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Guard Gomazoa
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Guard Gomazoa
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed June 9, 2010

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.45
Multiplayer: 3.70

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BMoor

Guard Gomazoa

This Gomazoa is useful for one thing and one thing only: blocking one creature every turn. Heck, having it in your deck will make Bant Exalted's life miserable. But that doesn't win you the game. It can help you stall until you draw your win condition, but no more. Perhaps you've heard of "win more" cards, that are only good when you're already winning? This card is "lose less"-- it's only good when you're losing, but it will never cause you to win a game you would have lost.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2.75
Multiplayer- 2.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Guard Gomazoa
 
I remember being told many years ago by someone that Walls were bad because they didn't help you win the game. What a killjoy that guy was. It wasn't true then - I remember plenty of decks that hid behind Wall of Air and activated Prodigal Sorcerer's ability twenty times - and it's much less true now. Besides, even the most jaded opponent surely has to just laugh when his huge green creatures can't get past a jellyfish.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Guard Gomozoa
 
Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Guard Gomozoa a powerful wall from Rise of the Eldrazi. For three mana you get a 1/3 flying defender that prevents all combat damage that would be dealt to it. Providing a nice safe way to hold off Banelsayer Angel all day long baby. In standard I could see this card creeping into control builds as it provides a wall against aggressive creatures and may force opponents to use removal or play around it. In extended and eternal a block that takes no combat damage is a good thing although I dont think it will see much play. In casual and multiplayer this card is a Godsend, it allows you to have protection from attacks from early beaters and late game Akromas, a perfect card for casual and multiplayer. In limited a decent early grab if your in blue allows you to play defense but most of the time in one on one play offense is the best defense. Overall the new Fog
Bank is an exciting card and should find a home in multiplayer if not constructed.
 
Constructed :3.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Mutliplayer; 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Guard Gomazoa which is a three mana wall with one of the best defensive arrangements available to Blue or the standard environment.  For three mana a 1/3 Flying that prevents all damage can withstand almost anything available to Red, Black, or Green.  The one damage it can deal can keep quite a few offensive options from even attacking should something get past Blue's standard control options.  If this card becomes popular in control heavy decks expect some sidedeck options becoming standard issue to circumvent the damage prevention.
 
For Limited this is an excellent card to place on the field to frustrate an opponent while building up to an Eldrazi.  It can stall against almost anything in the format, but is vulnerable to being sacrificed which may become an issue.  If running Blue in Sealed or Booster this is a very good choice for support, but should not be counted as a full creature slot in deck construction as it won't help offensively.
 
In Multiplayer this is one card that while annoying shouldn't gain any extra negative attention from opponents and will likely reduce attacks against you noticeably.  It isn't a threat directly and other players may look to easier or more overtly threatening targets which allows the Gomazoa player time to build up to their endgame strategy.  As this prevents any damage and is unlikely to be tapped it will often work as a deterrent during every other player's battle phase which adds to the value in these formats.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


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