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Hymn of Rebirth
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Hymn of Rebirth
- Ice Age

Reviewed April 6, 2017

Constructed: 2.38
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hymn of Rebirth
 
There are actually plenty of reasons to use old-school cards beyond nostalgia and the desire to mix up the art styles in your decks. Sometimes you will find something which can completely wrong-foot and confuse opponents raised on a different interpretation of the color pie. Back in 1996, we might have just been using it as insurance in case our Serra Angels got hit by Dark Banishing, but don't underestimate the demoralizing effect of stealing someone's much-later-printed creature when you're not playing a "reanimation color", or the novelty factor of making a green-white reanimator deck with Peace of Mind as part of your setup. 
 
I admire the amount of work that the designers have done to make a clearly defined color pie and roles for different colors, but I do sometimes miss offbeat off-color effects like this. There are times that the compelling flavor argument, even as a one-off, makes for something really exciting and interesting - I'm reminded of Planar Chaos' red Akroma as another example.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5 
James H. Hymn of Rebirth (4/6)
 
Five mana for an effect green and white usually don't get is still a fair trade. It's a reanimation spell, one that can target any creature! It's a reasonable price to pay for the effect, and it's a good part of the usual creature-heavy strategy of the color combination.
 
The downside is that green and white are merely average at loading up graveyards with worthwhile creatures, making it a bit weaker and less likely to find a desirable target. Black has discard and kill spells as ways of making this happen...and its reanimation spells are cheaper. If you can't go black, though, this is a worthy substitute if your format is slow enough to get to 5 mana (and Legacy is not).
 
Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3
Commander: 3.75

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