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Ishkanah, Grafwidow
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Iskanah Grafwidow
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 19, 2016

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 5.00
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.38

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ishkanah, Grafwidow
 
Somebody really needs to do an annotated visual spoiler, so there's someplace we can go to think about the fact that this guy's mana cost and first triggered ability mimic the famous Spider Spawning from the original Innistrad block. Of course, I'm not sure that's the first thing that struck everyone who read his text box - a lot of players simply threw their fist up in the air and shouted "Spider tribal!" in a triumphant tone. If you know of a format named Tribelander, I think that deck basically builds itself; if you play Commander, it might be a little harder with only one each of Ishkanah, Spider Spawning, and Arachnus Spinner (plus Arachnus Web), but it'll totally be worth it.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Ishkanah, Grafwidow (7/19)

Spider players had cause to rejoice, for they finally got the long-awaited legendary Spider for their Commander decks. She was pretty clearly designed for Commander players and their Spider Tribal decks, but Ishkanah is pretty good outside of that.

Ishkanah does rely a bit on delirium being active to really work, though. Without delirium, she’s a fairly good blocker with reach that’s maybe a bit behind the curve for green (although only one green mana might contribute). With delirium, though, you get Ishkanah and three more spiders. 5 mana for four bodies and a combined 11 toughness is a very good rate of return. Her other ability isn’t anything too amazing on the surface, but it is repeatable: having the option of paying seven mana each turn to bleed your opponents is an excellent way to end a stalled game in short order.

As with most mythics, Ishkanah is a Limited bomb, and she’s also good for Commander and other multiplayer formats. I think she’s maybe a bit underwhelming for Standard, but I’d love to be proven wrong.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4.5
Commander: 4.75

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