Nezahal, Primal Tide is a rare from Rivals of Ixalan, a gigantic 7 mana Elder Dinosaur Legendary Creature. Early on, Nezahal was seeing play in Standard Blue White Control as a top-end finisher. He was also a smart buy for investors early on, as his stock has appreciated nicely in the past year.
So, let’s look at Nezahal, Primal Tide as a creature. First of all he’s a 7/7 for seven mana. He also can’t be countered. He also allows you to have no maximum hand size which is great and control them. Whenever an opponent casts a noncreature spell, you draw a card. That’s hand advantage, which is perfect for a control deck.
Also, Nezahal has another ability, which allows you to discard three cards and exile Nezahal and return it to the battlefield tapped under its owner’s control at the beginning of the next end step. This allows Nezahal to dodge removal, which is very powerful.
During its time in Standard, Nezahal was a great card to have if you played control decks. All in all, it was a good card to have in your Standard collection. Of course, with Rivals of Ixalan leaving Standard in October 2019, what would happen to Nezahal? By the time the War of the Spark set rolled around, Nezahal was no longer seeing Standard play, so the Dino bowed out rather quietly.
Nezahal then became a purely Commander card, which is always good. It also helped that Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle came along from Commander 2018, as that deck loves to have a copy of Nezahal. Other Commanders who have taken a liking to Nezahal, Primal Tide include Jodah, Archmage Eternal, Braids, Conjurer Adept, Azor, the Lawbringer, Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage, and more.
Overall, Nezahal, Primal Tide has been a nice little find for those lucky enough to dig him out of the dollar bin. But, it doesn’t look like this Elder Dinosaur is going anywhere. His abilities that give you an unlimited hand and some sweet extra draw power will benefit many Commanders for years to come.