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Cairn Wanderer
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Cairn Wanderer
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed June 5, 2015

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cairn Wanderer
 
I was very surprised when the rest of the Pojo crew told me that we'd never reviewed this card before. It absolutely begs to be built around, and five mana often ends up being a ridiculously low price for the number of abilities it gets when you do. Even one or two relevant creatures in a graveyard make this guy very efficient. It's also a much more friendly way to introduce graveyard strategies to a casual metagame than something like Unburial Rites. 
 
In spite of that, I've always been a little puzzled as to why Lorwyn's changelings look like modern folklore's gray aliens, and not more like the sort of Celtic faerie creatures their name might imply. It doesn't take away from their gameplay abilities, of course!
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a powerful changeling with an awesome graveyard related ability. Cairn Wandered is a five mana 4/4 which are not the most efficient stats but the upside is its all creature types and can gain a plethora of keyworded abilities. In competitive formats five mana is too high for the effect, the upside is that with a little graveyard manipulation you can make quite the formidable creature,  the downside is once again the mana cost and most decks want to be doing something more efficient. In casual and multiplayer it can fit into a large variety of decks being every creature types greatly benefits it and being able to sculpt your graveyard to make a powerful efficient evasive creature is great. In limited it relies on other creatures but even having a few in your deck can turn this card into a powerhouse. Overall a powerful limited card with some casual applications.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Cairn Wanderer which is a five mana Black 4/4 with Changeling and can gain a variety of effects from creatures in the graveyard.  This is a bit high cost and graveyard dependent for most formats, but in Commander or Multiplayer it has a great deal of potential with even minimal support.  Cards like Vampire Nighthawk and Gurmag Swiftwing each have three effects to fuel the Wanderer and are aggressive options to play before it hits the field.   In addition there are cards that can offer high end protection and of course the opposing graveyards can add benefits as well.  Overall this is a strong middle or late game threat that is often overlooked even though it can easily be included in existing Commander and Multiplayer designs.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


Armuun
Cairn wanderer 
 
Rounding out the week, we've got a neat little tech card for reanimator decks. Got an Akroma in the grave but just don't have the life for that reanimate? drop this black equivalent. Note that the ability checks all graveyards, so with a little tinkering, you can have the keyword equivalent of a Tarmogoyf. A hasty, double striking, deathtouchy, lifelinking, trampling, shrouded, and vigilant 4/4 is pretty hard to beat short of a boardwipe. 
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 5
EDH: 4

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