Svella, Ice Shaper – Kaldheim
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 3.50
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Svella’s pretty interesting overall, both as a slow mana accelerant and as payoff for all the ramp you get up to. A 2/4 is not so bad at holding off offensives, while turning spare turns into more mana for future turns. And she can even use it herself, turning eight mana into a seeming homage to the Coldsnap ripple mechanic. It’s eight mana, but it’s reusable and gets you four cards deeper…and if the spell is big enough, it’s even a discount. Not bad in all. She’s a bit fiddly and slow, but it’s a decent enough payoff for obscene amounts of ramp.
We’ve fared far on whale-roads and Blind Eternities, but not often seen a red-green legend whose text goes so far from the words “power” and “attack”. We’d best make the most of it. Though Svella needs mana to make more mana, her abilities work together so well that it’s very much worth the investment. I don’t even care that she’s late to the feast when it comes to cheating things into play, because she does it in style – and further, guaranteeing sources of snow mana for cards that care about that, and just the general use of any kind of Manalith, adds a whole dimension to this card that opponents can’t ignore.
Do you think Herr Mannelig would have been more tempted if his mountain troll had offered endless mana and free spells in one of her entreaties?
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