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Troll Ascetic
10th Edition

Reviewed August 20, 2007

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.33

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Troll Ascetic

People ranted and raved about this one when it was in Selecting 10th Edition. And for good reason; this thing is almost impossible to kill. Your opponent can barely touch it, but you can load it up with Blanchwood Armor, Moldervine Cloak, or whatever else you want and swing through. I expect green aggro, and even green control, to get a lot of use out of this.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4


Monday - Troll Ascetic

I was very surprised to see this in the voting for Tenth Edition, because as far as power level goes, it was a no-brainer pick over Ravenous Baloth and Erhnam Djinn. Power equal to casting cost, untargetable only by opponents, and regenerates for 2...how is this card bad? This guy has already shown up in MGA and will continue to be a staple 4-of in every MGA deck for the next two years, among other decks with a heavy enough green component to support this guy.

He's great in limited too, as he's tough to kill; his only real flaw is the double green.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 4
Limited - 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Troll Ascetic

I remember when this was first voted into the Tenth Edition and everyone was terrified of a Standard format full of degenerate aggro decks. Then they printed Damnation and removed all the best aggro creatures. It just goes to show that appearances can be deceiving. Part of the reason is that Troll Ascetic isn't quite as good or as unbeatable as people often think it is, and there are quite a few answers to it even before you leave the Core Set. It also has no evasive abilities, meaning that a single Saproling generator trumps it on the attack. Make no mistake, though, the Troll is still very good, and if you get one in a limited tournament I wouldn't be too surprised if none of your opponents ever manage to remove it.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Linc Troll Ascetic

Put the warhammer on this guy and you have game.  This is the best 3/3 for 3 in green in the game.  He may suffer without the Jitte in standard constructed, but in all other formats, this guy is a must.  I think he will still see plenty of play.  I had him in my seedborn muse deck.  Once the warhammer was on him, I was almost always guaranteed a good amount of time in the game.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Pschoanime Troll Asectic (1GG)
Creature - Troll Shaman

Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents
1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic

A rather efficient creature that's near impossible to kill. There's
only a handful of ways to kill this in standard:

1. Wrath of God / Damnation
2. Porphyry Nodes
3. Pyroclasm if your opponent happens to be tapped out

And number 2 and 3 are rather rare.

Constructed: 4.5/5
Casual: 4.5/5
Limited: 5/5

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