Soulshift, soulshift? Yes...and yes. Five mana
for a 4/4 is good enough all by itself, and
soulshift would be a fine addition, but DOUBLE
soulshift makes this guy VERY good in limited
play, although there IS a limit to how many five
casting cost creatures you should fill up a deck
with. In constructed, this guy is nowhere near
special enough to make the cut in anything but
casual. Hmmm...combo deck using this guy in some
sort of mana/spirit creature loop...interesting!
I think this card is around the top end
of soulshift cards. A 4/4 for 5 mana
with a decent ability can't be bad,
right? Unfortunately, this isn't
necessarily always the case. Browsing
through the number of green creatures
that are spirits with converted mana
cost of four or less, I found about four
that were worthy of being in a
constructed or casual deck, and only one
or two of those were Type II legal. I
think Forked Branch Garami is decent
enough, but there are better options out
In limited, where you almost can't avoid
playing some form of spirits in your
deck and a 4/4 with a converted mana
cost of five is a bargain, Forked Branch
Garami's stock goes *way* up. I'm not
sure I would first pick this card, but
it would go early in the draft.
Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0
Alone, 5 mana for a 4/4 is very cost effective
in creature based decks, especially in Green
where mana acceleration can get this into play
even earlier. Add to that the double Soulshift,
and you have a very solid creature. In limited,
you absolutely play it if you're in green. In
casual, if you are going big Green, this fits in
nicely in Spirit decks.
Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 5
First, yes it does have two soulshift abilities,
so you get to return two spirits to your hand.
Without the soulshift ability, it’s a mediocre
card, as it has double green and no evasion.
This obviously means that you would only play to
exploit its double soulshift ability. In
limited, you can bring back solid green
creatures such as Gnarled Mass, Child of Thorns,
or another copy of the Garami (though not the
one that you are already using.) It’s not nearly
as powerful in constructed as it is in limited.
It’s a little too slow for constructed and the
fact that it has no evasion hurts.
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