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Rotlung Reanimator 

Reviewed January 14, 2004

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 3.4
Casual: 3.9

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* game store owner (Shuffle and Cut Games,CA)

Rotlung Reanimator just on its own isn't bad, a gray ogre (2/2 for 3 mana). But take into account its ability, and it gets tasty... then add the fact that its in a very popular tribe, Zombies, and this card is a winner.  I've seen some really fun B/W Zombie Cleric builds with this guy, though you could use him straight in Zombies if you wanted and he'd still be awesome.

In limited, he's great if you can pick up some decent Zombies for your deck, and heck, even if you can't. He still replaces himself when going to the grave, and once again, boys and girls, that's card economy...good times!

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.75
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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Continuing on the tribal lines we started Monday, this is a great card for zombie decks. This makes a single Wrath ineffective, as the zombies just come back. Multiples of this thing can get really sick really quick. Whether you are playing competitive or casual, if you are playing a deck with a significant number of zombies, this should be cards #1-4 in your deck.
In limited, you again suffer from the lack of a significant tribal force. However, this is a 2/2 that replaces itself if it is killed, so I would play this, even if I had no other zombies. The other zombies would be gravy.
Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 3 (add 0.25 for each additional zombie that you have in your deck)


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Wednesday - Rotlung Reanimator

Man, I don't think I have enough room to sing the praises of this card. OK, technically I do, but I don't feel like spending one of my entire weekly articles talking about it. It's a reasonably efficient creature. It gives you more creatures. It fits in a couple of different deck types. It's great.

In limited...OK, it's still good. In the block it was drafted in, it was pretty great actually. If you could slip into black/white, this guys could do wonders for you.

Honestly, I haven't given much though to playing this guy for fun. I bet he's good though. Just speculating...if your are in a game with four or more players, there are bound to be
some zombie and clerics somewhere on the table.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 3.6
Casual: 4.4

 Van Zandt

Rotlung Reanimator
Obviously one of the best Gray Ogres with a leaves-play ability ever. Even by himself, he's a worthwhile investment, and with a few buddies, he's that much spiffier. The fact that there's a land in his block that puts him back on top of your library means he's enivronmentally got it goin' on... and with two in play, suddenly you're an engine.
constructed 3.2
limited 3.3
casual 3.4

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
Rotlung Reanimator

Zombies good! Brains Good! Clerics....good? Well, when they're with zombies they are. Well, I suppose they're fine by themselves as well, but really, who doesn't love zombies? Zombies!!!!!! Oh, er yeah, about the card. Its a 2/2 for 3, so on its own its pretty unimpressive, but its ability combos well with so many other tribal cards in zombies AND clerics, its a must have in both decks. In limited, its basically two 2/2's for 3, and its hard to complain about that...

Casual: 4

Constructed: 3

Limited: 3

* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Rotlung Reanimator

Well the only real thing I can say about this guy is he is pretty amazing in constructed.

I donít consider him to be a game winner all the time but he sure can wreck you when you consider that even if you get rid of him you will face his zombie corpse after he dies. In limited he is still good but you have ot back him up with more clerics to make him really effective. Combo him with Unholy Groto to get really nasty.

Constructed- 4

Casual 3

Limited 3


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

 Rotlung Reanimator

Didnít we just do a Zombie card? Oh waitÖwell, this is almost the same thing. He and his buddy Withered Wretch take long walks together in the moonlight and daydream about making little zombies together. Creepy? Yes, but he helps to make the zombie deck into a beast that can be a nightmare for control decks (see U/W control) in standard.

In limited, he gives the B/W clerics deck a tool that isnít easily handled. Basically, you handle him first, give them the one free zombie, and hope that he doesnít have a way to get it back. If they do, you are in serious trouble.

Constructed: 3.0
Limited: 3.5

Jeff Zand

4 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Rotlung Reanimator

The best thing about the Reanimator, in limited and constructed, is a little deceptive. His ability puts a black 2/2 Zombie token into play whenever he or any other Cleric is put into a graveyard from play. Players constantly forget that both playersí Clerics trigger this effect. In Onslaught limited, there are LOTS of times when the Rotlung Reanimator player faces opponents with Clerics of their own. This little nugget, along with the outstanding black/white synergy found in Onslaught, made this an outstanding card in limited as well as in Onslaught Block Constructed.




Chase Rotlung Reanimator
I find this card to be surprisingly good yet it hasnít seen that much play. Clerics and Zombies arenít really bad, but they arenít fast enough to compete with goblins and not big enough to compete with beasts and affinity. Rotlung can be good with some reanimation but that appears to be too slow. Donít get me wrong, this card is good, it just doesnít have a deck of its own.
In Casual, it has the same bonuses that it does in Constructed, except here you donít have to worry about reanimation being too slow. So itís much better here.
In Limited, reanimation is great. Another bonus is that you can draft black clerics and zombies which both trigger Rotlungís ability. Even by itself, it nets you two 2/2s once one goes to the graveyard for 3 mana.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Rotlung Reanimator has combo written all over it. Feel free to sacrifice your Clerics you get a more powerful creature almost every time. It is well costed and even without abusing the combo it provides enough extra push to make it worthwhile.

Constructed - Great for theme and casual with some additional aspirations - 2.85
Limited - Worth it here as the bear that comes back - 3.00


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