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Call of the Herd

Reviewed December 29, 2006

Constructed: 3.82
Casual: 3.625
Limited: 4.3

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Jeff Zandi

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Call of the Herd

In booster draft, we can spend some time talking about how we might not want to commit to a green creature deck with our first pick, how we might prefer to draft a powerful rare or a removal spell, but the fact is, if there is a Call of the Herd in the pack you open, you draft it. It’s rare, it’s valuable online and in 3D as well. (3D Magic is the kind you play with the actual cardboard cards with your actual fleshy hands) Call of the Herd is a simple, blunt instrument in limited play, but it is extremely effective. So when you first pick a Call of the Herd, which, let’s face it, is about the only way you will ever see one in a draft, feel free to pat yourself on the back. You’re not just rare drafting, you’re taking the best card in the pack for your deck.



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Call of the Herd

This is an interesting one to review. It also shows how times can change. When CotH was first printed, the card was ridiculously amazing. Now that there are a lot of high quality cards in Standard and Extended, it's getting overshadowed a bit. I'm not going to recommend you use them as coasters or anything. I'm just saying that it's harder to find space for CotH in decks these days.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5


Call of the Herd

For a vanilla 3/3 creature, 3G is a decent price to pay in Limited. A mere 2G is a decent price in any format. Being able to get two 3/3 off of one card is especially nice, particularly since a vanilla 3/3 is not usually sufficient for a cardslot in Constructed. Being able to get 2 3/3's out of one card is card advantage, my friends, and that's what helps win games. Any creature that your opponent has to kill twice is a worthy inclusion into any Limited deck, and a contender for a Constructed cardslot as well.

Constructed- 3.8
Casual- 3
Limited- 4.2


Call of the Herd

So now the theme is more like U/G aggro-control week. Anyway, this card used to be very powerful back when it was first released, and it's still powerful today. It goes into any aggro deck with green in it, most notably U/G and R/G/x. You get a body with P/T equal to the mana cost, and then can get another one for one mana more without spending another card. Two 3/3s on the board is great for the aggro deck, and the ability to do it with just one card is even better. The definition of card advantage.

In casual, play it in your green aggro decks and have fun gaining card advantage.

In limited, if you're playing green, this is first-pick material. It's great card advantage, and getting two creatures for one card can help win the damage race.

Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5
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