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Forked-Branch Garami
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed April 4, 2005

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.75

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Jeff Zandi

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Forked-Branch Garami

Soulshift, soulshift? Yes...and yes. Five mana for a 4/4 is good enough all by itself, and soulshift would be a fine addition, but DOUBLE soulshift makes this guy VERY good in limited play, although there IS a limit to how many five casting cost creatures you should fill up a deck with. In constructed, this guy is nowhere near special enough to make the cut in anything but casual. Hmmm...combo deck using this guy in some sort of mana/spirit creature loop...interesting!


Paul Hagan

Forked Branch Garami --
I think this card is around the top end of soulshift cards.  A 4/4 for 5 mana with a decent ability can't be bad, right?  Unfortunately, this isn't necessarily always the case.  Browsing through the number of green creatures that are spirits with converted mana cost of four or less, I found about four that were worthy of being in a constructed or casual deck, and only one or two of those were Type II legal.  I think Forked Branch Garami is decent enough, but there are better options out there.
In limited, where you almost can't avoid playing some form of spirits in your deck and a 4/4 with a converted mana cost of five is a bargain, Forked Branch Garami's stock goes *way* up.  I'm not sure I would first pick this card, but it would go early in the draft.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0


 Forked-Branch Garami

Alone, 5 mana for a 4/4 is very cost effective in creature based decks, especially in Green where mana acceleration can get this into play even earlier. Add to that the double Soulshift, and you have a very solid creature. In limited, you absolutely play it if you're in green. In casual, if you are going big Green, this fits in nicely in Spirit decks.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 5

Secret Squirrel

 Forked-Branch Garami

First, yes it does have two soulshift abilities, so you get to return two spirits to your hand. Without the soulshift ability, it’s a mediocre card, as it has double green and no evasion. This obviously means that you would only play to exploit its double soulshift ability. In limited, you can bring back solid green creatures such as Gnarled Mass, Child of Thorns, or another copy of the Garami (though not the one that you are already using.) It’s not nearly as powerful in constructed as it is in limited. It’s a little too slow for constructed and the fact that it has no evasion hurts.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 4
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