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Ravenous Baloth 
Onslaught Rare

Reviewed October 4, 2002

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It's a 4/4 for 4 to begin with, which ain't SO bad, but the ability to sac a beast (including itself) when it's gonna go away or to save yourself is nice.  That said, I don't see a lot of beast decks getting run, so I don't think this card will see all that much play.

In limited, there are beasts, and this guy is good anyway - run him

Constructed: 3
Limited: 4

Judge Bill

This card will help turn attack races in your favor. Also, it will cause a lot of spells to be countered, for lack of a legal target. Not to mention that this guy has both power and toughness equal to his casting cost. With Flametongue Kavu gone, a lot of 4 toughness creatures are playable again, starting eith this guy.
Constructed: 3
Limited: 4


This card passes all the tests for an excellent green creature. It is large 4/4 and extremely mana efficient (a 4/4 for 2 GG) and will make most green decks. After all Blastoderm was slightly more efficient but came with fade counters and you played it didn't you. The sac a beast gain life feature is a nice bonus but I don't see it as extremely important except as a response to removal or as a combat style trick but gaining back 20% of your starting life vs just losing a creature may make a big difference, particularly in limited. Overall he is certainly one of the most playable green big creatures in a long while.
Constructed 5
Limited 5


My rule of thumb with green creatures is "If they don't trample, they can't be that good". This guy doesn't trample.

Apart form the fact that you could chump block him all day, if you compare him to Argothian Wurm (my favourite green fattie of all time) you see that
Ravenous Baloth isn't really up to scratch. The life gain thing could screw over red decks that finish by burning you out but if you have to sac your creatures
just to stay alive, your on the way out anyway. A 3 in constructed.

In limited he's another body. A 3.5

Mad Hatter

Ravenous Baloth:
    This is a good card. It allows one to gain some benefit (4 life) by sacrificing a Beast. You would usually want to do this when the creature was going to die anyway, or to save your hide when you're about to die. It's also a 4/4 for four mana. I expect to see this one played quite a bit. Even if he dies immediately, he was still a Staunch Defenders as he gave you four life in the process (you can always sack him to himself).

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