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Ghost Council of Orzhova

Reviewed January 26, 2006

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 2.80
Limited: 3.93

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Jeff Zandi

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Ghost Council of Orzhova

I like this card, particularly for limited play, but possibly for constructed as well. In limited, a 4/4 for four mana (assuming you are playing a lot of black and white) is pretty good, and this card's come into play ability is useful and its activated ability makes it even better. Just in case you were wondering, if you activate the Ghost Council's ability to remove itself from the game temporarily by sacrificing ITSELF, it goes to the graveyard. You see, paying the activation cost by sacrificing the Ghost Council itself puts the Ghost Council in the graveyard before the ability resolves. When the ability resolves, it will not find Ghost Council in play and will not be able to remove it from the game. It might seem like the ability could remove it from the graveyard and bring it back to play later, but such is not the case, according to the Frequently Asked Questions document from Wizards issued last week. I always wanted black and white to be really good together in constructed, but it just never seems to work out.

This card probably does not have much a future in constructed play because of the double mana intensity in two different colors in a color combination that seems more problematic than most.



Ghost Council of Orzhova
An interesting card, especially in limited. You need to be going solid B/W to pull it off, but if you are, it's a solid 4/4 for only 4, with a useful jump ability. Probably not much for the casual crowd, though.
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Ghost Council of Orzhova -

I like this card. It's a 4/4 for four mana. That makes it playable in my eyes. But it does cause a life swing of two when it comes into play. But, what really makes this card stand out, is the long term life swing it can cause. In creature battles, you can do a lot of things with damage on the stack to gain an even bigger advantage. And in limited, this guy is sure to be a first pick.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 5

Jordan Kronick

Ghost Council of Orzhova - Sound for the fanfare - this may be the strongest white/black creature to date. Certainly it's the most cost effective. It remains to be seen whether the ability is of any use whatsoever, but my experience with the Orzhov so far has taught me that the deck needs a nice solid body to put some pressure on, and this is just what I'm looking for. The ability to control your haunt triggers with it's ability and also to dodge removal makes this an incredible find. I'm looking forward to opening this in draft.

Constructed Rating - 3.2
Casual Rating - 2.9
Limited Rating - 3.8
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