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Verdurous Gearhulk
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Verdurous Gearhulk
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2016

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 5.00
Limited: 5.00
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander [EDH]: 3.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Verdurous Gearhulk
 
I like this card very much, and not just because of the novelty of having a mono-green artifact. While green has an embarrassment of riches at five and six mana in the context of modern sets, there are few that can play as many roles as Verdurous Gearhulk, which can act as a permanent Overrun effect in decks that want to go wide with lots of creatures, do an interesting impression of Spectral Force when you need to go big, and basically anything in between. It even acts as a combo card with the likes of Crowned Ceratok and Hardened Scales, and that's something that most of green's expensive creatures can't say.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Verdurous Gearhulk
 
Verdurous Gearhulk is pretty potent on its own; if you have no other creatures on board when this hits, he’s coming out as an 8/8 with trample for 5 mana, a set of stats that most decks will be hard-pressed to beat. It’s not unanswerable, but it presents a very short clock for your opponents to have to try and come up with something. You also, if you have creatures that can end the game more quickly, use the Gearhulk to put counters on them, to smash faces faster. It may be the “simplest” Gearhulk in terms of its effect, but it’s an extremely powerful, game-ending tool once it hits.
 
And this is all without getting into fun tricks, like “blinking” him after you’ve put counters on other creatures and using copy tricks (like Saheeli Rai) to get more counters on the first Gearhulk. This guy is slated to be a house in Standard, and I’d be wary of it whenever you’re playing the format for the next 2 years.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander: 3.75


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