Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
Torment - Common
G - Creature - Lizard - 1/1
Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play
this ability only once each turn.
Madness: 0 (You
may play this card for its masness cost at the
time you discard it from your hand)
Limited: 3.86 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed January 18, 2002
based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ...
5 is the highest rating.
|Ok, let me explain
the combo for the unitiated. Wild Mongrel +
Rootwalla. Throw in a few Reckless Charges,
maybe some Fires of Yavimaya, and you have a
really, really sick deck. A 3/3 for 1 mana
is very good in any format, and I think this guy
will be a staple in every green beatdown deck for
the next year. A 5 out of 5 in both formats.
Wow does this card look good! While a bit
mana hungry, Basking Rootwalla is one heckuva
beatstick. This card is especially powerful
in Odyssey with the set having a severe lack of
power one drops. Looks like Green gets the
goods once again!
Lemme set the scene for you. Opponent has 2
mean 'ole Call of the Herd tokens coming your
way. You have a mere Wild Mongrel in
play. All of a sudden, BAM! You
discard 2 Rootwallas, drop them in for nothing,
pump one up, and slaughter both elephants, your
Mongrel lives, and next turn, the other walla
comes in for 3. Fiction? I don't think
so. Welcome to the tech that is Basking
Rootwalla. This card and several others with
Madness will form a new deck once Torment is
legal? How good will it be? Can't say
for sure, but I think it'll be strong. It's
going to be amazing in block.
In limited, the
walla kicks butt. Could be three turn 2 if
need be, and the whole Madness of nothing makes it
pretty darn strong. One of the best one-mana
green critters to be printed in a LONG time.
I think this card is DEFINITELY good for
constructed. It is good for that whole
Stompy green type deck. It's cheap and if
you have to discard, you can play it for FREE.
I don't know many people that aren't a
familiar with free.
Now in limited, he is mediocre. He is neat,
but not strong. I wouldn't rake him early,
but I might give him about a 5th or 6th pick nod.
Limited : 3
Coolness Factor: 3.1
Limited: *** (3 Stars)
Constructed: *** (3 Stars)
The Rootwalla looks to be a pretty solid card in
formats since it is a good one-drop that can hit
three damage on turn 2. Not bad. Also,
if black gets
its usual arsenal of discard cards, the Rootwalla
only get better. In Constructed, I think
that it will
be in sideboards more than anything unless black
on really strong with a discard deck that just
everything. This card will also complement
decks for block pretty well, if nothing else.
Haven't we seen this
guy before or at least his brother ? Constructed
wise he is a decent green creature but won't
replace any of the current green 2 drops like
werebear and the goose. He will be played in
limited and is a solid addition to the multitude
of green creatures in Odyssey block. Constructed 2
Rootwalla has many implications involved with it.
In both standard and limited it supplies a
solid card, but itís uses are much more focused
Ignoring the madness cost, we have a 1/1
for one green mana that can get bigger.
Ok, not a bad card, but not something that
I jump for joy about either.
Even when considering that it is free if
you manage to discard it, I find it to be a
gimmick card more than anything else.
People will play it at first, imagining the
great combo it makes with Wild Mongrel, then they
will realize there are better combinations to be
limited, both sealed and draft, it should be a
solid card (a mid-pack pick if drafting), but
again, nothing that should ultimately sway games
in your favor.
rating: 3 (it takes a good bit for me to sway from
this number in either direction)
rating: 3.5 (only slightly better due to the high
number of discarding effects in the block)
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