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  Gallia Zohl,
Iron Guardian Q

Card #8

Date Reviewed: 03.09.05

Constructed Average Rating: 2.25
Limited Average Rating: 1.35

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.

Lee Sandow

Galia Zohl, Iron Guardian Q

Cost:  5

Civilization:  Light

Card Type:  Creature
Race:  Survivor/Guardian

·          Survivor (Each of your Survivors has this creature's  ability.)

 Blocker (Whenever an opponent's creature attacks, you may tap this creature to stop the attack. Then the 2 creatures battle.)

Flavor Text:  My true home is not in the Light realm. It is with the Survivors.

Power: 2000

Mana Generated: 1

Rarity:  Common

Card Number:  8/55

Let m tell you a story.  It takes place in the realm of the survivors.  All of the survivors were getting along great, each able to contribue to their society.  One day, Gallia Zohl showed up, and the other survivors welomed him and his abilities with open arms.  They all became blockers. 


One day, Bladerush Skyterror was on patrol using his nw blocker ability, when he saw another wyvern flying towards the realm of the survivors.  He prepared to block the attack... But was destroyed instantly, as Scarlet Skyterror plowed right through him.  Back on the ground, the other survivors fell to a liquid person assault force under the lead f Crystal Paladin. 


The moral of this story?  Blocker can be bad!


Civilization/Race:  He's a light, Guardian, Survivor.  He can evolve into Ladia Bale, though I can't see why you'd want to use this gyuy as your evo bair.  He can also evolve into one of the survivor evolutions (next set).


Cost:  Five mana.  He has too little power to withstand a Crimson Hammer.  Automatially, he's fired (good pun, eh?)


Power:  2000 power.  Blocker.  EVERY REMOVAL SPELL IN THE GAME CAN KILL HIM.  Nothing great, and he won't be surviving most of the attacks he blocks.


Abilities:  He gives all th survivors blocker.  As I mentioned in my sarcastic little story up top, his can be a curse as well as a blessing. 


Ok, now that I’ve reviewed these stats, let’s see how they stack up. 


Constructed overview:  Blocker hate reigns supreme in this format.  Survivor decks can use this guy if they want, but they  need to beware the ramifications of his effect.  There's nothing worse than losing your whol field to a Paladin drop.  2/5


Limited overview:  There aren't many blockers in this set.  This allows you to make all your survivors blockers.  Much better here, since there is no mass removal of blockers.  If you an afford it, try to use it.  It can't hurt much.


More stories to come!

Knives101 Gallia Zohl, Iron Guardian Q

Ok. Giving the blocker ability to all survivors is no good. Survivor decks
are not meant to be defensive. They are meant to be offensive with cards
like Twin-Head, SkullSweeper, and Gigaling. Survivors make bad blockers due
to their bad power to cost ratio. Having a bunch of 2000 powered blockers is
not going to win you games. The only time that this card could really be
used well is in combination with Gigaling. But having both Giga, and Gallia
out is too situational. There's really not much else to say about this card.
Five mana for 2000 power is a joke. Things like Corile, Smoke, Hammer will
get rid of this thing with ease.

Rating: 1

Today, we review Gallia Zohl, Iron Guardian Q, a common out of Survivors.


Gallia Zohl, Iron Guardian Q

Civilization: Light

Type: Guardian/Survivor

Power: 2000

Mana Cost: 5

Ability: Survivor

- Blocker


Here we have the blocker ability for the survivor family. So far, I believe, that every major ability has been covered besides triple breaker and speed attacker…and shield trigger, but how would that work???


The Positive Side


Now, the major question you have if you build a survivor deck is that is blocker one of those abilities that are essential to the success of the deck. If it takes you more than 3 seconds to figure out the answer, quit now, move to Nepal, and peel potatoes for the rest of your life…


This card is really cool. The fact that your entire field can become blocker is amazing, assuming that you’re using all survivors. The ability on itself isn’t that bad, all survivors become blockers. Now, the greatness of survivors is that you combine abilities of all other survivors on the field to make a field of super-human plutonium mutants.


Run this card with Ballus-(untapper), Gigaling-(slayer), and things to reinforce your attack force like Bladerush and Spikestrike. Think about it. Your potential field can be untapping, blocking, slaying, unblockable double-breakers. If you’ve never had a scary experience before, prepare to soil yourself.


Yea, the fact that it can combine with other abilities make survivors amazingly strong. Every deck needs a source of blockage. That’s why red/green decks don’t work all that well. Blockers win games. I’ll say it, even though I don’t want to believe it. But if you have a decent blocker power in your deck, then you’re only increasing your chance to come out victorious.


The Negative Side


Much like many of the survivors out there, its mana cost is up there. Excluding Smash Horn and Blazosaur, every other survivor is at least 4, which makes it vulnerable to anything 4or 5+ like chaos worm, death smoke, and rothus, but what really isn’t?


That’s really the major problem with survivors, they are high in mana, so rush decks can have a field day with these decks without major blocking power.


In addition, no survivor excluding Bladerush, has a power higher than 3000, which we can all say isn’t that high.


The one flaw with survivors, and you should have already picked up on, is that if you have this super human field of creature, and you block once, then you lose one of those super human abilities, unless you have more than 1 on the field. So, the more actions that you do that result in destroying your monsters, the less abilities you have, obviously.


I won’t do the “what else could you use” since in a survivor deck, there really isn’t much selection out there, so stick with this.


The Limited Side


I actually got a chance to make an amazing survivor deck with 30 cards, 22 of them being survivors. I had 4 of these somehow, and I just beat up on people. It’s good because it’s a blocker, and those are not that easy to have in numbers nowadays. It’s good cause it’s a survivor, as every pack has I’d like to say 2-3 survivors in it. If you have the chance to get a survivor deck, by all means try, but always beware of speed decks.


The Recap


Here’s the + and –



+ Survivor blocker supplement

+ Another major component of the super-survivor

+ Guardian- not that advantageous, but it’s a plus



- May be too expensive

- If the survivors block too much, you get less abilities

- 2000 Power is nothing to be surprised about

- Horrible against speed decks.


Constructed (Survivor Deck) - 4/5- This is one of those cards the survivor deck will always needs. Blockers win games…

Limited- 2.5/5- Less impactful, as 2000 power is really weak, but it’s not that easy to come across a decent blocker anymore.

Art- 3/5- This thing’s got a big schnoz, doesn’t it???...


That’s it for the Blocker Vitamin known as Gallia Zohl. If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or complaints, E-Mail me at


Later Days…


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