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Stompy? In T2? Maybe?
Posted By: boneclub (1/13/2011 7:02:11 PM)


He's alright but doesn't really fit into a standard mono green curve of:

turn 1- llanowar elves
turn 2- leatherback baloth
Posted By: Gezus82 (7/16/2010 2:56:48 PM)


As noted by others this must have been made to fit Garruk's +1 ability. E.g. in the following sequence:

T1: Forest, Llanowar Elves
T2: Forest, Leatherback Baloth
T3: Forest, Garruk Wildspeaker, untap Forests, Garruk's Companion. 4 damage with Baloth.
T4: Garruk overrun ability. 17 damage from three creatures.

21 damage total. In a vacuum, obviously.

Still it might have been more flavorful to make it a vanilla 3/3 for GreenGreen, to fit Garruk's -1 ability, especially since it will logically gain trample from Garruk himself. Note that GreenGreen would still have been more restrictive than GreenWhite for Watchwolf, essentially forcing you into monogreen.
Posted By: M@tttyZ (9/21/2010 6:02:23 AM)


It doesn't fit into the usual standard mono green curve, but it can come out turn one with Mox Opal and some ornithopters.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (3/1/2011 11:11:37 PM)


@ gezus i see the function of this card being on turn 3 garruk wildspeaker untap two forests and drop garruk's companion
Posted By: lorendorky (7/17/2010 5:43:39 PM)


To start off, this is not power creep, watchwolf was a 2 mana 3/3 already and this one is just as color intensive, and just trades 1 toughness for trample. Similiarly the blade series of alara had 3/2's with special abilities, this is nothing new. Even way back when in the first so many sets there was a 3/3 1 mana elephant, and then you have wild nacatl, and kird ape.

I really like this card, it combos with basilisk collar, and virulent swipe, and oran rief, and it convienently costs the same amount of mana that you can untap with garruk. Garruk's packleader is also really good so it all fits together for a green deck.
Posted By: Donovan_Fabian (7/22/2010 12:50:37 PM)


Oh Deer!..Boar...Bison...Thing
Posted By: hugemanatee (9/4/2010 2:24:48 AM)


To those accusing the game of power creep because of cards like this: it's not. Creatures used to be too weak, leading to countless decks running only a handful of creatures or even none at all. Because Wizards didn't want an entire card type to be considered useless in competitive Magic, they reevaluated the power level of certain types of spells. This is the same reason why Counterspell is no longer around. That's the exact opposite of power creep. So when they make some kinds of cards better and others worse, that's not power creep; that's not hating blue; that's balancing. It's what makes the game fun.

That said, this is a great creature. It's very fair for its cost, but still very aggressive. They may not be Elite Vanguard -> Watchwolf -> Woolly Thoctar, but there are still plenty of great early series of creatures that can be played with this guy.
Posted By: SleetFox (7/10/2010 4:18:57 PM)


@theis99: wow great job proving your point, comparing a common card to an extremely coveted card. Can you imagine buying a booster box and getting 20 goyfs?

@achilleselbow: Noble Heirarch had exalted because if not, it was strictly worse than Birds of Paradise

that aside, it IS powercreep considering not too long ago Grizzly Bears was the average joe for 2cmc green creatures
Posted By: klauth (9/9/2010 3:13:14 PM)


Beautifully designed, aggressively costed, and a perfect turn 2 play to turn 3 Leatherback Baloth.

Just a great card in general. :)
Posted By: DonRoyale (7/8/2010 12:25:05 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!