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Keepsake Gorgon
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 Keepsake Gorgon
- Theros

Reviewed November 7, 2013

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.62
Multiplayer: 2.62

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BMoor

Keepsake Gorgon

If you're running monstrous cards, you need to be able to hold the board until you've got the mana to actually monstrosity them. ("Monstrosity" is a verb now?) This Gorgon is good at that at that-- five toughness and deathtouch make her hard to kill and hard to attack past. Her monstrousness is only 1/+1 bigger, but the real draw here is that you get to destroy a creature-- any non-Gorgon creature you want. Seven mana is a bit much to pay for a kill spell, but for one that doesn't cost a card and also puts a +1/+1 counter on a creature, it's decent. Well, mostly it's the Gorgon herself that is decent. The ability may help in the late game, but it's hardly the most monstrous of the Monstrosity cards, and certainly not a reason your Monstrous Ramp deck should include black--
unless you're also running Hythonia the Cruel in it...

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Keepsake Gorgon
 
It's tempting to compare this card to Hythonia the Cruel from the other day, but I think it'd be a mistake to think of this as just a weaker version of the legendary Gorgon. After all, it's not hard to imagine that you might sometimes have a creature or two of your own that you want to keep around even after your Gorgon becomes monstrous. And besides, there's no reason you can't play both if you happen to own them!
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Keepsake Gorgon which is a five mana Black
2/5 with Deathtouch and Monstrosity 1 for seven mana that destroys a target creature an opponent controls. While technically an efficient card as a creature with the beneficial combination of high toughness with Deathtouch and a one time removal effect it is just too mana intensive and offensively weak to justify the expense. Black has no shortage of removal or even creatures with removal built in and overall this just won't make the cut in most decks outside of a Casual gorgon tribal.

In Limited the lack of removal in general puts this in a much better position and the cost is far less of a drawback in the slower setting.
The toughness and Deathtouch make attacking into it or blocking it unlikely which makes it useful in most situations. Depending on the pack this is a potential second or third pick for the efficiency and there is little reason not to include it in Sealed when running Black as a primary or secondary color.

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


Skid Rambo

Keepsake Gorgon is a creature that is meant for Limited play, unless a tribal Gorgon deck comes along in the near future. For me, 12 mana is too much to pay. Considering all that you get is a 3/6 that destroys a non-gorgon creature. I like the fact that Gorgons are sticking with the Deathtouch ability. Wouldn’t it be cool if WOTC made a blind swordsman that had protection from Gorgons? Maybe… Anyways, Keepsake Gorgon should only see play in draft or sealed, unless someone out there really loves Gorgons and wants to build a casual deck.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 1.5


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