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Ghoultree
Dark Ascension

Reviewed January 20, 2012

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 4.38
Multiplayer: 2.95

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BMoor

Ghoultree

This is pretty cheap for a 10/10, even before you take into account the cost-reducing ability. The trouble is, once Ghoultree is out, it's a 10/10 and that's it. It gets chump blocked all day. Granted that's not such a bad thing, as it can eat through chump blockers fairly fast, and when they run out of creatures to throw under it, Ghoultree can take them out in two hits. But when you're used to creatures with flying, trample, vigilance, 300-some-odd activated abilities, and ways to get themselves back from the graveyard, "just" a 10/10 seems a little underwhelming.

Amusingly, Ghoultree is a Zombie Treefolk, which means that both Onslaught-style tribal and Lorwyn-style tribal have a place for it. Well, if Onslaught-style Zombie decks weren't monoblack they'd have a place for it. Maybe somebody out there still plays Golgari decks?

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ghoultree
 
So is Ghoultree a dead tree(folk) that was reanimated, or is it a zombie made out of pieces of trees? Whichever it is, this card has a lot of things that any type of Magic player will be drawn to. Lots of us are going to break our brains trying to figure out how to get this into play on the first or second turn (um, Tolarian Winds and Golgari Grave-Troll?). Even if we never succeed, you're going to see this creature coming down as a 10/10 for four or five mana pretty regularly, which is kind of a really good bargain. And you notice how it manages to do this without obsoleting any other creatures in the process?
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ghoultree which is an eight mana Green 10/10 that costs one less for each creature card in your graveyard.  As only one mana of the eight is Green and the rest are colorless a potential one mana 10/10 is a serious threat and bargain if it can be cast early in the game.  Combined with self-milling options like Dream Twist this can easily be played on the third turn with a turn one mana accelerator.  A draw and sacrifice engine can work as well, but the lack of evasion or Trample makes this better suited as an addition to an existing theme as opposed to the central component.
 
In Limited even without the effect a 10/10 for eight would be playable, but a single Green mana for what will cost less than eight is a first pick for any theme and should almost always be splashed into Sealed. 
The format is creature driven and at least a few should be in your graveyard by the middle stages of a game which allows the major threat of a 10/10 to become a battering ram against any defenses an opponent may have.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to Pojo.com’s card of the day. Today we close out our week continuing to look at Dark Ascension. Today we look at Ghoultree, a rare green zombie treefolk. Ghoultree is a 10/10 that costs seven generic and one green mana. However, Ghoultree has a nice ability that says it costs one generic less to cast for each creature in your graveyard.

     The Ghoultree is just simply amazing. How many cards were there from Innistrad alone that put creature cards into your graveyard? This means that in no time flat, you should be able to work down Ghoultree’s casting cost, and since it’s green, you should also be able to mana accelerate, meaning that in no time at all you should have a 10/10 out on the board. This only gets better because since we are still in green, there are plenty of cheap pump spells, and spells/abilities that give creatures trample. This guy can very quickly get out of hand, and very fast when properly exploited.

     I am very interested to see if Ghoultree comes up in Tournament play, seeing how big he is, and the fact that he can be very cheap indeed.
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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