Tanazir Quandrix – Strixhaven
Date Reviewed: June 2, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.00
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Strixhaven‘s flavor plays up the rivalries between the colleges, as seems to be standard for “magical school” stories and properties. In my experience, real universities don’t operate much like that. This is a good thing, because the world is not a cloister and there are more things in it than can be fit into any one of the boxes we put courses in. Most of my closest friends at university came from outside my majors. This includes some people from other branches of engineering – some of whom I’m still friends with – as well as some from entirely different departments, like the astronomers with whom I stayed up learning to tell stars apart and the people I met when I took archaeology as an elective. As a matter of fact, I had some mild to serious personality clashes with classmates in both materials engineering and physiology.
Fortunately, despite being the dean of a faculty stereotyped as socially awkward (science and engineering), Tanazir Quandrix is all about co-operating with people in other fields. On top of that, he’s basically the life of the party when you consider that +1/+1 counters are used as the basis of so many mechanics that I joke about it in reviews. There is a fun little trick to remember when you look at his ability that references “base power and toughness”: if any of your creatures have +1/+1 counters on them, they get +4/+4 for free because counters are applied on top of the temporarily changed base. Plus you can get some counters on Tanazir himself and get a progression as fast as Fibonacci’s sequence, which is always fun.
Tanazir Quandrix is pretty fun. Doubling the number of +1/+1 counters on something is always a neat trick, especially in a school and color combination that loves counters, and it can even inspire your team to smash harder. Thanks to how Tanazir is worded, you can use this to buff an army of Fractal tokens to absurd heights, and it definitely has synergy with how Quandrix uses +1/+1 counters. The body is reasonable enough at 5 mana, and it can lead your army to a swooptacular victory. Not going to be a Constructed all-star, I suspect, but it’s quite potent and can make for massive swings out of nowhere.
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