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Ghoulraiser
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Ghoulraiser
Innistrad

Reviewed May 2, 2012

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ghoulraiser
 
The problem with many cards with tribal elements is their relative weakness outside of a tribal deck, a problem which designers seem to have been addressing somewhat in recent years. Take Ghoulraiser. Even if you don't have a lot of zombies in your deck, it's a Headless Horseman (2/2 for three) - obviously not a replacement for the original, sadly cut from Innistrad during the design process, but playable nonetheless. Given the randomness of his Raise Dead ability, you could even argue that he's in a sense stronger in a deck with only a moderate amount of zombies, as you have more control of what he'll be bringing back.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ghoulraiser which is a three mana Black 2/2 that returns a zombie card at random from the graveyard to your hand when it enters the battlefield.  This is either for a dedicated zombie deck looking to get any additional card advantage or possibly in a deck using one other zombie as a nearly direct recovery method.  In a zombie build this is fairly efficient, if somewhat unpredictable, that is a bit cheaper than Gravedigger and could potentially be used together.  While not the best card it is certainly playable and is worth a second glance in the design phase.
 
For Limited the double Black hurts a bit in multicolor decks and the number of zombies might be a bit low, but card advantage should not be ignored as this is still a three mana 2/2 that can return a card to hand.  In Sealed if the primary color is Black and even a small number of zombies are being played this is an easy inclusion.  For Booster if Black is your focus this works well as an on-color pick later on or even a few picks in if the pack is weak or lacking other choices.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day. Today we are looking at Ghoulraiser from Innistrad. Ghoulraiser is a common black creature zombie that costs two black mana and one generic mana. Ghoulraiser is a 2/2 that says that when it enters the battlefield return a zombie card at random from your graveyard to your hand.

     I do enjoy the Ghoulraiser, but unfortunately, I do not like the randomness factor. It is quite nice when you only have one zombie in your graveyard, and then you know exactly what you will be returning to your hand. But other than that, you could either pull something that you need, or a waste of time.

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


Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is an interesting gravedigger style card that benefits zombies. In standard zombie decks are seeing some play and this card provides a lot of value even with it being random you can play around it and still get value. The more powerful zombies released and the more powerful a zombie deck becomes in standard the more valuable this card is. In extended and modern this card is benefited by the larger pool of zombies available but the competitive nature of the formats may limit the possibility of zombie tribal making a big impact. In legacy and vintage this card is pretty underpowered and doesn’t provide enough advantage to warrant getting a slot in a deck except maybe a weird zombie tribal brew. In casual and multiplayer it provides solid card advantage and zombie tribal has a large variety of cards from the history of magic to help make your deck powerful. In limited double black limits the decks you can play it in and having to have a decent amount of zombies means its obviously only good in one deck. Overall a powerful twist on Gravedigger and a competitive tribal card.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


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