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Rhys the Redeemed
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Rhys the Redeemed
- Shadowmoor

Reviewed June 1, 2015

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 3.13
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 4.25 

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rhys the Redeemed
 
I always found Lorwyn, the sunny, brightly-colored side of Magic's first and so far only double block, to be just as scary as Shadowmoor. That may confuse some of you, but think about it: the changelings are these strange creatures that don't speak but watch other creatures carefully and mimic their faces and activities alike. The elves have a special group of warriors called "winnowers" who go around killing people who they think are too ugly to live. I allow that my opinion may be partially shaped by the novel, whose opening passages see someone get attacked by a tangle of vines with fey sentience, and someone else stumble across the corpse of a flamekin who'd been tied to a tree and slashed to death.
 
In Shadowmoor, then, Rhys became much less sinister and threatening on a personal level, but much more so in gameplay. He's fairly slow to come online against red or black decks, and requires a lot more conditions than tournament play usually supports, but in any environment where you're likely to have enough mana for him to do his thing or can protect him for long enough (or EDH/Commander, where both are true), he can become downright unfair. Not only is he in the right colors for archetype-defining cards like Rampaging Baloths and Captain of the Watch, but - and I hate to go here - have you ever seen him in play at the same time as Doubling Season?
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rhys the Redeemed which is a one White or Green mana 1/1 Legendary with two token production effects.  The first costs three plus tapping and puts a 1/1 Green and White elf warrior token into play which is a reasonable cost for a reusable token ability and helps to support the second effect.  For six mana plus tapping it copies each creature token you control which can be very powerful with mass token production and supporting effects. The low base cost with powerful effects makes this an excellent Commander and at the very least it can be used in any Green or White deck with tokens as support.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


Armuun

Rhys the Redeemed
 
This is one of those cards that's absolutely stellar in EDH, and relatively mediocre everywhere else. 
A mass populate on all your tokens is huge in late game, but even in green, 6 is still expensive for an effect you can't pop off right away. Making 1/1 elf warriors is cool, but still a little expensive for the price of admission. That said, going back to EDH, where you can ramp your arse off, it's really hard for most opponents to catch up when you're generating lots of various sized tokens then doubling them (or tripling with the enchantments available). 
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 3
EDH: 4.5


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