But, Isn’t The Wanderer Elspeth Returned From the Dead? PLEASE!?
While I truly doubt that The Wanderer is Elspeth, being that she is my favorite all-time planeswalker, it would be cool to find that out. Still, I’m happy with The Wanderer being secretive for now. It is true that the loyalty ability is similar as that of Elspeth, Sun’s Champion - who destroys all creatures with power 4 or greater. If that’s a hint, that’s cool. But, I’m more interested in how The Wanderer will see play.
Is The Wanderer Going to be a Standard Sideboard Staple?
At the very least, The Wanderer will prove to be a thorn in the side for Burn players. As Red Deck Wins seems an omnipresent force in Standard (and Modern for that matter), The Wanderer does fill a nice niche. I feel like four mana may be too much for Modern. Still buying potentially a turn or two against Burn is nothing to sneeze at. The added bonus of exiling a bigger creature shouldn’t be ignored, either.
While many players are a bit unhappy about planeswalkers being printed now at uncommon for War of the Spark, I think that the Wizards of the Coast design team did fine with these. The Wanderer is a fine example of a card that does a couple of very useful things while also being a planeswalker. This is a good little planeswalker who should find plenty of homes throughout Magic.
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