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Expedition Envoy
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Expedition Envoy
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.75
Commander [EDH]: 2.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Expedition Envoy
 
Savannah Lions was once unique as practically the only card with its specific combination of cost and stats. It's less so now, but the variants often give you a specific reason to play them (or not to do so). Expedition Envoy is a good choice for aggressive Ally decks, giving you the early presence of Savannah Lions and being a ridiculously cheap way to get lots of beneficial triggers late in the game; outside such strategies, it has little to really set it apart from other cheap white creatures. Although, it'll always be a solid choice for a Muraganda Petroglyphs deck!
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5 (General Tazri!)

James H.

Expedition Envoy (12/5)

 

A vanilla 2/1 for one white mana is pretty straightforward, at least on paper. It puts a good counter on your opponent, threatening lethal in 10 turns with no interference, but it’ll be hard-pressed to get in there after they start resolving creatures to put in its way. Still, it’s not an unreasonable rate of return…

 

…and that’s before we get to the fact that it’s an Ally, one of the more-supported Zendikar tribes. It has synergy with all of the Ally keywords and mechanics (the “enter-the-battlefield” effects from original Zendikar block, and Rally and Cohort in Battle For Zendikar). Being able to trigger or use these abilities on a one-mana creature is pretty useful, and Allies tend to not have a ton of cheap creatures.

 

It’s good in Limited, and it's good in an Ally deck that relies on Ally synergies. Unfortunately, its typeline isn't ideal outside of a dedicated Ally deck (there are better 2/1 for W creatures), and Isamaru, Hound of Konda is better in combat for one white.

 

Constructed: 3

Casual: 4.25

Limited: 4

Multiplayer: 2.5

Commander: 2.5


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