First off was some confusion regarding in my list of “starter generals.” Several people said that he wasn’t a legal EDH general; jakgotbak said “Rhys the Exiled doesn't actually work as a general. Since he only has Green in his casting cost but has a Black mana symbol in his text block he would actually be illegal in his own deck.”
Rhys the Exiled (Commander / EDH MTG Deck)
, Sacrifice an Elf: Regenerate Rhys the Exiled. Once a famed hunter and packmaster, now a renegade seeking his own path. Steve Prescott: (Morningtide) 3/2 Rare: (Morningtide)
Rhys the Exiled Magic: The Gathering - Card Kingdom
Rhys the Exiled
There's something cool about how the daytime (Lorwyn) version of Rhys is also the non-good (or at least somewhat antagonistic) version. He obviously does spectacular things in just about any elf-themed deck, though there will be some opponents who don't care how much life you gain and the combat requirement makes him more vulnerable than something like Wellwisher. My favorite use of this card, though, is as the commander of a Lorwyn elf-themed EDH deck, and it's there that he shows off what that distant, sunlit world's elves are about (better than Nath, in my personal opinion).
Rhys the Exiled MTG & MTGO Decks and Archetypes
Rhys the Exiled
Exiled is, quite frankly, not as good as his honorable counterpart. The life gain effect will probably net you a good 4-5 life a swing, and regeneration's always a welcome, but there's just better picks. As an EDH commander, a sac engine revolving around Exiled is an idea, but not exactly a good one.
EDH: 2.5While you could probably win this argument in a court of law an EDH table is meant to be a friendlier arena than that; I’m fairly certain 99% of EDH players out there would not object if you showed up at their table with a Mono-Green Rhys the Exiled deck. In my view your general is your starting point; it sets the rules of your deck and the rest of your cards fall into the guidelines set by your choice of general. Seriously the notion of a small handful of generals who make themselves illegal in their own deck is just absurd.