Azami, Lady of Scrolls – Strixhaven
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.38
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Speaking of cards that look innocent but do ridiculous things in practice, a lot of Azami’s power comes from the fact that Wizards are one of the most ubiquitous creature types. (Fitting for a game named Magic: the Gathering, published by Wizards of the Coast.) A surprising number of creatures you would play anyway happen to be Wizards, and more than a few carry dangerous abilities of their own – think of Meddling Mage, Dualcaster Mage, or Voidmage Prodigy. Drawing more cards on top of that can get out of hand very, very fast, and Azami’s fragility in traditional constructed is more than made up for by her one-card-combo potential in casual Magic.
Thematically appropriate for the set being currently pored over, Azami has actually never been reviewed on Pojo before. She’s definitely a card that punches above her perceived weight class: the body is dismal, but the card draw is anything but. This largely comes from how her ability is worded, as it is not a tap ability. This means you can immediately draw a card on resolution with Azami herself, and a bunch of Wizards means a stupid amount of card draw for just 5 mana.
In general, Azami’s fragile body and the lack of a proper Wizard tribal build has kept her out of Constructed play; while drawing guaranteed cards for 5 mana is nice, just card draw, even efficient as Azami can be, can’t cost 5 mana to make it in Modern or Legacy. That said, she’s brutal at Commander tables because of Wizards’ viability there, and I believe Azami is one of the most-popular CEDH commander choices for that reason.
Constructed: 2 (not completely without merit, but has trouble shining)
Limited: 3 (a bit passive, but an extra card a turn is nice if you can keep her away from the Glacial Rays)
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