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Basalt Gargoyle
Planar Chaos

Reviewed April 02, 2007

Constructed: 1.80
Casual: 2.20
Limited: 3.20

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Basalt Gargoyle

A 3/2 flying creature for 3 is quite decent indeed, even with Echo. These are the same stats as Snapping Drake, who was hailed one of the best blue commons in Ravnica block. And the Gargoyle could block and kill a Drake, and even survive of you have some red mana open. Which you're unlikely to the turn after this comes down, because you'll be paying the echo cost. It's still worth it-- as long as it survives its first upkeep, it'll be hard to kill with its +0/+1 ability (which is weird, but oh well) and a 3-power flyer demands repsect in Limited.

Constructed- 2.8
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4


Monday - Basalt Gargoyle

An updated version of Granite Gargoyle. For the same cost you get an extra point of power, but you have to pay echo next turn if you want to keep him around. Even though he *is* a red flier, this keeps him right out of constructed. There are better creatures for the red aggressive decks (the kind that don't really mess up your tempo) and better ones for the controlling decks (like Sulfur Elemental).

In casual, a fine addition to a Gargoyle theme deck, I guess.

In limited is where this is a fine creature to have. An early 3/2 flier in red can help you get in some free shots on your opponent's life, and you can potentially pump him out of burn range.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

-David N

Basalt Gargoyle
Wow this guy is horrible. 3 for a 3/2 flier is anything but average. Add in echo so you're looking at 6 for a 3/2 is horrible. Then add in the fact that it has pump up on defense instead of offense makes him utterly useless. Only decent in a thick-skinned goblin deck just because of the evasion.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 2

Basalt Gargoyle

Constructed: Red constructed decks have the only real flying beaters they need in the form of Bogarden Hellkite right now, so probably won’t need this. Boros Decks wins won’t use it b/c it doesn’t have haste and sets them back on tempo the next turn when they want to play another threat.

Casual/Multi: Anybody that reads my COTDs knows that I hate Echo in multiplayer casual Magic. The only difference that makes Basalt gargoyle somewhat more playable here is that Thick-Skinned Goblin is a bit more playable here making Echo less of an issue. And with its shade-like toughness it means for the right mana the Gargoyle is getting in the way of your opponents big creatures.

Limited: Evasion is evasion in limited and is needed to end games. And the disadvantage of having to pay for the gargoyle on the next upkeep is offset by the fact that you have a 3 power flyer out on turn three, which is hard to match by most colors. Again the toughness boosting ability is going to help in limited as well by staving off the bombs your opponents have. Red is very limited in their flyers at common and uncommon meaning unless you’re in a flying heavy second color you’re going to want to grab these just for the defense (unless you have a lot of removal).

Constructed: 1
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3
Basalt Gargoyle:

This is an interesting card. For constructed, I think he's a bit overcosted, if he were a 3/4 for 2R with echo 2R, he'd be great, but, it's not. Still, not the worst card you could throw in a deck, though by far not the best for that slot (sulfur elemental is showing to be very strong in decks, and uses this slot).

Casual, there are better creatures for this slot (see sulfur elemental) and better echo creatures overall. I don't really see its worth here.

Limited is where this baby shines. 3 power flyer for 2R/2R? Sounds decent enough to me. Evasion is evasion, and while this has one of the most common, it comes on a 3 power creature that can hit the board on turn 3 and swing turn 4.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 4/5
Linc Basalt Gargoyle

A 3/2 flyer for 3 is not a bad deal. Echo may certainly be worth the price of this one as he can act as a big blocker as well. In a mono red deck, this may have a place in constructed but I sort of doubt it. In the limited environment this is a no brainer for an early pick or in sealed, if you are going red this is definitely in. This works very well with anything that may reduce echo or possible null it entirely...a card you may hear about later this week.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 4
PsychoAnime 6 mana for a 3/2 with a +0/+1 pump for 1 mana is obviously bad in Constructed
so the only potential places for it is Casual and Limited.

In Casual, it can be combined with Thick-Skinned Goblin! Cool.

In Limited, it's a flyer with a decent body and an ability that can save itself.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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