhusk Ritualist, Butcher of Malakir and Kalastria Highborn.
The next addition to the EDH world is Thada Adel, Acquisitor.
Thada Adel will give any opposing player fits as most decks run very powerful artifacts. Thada will see play not only as a General just for the chance to steal things like Mindslaver, Nevinyrrals Disk, Rings of Brighthearth, and Oblivion Stone. Even nabbing a Sol Ring can be devastating.
Next up is Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs
Kazuul is not quite as impressive as an EDH General as Anowon and Thada but it’s ability can be good. Red has access to Land destroying effects that can make it more likely for Kazuul’s ability to resolve. I like the idea of adding Pandemonium to prevent people from attacking you with swarms. If you wanted to try an Ogre themed deck pick up Deathforge Shaman, Rustmouth Ogre, Initiate of Blood and Heartless Hidetsugu (who makes a good General himself).
Representing Green we have Omnath, Locus of Mana
The great thing about this General is that its low casting cost ensures that it will hit the battlefield early and often. Cards like Early Harvest, Extraplanar Lens and Gauntlet of Power make this Elemental a beatstick. Omnath’s best friend is Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary. Mana ramp is a must when playing Omnath, so be sure to have Staff of Domination and Helix Pinnacle for alternate win conditions.
Last on our list of new EDH Generals we have the killer Kraken Wrexial, the Risen Deep
Big body, evasion and a relevant ability makes sure that Wrexial wrecks stuff. Using a semi-mill strategy can ensure plenty of juicy targets for our sea monster friend. Glimpse the Unthinkable, Mind Funeral and the other deep-sea threat Nemesis of Reason go perfectly with Wrexial. Other graveyard loving cards that can go along with our General are Beacon of Unrest, Memory Plunder and Puppeteer Clique. Sexy Wrexy definitely has a lot going for it.
EDH just got more exciting with these new Generals. I wish there was a new white Legend to round out the list. Out of all of these newcomers I feel that Anowon and Thada will have the biggest impact, but that won’t stop me from putting Wrexial in my Szadek, Lord of Secrets deck.