History, Restapled - The Wilds Bunch
Welcome back for another History, Restapled, a Commander-focused column that attempts to validate a newer card’s status as a staple by looking at how cards that are similar, synergistic, or competing have fared in the past financially.
Holy hell, does this card seem busted or what? It requires a bit of a board state already, but not necessarily one flooded with creatures—though it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a few spare Saproling or Soldier tokens putzing about. If you can get the reanimation count up to three or more, you’ve exceeded the rate
Mass reanimation effects exceed Lich-Knights’ Conquest in both mana value and price.
Lich-Knights’ Conquest is only going to get better over time, as stronger graveyard-based cards get printed, and at its current price is practically being given away. It’s a worthy bulk bin purchase and one you’ll be glad you grabbed.
STATUS: It’s a staple, on a steel horse they ride, and it’s wanted, wanted, dead or alive
To the surprise of no one, Adventure cards make for powerful and flexible additions to any Commander deck with the color identity to run them. Many of the new ones fall under multiple color identities, but Bramble Familiar can slot into any deck running green, regardless of what other colors the deck carries. As a two-mana dork, it’s worse than
The price of Bramble Familiar is less than $0.50 and continues to drop. Other great two-mana dorks can’t boast this level of affordability;
STATUS: Elemental-y, my dear staple
Here’s another Adventure that combines multiple effects across cards into an essential Selesnya toolbox. At its floor, Woodland Acolyte operates as a slightly lesser
Status: Can I get a witness?
Release the (Cardboard) Crack-en
With so many playable cards in Wilds of Eldraine, it might become hard to track how all of them are being used in Commander. Please share your experiences with me! You can find me on Twitter with the handle @steveheisler or on Bluesky under the same name. In particular, it would be helpful to know which cards have underperformed against expectations. I have my suspicions of a few, but more field testing is required. Until next time…hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!
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Steve Heisler is a writer and pop culture journalist covering comedy, games, television, film and the tech industry. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, GQ, Variety, The AV Club, Fast Company and the Chicago Sun-Times. He began collecting Magic cards during Fourth Edition and plays Commander and Modern primarily. He also enjoys tennis, the Dark Souls family of video games and supporting live comedy. He lives in Chicago with his cat, Rosie.