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Gaddock Teeg
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 Gaddock Teeg
- Lorwyn

Reviewed December 8, 2015

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gaddock Teeg
 
When I think of the year 2007 in the context of Magic, I tend to think of the art first. I remember the breezy summer of Lorwyn, and the endless winter of Coldsnap; the light and joy of Morningtide, and the dark and dusty skies of the Time Spiral block. It was a time of contrasts, and a time of strange Magic design: Lorwyn was a tribal block whose Standard season was characterized by the decidedly non-tribal Five-Color Control and Reveillark decks.
 
Gaddock Teeg was designed to hose powerful midrange and control decks like those, and the fact that they survived is a testament to just how strong they really were. Without access to Wrath of God, Primal Command, and Mystical Teachings, the advantage should be squarely on the side of the beatdown deck. Of course, since Lorwyn everyone has played creatures and everyone has embraced the diversified mana curve - remember the control decks with Pillar of Flame? - and so he has never really been able to pull off the implied feat of rendering an opponent helpless. But he does warp an opponent's choices: even if "all" he does is force that control deck you hate to run Pillar of Flame, or force them to use Firespout when he's the only creature on the table, that is far from nothing, and that sometimes really does make him a giant among Magic cards.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5


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