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[Welcome back to Taking A Swipe: Dominaria edition! Today, Jim Davis and Ross Merriam analyze ten of Dominaria's most unique cards, Tinder-style, by either Swiping Right (that's good!) or Swiping Left (that's bad!). And just like Tinder, both Jim and Ross are allowed one Super Like to let that card immediately know that they're a big fan!]
Jim Swipes Left. Oh boy, it's so awkward to run into an ex on one of these things.
Radha and I had quite the fling about a decade ago. Back then she was known as Radha, Heir to Keld, and I played four copies of her in my Time Spirial Block Constructed deck at Pro Tour Yokohama. We had some crazy times in Japan, casting Stonewood Invocation and all, but after we finished just outside of the money we went our separate ways and left our hearts in the land of the rising sun.
Now here she is again. She's clearly gotten a promotion, but bigger doesn't always mean better. There are so many great four-drops in Standard, and Grand Warlord Radha just doesn't stack up. I'd have swiped right on old Radha, Heir to Keld for old time's sake (and because she'd be a nice two-drop mana creature that plays well with Lightning Strike), but the truth is people change.
And you know what? That's okay. I wish her all the best.
Ross Swipes Right . Radha has certainly grown up quite a bit since her Planar Chaos days. Back then she was young and didn't really know what she wanted out of life. Was she supposed to be a mana creature or an aggressive card that enables early double spell turns in a bigger Gruul Aggro shell? I don't like to play games, and I want to match with a card that knows its role in a deck, so back then, Radha got a left swipe from me.
But now, Radha is more experienced, is leading Keld, and knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. Even better, she doesn't wait around hoping good things will happen. She's decisive and takes what she wants immediately...a very attractive quality.
Grand Warlord Radha having haste is a huge advantage here, since it means you can immediately double spell with a Magma Spray or Abrade and take a significant lead on the battlefield. With the quality of instant-speed red removal in Standard these days, I think the odds that this card finds a home are reasonably high, especially in combination with Llanowar Elves.