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Saheeli Rai
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 Saheeli Rai
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2016

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Saheeli Rai
 
Saheeli Rai is interesting to me in that she has two abilities that strongly requires interaction with other cards, and another that can win the game by itself, albeit slowly. Her +1 is an almost-impossible-to-stop one-card burn deck, but using her in that manner seems like kind of a waste. I know I'm going to be looking through all of Magic's history for three artifacts that either win the game on the spot or do something completely hilarious when they all come into play at once, and so should you. And I don't think it's a coincidence that they printed a card with her -2 ability in the same set as the Gearhulks and Filigree Familiar.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Saheeli Rai
 
She’s pretty clearly an artificer, and a potent one at that. In particular, her -2 is a very powerful ability; copying a Gearhulk is obviously a backbreaking move, but there are lots of other fun creatures worth copying. At 3 mana, she drops early and can start messing around, and she can even drop later and still have an impact.
 
Her other two abilities aren't bad, but they're more of a “sideshow”. Her +1 pings opponents slightly and can help set up your next turn, but it's not great otherwise. This makes her -7 less likely to go off, though digging out three artifacts should end the game in short order.
 
Saheeli's low mana cost makes up a bit for her inability to protect herself, and she does very well in an established board. But if you don't have something for her to immediately exploit, she's probably going to underwhelm, and she's not a great topdeck if you're trying to come back from a bad situation.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 4
Commander: 4.25

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