I find it so interesting how this is played so much more than Regrowth. EWit is easier to tutor, easier to recur, easier to abuse.... but do all decks seek to tutor, recur or abuse EWit in ways that Regrowth would not work?
I think the prevalence of EWit gives some indication of how strong creatures are in commander vs spells.
Personally, I consider that more of a sign that Regrowth is horribly underplayed. EWit is usually the better card, but not nearly as much as the disparity in play would suggest. Though both (and Noxious Revival) are (or should be) well deserving of staple status, and most green decks I make will have at least two of these cards, if not all three.
Overall a big goodstuffy for most commander decks, and not quite good enough of stuff.
Still a solid card, though - it's nice that it's usually not worth burning a pte/stp on, so it can just tank board wipes like nobody's business. But at the end of the day, a 4-power flyer, even an immortal one, is a pretty slow wincon, and red decks don't tend to have as much of a sac theme as black ones.
This card has a surprising amount of utility application in Commander for how it's used in Standard (to just beat face with.) It's a very effective blocker and can repeatedly trigger a lot of green card-draw effects that depend on having 3 or 4 power.
Both this and Regrowth are fine, but first ask yourself if your green deck actually needs the recursion. Sometimes, going for redundancy and more draw power is the more effective option.
Right now i have 5 Gx decks and i don't run Eternal Witness in any of them - for several reasons.
In a (Elf) tribal deck the number of slots for non-tribal creatures are scarce, some decks are so fast recursion is "too slow" or you're able to return/recast stuff directly with Reanimate/Karmic Guide/Snapcaster Mage/Mizzix's Mastery things.
Not seen the phoenix in action before. But it doesn't seem all that bad. The only real negative is that it's a die trigger, so tuck and exile doesn't let it come back.
But a 4 mana for a 4/3 with evasion is nothing to scoff at either. Overall i think it's pretty ok. i recall the days when shard phoenix was the big bomb of my mono red decks! How far phoenix-kind has come
Love how this Standard staple does very little in commander. We are the format for recursion, and the timing on this is not abusable.
I could picture it being in a Rx aggro deck as a threat with recursion built in, for when you do not want to run actual recursion pieces.
It's a phoenix owl. Clearly, the best Magic card ever printed by a significant margin.
So, a Kryptonian phoenix? (And yes, I know, the god Nightwing isn't an owl.)
I like this one. I do. It fits into any Aristocrats deck because you can sacrifice it twice per turn. And while the token is 0/1, so only the second half benefits Kresh the Bloodbraided or Warstorm Surge, that can be fixed with anthems.
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Card advantage is not the same thing as card draw. Something for 2B cannot be strictly worse than something for BBB or 3BB. If you're taking out Swords to Plowshares for Plummet, you're a fool. Stop doing these things!
7 mana to get at least the best card in your top 5 cast for free.
With seven mana, you ought to be able to cast something of that value. Because it's only top five cards of your library and because your opponent will likely separate the two most powerful cards, one might as well pay one more mana for Aminatou's Augury, which could easily net you 3+ cards Would've been more playable if it doesn't require such heft colored mana, at this time one should just go for Fact or Fiction, it's an instant and it doesn't exile the cards.
With the general usefulness of this card, I'm confident we'll be seeing it in decks forever.
I think it's probably feels a little overplayed, but the alternatives are just not up to snuff. Regrowth only costs one mana less, and in some circumstances the 2 vs. 3 CMC for different cards would matter... only, EWit tends to be a late-game play when the difference in cost doesn't matter. Even as a chump blocker, it's fine, but as you play Sun Titan, Rez spells, flicker, or Swords of Protection and Value, the value of a little body increases well beyond the extra mana you pay for it.