Magda, Brazen Outlaw – Kaldheim
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.5
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Magda, Brazen Outlaw is intriguing, a sort of Dwarf lord with a twist. She gives your Dwarves a stat buff and can make lots of Treasures, which plays well with the various Vehicles on hand in Kaldheim. But being able to cash those treasures in for either another artifact or a big, swoopy Dragon at instant speed is also quite intriguing, and this gives Magda several angles of attack, either as a “crew things and get Dragons” sort of deal or a “enable Dwarves and get Dragons” sort of deal. She is fragile, but she’s quite promising, and I think there are definitely ways to make her pop in the current Standard.
Constructed: 3.75 (call this an “aspirational” rating; she can be obnoxious if you can get going quickly)
Limited: 3.75 (Dwarves aren’t the strongest tribe here, and there’s a general dearth of Dragons, but extra mana never killed anyone but your opponents)
Commander: 4.5 (this can get out of control very quickly if you build smartly)
I have to be honest: I never used to find dwarves to be that interesting. Especially not to the point where they were held up as paragons of badass in RPGs and needed their own metal bands in real life. But seeing this card, I’m thinking I’ll need to reconsider that.
There was a time when it felt like basically every tribal “lord” had some variation of +1/+1 and keyword in their text. I’m so glad those days are gone. Boosting power is deliciously red and all you really need for a fjord-call, and I’m also glad to see treasure tokens are becoming rather common on red cards (red can use them very well). The ability to eventually ambush your opponent with a gigantic artifact or dragon – think of the kinds of things you see in older formats – is an incredible level of eventual impact for a two-mana creature. It rivals even older cards like Stoneforge Mystic and Dark Confidant, though the amount of time it can take means Magda is probably not going to be used in the same types of tournament decks they are. Anywhere else, she’s a great card to build around and a worthy successor to clever Dvalin and his works of gold and stone.
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