Hua Tuo, Honored Physician – A Magic the Gathering Card Review

With the release of the Commander 2013, Wizards of the Coasts apparently decided that the time was ripe to reprint a whole bunch of Portal: Three Kingdoms cards. They made some wise choices, such as Lu Xun and Borrowing 100,000 Arrows. He is included in the Power Hungry deck, which features the popular commander Prossh, Skyraider of Kher and a lot of underwhelming cards. Hua Tuo, Honored Physician, however, is a fine reprint.

Hua Tuo, Honored Physician Magic the Gathering Card

Basically, Hua Tuo allows you to recycle creatures from your graveyard by putting a target creature back on top of your deck. You must use this ability only on your turn and before attackers are declared. It’s still a great effect, as there are plenty of creatures that you’ll want to reuse during the course of a game, especially if you can grab that creature back without having to draw it for turn.

The timing on this card is important, since it has to be on your turn, but there are ways to make it a valuable asset in some decks. No longer being a $60 card from Portal Three Kingdoms, Hua Tuo could now see far more Commander play. In fact, he’s now become a bulk rare.

However, Hua Tuo’s effect makes cards that manipulate the top card of your library much more powerful. Library of Leng, Scroll Rack, and Sensei’s Divining Top are the first that come to mind. But there are some other crazy cards that benefit from top-deck manipulation as well, such as Elkin Bottle and Timesifter. The Enchantment Call of the Wild is especially good for putting creatures from the top of your library straight into play for 2GG.

All told, Hua Tuo’s cool ability may actually be pretty underrated, especially as a Commander. The Commander 2014 copies are probably never going to be worth much, so he’s a fun cheap card that you can play with.

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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