The kind of Battalion enabler I really felt was missing from Return to Ravnica.
A fairly exhaustive list of Mark Rosewater's answers about where mechanics are on the storm scale.
(The storm scale is a rating of how likely a mechanic is to appear in or return to Standard. 1 is most likely and 10 is least likely.)
Good point about reach and spiders, I didn’t think about that when I was choosing the creature type. The idea was to create a mana dude that you can trade away once you no longer need it, I didn’t think as much about creature types as I probably should have.
There are two ways I think I could take this:
Add reach and make it tap for colorless
Make it a snake (Orochi) instead of a spider
Of these two options, I think taking your suggstion to give it reach (and making it tap for colorless) is better, as while the orochi are snakes they aren’t really affiliated with deathtouch.