On the First Friday of every month, we (somewhat satirically) crack into some lesser-known Old School 93/94 cards with the intent to open a dialogue and encourage brewing. I’m sorry that this month’s was a little late, but I was busy preparing for Hartfordfestivalen.
Anyways, have you ever wanted to turn into a snake? If so, you’re in luck! This month’s Knowledge Vault is Metamorphosis. This card should.look familiar, because I briefly mentioned it in my article Old School Brawl – 93/94 Commander: Mana Dorks, Mana Rocks, and other Mana Acceleration and in [Old School Brawl] Rubinia Ssoulsinger: Brewing a Creature Theft/Sacrifice Combo Deck.
The art for Metamorphosis was created by none other than the late, great Christopher Rush. It depicts a humanoid metamorphosing into a snake. It’s metal as fuck.
CRACK THE VAULT
Metamorphosis differs from another seldom-played card, Sacrifice, in at least four different ways. Some are good and some are bad:
In regular play, to squeeze every last drop of value out of this card, I think the plan is to abuse enter and exit-the-battlefield-triggers. Triskelion comes to mind. Imagine paying G and sacrificing a used-up Triskelion to cast a fresh Triskelion. You can also use it, in conjuction with Animate Dead, as a quasi-Tawnos’s Coffin and “flicker” creatures in and out of the graveyard instead of in and out of exile. Similarly, you can use it to trigger exit-the-battlefield-triggers: Su-Chi, Onulet, Rukh Egg, etc. Imagine Metamorphosizing a Rukh Egg, getting a Rukh token, casting a Hell’s Caretaker for free, and then sacrificing the Hell’s Caretaker for the egg. The deck would play like a weird Atog deck that recycles its old creatures into a new advantage.
Finally, you can use Metamorphosis to recoup some of the value out of a creature that has succumbed to some sort of a negative effect (Paralyze/ Meekstone/Arena of the Ancients/Unstable Mutation/Spirit Shackle/Takklemaggot, etc.) or is actively hurting you or preventing you from doing something (Lord of the Pit, Demonic Hordes, an Elder Dragon, Akron Legionnaire, Evil Eye, etc.).
EXITING THE VAULT
Did I miss something? Let me know! I’d be happy to discuss the finer uses of Metamorphosis with you in our Discord or in the comments section. The intent of the Knowledge Vault series is to open a discussion. It is not my intent for these articles to be used as deck techs (we have those elsewhere on our site), tier lists, or to cover every single possible known and unknown interaction the subject card has with any other card.