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Ishkanah, Grafwidow
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 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Sept. 8, 2016

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH: 4.67

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David Fanany

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Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Spider tribal? In my Commander group? It's more likely than you think. Consider that the Commander format at large is often full of flying creatures and the accompanying tricks - how many generals are themselves angels and dragons and the like? Consider that spiders are in the exact right colors for the best mana acceleration, and some of the best card drawing and protection from opposing removal. Consider that those same colors are great at making use of the graveyard, and include nonsense like Doubling Season and Corpsejack Menace. In that light, I don't see how Ishkanah can be anything but a hit.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 5/5
James H. Ishkanah, Grafwidow (9/7)
The last time we reviewed Ishkanah, I had my misgivings about if she was going to make it in constructed formats. Turns out that she did.
A 5 mana 3/5 with reach, again, is a bit behind the curve, but 5 mana for a total of 7 power and 11 toughness, all with reach, is a much better rate of return, particularly with how flying-heavy Shadows Over Innistrad block has wound up being. Five mana is just high enough to avoid the bogeyman of the format, Spell Queller, and delirium is very easy to turn on. Her additional ability is largely ancillary, but it provides a way to end a game that's going long.
Ishkanah is quite good, and she plays better than she looks. The next question is if she'll keep up in Kaladesh; I suspect she will, thanks to her large body and the prolific flying creatures of the set.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander: 4.25

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