Pillar of Origins
Date Reviewed: Sept. 28, 2017
Commander [EDH]: 3.38
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
| David Fanany
Player since 1995
This might end up being one of the most significant cards in Ixalan, especially for Standard. We haven’t had a mana-producing artifact with such a low cost in Standard for quite a long time, and even though it has a restriction on what it can cast, the advantage of being able to go from two mana directly to four has proved decisive in past seasons. If nothing else, it will undoubtedly prove valuable when trying to make dinosaur decks, as their costs tend to be high and every manner of mana ramping available will be in demand.
For Tribal decks, this is a bit of an extra kick in the pants. It’s a way to accelerate mana for tribes that may not necessarily have a way to get off to a fast start. Dinosaurs, in particular, will be a fan of this, since their curve tends to skew a lot higher than the other Ixalan tribes. But two-mana rocks aren’t too common anymore, and this is a decent one with a reasonable restriction. Unlikely to make a splash in constructed, but likely to be the backbone of a lot of Limited decks.