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Bruna, the Fading Light
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Bruna, the Fading Light
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 20, 2016

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 4.38
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.13

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David Fanany

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Bruna, the Fading Light
A lot of the reason this card got attention is for the meld mechanic, with good reason - they have never attempted something like this in a non-silver-bordered set before, and the implementation is legitimately interesting (not to mention much scarier than Unglued's B.F.M). Yet even without it, Bruna is worth considering for white decks that can afford her mana cost. As a commander, she causes incredible problems for any deck that isn't ready to deal with her - Reya Dawnbringer and Baneslayer Angel are strong enough as is, much less when they can't truly die. She also carries some of the Angel-Human combined tribal interactions from the original Innistrad block, and it'll be interesting to see if any casual deckbuilders re-examine those after Eldritch Moon's release.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Bruna, the Fading Light (7/20)

Bruna’s most infamous feature is that she’s part of one of the three meld pairs in Eldritch Moon, able to meld with Gisela to form a game-ending super Eldrazi Angel nightmare. I’m not going to focus on that, though; I’m going to focus more on Bruna herself, but know that her position as part of the best meld pair gives her another use beyond her front side.

Seven mana is a steep price for a 5/7 flier with vigilance; it’s not bad, but it’s pretty underwhelming and the kind of card you’d only see in Limited. Bruna is also a seven-mana reanimation spell, though; she can bring back an Angel or Human (on cast, so no funny tricks here), which makes for an obvious combination with Gisela, the Broken Blade. On her own, though, she’s absurd in Limited, thanks to avoiding a lot of kill spells and being able to block almost anything.

Unfortunately, Bruna is seven mana, which makes her a bit awkward. She gets exponentially better if you can reanimate Gisela then and there, but she’s underwhelming otherwise.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 4.5
Commander: 4.25

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