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.
The Wanderer in EDH / Commander
One place that the White planeswalker quickly found a home was in EDH. The deck that adopted her the most in the early going was Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves. While the synergy isn't immediately obvious, The Wanderer's static ability is actually extremely important, because the "fight" mechanic is considered noncombat damage. That means when Tolsimir's second ability activates, your creature takes no damage in the fight... totally fair, right? Also, the loyalty ability does deal with creatures power 4 or more, which is great for a commander that creates a 3/3 token. These two are turning into really great friends.
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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