This smart little 2/2 has a lot of potential
power for a nice cost. Teeg’s two abilities
explore a very interesting part of the rules,
shutting down your opponent from playing spells
with certain casting costs, namely, non creature
spells that cost more than four and non creature
spells with X in their costs. Very interesting,
but I predict that these particular spell
restrictions will not be useful enough to make
Gaddock Teeg an every day player in constructed
decks. Seem like, without having played him yet
of course, that Teeg’s ability is unlikely to
seriously mess with enough deck archetypes to
make him a main deck selection. I can easily see
Teeg coming into decks from the sideboard, when
it seems that you are sure this smart little 2/2
can actually shut down your opponent. For
limited, Teeg is not worth going out of your way
for. If you find that you are playing white and
green in your draft deck, sure, you can play him
and you might screw up your opponent’s plans
Aggro decks will love this guy. He makes Wrath
and Molten Disaster unplayable. Incinerate,
Pyroclasm, and Terror can still deal with him,
but just by forcing players to play those cards,
I think he'll have a lot of impact in Standard.
In casual, it totally depends on how powerful
Kithkin end up being.
In Limited, games are won and lost on creatures.
Gaddock forces a player to rely more heavily on
creatures, but most people will be doing that
anyway. And since you'll probably end up with a
few spells you'll want to play but Gaddock won't
let you, this isn't too useful there.
A great card for weenie decks. They can't Wrath
or Damnation you until they find a way to off
this guy. A well-placed Shock, Incinerate, or
Terror will do the job, but against a red deck
you probably shouldn't even be maindecking this
guy in the first place, and black decks don't
always find room for a card like Terror. This is
really meant to hose U/W type control decks, and
it does an excellent job at that.
In limited, I wouldn't bother unless your deck
can support him very well (i.e. you have a lot
of cheaper stuff). He could end up hurting more
than helping though.
Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 2
I've been trying to convince people for years
that aggressive decks, especially ones with
green and white, need actual protection from
Wrath of God effects besides "just play more
creatures." Gaddock Teeg may be what we're
looking for. The downside is that there are many
cards in control decks that still affect him,
notably Pyroclasm, Terror, and Sudden Death; but
the upside is that those cards must be used on
him before anything else can happen. Expect this
guy to see a lot of play.
MTG Rules Advisor
Don't like Wrath of God or Damnation? Here's
your answer! This can completely shut down some
aspects of control decks. Drop it down on turn
two, and you stop them from playing any
non-creature spells that cost 4 or more (or have
X in their cost). This ability may not look that
powerful at first glance, but, think about what
it would lock out:
Wrath of God
Just to name a few. This is control's nightmare.
If you're running a creature heavy deck in green
and white, sideboard at least 3 of these,
they're that good.
Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
This guy stops Wrath of God and Damnation and
maybe Tendrils of Corruption and the command
cycle in Lowryn, and that's pretty much it.
That's enough to warrant it's use as it's
efficient enough for aggro and can stop a
control player from playing a board wiper to
steal your win.
In casual, this can stop a big win condition or
stuff, so it depends on the metagame. I still
don't like this thing here though because
there's not much to stop.
In limited, not as useful since it's mana cost
is rather prohibitive, the 2/2 body gets
outclassed rather quickly and it's less likely
to lock down any of your opponent's cards.
Oh boy, here comes the obligatory Spike
incarnate of Lorywn, Gaddock Teeg. This guy was
one of the first Lorwyn cards spoiled by
Wizards, and this one is destined to make an
impact across many formats. Some herald it as
the next Meddling Mage, while others say this
will be the next uprising of G/W/x aggro decks.
Teeg just says no to so many debilitating
control spells that those decks will have to
have some way of dealing with the little Kithkin
legend. Teeg says no to Wrath, Mystical
Teachings, Demonfire, Spell Burst, ANY
planeswalker save Jace Beleren, and much more.
This guy is destined to be unpopular in the
Casual tables, since most cards that stop one
from playing anything get the axe in the fun
category. Land Destruction and Rule of One decks
tend to fall in this zone. A bright future
awaits Mr. Teeg for sure.
Limited: 2/5: Not nearly as threatening here,
where creatures rule the day.
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