Set Prospective

Midnight Hunt Commander

October 2nd, 2021Parker LaMascus

This article is one of our set prospectives, a series in which we survey the Cube community about the cards they intend to play in their cubes from a particular set. Our survey is conducted between the set’s full-spoiler and official release and is meant to measure and document Cube designers’ first impressions of new cards.

The Commander product, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander, brings additional flavorful legendaries and unique abilites to condiseration for Cube. We collected surveys from over 330 cubes from 299 designers. Of these designers, only 41 submitted any tests for MIC, but the set still has intriguing options for many designers. See where these respondents fall on the Cube Map.

Results

Unrestricted cube designers are testing a median of 1 card from this set, alongside other Commander products like Commander 2020. The average respondent gave 1 card a rating of 2.5 or higher (strong likelihood to stay long-term), suggesting that most respondents were only interested in a single card from this set, but they think it will perform well. The maximum number of cards tested by any respondent is 19.

Filter by rarity:
Card TestersRank 
Gorex, the Tombshell13/412.0
Eloise, Nephalia Sleuth9/412.3
Leinore, Autumn Sovereign8/411.9
Kurbis, Harvest Celebrant7/412.1
Somberwald Beastmaster6/411.9
Shadow Kin6/412.1
Sigarda's Vanguard5/412.2
Prowling Geistcatcher5/412.2
Kyler, Sigardian Emissary5/411.8
Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver4/412.0
Stalwart Pathlighter4/411.9
Lynde, Cheerful Tormentor4/411.7
Crowded Crypt4/411.9
Cards being tested by fewer than 4 respondents not shown.
Single Card Discussion
Gorex, the Tombshell
Eloise, Nephalia Sleuth
Kurbis, Harvest Celebrant
Leinore, Autumn Sovereign

The only card that could claim wide appeal from Midnight Hunt Commander is Gorex, the Tombshell, a Delve variant that is more restrictive but offers the same kinds of value insurance as Ethereal Forager, former Legacy roleplayer and severely underrated card from Commander 2020.

Other cards, like Eloise (the highest-rated card in the set), Kurbis, and Lenoire, seem to have gained some traction due to their excellent Gothic flavor and mechanically unique rules text. As ways to spice up a stagnant gold section or reinvigorate different synergy decks, they are certainly interesting, but most Cube curators seem lukewarm on them, given their low average ratings and overall low number of testers.

Conclusion

Midnight Hunt Commander seems to have similar standing with Commander sets past, with few broadly tested cards. Supplementary sets like these get less attention and visibility, thanks to their straight-to-Legacy format legality. But as we’ve seen with past upsets, Commander sets can be a great place to find hidden gems for Cube!

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