Beledros Witherbloom– Strixhaven
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.88
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
I’m impressed that Beledros manages to have such a twist in his text box with so few lines of actual text. He’s quite reasonable in his “fair” mode, as many decks can always use another expendable token or three and he scales well to multiplayer. His activated ability is a doubling effect and thus it can break games open in the right circumstances, even when limited to once per turn. Sometimes once is all you need, and I’m particularly interested to see what happens once he starts doing things in everyone’s favorite 40-life format. It’s not like mana ramp strategies needed any more help in Commander, but they might be getting it!
That activated ability is very scary, isn’t it? 10 life to untap all of your lands is a menacing prospect, even if it’s only once a turn. Still, Beledros Witherbloom can fuel his ability thanks to Pests coming out to play every turn (which also offers free sacrificial bodies for the color that most likes it), and while his body is mediocre, he can more than make up for it. 7 mana means he’s likely for Commander and casual formats, as he doesn’t do enough to be a prime reanimator target, but he’s still nasty if he can get going. Also note that it’s once per turn, so if you have things to do on opponents’ turns, that’s even better.
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