Daily Dose of Strixhaven #8 – Time to count to 60 with Fractals
Welcome all to the Daily Dose of Strixhaven. Today I’ll be talking to you about the College of Quandrix which is all about math, which just happens to have been my favourite subject growing up. When I saw the descriptions of the five Colleges from Strixhaven, Quandrix immediately stood out to me as the one that I’ll be building decks around during prerelease. In Strixhaven there's a special 0/0 creature called a Fractal token that grows with +1/+1 counters on it to help it survive. With so many +1/+1 counter strategies in Standard, this could have some real potential. I’ll be talking about some Fractal-making cards today as well as the Elder Dragon for Quandrix.
To start off I want to talk about a ramp spell that also gets you a creature. Here is Emergent Sequence.
At first glance of this card, it seems like it would be one of the best ramp cards ever made. Rampant Growth is considered one of the strongest ramp spells and Emergent Sequence has the same effect plus makes a Fractal creature. Most of the time it'll be either a 1/1 or 2/2 creature unless you can find a way to get more lands onto the battlefield in the same turn. The fact that the land you grab is a creature is both the advantage and disadvantage of the spell. Unlike the land put onto the battlefield from Rampant Growth, this land can be killed with creature removal. Even with that, you're making your opponent use a spell or ability to kill it. I still think that this will see play in Standard, especially in a Fractal deck.
Next up, I want to talk about a spell that can make a creature as big as your imagination wants. Well, maybe not your imagination, but your library. Here is Body of Research.
Body of Research
Now that's a large Fractal! Even if you’ve drawn a card or two earlier in the game, this Fractal token is likely going to be 40/40 or larger. A 40/40 creature for only six mana! If your opponent doesn’t have removal for it, it's game over! Even if they have blockers, there are plenty of ways with Green to give it trample or Blue to give it flying. My goal is to build a deck with this card, find a way to give it haste, and get in for a lethal attack.
Finally, it’s time for the Quandrix Elder Dragon. Here is Tanazir Quandrix.
To start off you get a 4/4 flying, trample creature that’s able to power through any potential small blockers in its way. Tanazir Quandrix should be called the Fractal lord as both of its abilities help all your Fractal creatures. When it enters the battlefield you get to double the +1/+1 counters on one of your creatures, doubling its power and toughness. Then once you start attacking with Tanazir Quandrix you can add four or more power and toughness to all your Fractals depending on the stats of Tanazir Quandrix. If you have a way to pump up Tanazir Quandrix, the second ability becomes even stronger. This could lead to an overwhelming attack that wins the game.
As you can see, math can be fun! I look forward to making a deck to see what the biggest Fractal creature I can make. Thanks again for reading the Daily Dose of Strixhaven. Join me again tomorrow as I just might learn something new.