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Tamiyo, Field Researcher
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 15, 2016

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.13
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Tamiyo, Field Researcher
 
I do like seeing Tamiyo again, even if it makes me wonder when and if we'll be going to Kamigawa again. I mean, if the Moonfolk were interesting enough for us to get Tamiyo, and people like Ninjas and Samurai, that was already almost half the block . . . But I digress. Tamiyo's mechanical abilities are largely stuff we've seen before and all know how to use - her middle ability calls back to the dominating force that was and is Ajani Vengeant - but I keep reading her first ability and thinking how much better suited to multiplayer it is than almost any planeswalker ability we've seen of late. Not being limited to creatures you control means that you can turn any combat step to your own long-term advantage, and while there are a lot of people who favor defense over offense in multiplayer, that means that creatures at a given table are sometimes skewed towards the hyper-evasive and practically unanswerable. The only thing Magic players like more than card advantage is low-risk card advantage.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Tamiyo, Field Researcher (7/15)

Planeswalkers are infamously hard to evaluate in a vacuum; Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy was once considered the worst of the Origins planeswalkers, and Arlinn Kord was the one everyone had their eyes on in Shadows Over Innistrad. So take this with a grain of salt until the card comes out.

Tamiyo is our third three-color planeswalker, and she’s the cheapest one of the bunch in terms of mana cost. Her +1 ability and -2 ability both do a good job of protecting her, which is the litmus test of a planeswalker; planeswalkers that don’t immediately impact the board had better have a way to protect themselves while they work their way into a position to impact the board. The -2 can lock down creatures or artifacts, while her +1 can either reward your attackers or discourage their own attackers (bonus points if you have a vigilance creature). Her ultimate is going to win you the game if it resolves, so that’s worth noting…and at -7, it might not take her long to get there.

The issue is her mana cost…four mana is good (and most of the really good planeswalkers cost either 3 or 4 mana), but needing three colors of mana might be a bit of a challenge. It’s going to be hard to see until the set comes out if there’s a home for her, but I suspect she’s good enough to make the cut.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4.25
 


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