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Innistrad has pretty much the most disturbing and most awesome artwork of any set ever.
Posted By: dudecow (9/22/2011 5:07:44 PM)


It's a shame that Butcher's Cleaver doesn't do more with this guy. :P
Posted By: HairlessThoctar (9/22/2011 3:56:41 PM)


Combine it with Death Baron and Zombie Master
Posted By: mikeygaw (9/23/2011 5:11:28 PM)


Sheoldred, Whispering One attacks. Abattoir Ghoul blocks. Abattoir Ghoul deals first strike damage. Kill Sheoldred with Go for the Throat. This is an example of a scenario where Abattoir Ghoul's ability is better than lifegain.

Do mind that normally, lifegain is better because it works when the creature damages players and X/1 creatures. This card is good - and in the Zombie tribe - but he's no Knight of Meadowgrain.
Posted By: Chamale (10/2/2011 1:06:39 AM)


Very interesting (and creepy) card. I was going to comment on how creature-based lifegain in Black was becoming more common lately, but a Gatherer search proved me wrong - I was surprised about how much there actually is.

Flavourwise, with a vampire, say, you could argue that the life the player gains is because of some kind of link with your minion. With the Abbatoir Ghoul, though, it seems like the zombie is literally feeding his kill to the planeswalker! Shiverworthy, but undeniably cool. =)
Posted By: Leshrac_Nightwalker (10/21/2011 8:00:12 AM)


Perfect candidate for Deadly Allure.
Posted By: SirZapdos (2/1/2012 4:58:53 PM)


In limited, this would be a high pick. Creatures in general are welcome in that format, and something with a couple of useful abilities and isn't even overcosted would be great. However, In constructed, a zombie would generally go into a zombie deck, but this card makes no sense for a zombie deck. Its too slow, and first strike and life gain are not good for a zombie deck. Plus, although I generally don't complain about the color pie, does anyone else feel that this card is more white than black?
Posted By: nunzioni (7/13/2012 4:30:59 PM)


The flavor is that after he kills something he chops it up for sustenance. So, if he kills them, not if he deals damage.
Posted By: JWolps (9/22/2011 2:58:03 PM)


I was stomped by this card in one match of the prerelease tournament. My opponent had equipped him with an Inquisitor's Flail, and I simply couldn't draw my second blue mana for Claustrophobia. Skaab's were falling left and right, he was gaining life, it was a bad scene. I was eventually able to smite the ghoul with a Harvest Pyre, but by then it was too late.
Posted By: JU4 (9/25/2011 8:32:50 AM)


Interesting take on Lifelink flavorwise. Disturbing artwork is also a plus.

So excited for this set :)
Posted By: Hayw00d0909 (9/22/2011 8:58:48 PM)