– Modern Horizons
July 3, 2019
Commander [EDH]: 4.38
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Not too long ago, a card that referred to the concept of X in a mana cost or activation cost would probably have been considered something for an Un-set. I am glad that we got it, regardless of border color; it is a fun tool to play with. It’s probably too specific for competitive decks that need to be generally powerful, but X spells are a theme that everyone can get behind in more casual settings. They offer decks a lot of flexibility and can scale to a range of different game states.
It’s interesting to note that the doubling effect is mandatory. I don’t know if there are a lot of situations where you would want to avoid doubling your effect anyway; maybe if you have something like Blue Sun’s Zenith and you’re in risk of drawing so many cards there aren’t any left in your library.
Have you ever wanted to make X even larger than you once thought possible? Unbound Flourishing might be the card for you, if that is the case. While the hydra in the artwork gives an idea of a tribe that likes this spell (hint: they’re hydras), any large X spell would like this. Like massive burn spells or massive card-draw spells. Just about any color has a use for this effect, and it’s a potent one!
…if you build around it, of course. And Unbound Flourishing is a three-drop enchantment that doesn’t do a whole lot by itself when it comes into play. If you don’t build around it, it’s not going to do anything, and it’s a dud in Limited as a result of not really having cards to build around it or pair with it (outside of…Crypt Rats, I guess?). It’s an interesting spell with the chance to do crazy things, but it needs a lot of support to do so, and I question if Modern has a home for something this slow.
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