November 17, 2017
Commander [EDH]: 3.39
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Zendikar’s kor are described in the flavor elements as nomads, perpetual pilgrims; perhaps they, of all Magic’s communities, know best how the people on the Mayflower felt. Have you ever wondered what history would have been like if people had had access to air travel (even in the form of thopters) earlier? I’d suggest that in certain ways, it would have been remarkably similar. After all, Columbus wouldn’t have known what India should look like from the air any more than he knew what it should look like from the sea.
Pilgrim’s Eye offers something that’s still relatively unique in Magic, especially recent cards; usually you have to go to green to get an effect so similar to Borderland Ranger and Wood Elves. Despite this, it hasn’t shown up as often as you might think in constructed, mainly because if you do go to green, you can very quickly reach a critical density of such effects that becomes just overwhelming – the turn three Primeval Titan was a real phenomenon in certain formats. However, it’s still worth keeping in mind when you’re some kind of deck that has an incentive to use only artifact creatures; I’m thinking of something like a more casual and/or slower Master of Etherium archetype.
In honor of the American Thanksgiving, we have PIlgrim’s Eye, a cute and innocuous little thopter with a nifty upside. It’s both a warm body and a bit of mana fixing, letting you dig out a basic land to play anew on your next turn. Is it flashy? Not in the slightest. But these sort of workman-like cards are sometimes what you need in a deck to keep the engine going, and Pilgrim’s Eye does a nice job of making sure you stay on curve. It also synergizes well with blink effects. Nothing spectacular, but it is cute and good at what it does, and it can help you thop the crap out of someone if they have no answer to a 1/1 with flying.
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