If you like this… you might like this #1 – Squadron Hawk
I am experimenting with a new feature on the blog. In this feature I will be selecting a card that features in the current metagame and looking at cards in the history of MTG that are functionally similar.
So, my selected card, today, is Squadron Hawk, the 1W 1/1 creature – bird, currently seeing a lot of use in Standard, as it forms part of the popular Caw-Go.
Obviously, being a bird, it has flying (well unless you consider the unreleased, Squadron Penguin, from Ice Age). However, the ‘function’ that I am most interested in is, “When Squadron Hawk enters the battlefield, you may search your library for up to three cards named Squadron Hawk, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library.”
So, where have we seen this sort of functionality before?
In addition to returning Squadron Hawk you get the following. First up we have….
Howling Wolf is a 2GG, Creature – Wolf from Mercadian Masques (Common). You are getting a 2/2 for 4 so 2x the power/toughness for 2x the mana when compared to Squadron Hawk. But, it doesn’t have any additional abilities.
The next two are both from Nemesis.
Nesting Worm is an uncommon and, at a cost of 6 mana (4GG), it’s pretty ‘expensive’, but then it is a 4/3 with trample. To play this effectively you would have to look to some green mana acceleration to get this out quicker than sometime after turn six.
Skyshroud Sentinel is a common, 2G for 1/1. A rather ‘costly’ card to play, when you also consider it doesn’t have any additional abilities.
I think you could build quite a fun casual green deck with 4x these 3 cards and using the green mana ramp engine seen in Valakut decks or alternatively an Elf mana ramp.
As well as creature cards which pull out multiple copies of themselves from the library there are also creatures which pull a single copy of themselves.