Squee, the Immortal
May 21, 2018
Commander [EDH]: 4
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This is actually the second time Squee has appeared on a creature card as himself; the first was called Squee, Goblin Nabob, and I like that he’s held on to his toy there over all these centuries. Remember what C.S. Lewis said: you don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.
With ways to exile cards from graveyards having proliferated over the centuries (mere decades in our time), I suppose it was necessary to update Squee’s game text – in the lore, he is truly immortal in the sense that there is absolutely no way to kill him permanently. Squee takes the concept of “the graveyard is a second and sometimes better hand” to a whole other level. His power and toughness suggest a creature that wants to attack, but I don’t think he hits quite hard enough for a competitive tribal deck. I do, however, think that he is an excellent interaction with cards like Warstorm Surge, Soul Warden, and Nantuko Husk. You don’t even have to go out of red to get him in position – Greater Gargadon, Goblin Bombardment, and Siege-Gang Commander are very good cards even before you add Squee into the mix.
Empires may rise and fall, but Squee is still immortal. Or something. It’s even in his name.
The original Squee was a 1/1 that looped back to your hand from discard; this one is different, a 2/1 that can be cast from the graveyard or from exile. A three-mana Misthollow Griffin is always tempting, particularly as part of the notorious Food Chain deck in Legacy. Squee is probably more “cute” than good, but there are plenty of degenerate things to be done with a goblin that just won’t stay dead.
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