Quirion Beastcaller – Dominaria United
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2022
Commander [EDH]: 3.63
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Talk about a growing threat. Quirion Beastcaller wants to hit the board as soon as possible and amass counters as quickly as possible; while it lacks keywords on its own, creatures that grow just by you doing Things and Stuff can always present a nicely ticking time bomb for an opponent to have to check. It even has a fun death trigger for decks that remove it, and you can make use of its size to give a boost to creatures that actually do have keywords. It’s not terribly flashy, but workhorse creatures oft have room to be quite dangerous, and I’d say a bear with upside is a good place to start. It is a dismal late-game topdeck, but it’s effective enough early to make it a worthy consideration.
Commander [EDH]: 3.25
At first, I didn’t even notice that Quirion Beastcaller is a dryad – the art is similar enough to Magic’s portrayal of elves that you could mistake the image for an elf at a passing glance. Perhaps it’s just as well, because can you imagine how powerful her abilities would be in a tribal deck? Even as it is, she’s one of the most powerful threats of the “play early, get big” style that we’ve seen in years. Her abilities are balanced by a need to play a lot of creatures (compare her famous ancestor, who was best in decks where she was the only creature), but that’s not much of a downside nowadays. And she even has an advantage – an actual, factual advantage – over Tarmogoyf in that her +1/+1 counters can stay on the table after a Doom Blade event. This card will be hard to handle in Standard, and has a good chance of making an impact even in bigger formats.
Commander [EDH]: 4
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