It's funny to mention nowadays, but there was once a time where Green 3-drops had a relatively sparse offering of impact cards. We had options, sure, but nothing like the abundance of riches that we now have in 2021. When Tireless Tracker
was first spoiled, it wasn't a card that I spent much time on and glossed over it on first glance. I didn't quite understand how useful or powerful Clue tokens would be and just brushed them off for the most part. A few weeks later during an SOI draft I was paired against a friend of mine in the 2nd round who ended up drafting it and assembling a sweet G/W Humans deck with an abundance of clue synergies. It's not until you realize how trivially easy it is to generate value with the Tracker that it becomes apparent how good of a card it is. I may be completely off base here, but this feels like one of the earlier instances of cards that reward you for doing things you were already doing that are so common with today's card designs.
A 3/2 for 3 isn't anything special on its own, but when every land drop creates an additional Clue and becomes a way to cycle 2 mana into another card it gets out of hand very quickly. In that draft, it wasn't long before I was facing down a sizable Tracker that had grown to 5/4 off of cracking two clues, my opponent had drawn two more cards, and they had hit another land drop to generate yet another clue. All clues were ready to cash in down the line, even if I were to remove the Tracker somehow, and I just could not overcome that virtual card advantage. In addition to these features, it's got a splashy 2
mana cost and the relevant Human typing allowing you to take advantage of synergies with the likes of Champion of the Parish
and Thalia's Lieutenant
. The +1/+1 counters gained off cracking clues lets it play well in
counters decks allowing you to extract extra value off cards like Basri's Lieutenant
and Zegana, Utopian Speaker
. Playing a grindy
deck? Those clue tokens can be used to win the game of attrition after trading threats and removal and you could even turbo out an earlier Herald of Anguish
to keep applying pressure if you're so inclined. Tireless Tracker
is just one of the most dense cards I've ever come across in my years of cubing fulfilling a variety of roles and being an absolute stud across multiple archetypes.