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Gaddock Teeg

Reviewed September 25, 2007

Constructed: 3.86
Casual: 3.17
Limited: 2.86

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Jeff Zandi

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Gaddock Teeg

This smart little 2/2 has a lot of potential power for a nice cost. Teeg’s two abilities explore a very interesting part of the rules, shutting down your opponent from playing spells with certain casting costs, namely, non creature spells that cost more than four and non creature spells with X in their costs. Very interesting, but I predict that these particular spell restrictions will not be useful enough to make Gaddock Teeg an every day player in constructed decks. Seem like, without having played him yet of course, that Teeg’s ability is unlikely to seriously mess with enough deck archetypes to make him a main deck selection. I can easily see Teeg coming into decks from the sideboard, when it seems that you are sure this smart little 2/2 can actually shut down your opponent. For limited, Teeg is not worth going out of your way for. If you find that you are playing white and green in your draft deck, sure, you can play him and you might screw up your opponent’s plans occasionally.



Gaddock Teeg

Aggro decks will love this guy. He makes Wrath and Molten Disaster unplayable. Incinerate, Pyroclasm, and Terror can still deal with him, but just by forcing players to play those cards, I think he'll have a lot of impact in Standard. In casual, it totally depends on how powerful Kithkin end up being.
In Limited, games are won and lost on creatures. Gaddock forces a player to rely more heavily on creatures, but most people will be doing that anyway. And since you'll probably end up with a few spells you'll want to play but Gaddock won't let you, this isn't too useful there.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 2


Tuesday - Gaddock Teeg

A great card for weenie decks. They can't Wrath or Damnation you until they find a way to off this guy. A well-placed Shock, Incinerate, or Terror will do the job, but against a red deck you probably shouldn't even be maindecking this guy in the first place, and black decks don't always find room for a card like Terror. This is really meant to hose U/W type control decks, and it does an excellent job at that.

In limited, I wouldn't bother unless your deck can support him very well (i.e. you have a lot of cheaper stuff). He could end up hurting more than helping though.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gaddock Teeg

I've been trying to convince people for years that aggressive decks, especially ones with green and white, need actual protection from Wrath of God effects besides "just play more creatures." Gaddock Teeg may be what we're looking for. The downside is that there are many cards in control decks that still affect him, notably Pyroclasm, Terror, and Sudden Death; but the upside is that those cards must be used on him before anything else can happen. Expect this guy to see a lot of play.

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

MTG Rules Advisor
Gaddock Teeg:

Don't like Wrath of God or Damnation? Here's your answer! This can completely shut down some aspects of control decks. Drop it down on turn two, and you stop them from playing any non-creature spells that cost 4 or more (or have X in their cost). This ability may not look that powerful at first glance, but, think about what it would lock out:

Wrath of God
Mystical Teachings

Just to name a few. This is control's nightmare. If you're running a creature heavy deck in green and white, sideboard at least 3 of these, they're that good.

Constructed: 4.5/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Gaddock Teeg

This guy stops Wrath of God and Damnation and maybe Tendrils of Corruption and the command cycle in Lowryn, and that's pretty much it. That's enough to warrant it's use as it's efficient enough for aggro and can stop a control player from playing a board wiper to steal your win.

In casual, this can stop a big win condition or stuff, so it depends on the metagame. I still don't like this thing here though because there's not much to stop.

In limited, not as useful since it's mana cost is rather prohibitive, the 2/2 body gets outclassed rather quickly and it's less likely to lock down any of your opponent's cards.

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2.5/5
Meb9000 9/25

Gaddock Teeg

Oh boy, here comes the obligatory Spike incarnate of Lorywn, Gaddock Teeg. This guy was one of the first Lorwyn cards spoiled by Wizards, and this one is destined to make an impact across many formats. Some herald it as the next Meddling Mage, while others say this will be the next uprising of G/W/x aggro decks. Teeg just says no to so many debilitating control spells that those decks will have to have some way of dealing with the little Kithkin legend. Teeg says no to Wrath, Mystical Teachings, Demonfire, Spell Burst, ANY planeswalker save Jace Beleren, and much more. This guy is destined to be unpopular in the Casual tables, since most cards that stop one from playing anything get the axe in the fun category. Land Destruction and Rule of One decks tend to fall in this zone. A bright future awaits Mr. Teeg for sure.

Constructed: 5/5

Limited: 2/5: Not nearly as threatening here, where creatures rule the day.

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