"Deepglow Skate: Doubling time"
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.
My vision instantly focused on these few words when this card got spoiled.
Double.Counters.Any number.Target Permanents.
And like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons I steepled my hands and said , "Excellent." There was some maniacal laughter too but I don't really want to get into all that much.
Needless to say I began thinking of the possibilities. And there are tons that could make the Deepglow Skate a win condition. Here are a few of what I thought of on the spot.
While there is the obvious advantage for Simic creature cards , Hydra's and Endless One's. Doubling counters is fun and how do you achieve this? Why in comes our favorite soul bounding and paddling expert Deadeye Navigator who would have with this particular fishy friend.
Artifact and Enchantment Counters
Have you ever wanted to win with a Darksteel Reactor but your evil plans are always getting spoiled halfway through? well say hello to my little fishy friend which makes you work for just half of the counters needed to win. Let us do a little math here. Assuming that you have the Reactor, Deadeye Navigator and Deepglow Skate coming into play for the first time.And that your reactor has at least one charge counter on it. The Deepglow Skate makes it two , you bounce it with Deadeye Navigator ,it comes back you have 4 , 8 , 16 , 32 counters. Imagine. 4 activations of Deadeye's ability and you win! Assuming no one ruins your fun of course.So be very careful when you activate.
I kind of wished that Helix Pinnacle didn't have Shroud on it so this could work on this as well but I guess it is happy with the Prophet of Kruphix along side it to give it Tower counters on each opponents End of Turn.
Impatient with the slow way that Planeswalkers are hitting their Ultimates? You now have another option in the Deepglow Skate to make your superfriends well ah more super. Imagine getting Venser's ability faster or Liliana of the Veil permanent halving ultimate in turn 4(assuming you have 5 mana available which is always a possibility in EDH). Jace can mess with your opponent's library at a much faster rate from drawing to milling and everything in between.Imagine Ugin's Ultimate or Nicol Bolas's Ultimate.
Now that you have seen some of the possibilities. Steeple your hands and say it with me. "Excellent."