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Nissa, Steward of Elements
- Amonkhet

Reviewed April 25, 2017

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4.5

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David Fanany

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Nissa, Steward of Elements
 
Nissa's rather grown on me over the last few years, and that's only partly because she has a much wider range of abilities than her original elf-centric version. Her tailor is also clearly one of the best in Dominaria or beyond. But regarding that first point, she's remade herself for this year as a one-woman combo. Given that her +2 is scrying, I find it all but impossible to imagine any situation where you won't hit something good with her 0 ability. Even if you feel like where her ultimate is less ultimate than you'd want, it's the sort of effect that's good to have around, and between mana-ramping and her other two abilities not depleting loyalty counters, it'll be shockingly easy to use it while keeping her on the table.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 5/5
James H.

Nissa, Steward of Elements (4/25)

 

We’ve never had a planeswalker like Nissa before, to be sure. And she adds a new wrinkle to the “hard to evaluate planeswalker" base we’ve seen many times before, thanks to the X in her mana cost that equates to scalable loyalty.

 

She can drop as early as turn 2 or 3 with 1 loyalty, and she can try to tick her way out of danger. Her +2 is meant to help set up for her 0 ability, but getting 2 loyalty does go a way towards protecting her. Her 0 is potentially a free card, hitting a land about 1/3 of the time and a creature a bit less than that; since it bases off of her loyalty, more loyalty makes her 0 more likely to hit a target. This even gives more incentive to slam Nissa for more mana. Her -6 is a fairly mundane ultimate, but it’s 10 damage in the air; at worst, you're paying 8 mana for 10 damage, which can help in stalled games.

 

Nissa is unique, and I definitely think she has a lot of power to her. She’ll scale well to the point you need her to be in the game, and she can stabilize your board or close out the game. Look forward to seeing her a lot.

 

Constructed: 4.5

Casual: 5

Limited: 5

Multiplayer: 4

Commander: 4


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