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Zada, Hedron Grinder
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Zada, Hedron Grinder
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed October 14, 2015

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Zada, Hedron Grinder
 
Long-time players will note that Zada does indeed share a color with Ink-Treader Nephilim - and probably find it a little awkward that the other three turn out to be superfluous. But aside from that, it makes it much easier to build around her without having to spend a lot of time just setting up to cast her. Even if all you end up doing is turning Titan's Strength into Overrun, you're getting a lot for very little cost. And each set you add to the mix, whether from new releases or in older card pools, multiplies the number of interactions by numbers I can't even count.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Zada, Hedron Grinder which is a four mana Red
3/3 Legendary that copies your instant or sorcery spells that target only it for each other creature you control.  This is an extremely effective card used with both tokens plus power increase, evasion, or direct damage dealing like Goblin Grenade.  There is a great deal of potential for Zada to win games with many different cards and it will definitely be popular in Commander, Casual, Multiplayer, and possibly some Constructed formats as the basis of a new variation on the Heroic concept.
 
In Limited there are fewer options to trigger the effect, but as a four mana 3/3 this isn't unplayable as a vanilla creature and the threat with any other creatures in play might be too much for an opponent to ignore.  The psychological aspect adds value, making it a top target for removal and causing concern whenever you topdeck. For those reasons this makes a reasonable if somewhat underpowered first pick in Booster and an easy inclusion when running or splashing Red into a Sealed deck.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0
EDH/Commander: 4.0


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