Feldon was one of the most influential mages on his plane. He formed the Third Path, an alliance of mages, artificers, and other intellectuals, on a mission to defeat the Brothers during the Brothers War. During the formation of the Third Path, he met a wonderful Argivian woman named Loran. They fell in love with each other, but were then separated once the Brotherhood of Gix betrayed them.
This betrayal led to the destruction of the Third Path, lead by the powerful artificer Mishra. His juggernauts and other machinations laid waste to all that stood in their path, but some managed to flee. Hurkyl managed to dispach the menacing machines, saving the surviving wizards. These wizards took up Hurkyl’s teachings in a effort to protect themselves, Feldon among them.
During the two lovers’ separation, Loran sought to get the Golgothian Sylex to safety, but was captured by Ashnod. She was tortured and beaten until she gave up information about the Sylex. Afterwards, she managed to escape Ashnod’s clutches. She reunited with Feldon, and they lived together in a small cottage outside of the Ronom Glacier.
Ashnod later used the information she acquired from Loran to use the Sylex. She gave this information to Urza, who used it to deal with Mishra. The blast was the most powerful force in the plane’s history. The activation of the Sylex led to the Ice Age on Dominaria.
During the Ice age, Loran, weakened from age and from the cold, coupled with the wounds she sustained from her run-in with Ashnod, passed on. Feldon fell into madness, fueled with grief over the lost of his love. He tried everything in his power to bring her back to life. He even built an automaton in her image, but then dispatched it, as he was displeased with his work. He knew that this was not the Loran he fell in love with. He made the manikin into a statue over her grave.
Over many years, Feldon sought help in resurrecting his love. He met many mages, each one unable to help him. Finally, he met a white mage who gave him the ability to create a copy of Loran using his memories. After he created a copy of her, he said his goodbyes, and let her go. He decided that closure is all he really wanted in the end. Feldon spent the rest of his days happy, allowing people to use his library, along with his own knowledge for magical research.
Feldon of the Third Path is a card full of potential and flavor. The card encapsulates a moment in his life when he was searching for a way to bring back his love, Loran. He works exceptionally well with any card with an ETB or death trigger. The ability to abuse him with a few untap effects and the powerful interactions between him and Sundial of the Infinite can create an unstoppable army of artifacts to beat your opponents into dust. Let’s take a look at what Feldon will bring back to you.
“She will come back to me”
Feldon of the Third Path (EDH)
1 Smash to Smithereens
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Lightning Axe
1 Comet Storm
1 Chaos Warp
1 Mizzium Mortars
1 Faithless Looting
1 Chain Lightning
1 Warstorm Surge
1 Vicious Shadows
With some looting and plenty of enter the battlefield, deals combat damage, or death triggers, this deck is at its best with Feldon in play. The deck can run by itself, but kicks it into high gear when Feldon is on the battlefield. Being able to use this Kiki-Jiki-esque effect after your threats are dealt with is extremely powerful, forcing your opponent to commit more resources to dealing with a card they already dealt with before. There are downsides to this style of deck, as you will be running sub-optimally without Feldon in play.
The standard gamut of creatures that one would expect to see with this style of deck are Wurmcoil Engine, Precursor Golem, Myr Battlesphere, It That Betrays, Inferno Titan, and Balefire Dragon. These creatures will be able to take control over the game and really do a number on your opponents. The plus for this deck is that a creature is never really dealt with unless it’s exiled. I would argue that having the ability to make a creature token based from a creature in the graveyard is more powerful then making a token copy of a creature on the field. Even after your opponent spends a card dealing with the threat originally, they still have to deal with it when you bring it back with Feldon’s ability each turn. There are also various looters to help fuel your graveyard while providing some card advantage.
One card that most lists don’t take full advantage of is Sundial of the Infinite. This bizarre card is actually exactly what any Feldon deck is looking for. Being able to end the turn at any time during your turn is a powerful interaction with Feldon, as you get to keep the tokens you make with him. This combo can easily overwhelm your opponent with your powerful creatures. It’s going to be hard for any opponent to come back after having to deal with an army of Balefire Dragons or Wurmcoil Engines. This deck takes some time to set up, but has a snowball effect, since you’re going to be generating so much advantage out of each creature you play.
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