Illuminate History
Illuminate History

Illuminate History – Strixhaven 

Date Reviewed:  May 26, 2021

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.38
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 2.50

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As Strixhaven cards start to make their way into casual play, I really hope to see more cubes that use graveyard themes for the Boros color pair. There are a surprising number of older cards that stealthily support the concept; and even without those, some of the Lorehold cards are just pretty cool all around. Illuminate History is perhaps not the flashiest of these, being a now-standard incarnation of red card drawing with a little extra bonus for when you need to try and keep up on resources. However, sometimes that’s enough to make a difference, and it can definitely be effective when you need to get a lot of cards into your graveyard at one time. It’s also worth remembering that it’s a Lesson card – I don’t know if the learn mechanic will quite crack Standard tournaments, but it makes limited sideboarding decisions a lot more interesting than they often are.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Commander: 3/5

 James H. 


Simple and sweet, Illuminate History lets you dump cards you have little use for to replace them, with a free body following if your graveyard is full enough. It’s not terribly flashy, but it lets you cycle through cards you have less use for, and it being a Lesson might pay off in some circumstances. It’s not a star by any stretch, but it is nice value in colors that sometimes struggle to keep the advantage.

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3
Commander: 2 (I feel like it’s not good enough to make it, but I could be wrong)

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