Oriq Loremage– Strixhaven
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.25
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Tutoring cards directly into your graveyard has a long and powerful history, though it’s most often been seen with creatures, as they’re usually the easiest card type to re-cast (reanimate, etc). Of course, there are exceptions, notably anytime we get new flashback cards, not to mention the un-keyworded similar effects they use now and then. Strixhaven being light on both of those means that the Loremage will probably see the most play in larger card pools, but there’s probably some way to do something ridiculous with him.
A repeatable Entomb effect is certainly a tantalizing target for four mana, and Entomb can be a brutally efficient card that sets up for shenanigans. And you even get a bonus if Oriq Loremage dumps an instant or sorcery card in the process; this feels like a relic of when flashback was a mechanic in Strixhaven, but it got cut before the set hit the presses.
This seems like the kind of card that can be broken in half, but it’s certainly not perfect: it’s four mana for a slightly below-rate body, and while it grows, it does so slowly. It strikes me as an excellent Commander card and decent elsewhere, particularly if you have the means to take full advantage of what gets binned.
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