Heartwood Storyteller – Time Spiral Remastered
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.25
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
In the famous tradition of “symmetrical” cards like Armageddon, Heartwood Storyteller looks fair but can be made as one-sided as you want. A deck made up mostly or entirely of creatures won’t even notice that his text is symmetrical, and this sometimes works surprisingly well in multiplayer settings. In such games, he sometimes provides a good incentive to leave you alone in the hope that he’ll get them some free cards from someone else’s spells. Nowadays, you miss out even less from going all-creatures than you did when Future Sight was new: there is some truth to the fact that comes-into-play abilities have proliferated, as have the kinds of abilities you used to only get on artifacts and enchantments.
Heartwood Storyteller is a fairly fun card that can cause a lot of politicking if you play carefully. It reinforces green’s desire to go hard into creatures while indirectly punishing those that don’t play them, with lots of card draw. If nothing else, it makes people prioritize removing this, which generates at least 1 card of advantage when they aim their Lightning Bolt there instead of into your face. A flimsy body isn’t great, and this largely will sit back and do Nothing, but it forces direct answer before you benefit from a massive flood of incoming cards against the right deck.
Limited: 3 (not a bomb, but it can help grease the wheels)
Multiplayer: 4.5 (it can be a bit of a risk, but this might make you very “popular”)
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