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Torrential Gearhulk
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Torrential Gearhulk
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

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

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Torrential Gearhulk
 
It feels strange to see a mechanical giant with Snapcaster Mage's ability. We're used to associating that ability with the Pro Tour, both because of its designer and because of the combination of card advantage with the cheap mana cost that attracts competitive attention. But now we might associate it with different things. For one, we'll likely associate it with Commander. We'll likely associate it with more flavorful decks that call back to the ominous skies of Esper or the joyous streets of Kaladesh. We'll likely associate it with providing a solution for every time a 2/1 creature just wouldn't cut it, even with a second use of some powerful instant. We'll certainly remember this card very fondly.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.
 
Torrential Gearhulk (10/11)
 
Torrential Gearhulk is pretty imposing, reminding one of the Titan cycle from M11 and M12. A 5/6 with flash for 6 mana is maybe a bit on the weak side, but the effect isn’t: a free shot of an instant from your graveyard. The applications of this are rather big, as it lets you go for something like a bounce spell, counter magic, or just a good old kill spell. Flash means it's a reasonable combat trick, as well.
 
Torrential Gearhulk probably has a home in control shells in Standard, if such decks exist; if you recast a three-mana counterspell, you basically paid 3 for the counter and 3 for a 5/6 body, which looks a lot better in terms of the math. I think 6 mana is out of reach for other formats, but I can see people trying to make it work there.
 
Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander: 4.25
 
 

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