Illuminate History – Strixhaven
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 2.50
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
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.
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.
Commander: 2 (I feel like it’s not good enough to make it, but I could be wrong)
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