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 Quirion Dryad
- Planeshift

Reviewed February 24, 2016

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander [EDH]: 3

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Quirion Dryad
I remember Quirion Dryad being one of the most eye-catching cards in Planeshift. In a limited environment that actively encouraged splashing a third and fourth and sometimes a fifth color, it wasn't uncommon for her to end a game with stats that rivalled mid-tier Eldrazi. It wasn't long before she made an impact on constructed as well, mainly alongside Mercadian Masques' free spells in Extended and Vintage (some of which, like Misdirection, also shored up her inherent weakness to Unsummon and the like). Although she is often the second pick behind Tarmogoyf nowadays, her potential should never be underestimated. First of all, with enough cantrips and low-cost burn spells and cards with flashback, the upper bound of her power is far higher. Second of all, she lacks the vulnerability to graveyard countermeasures that all Lhurgoyf variants and some other "growing" creatures have. And third and perhaps most enticingly of all, she plays very well with the ever-growing class of cards that manipulate counters - I like her with Volt Charge, but there are other combos with everything from Dromoka's bolster effects to Power Conduit.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
BMoor Quirion Dryad

On its first printing, Quirion Dryad saw quite a bit of use as a win condition splashed into multicolor control decks. Many of them already used cheap cantrips to dig for the cards they needed and smooth out their draws, and the big Q fit into that situation perfectly.

Upon her return in Tenth Edition, she briefly made a few waves as a substitute for Tarmogoyf, and as the cornerstone in a hypothetical deck full of her, Forests, and hybrid spells from Shadowmoor block that never really materialized.She's never quite recaptured her glory days, but in multicolor situations she's always been worth consideration.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 3.5
Commander- 3

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