The Lady of Otaria
The Lady of Otaria

The Lady of Otaria – Dominaria United

Date Reviewed:  October 7, 2022

Constructed: 1.00
Casual: 3.00
Limited: N/A
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.13

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.

Reviews Below: 


I always liked The Lady of the Mountain’s flavor text, but she’s one of the best examples of how Legends couldn’t quite meet its gameplay elements with the epic feel of the cards. While her old card isn’t even impressive in Giant tribal (consider Quakebringer and Stoneshock Giant), The Lady of Otaria promises power . . . with a twist. The “off-tribe” tribal card is far from unheard of in Magic, as with M13’s War Falcon; red and green are great colors for moving lands into and out of your graveyard for fun and profit, and you might well have been playing Evolving Wilds anyway. Unfortunately, red and green are not the color combination most associated with dwarves, and without a lot of dwarves, you’re back to Lady of the Mountain-style gameplay. There’s definitely a casual deck involving her, though, even if it requires a little more tweaking than some tribal decks. On top of all that, don’t forget that Wilds of Eldraine is coming relatively soon, and we know that plane has dwarves – and I wouldn’t be quite brave enough to bet against some of them being green or at least red-green.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: N/A
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3

 James H. 


Like Sivitri, this card is from the Commander set, so scores reflect this.

The Lady of the Mountain was a forgettable Legends vanilla, but this fares a bit better in terms of being interesting. The main issue is that The Lady of Otaria is not in what are the main Dwarf colors (they tend to anymore be more Boros aligned), so she’s in a sort of weird tribal support spot, particularly seeing as how there’s exactly one green Dwarf and zero red-green Dwarves.

All the same, Dwarves are heavily centered in red, and there are things you can do with potentially digging more out each turn and getting a free 5/5 out of it. I feel like The Lady of Otaria is more a promise of things to come; she’s lacking the support to really pop right now, and there aren’t great incentives to go towards her. But she may pay off down the line if Dwarves shift to Gruul or just start getting more cards in general.

Constructed: 1 (a free 5/5 sounds nice until you realize how poor a tribe Dwarves are in Legacy)
Casual: 3 (I think she might go up with better Dwarf support)
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3.25

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