– Core Set 2021
June 24, 2020
Commander [EDH]: 3.25
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
You may be familiar with the blue version of this card, Polymorph; if so, Transmogrify has the same combo potential, and being in red might open up additional options. Not that you couldn’t already play a part-red Polymorph deck, but now it can be mono-red. It might be an interesting twist on red midrange, as it’d probably be nothing but token generators and huge dragons, and people wouldn’t expect it (unless they read this review). I expect it will be aimed at opposing creatures less frequently, though it is obviously still an option, even more so than with Polymorph. While blue can slow down high-toughness creatures with bounce effects or steal them, red is often just dead to a card like Elder Gargaroth; in a desperate situation, the risk of turning it into another Gargaroth (or worse, Uko) might sometimes be worth taking.
Polymorphing, but back in red. Transmogrify is one of those cards that makes for a clean and rude combo if you can build your deck in a way to abuse it; the clear synergy is to have only Absolute Units hiding in there, make a token, and then bring out something worthwhile by hitting it with Transmogrify. The other side of the coin is that this is a four-mana removal spell on an opponent’s creature, with the caveat that it can blow up spectacularly if you turn their innocuous little Brushwagg into a Lhurgoyf (to use an example). This is definitely a bit more of a fun card (thanks to only being sorcery speed), but there’s still plenty of room for fun in decks, and there may be times where this ends a game on the spot.
Constructed: 3.25 (there are ways to abuse this, but I feel like the formats most inclined to making this pop are the formats where it’s outclassed)
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