Brokers Initiate

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Pre-release Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Brokers Initiate

Creature — Cat Citizen

: This has base power and toughness 5/5 until end of turn.

legendofa on Why Have Creatures in Recent …

3 months ago

This rule has never been more than a guideline. Savannah Lions breaks it in Alpha, as a 2/1 for .

Still, creatures have been getting better. In the first few years of the game, creatures were generally pretty weak and inefficient. Mold Demon is a 6/6 for that requires a two-land sacrifice, and that's one of the more cost-efficient creature cards from Legends.

Since is the most creature-centric color, it's seen more "creature power creep" than other colors. It also tends to have much heavier color weight and more expensive creatures. Craw Wurm and Scaled Wurm fall below the stats = mana value curve. In fact, it isn't until 1999 when green Trained Jackal got a creature above this curve with no drawbacks or restrictions, and that's it until 2002's Elvish Warrior. Those are the only two green creatures from the pre-Modern era to be that efficient. So even vanilla creatures in the color of big efficient creatures were generally below the curve.

Current creatures tend to be more efficient, but still stay close to the rule. Out of almost 600 creatures across all colors, Brokers Initiate, Cabaretti Initiate, Cavern Stomper, Civil Servant, Cogwork Wrestler, Goblin Blast-Runner, and Goblin Tomb Raider are the only common creatures in Standard that have a stats-mana ratio above 1, so the spirit is still very much present.

Mythic rare cards are explicitly made to be powerful and have a "wow" factor, so they're going to see a higher ceiling. Even so, very few mythic rare creatures break this ratio, and those that do generally stay close to 1. The exceptions are pretty much exclusively expensive green creatures that either are multicolor or have a heavy color weight. So the efficiency of large, expensive creatures is amplified in green, the focus color for large, expensive creatures.

wolfhead on Modern Doran Company

1 year ago

Oh man well I gotta bring up Aegis Turtle again, I love that card and blue also gets you Sidisi's Faithful, Contraband Kingpin, and Deputy of Detention,

But Concealing Curtains  Flip is sweet, and what feels way back in the day I even ran Disowned Ancestor who was okay in board stalls,

God-Pharaoh's Faithful,

Lagonna-Band Trailblazer is cool with stuff like Shape the Sands,

And hear me out, a card that works great with both tower defense and ensnaring bridge is Ornithopter.

Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive does as well.

Gilded Goose gets sweet as your mana curve gets lower,

Permeating Mass cracks me up if you focus more on assault formation and High Alert, But ive never gotten around to trying it.

And I guess Brokers Initiate is just a strict upgrade to Yoked Ox with her mana sink?

Arboreal grazer is sweet I'd definitely keep him and some harbingers

And I know it's a non-bo with collected company but I gotta make the obligatory statement about how sweet Lingering Souls is with tower defense,

Though is it too slow nowadays even with bridge? Shit I feel old. At least it can chump a giant murktide for a while

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