Atzocan Archer
– Ixalan

Date Reviewed:
October 6, 2017

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 is bad. 3 is average.  5 is great.
David Fanany
Player since 1995

Why do we have a 1/4 creature with the fight ability (activity?) word in Ixalan? I’m guessing a part of it is just because we can, but I think Atzocan Archer does offer more than just a footnote in Magic history. Consider this: what is green’s usual answer to a creature with low stats but a powerful ability, like Azure Mage? To go bigger, hopefully fast. But that often means falling behind in the card advantage race – and that’s before you even get into the problem of that strategy falling apart when you find yourself facing down a Goblin Sharpshooter with a Basilisk Collar. Atzocan Archer is obviously less powerful than Shriekmaw or Fiend Hunter, but he gives you a much more comforting out against the Dark Confidants of the world compared to “just hope he doesn’t make them draw anything good”.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5