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Garza Zol, Plague Queen
Cold Snap

Reviewed October 06, 2006

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.4
Limited: 3.15

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Garza Zol, Plague Queen

Big, tri-color Vampire. All Vampires have merit-- Wizards designs them to because they're cool. This one is tricky to get out, but if you only can, then you've got good times indeed.

Constructed- 2.6
Casual- 4
Limited- 2.6

Jordan Kronick

Garza Zol, Plague Queen - Blue/Red/Black has produced some of the most impressive legends in history. Sol'Kanar. Nicol Bolas. Crosis. Lord of Tresserhorn. Mishra. Garza Zol lives up to that pretty well. She's got some nasty abilities and a very respectable size to her. The mana cost isn't outrageous, either. It seems unlikely that Garza's going to be doing much constructed damage, but I wouldn't put it past her. Meanwhile, she's a colossal bomb in limited. 5/5 fliers are hard to deal with. 5/5 fliers with haste that draw you cards are next to impossible. She requires building your deck around it a bit, but still very solid.

Constructed Rating - 2.4
Casual Rating - 2.8
Limited Rating - 3.7

Nick Tan

Garra Zol, Plague Queen

Admittedly, for 7 mana, you do get bang for your buck- Garra Zol is an impressive flying, hasty fatty that's simply fantastic as a finisher. Given the right deck (Control or Reanimator should work well), this vampire queen could shine, but pales in comparison to stronger finishers like Simic Sky Swallower, which is invulnerable to all types of removal (like Moritfy) that are crawling around Standard at the moment. That being said, Garra Zol will probably scare your opponents senseless in limited. Flying, card-drawing and self-pumping vampires usually win the game by the next turn.

Constructed: 2.4
Casual: 4.2
Limited: 3.5

Robert Overton

Garza Zol, Plague Queen

How much would you pay for a 5/5 flyer with haste who gets bigger if they block it and who draws you a card if they don't? One B and 7 life? Me too. In fact, I'm kicking some other fatties out of my reanimator deck right now to make more space for this one (that's a lie, I'm actually eating lunch in my office right now).

Great in limited if you happen to be playing those colors, or if you can grab her early enough to try to force those colors. The only problem then is that she's not a snow creature, so she dies to a particular common removal spell we all know and love. I don't expect to see her in constructed outside of reanimator decks, but we are in a gold-heavy environment (thanks Ravnica) and we're about to lose some great 5/5 flying beatsticks, so it's hard to say what could happen.

Constructed - 2 (4 in reanimator)
Limited - 3.5
Casual - 5 (vampire + fattie + reanimator = cool)


Garza Zol, Plague Queen

Here we have Sengir Vampire on crack. Of course, you run into the problem that she costs 7 and requires three colors. While the color requirements are not too hard to pull off in constructed, the high cost is a large turnoff. Maybe if she were untargetable like Simic Sky Swallower, but sadly that's not the case.

In casual, I guess if you like vampires, this is a decent addition if you can support the three colors.

In limited, she wins the game if she hits the table, but the tri-color cost drops her stock a bit. I'd only pick it if I were playing those 3 colors for some reason, but don't try to splash her.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
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