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The Gitrog Monster
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The Gitrog Monster
- Shadows over Innistrad

Reviewed April 5, 2016

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

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The Gitrog Monster
 
I would have considered playing this card even if it didn't have that "extra" text that turned its drawback into an engine of sorts. It would a significant drawback, but it's highly efficient even by the standards of creatures with drawbacks (and come on, it's a giant frog). As things stand, though, there are a lot of deceptively strong things to do with this guy: multiple landfall triggers, getting card advantage from Evolving Wilds, and negating Elusive Tormentor's activation cost so long as you manage your hand carefully. And that's even before you get into formats with Peace of Mind or Crucible of Worlds.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
BMoor The Gitrog Monster

I really like this card, mainly for its subtle "hidden synergies". Sure, we already know that there are a lot of cards in the format that ask you to sacrifice creatures or lands, but there are also a lot of ways to discard cards. If you don't have a Madness card to cast, then the next best candidate is usually a land. Also, remember that the last block took place of Zendikar and contained land creatures, who may go to the graveyard from attacking or blocking.
The real question is, why does a 6/6 have deathtouch? What is it blocking or getting blocked by that six power wouldn't have killed? Are we just making it easier for people who want to give a creature deathtouch, trample, and lure?

Constructed- 4 
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.5
Commander- 4.5

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