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Gargoyle Castle
M10

Reviewed July 13, 2009

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Gargoyle Castle

So it's slower than Mutavault, and it doesn't have that flair for dodging sorcery-speed removal. Also, once you activate it, you can't tap it for mana anymore, so you won't be getting the creature until you've already gotten your mana base squared away. But on the other hand, the creature is a 3/4 flyer, dodging Rhox War Monk blocks or Lightning Bolt death. And, if you can pair it up with Crucible of Worlds or some other land-recursion engine, you can get multiple 3/4's. It's definitely for control decks while Mutavault is for aggro, but it does its own job just fine.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.75
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gargoyle Castle

Here's an interesting one - a definite throwback to the old Stalking Stones and Tomb of Urami, but arguably slightly better than the former and definitely much less risky than the latter. Much like we've seen recently in Treetop Village and friends, a creature that can effectively "hide" until it's the right time of the game can be extremely powerful. With Gargoyle Castle, it's just a matter of finding the right deck for it. I don't doubt that we will.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Miguel

Monday

7-13-09

 

Gargoyle Castle

 

Constructed: Paying 5 for a 3/4 flyer that is a artifact creature and sacrificing a land too is a little to much. On the plus side you get a uncounterable creature into to play, well I take that back there is Stifle and it's brother. With the loss of the manlands this might show up in some control decks.

 

Casual & Multiplayer: I do not think much action will be seen by this card.

 

Limited: It looks good on the outside but will it really help out during a game. I think it could be a good pick. Fits with any color and late game it gets you a 3/4 flyer which is always good. Not a bomb, but a good solid pick.

 

Overall it is a cool card with some real good flavor. Have you seen the token that goes with it?

 

Constructed: 4

Casual: 2

Multiplayer: 3

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Maikeruu

Today's card of the day is Gargoyle Castle, the latest in a line of Mishra's Factory and Mutavault lands that turn into creatures theme. I really don't see the card as anything too special in any format outside of limited. It taps for colorless, which isn't much of a help in many decks, and it permanently becomes a creature instead of changing back at the end of turn. At worst it is a five mana 3/5 with flying that can't be countered, which really isn't horrible as it can be played in any deck, but better options exist. If you really need the option against Blue control or run an artifact deck it could be a decent addition. It may also see some play in a Knight of the Reliquary themed deck, but it depends on the build.

Constructed may hold a few homes for it, but currently I don't expect it to take Mutavault's place even when it rotates out of standard this fall.

Casual may see it as a fairly unique card, but not a whole lot of fun as it is later in the game and the resulting creature isn't going to change the game dramatically enough.

Limited this is not as bad of a rare to get as it may seem. Pretty much worth playing if it is in sealed as it can't be countered and gives a fairly large flier to any color combination. If you are thinking of three or more colors the only drawback is having it be colorless mana when you want to draw a specific type. Slot it as a spell instead of a creature or land and you should have a better flow to the deck. In booster draft you will want to seriously consider the other cards in the pack before drafting this early. There are many commons and uncommons in the set that can impact the game more and with less available mana.

Multiplayer doesn't gain anything from this card really. Just the same advantages and disadvantages listed above.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5
 
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Gargoyle Castle

Welcome back readers today’s card is one of the few manlands available in standard at the moment. Gargoyle Castle may see play as 1 or 2 of in decks as a late game threat be careful as it may complicate color intensive mana bases. In standard I expect a few copies to pop up here and there, extended and eternal formats possibly but unlikely. In casual and multiplayer having access to a flyer late game that doesn’t require color commitment could be useful. In limited flyers are a powerful commodity and Gargoyle Castle doesn’t conflict much with your mana fixing. A card I think will see a fair amount of play in standard and a bit of play in other formats. Stay tuned this week as we review more cards from M10.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

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