For the longest time stories about Garruk being corrupted and transferred to the dark side circulated among Magic fans. Couple of sets in retrospect we expected that new dark Garruk to emerge, but that did not happen. Few months ago we did get a new Garruk, but it wasn’t what we expected. M12 saw a print of Garruk, Primal Hunter which was even more green than the previous/original one.
He had 3 green mana symbols in it’s cost, he created 3/3 and even 6/6 tokens. He was green all the way.
So, what’s up? Was it all just a story? Just something Magic writers created as a side story which can only be seen in books and comics, or can we really expect new, two-colored Garruk to see print as a Magic card?
Well, you don’t have to wait any longer to get answers on all of those questions, because he is finally here!
Where do I even start??
First of all, it is obvious now that they’ve waited for the perfect moment, perfect set for black Garruk. And what better set than the horror oriented, classic spooky tales, zombies/werewolves/vampires/ghosts infested Innistrad? Definitely a perfect setting for him.
Second of all, this IS a planeswalker with five abilities! Few months ago Mark Rosewater announced that this set will feature a planeswalker with 5 abilities but no one knew what to think about that. Of course, at that moment we didn’t know about two-faced cards so we couldn’t possibly foresee this happening. And they went all the way with this new and exciting mechanic. Creatures wasn’t enough, they had to make a planeswalker as well.
But, how good is he? I personally think he is REALLY good, and this is why. First side features 2 abilities. First one creates 2/2 tokens which is definitely useful and relevant, and the second ability kills creatures. That is actually 2 weapons he can use to protect himself. That is the first bar every planeswalker has to reach to be good, and new Garruk delivers.
You can allow opponents to attack him, and then flip him that way, but you can also control it and flip him whenever you want to. Even if they don’t have creatures on the battlefield, you can always shoot your own wolf token, and flip Garruk that way.
And then the fun begins. His three dark/night/full-moon abilities is the most sinergistic abilities I have ever seen. You can make wolves and although they are only 1/1, deathtouch is very important and allows them to block and attack very effectively. Then, you can sac those same tokens to search your deck for any creature you need. This will motivate players to play some goofy one-ofs, therefore induce more interesting deck building. Finally, 5th ability is a twist on Overrun which can pump your army of 1/1 tokens for far more than just +3/+3 as Overrun does.
So, what can I say? This is definitely one card I won’t mind showing to all players in my draft pod if I happen to open it. I will just be so happy
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