Tamiyo, Field Researcher (7/15)
Planeswalkers are infamously hard to evaluate in
a vacuum; Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy was once
considered the worst of the
planeswalkers, and Arlinn Kord was the one
everyone had their eyes on in
Over Innistrad. So take this with a grain of
salt until the card comes out.
Tamiyo is our third three-color planeswalker,
and she’s the cheapest one of the bunch in terms
of mana cost. Her +1 ability and -2 ability both
do a good job of protecting her, which is the
litmus test of a planeswalker; planeswalkers
that don’t immediately impact the board had
better have a way to protect themselves while
they work their way into a position to impact
the board. The -2 can lock down creatures or
artifacts, while her +1 can either reward your
attackers or discourage their own attackers
(bonus points if you have a vigilance creature).
Her ultimate is going to win you the game if it
resolves, so that’s worth noting…and at -7, it
might not take her long to get there.
The issue is her mana cost…four mana is good
(and most of the really good planeswalkers cost
either 3 or 4 mana), but needing three colors of
mana might be a bit of a challenge. It’s going
to be hard to see until the set comes out if
there’s a home for her, but I suspect she’s good
enough to make the cut.
Commander [EDH]: 4.25