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Eldritch Evolution
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Eldritch Evolution
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 4.13
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

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Eldritch Evolution
It took them a crazy long time, but we finally got an update on Natural Order. Yes, that is basically what this card is, despite the restrictions on converted mana cost. It takes a little more effort, and you can't just jam a Regal Force in any deck that also has Llanowar Elves and expect it to work; but part-green decks have enough choice at every part of the mana curve that you can make this a devastating play on basically any turn. A diverse mana curve that makes it more effective also enhances your ability to beat your opponent down when you don't have the Evolution in hand. And the easiest part to miss is that it doesn't specify color - I expect a lot of people are going to be scouring every pair of recent creatures whose mana cost differs by exactly two.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Eldritch Evolution
Here's the other chase rare of the set. Eldritch Evolution bears a semblance to two other infamous green tutor cards, Birthing Pod and Natural Order. This isn't quite the same beast: it doesn't care about color like Natural Order, it gets you further up on the chain (and is more flexible) than Birthing Pod, and it's less abuse-inclined than either of them.
This doesn't mean Eldritch Evolution is bad; it's very powerful in theory and maybe in practice. You can take your two-drop and turn it into a turn-three Siege Rhino (or something similarly potent), or you can use it to turn three-drops into Thragtusk or the like. Getting two points up on the chain makes it incredibly abusable, and there is possibly some deck that is waiting to use this to do absolutely insane things.
I'm unsure of if Evolution will get there, but definitely keep your eye out for it. It's less abusive than Spell Queller, but it can enable some really back-breaking sequences.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander: 4

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