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Reviewed October 13, 2007

Constructed: 2.20
Casual: 2.80
Limited: 3.00

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Effectively, it's Creeping Mold that can't hit artifact creatures. For one more mana. On the plus side, it's less color-intensive, and if you're playing Treefolk it's a cantrip, and Treefolk Harbinger can search your library for it. So, if you're playing Treefolk.dec, or you drafted a lot of Treefolk, then... it's still probably just a sideboard consideration.
Also, it can kill planeswalkers. Creeping Mold can't do that, but until every deck starts playing planeswalkers, it's still sideboard tech.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995


I'm pretty much overjoyed to see green getting a few more tricks and ways to interact outside of combat. Rootgrapple's versatility is extremely appealing; even if you don't control a Treefolk, it takes out pretty much anything (including planeswalkers!). Don't forget that Lorwyn's Changelings are Treefolk, too. Creatures are more important in limited, and particularly in Lorwyn, but this is in your deck to take out opposing planeswalkers. Chandra Nalaar *will* destroy you if you don't destroy her!

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5


Constructed: Five mana is too much to pay for a removal spell that doesn’t eliminate creatures in constructed formats, not when it’s available for cheaper. True that other removal sources will not get rid of Planeswalkers, but a creature rush (a green standby) or some burn will take care of those before they should get too out of hand. I’d like to see Treefolk take the forefront and do well, but this is not the card that is going to help them vault to that level.

Casual/Multi: This card is a great versatile card for multiplayer tables, and playtesting will see whether or not it’s too expensive for that versatility. I want to say that the ability to deal with any problem permanent is worth the 5 mana casting cost, and thankfully it is an instant, but green decks want to be playing out fat creatures at the 5 mana slot not dealing with their opponent’s permanents. For now my judgment is probably on the side of bad, with the possibility to be good. Again doesn’t take care for creatures though, so you’re other cards better be able to pick up the slack, which should be easy for a color that is known for the biggest creatures in Magic.

Limited: Not being able to deal with creatures is a big hit in limited formats which are usually dependant on creature fights, but the lack of good solid enchantment and artifact removal in the set means that this becomes an almost auto include in green builds just to be able to deal with problem permanents that would otherwise sit there unanswered, especially since the favorite piece of removal in the set is Oblivion Ring so far.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002

If this destroyed any permanent, then it would be decent. Now, this will be stuck in the hand while an army of creatures is beating senselessly away some life.

Destroying lands for 5 mana isn't the best. There's hardly any enchantment or artifact that will make this maindeck worthy. It's also a Treefolk, and most of its tribal support isn't that great.

Constructed: 1.5/5
Casual: 1.5/5
Limited: 2/5

Friday's card is Rootgrapple from Lorwyn.  For a steap 5 mana(4 colorless, 1 green mana), you can destroy a noncreature card and draw a card if you control a Treefolk.  Luckily the Treefolk Harbringer is one green mana and can fetch this since it is a Tribal spell.  It's a hefty price to pay to destroy a permanent, but that's worth it if your Doran the Seige Tower or another key creature is removed with Oblivion Ring or a powerful artifact, even a land that is bothering you.  Constructed has access to Creeping Mold which does the same thing for one mana less but lacks the benefits of being Tribal.  It's not bad for Limited or a Treefolk deck, but it is a bit pricey for other decks.\
Limited:3/5(If you can get the Treefolk Harbringer and other cards that run off of Treefolks, use it)
Constructed: 2/5(Naturalize can take care of artifacts and enchantments and Creeping Mold is for all around kill)

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