November 28, 2017
Commander [EDH]: 4.00
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Alliances was the second expansion released after I started playing Magic; I got involved not long after the release of Ice Age. Both Homelands and Alliances actually blew my mind at the time. The Fourth Edition rulebook promises that you “will encounter new mysteries is the multiverse of Dominia grows”, and both those sets deliver on providing a window into a world you want to be a part of. Even such a simple card as Storm Crow makes you think about possibilities.
For that matter, a card as relatively complex as Crow Storm does much the same thing. The fact of the matter is, when your storm count is high enough, almost any storm spell will win the game for you, and this is no exception. It’s worth keeping in mind that decks in non-flying colors will have slightly more trouble dealing with this than Empty the Warrens; while the answer is sometimes that you should be storming for more than they can block, that’s not always possible. And besides, this way is fun.
Has WOTC lost their minds!? They combined the most powerful creature of all time with the most powerful mechanic of all time! I run 5 of these cards in every deck!
Alright, enough joking around. I love how simple word play can create one of the best jokes as well as a pretty good card. Any card with storm is abusable, and while slower than Grapeshot, this card can still murder you.
Commander (EDH): 4
Storm Crow memes are dead; long live Crow Storm. It’s been a card that’s been riffed on by almost anyone who does custom card design, but the real thing is even better than the meme.
It’s a good thing Crow Storm is silver-bordered, because we might have another format-warping card on our hands. It plays like a slightly-cheaper Empty the Warrens, trading making two 1/1 tokens per tick for making 1/2 tokens with flying per tick. And if you know anything about the storm mechanic, every playable card with the mechanic has proven to be ridiculously powerful at some point, verging on ban-worthy. This is perfectly at home in Unstable, but it’s also a card that could legitimately be printed in black border…albeit not without destroying Standard along the way.
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