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Lotleth Troll
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Lotleth Troll
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed November 6, 2012

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.40
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 4.00

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Lotleth Troll

This guy works great with the Golgari strategy of "graveyard is just another resource". If you need a Scavenger in the graveyard, this guy can put it there and get a +1/+1 counter on himself for the trouble. He then makes a fine target for that Scavenge card's ability. Trample on a creature that can get bigger is very nice, and regenerating for a mere one mana is also a great way to protect your investment. Since "can't e regenerated" has been disappearing from most kill spells for the past few years, creatures that regenerate have gotten more powerful. And the less mana you have to leave open to do it, the better-- one-mana regenerators are always welcome in my decks. This beast, plus a few decent creatures with Scavenge or a recursion ability, could be what makes Golgari decks a force to be reckoned with in the months to come.

Constructed- 4.25
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lotleth Troll
 
I used to like trolls as a creature type in Magic, until I got contaminated by Skyrim - after being hounded across the Labyrinthian Pass by five frost trolls straight into a dragon attack, it's hard not to hold a grudge. Lotleth Troll, however, calls back to the interesting sorts of cards we saw in the Odyssey block, letting you sacrifice cards for a different benefit or set up a combo with about 2,000 other cards (is there anything Genesis doesn't interact with?). I'm also happy to see it in a color combination that has often been underappreciated, despite having some of the most powerful and interesting stand-alone cards in Magic (and mildly surprised that they didn't find a way to sneak a blue mana into its cost).
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Loleth Troll or Loltroll a powerhouse of a creature that is looking to provide some insane beat downs. In standard having a regenerating trampling creature is a potent addition to green and black zombie decks and discarding a Gravecrawler and then casting it is an unexciting but powerful strategy and it can be used as a discard outlet for reanimator. This is just a solid and exceptional beat down creature that could even block on a good day and regenerate and regeneration makes it hard for some decks to get around. In modern this could provide some fun with Vengevine and a solid beater and possible discard outlets for decks looking for that. In legacy and vintage it could see small amounts of play a discard outlet for dredge decks or used in combination with Vengevine. In casual and multiplayers its immediately slotted into Mimeoplasm commander decks and basically acts as a better two color version of Wild Mongrel for decks looking for a discard outlet or perhaps a beater that scales with scavenge, dredge, or reanimator strategies its good on offense and defense. In limited it’s an amazing beat down creature with built in protection take it early and take it often. Overall a card that will see play in multiple formats and is an all-star almost everywhere.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 5.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Lotleth Troll which is a two mana Black and Green 2/1 with Trample, one Black to Regenerate, and gains a +1/+1 counter for a creature discard from hand.  This is a great card that becomes excellent with support like Slitherhead, Gravecrawler, other in graveyard effects, return from graveyard to hand cards like Ghoulcaller's Chant, and even zombie tribal.  A one mana Regenerate and Trample on a two mana creature is very difficult to beat as with mana available there are few concerns aside from exile and bounce which can be mitigated with Hexproof.  Overall this is a card that will see both competitive and Casual play as a low cost threat with a variety of different deck construction potential.
 
For Limited this is a huge early threat if a thematically appropriate hand is available, but even without that it can be a constant offensive annoyance or defensive staller with just one mana for upkeep.  There is zero reason not to include this when running Golgari in Sealed and can even be splashed if using a different guild with Black mana, though the other Green guilds may run short on both support and Black mana. 
Booster may not provide enough support to make this truly shine, yet passing it is an incredible mistake that will give another Golgari player a big advantage.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome to a new day here at Pojo.com. That means we must have a new card of the day! Today, we are looking at Lotleth Troll from Return to Ravnica. Lotleth Troll is a rare black and green creature zombie troll that costs just one green and one black mana, and is a 2/1. Lotleth Troll has Trample. Lotleth Troll says discard a creature card: put a +1/+1 counter on Lotleth Troll. And Lotleth Troll also has pay one black mana: regenerate. 

     What is there bad to say about the Lotleth Troll? He should have been mythic rare is about the only thing I can think of. He is a straight out powerhouse that is so friggin' hard to kill. About the only real hope is that you drop an Oblivion Ring on him. He combos so very well with the Scavenge ability that it is almost like it was made just for him. Being able to dump the Scavenge creatures from you hand to pump him, and then activate the Scavenge ability puts this guy up there. A couple Slitherheads and a Sewer Shambler dumped turn three means you are swing for nine turn three! Hard to bounce back from something like that so fast. And since it is trample damage, you ask yourself how much is blocking really worth it? 

      The thing that makes this card so over the top is how hard it really is to kill. Keeping one black mana open is not that hard to do. Use a Urban Burgeoning on a Golgari Guildgate and you are set to regenerate him as needed. And green has its share of Hexproof granters, just in case. This guy survives most board wipes. And since a simple Ranger's Guile can stave off a Oblivion Ring, the most threatening card for the Lotleth Troll in Standard may be Terminus. 
 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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