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Ulvenwald Observer
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Ulvenweld Observer
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Sept. 9, 2016

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander [EDH]: 3.88

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David Fanany

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Ulvenwald Observer
 
I enjoyed the fact that this card is a reference, in broad concept, to Soul of the Harvest from Avacyn Restored. I also like that it's a sort of mechanical reference to the horror stories from which Innistrad draws its inspiration (is it better to try and act, or will that make things worse?), and I happen to think it's a perfect way to balance out the removal spells that green has sometimes struggled to overcome. Black decks can have their Ultimate Prices and other things that look like they have drawbacks, but the forest always has something in reserve. Try it with Ishkanah in that spider tribal deck I mentioned yesterday!
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Ulvenwald Observer (9/8)
 
This creature is basically a rejiggered combination of Soul of the Harvest and Harvester of Souls from Avacyn Restored; it draws you cards, but it cares about toughness and doesn't care if they're tokens. I don't think this is quite good enough, though; there are not a lot of cheap creatures with large bodies that would make this a rate of return, and relying on your creatures dying to get a benefit makes it more of a "lose less" card. That said, it is a 6/6 on its own, which is decent.
 
This is simply underwhelming, outside of a couple corner cases. There are decks that would love to have this...anything with Treefolk, for example, but I don't see a home for Ulvenwald Observer in constructed play.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander: 3.75​
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