Venerable Warsinger – Strixhaven
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 4.00
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
This is brave new territory for red and white alike – indeed, one of the things I like about Strixhaven is how much it innovates with design. As confusing as some of the modal double-faced cards and their extensive text boxes can be, the application of existing abilities to new settings in red and white is straightforward and very welcome. Venerable Warsinger’s stats are efficient and likely to get through to the opponent in the early to mid-game, and even if it’s only a mana value of one or two at a time, the advantage will build to extreme levels very rapidly. Don’t forget that fetchlands have a mana value of 0. If there’s any kind of attrition-based deck, or one that leverages repeated sacrifices, in Standard, I suspect this will be a good card for it, and it may even find some use elsewhere too.
While white is known for occasional bouts of reanimation, this is pretty nifty and novel mechanical space for Lorehold/Boros to explore. Venerable Warsinger is good for bringing back your army, if it hits hard enough; with trample, and with being in colors suited to buffing it, this isn’t terribly challenging. While haste might have been nice, I feel like that would be a bit over the line. While Lorehold may still be fairly weak, I think this is a surprisingly versatile weapon in the toolbox, able to get back lots of friends to wreak further havoc.
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