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Joraga Warcaller
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Joraga Warcaller
Worldwake

Reviewed February 22, 2010

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 3.88

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BMoor

Joraga Warcaller

One of the more efficient Elf lords to hit print in quite some time. At three mana, you've basically got Elvish Champion-- a 2/2 that gives all other Elves +1/+1. What makes the Warcaller special is the ability to multikick. On turn five, the same turn that Overrun goes live, he can be played as a 3/3 that gives the team +2/+2. And of course, Elves have long been known for their ability to generate mana. A few Llanowar Elves or other mana-producing Elves on the field can suddenly become beastly in combat when the Warcaller comes down. And of course, you can increase the bonus by putting more +1/+1 counters on it after the fact. This card and Immaculate Magistrate could get very damaging, faster than you realize.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 4.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Joraga Warcaller

Multikicker is such an interesting, twisted, and game-changing mechanic, I'm surprised it wasn't in Future Sight. Joraga Warcaller is an excellent representative of it. Devastating? Usually. Overkill? Possibly. Fun? Definitely.

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

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of the Day: Joraga Warcaller

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Joraga Warcaller a powerful elf warrior from the Worldwake set. Joraga Warcaller shows off the new ability from Worldwake multikicker, For each 1G you pay in addition to the Warcaller’s base mana cost of G it enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter for each time it was kicked. As a bonus other elf creatures you control get +1/+1 for each +1/+1 counter on Joraga Warcaller. Wow for 1GG you get a 2/2 elf that grants all your elves +1/+1 becoming a sort of elvish lord that can pump itself up as well as other elves, this fact makes up for its lack of a secondary ability. In standard currently elves are being played heavily with Nissa Revine in token generating decks.

Eldrazi Green may find room for this card as it can pump armies of elf tokens and provide a bonus to tokens lingering around. In extended and eternal there are more powerful elves to consider so this card could be utilized in decks along cards like Immaculate Magistrate and Gaes Cradle and Priest of Titania. In casual and multiplayer this card makes my mouth water, combine with cards like Doubling Season, Coat of arms and mana producing elves you can make a powerful deck that will quickly bring the pain coming your way. In limited being able to draft powerful elves is a problem so this card wouldn’t rate to highly, if you manage to snap Nissa Revine and other powerful elf cards definitely grab this.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Joraga Warcaller which starts as a one mana creature, but you would only rarely want to play it that way. The Multikicker effect not only increases the Warcaller, but any others elves under your control as well equal to the counters on Joraga. A deck with him would likely contain a large amount of mana acceleration and Quest for the Gemblades, Strength of the Tajuru, and Soul's Might which are all legal in standard and work quite well with this theme, but also work independently if needed for another target. Joraga Warcaller can be played for one mana and powered up later, which is quite efficient early on with an the Quest if it already has a counter.
Played for three mana this is an Elvish Archdruid without the tap ability that can be further enhanced, but elven decks often have access to far more mana which only improves this card's potential.

For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer the elven tribe has always been a popular one and this card has a different take on the lord concept that should appeal to many players. The combination with cards like the easy to fulfill Quest for the Gemblades puts this as a potential tournament contender. The potential for two Joraga Warcallers with a Strength of the Tajuru played on each is also quite possible and when playing in Extended formats there are cards like Immaculate Magistrate to be played in a Lorwyn token build for major impact.

In Limited the odds of having many additional elves is quite reduced, which weakens this considerably. In Sealed this should still be played in any Green deck as there are nine other elves you may have in Zendikar's block, but only three of them are at the common level. Arbor Elf in particular works well to add extra mana for the Multikicker while the uncommon Greenweaver Druid serves a similar purpose. In Booster draft extra attention should be paid to elves and acceleration in later packs, but not to the exclusion of all else. As only one card in forty this may not appear in every game, but being available as a turn one drop or a late game threat allows the kind of flexibility that excels in the format.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


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