A new member of the Twilight saga is upon us.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all welcome the new matriarch of the vampire legion, Elenda, the Dusk Rose. After Vona, Butcher of Magan and Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle were introduced in Ixalan, it was quite obvious that WotC has been pushing for the development of the BW vampire archetype in Standard.
The seeds were planted in Ixalan, and expect more of these blood-thirsty creatures in Rivals of Ixalan. Elenda, the Dusk Rose was designed to add more firepower to this tribe that didn’t really found its niche in Standard, but her abilities and overall power leaves so much more to be desired from a mythic.
The card isn’t really something that changes the game once it enters the battlefield, and it’s very susceptible to multiple removals in the format. I’m not sure Standard players would be thrilled to have their vampire lord enter play and eat a Lightning Strike or a revolt-enabled Fatal Push, and just leave a 1/1 lifelink vampire when the dust has settled. I was actually being nice and didn’t even mention that Magma Spray sees a lot of competitive play. It lacks the element that the Aristocrats had back in the day when it had Viscera Seer and Cartel Aristocrat to enable Blood Artist (which is what Elenda is trying to look like in this case). The spoiler season is not yet over, so there is still some hope for those who would like to build a Standard deck around her.
It’s hard to make a case for a four casting cost creature in Modern that’s not going to win you games, or at least disrupt your opponent’s strategy, so Elenda doesn’t have a home there. She is no Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, and vampires aren’t really a thing in Modern. I’m quite sure that we won’t see Elenda in any decent Modern decks in the near future.
However, it looks like the trend from Ixalan will continue on this set. People have clamored that the mythics from the more recent Standard sets have all been Commander cards, and I’m not going to shy away from branding Elenda as another one of these cards. It would be a very good commander in a token-based strategy, but it would also be decent in a creature-heavy theme since black-white is a good color combination in EDH. We could expect that foil copies of this card would be a hit for Commander players.
It’s still early to pass judgment on this card, but I don’t think it’s something that we should all be excited for. It’s a pretty decent card but is overall a bad mythic for me.