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Dhund Operative
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Dhund Operative
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2016

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 2.25
Commander [EDH]: 2.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dhund Operative
 
I doubt I'll ever get used to seeing black creatures with stats like Grizzly Bears, at least from the point of view of design practices. However, in terms of gameplay, there are increasingly more that are worth considering for casual, and even for constructed. This guy, for example, has game text that wouldn't have been out of place in Mirrodin but synergizes frighteningly well with Kaladesh's fabricate keyword. Even if your deck is not specifically devoted to artifacts, black decks often look to artifacts to shore up their weaknesses - think Loxodon Warhammer and Pithing Needle - and if you need a generic two-cost creature with minor upside, you could do much worse than this.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
EDH/Commander: 2/5

James H.

Dhund Operative (10/24)
 
One of the better Limited cards in black, Dhund Operative rewards you for doing what you want to be doing in Kaladesh (play lots of artifacts). A 3/2 deathtouch for 2 mana is very powerful, doing damage early and forcing unfavorable trades later on, and you only need one artifact for this to “turn on”. Even if you don’t have an artifact (which could be the case on turn 2), the Operative is a “bear”, and 90% of Limited formats like, and rely on, bears (don’t ask about Rise of the Eldrazi).
 
If you’re black or black-adjacent, Dhund Operative is excellent, though it’s more a card you’d pick up late on in Draft to flesh out your deck. Outside of Limited, it's a bit too flimsy to really do much, and there are better choices for your artifact-using black decks.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 2.5
Commander: 2.5


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