CardName – Strixhaven
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.13
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Spirits, as it happens, are a creature type that appears in all five colors, and Hofri is a powerful reason to go into red for a tribal deck – and not just because of the obvious “lord” effect, but because his token-making ability gives them a resilience they’ve often curiously lacke. In fact, that ability is appealing for almost any deck, and it’s incredibly exploitable, not least since the creature might eventually return to your graveyard for yet another turn. I think Hofri might be the winner for “Strixhaven card most likely to make a Commander combo deck”, which is no mean feat considering how many candidates there are in this set.
Hofri Ghostforge offers a pretty unique effect, giving your creatures a second life whenever they die. He also doubles as a lord for Spirits, a nice angle to take given that Lorehold specializes in spiritual assistance; there might be times where you can clear out the board with damage-based removal and come away with more damage by bringing your creatures back as spirits. As a 4/5, he’s decently resilient on his own, though lacking in abilities of his own, and he’s a strong trick in colors that sometimes prove to be largely lacking in tricks.
Constructed: 3.25 (I think he’s a touch slow to make a real impact, but I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong)
Limited: 4.5 (if he doesn’t die immediately, things get crazy)
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