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Basking Rootwalla

Basking Rootwalla

Torment - Common
G - Creature - Lizard - 1/1

1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn.  Play this ability only once each turn.

Madness: 0 (You may play this card for its masness cost at the time you discard it from your hand)

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.67 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 3.86 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed January 18, 2002

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



Ok, let me explain the combo for the unitiated.  Wild Mongrel + Basking
Rootwalla.  Throw in a few Reckless Charges, maybe some Fires of Yavimaya, and you have a really, really sick deck.  A 3/3 for 1 mana is very good in any format, and I think this guy will be a staple in every green beatdown deck for the next year.  A 5 out of 5 in both formats.


Limited *****
Constructed ****

Wow does this card look good!  While a bit mana hungry, Basking Rootwalla is one heckuva beatstick.  This card is especially powerful in Odyssey with the set having a severe lack of power one drops.  Looks like Green gets the goods once again!


Lemme set the scene for you.  Opponent has 2 mean 'ole Call of the Herd tokens coming your way.  You have a mere Wild Mongrel in play.  All of a sudden, BAM!  You discard 2 Rootwallas, drop them in for nothing, pump one up, and slaughter both elephants, your Mongrel lives, and next turn, the other walla comes in for 3.  Fiction?  I don't think so.  Welcome to the tech that is Basking Rootwalla.  This card and several others with Madness will form a new deck once Torment is legal?  How good will it be?  Can't say for sure, but I think it'll be strong.  It's going to be amazing in block.  

In limited, the walla kicks butt.  Could be three turn 2 if need be, and the whole Madness of nothing makes it pretty darn strong.  One of the best one-mana green critters to be printed in a LONG time.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 4.5


I think this card is DEFINITELY good for constructed.  It is good for that whole Stompy green type deck.  It's cheap and if you have to discard, you can play it for FREE.  I don't know many people that aren't a familiar with free.  

Now in limited, he is mediocre.  He is neat, but not strong.  I wouldn't rake him early, but I might give him about a 5th or 6th pick nod.

Constructed: 4
Limited : 3
Coolness Factor: 3.1


Limited: *** (3 Stars)
Constructed: *** (3 Stars)

The Rootwalla looks to be a pretty solid card in both
formats since it is a good one-drop that can hit for
three damage on turn 2.  Not bad.  Also, if black gets
its usual arsenal of discard cards, the Rootwalla will
only get better.  In Constructed, I think that it will
be in sideboards more than anything unless black comes
on really strong with a discard deck that just wrecks
everything.  This card will also complement beatdown
decks for block pretty well, if nothing else.


Haven't we seen this guy before or at least his brother ? Constructed wise he is a decent green creature but won't replace any of the current green 2 drops like werebear and the goose. He will be played in limited and is a solid addition to the multitude of green creatures in Odyssey block. Constructed 2  Limited 3


Basking Rootwalla has many implications involved with it.  In both standard and limited it supplies a solid card, but itís uses are much more focused in standard.  Ignoring the madness cost, we have a 1/1 for one green mana that can get bigger.  Ok, not a bad card, but not something that I jump for joy about either.  Even when considering that it is free if you manage to discard it, I find it to be a gimmick card more than anything else.  People will play it at first, imagining the great combo it makes with Wild Mongrel, then they will realize there are better combinations to be played.

            In limited, both sealed and draft, it should be a solid card (a mid-pack pick if drafting), but again, nothing that should ultimately sway games in your favor.

Standard rating: 3 (it takes a good bit for me to sway from this number in either direction)

Limited rating: 3.5 (only slightly better due to the high number of discarding effects in the block)



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