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Garruk, Apex Predator
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 Garruk, Apex Predator
- M15

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 4.42
Limited: 4.42
Multiplayer: 4.25

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Garruk, Apex Predator

Well, I guess Garruk vs. Liliana didn't go well for this poor guy. He's officially been indoctrinated into Golgari colors it seems. Though his first +1 ability outright destroys another planeswalker, so maybe he'll fare better in Round Two? His second +1 ability is Classic Garruk, minus the fact that the Beasts are black. His -3, usable once right off the bat and again after a single +1 activation, is creature kill and life gain, so Garruk is bound to have significant board impact as soon as he hits the field.

As for his Ultimate? Well, I think this is the first time we've seen a 'walker give an opponent an emblem. And since you're almost certainly creating 3/3 Beasts with deathtouch on your way to 8 loyalty, giving your guys +5/+5 and trample whenever they swing is a... Beastly combination. This may in fact be the first card in Magic that can give you a creature with deathtouch and trample without the need for a second card, and that's just about the most fearsome keyword combo in the game. In multiplayer, it also gives the other players a strong incentive to attack somebody besides you. ;)

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Garruk, Apex Predator
 
I've actually kind of lost count of how many versions of Garruk we have now. I'm not sure if that means they don't know which one they like best, or just that he's popular. Either way, this Apex Predator version may be the most powerful yet. It's tempting to be disappointed that he doesn't draw a bunch of cards like the M12 or M14 version, but I look at it a different way: he's just about as good at killing things as it's physically possible to be. Taking out other planeswalker cards while gaining loyalty would be amazing in itself, and the fact that his Beast tokens can trade with almost anything and are powerful enough to be threats in themselves only compounds his danger. Any deck that can afford his colors and his mana cost is far better for it.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Garruk, Apex Predator which is a seven mana Black and Green planeswalker with five loyalty.  The first effect of +1 that destroys target planeswalker is very situational, but when it can be activated it is a huge benefit with the only possible drawback being one less usage of the other +1.  The second effect for +1 gives you a
3/3 with Deathtouch, which is an excellent effect to use as even two tokens from it justifies the seven mana cost.  The -3 of destroying a target creature and gaining life equal to the toughness isn't bad, removal with another benefit is efficient, but unless the creature is a major threat that can't be handled by the 3/3 Deathtouch tokens it is much better to build up to the ultimate.  The -8 is fantastic, particularly in Multiplayer, as it makes any attack a serious threat and any player can take advantage of it.  Overall this is a very strong card in slower formats, though the higher mana cost will keep it from seeing much play outside of Commander and Multiplayer.
 
In Limited this is a clear first pick in Booster even as a two color card and one can be splashed to support the other.  3/3 creatures each turn alone is enough to win games and the biggest threat an opponent may have can be handled by the -3 or other +1 if a planeswalker.  In Sealed it is a card to build your deck around and barring a truly atrocious Black and Green selection it should be the cornerstone to a winning build more often than not.
 
For Multiplayer, the emblem produced by the -8 may be the single most effective bargaining chip in the entire game as the threat of it and inability to remove it once applied should concern almost any opponent.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

Mattedesa

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Garruk, Apex Predator
 
Good grief, this Garruk has a lot going on!
 
First, the casting cost. 7 mana is a hefty cost for anything - especially for a planeswalker that you hope will be around several turns to do major business. You had better have some good ramp or have a controlling deck that expects to grind out some long games. But if either of these are the case, let's look at what you get for your mana.
 
+1: Destroy another target planeswalker. There will be a lot of games where this doesn't come up, but other times when his insistence on being the only 'walker on the board will tilt the game heavily in your favor. The number of cards that directly kill planeswalkers is still relatively low, so this is very useful.
 
+1: Put a 3/3 black Beast creature token with deathtouch onto the battlefield. For a + ability, this is amazing. The deathtouch scares even the biggest opposing creatures. Perhaps you want to sit behind a wall of deathtouching beasts for a few turns while you build up your master plan. Perhaps you want to send the beasts directly at your opponent, either taking them down 3 life at a time or taking out their blockers. Either way, you're in good shape.
 
-3: Destroy target creature. You gain life equal to its toughness. Since Garruk comes in with 5 loyalty, you can do this immediately after he enters the battlefield. Wiping out an opposing creature and gaining life can be a huge swing - especially since you're left with a planeswalker that can stick around to build up and do it again.
 
-8: Target opponent gets an emblem with "Whenever a creature attacks you, it gets +5/+5 and gains trample until end of turn." As with most ultimate abilities, it's not going to get to this point very often. Either an opponent will take him down before he gets there, you'll keep him down yourself by using -3, or his + abilities are enough to win you the game before he gets up to 8. But, if you get to use the ultimate, your opponent might as well concede. It turns even lowly mana elves (the ones that helped you accelerate Garruk out in the first place) into lethal weapons. This is especially fun in multiplayer games where everyone gets to take part in the fun of making their creatures huge when they attack the hapless emblem-wearing opponent.
 
Constucted: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4.5


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