First of all, this card gives you a lot of
creature for the money, a 4/6 body for 4G is
nothing to sneeze at. In limited play, this card
is easy to include even if you don’t have a lot
of other Treefolk in your deck.
Unfortunately, Timber Protector doesn’t have
enough value to be good in any constructed deck
that is not Treefolk based. I’m, uh, not sure
I’ve seen too many constructed tree decks
before. We can look forward to treefolk decks
It's a pretty straightforward Treefolk lord. I
like that it works well with Deadwood Treefolk,
another already-solid card. And no,
indestructible won't save Deadwood from
Trouble is, cheap Treefolk are hard to come by.
They're all big beaters. A Treefolk deck will
likely suffer from the same problems as a Dragon
deck or an Angel deck-- nothing to do in the
early turns. Please prove me wrong, WOTC.
This guy is solid, but I have one issue with
him: his casting cost. You might be able to
accelerate him out earlier, but the prohibitive
cost hurts this guy's playability because his
effect is not as powerful as Nath's. If you can
get two of these guys down, though, your
opponent might as well pack it in unless they're
playing a red deck. I wouldn't expect this guy
to see a lot of play, though. Probably just in
casual Treefolk decks.
In limited, he's better, because you can't do as
much about indestructibility here, and he's a
beefy 4/6 for 5.
Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 3.5
Timber Protector looks expensive, and it is. The
effect, though, may just be worth it.
Accelerating one or two high-power and/or
high-toughness Treefolk (Doran the Siege Tower,
anybody?) into play and following it up with a
Timber Protector demands an answer, and
Damnation may not be enough as it leaves the
non-Timber Protector creatures in play. Getting
two of these guys in play makes it hard to lose
against non-flying creatures. I'm also picking
this guy as my limited bomb of the week.
Removing it is a medium-scale chore, and that's
even before you can get the other treefolk.
Constructed: I’m not sure how much of an impact
Treefolk will have on the major constructed
formats as they all have a bit unyielding
casting costs (the 3-color Doran comes to mind)
or casting costs that are just a bit too high to
be really good. Timber Protector seems like it
could be right on the cusp of something good.
Two of them are both indestructible protecting
them from all but RFG effects. One of them alone
may not seem like much, but when you think that
green is the color of easy mana it’s pretty easy
to imagine a mono-green deck with Birds of
Paradise and Coalition Relics/Prismatic Lens to
splash a Boom/Bust for a one sided Armageddon.
Casual/Multi: Even if they don’t make a huge
splash in constructed, Treefolk are easily going
to be one of my new favorite plans for a casual
table deck. Timber Protector is easily going to
make games unfair with his indestructibility for
your entire team. Add in cards like Privileged
position or Shielding Plax to make him
untargetable or something similar and you may
have may opponents looking at you with severe
frustration as nothing they do can hurt you. It
does lose points because it doesn’t protect
itself, but it has great team effects and a nice
body for it’s cost.
Limited: With enough other treefolk in you pool
it’s very easy to take this creature and run a
table with him. +1/+1 to an already large team
of creatures (second largest on average, right
behind Giants from what I’ve seen) into a
powerhouse army that needs not fear opposing
armies. The one green in it’s casting cost makes
it a pretty easy splash even if your only other
good treefolk end up in black or white.
for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10
So far, I think this is my favorite card of the
set. It will take a particular deck with great
synergy to break this card. Immediately, a Life
from the Loam/ Seizmic Assualt deck seems just
right. Assualt for extra, cycle lands for extra,
dredge for extra. This works great with sac
lands, terramorphic (get two lands), that blue
creature that gets you two lands for a discard
(now you get four). The list of possiblities is
fantastic. The trouble again will be in
constructed, you must have so many cards with
synergy to validate putting this into your deck.
This will be fun with Plainswalkers as well.
Just simple fun fun fun. Double your pleasure.
Too bad it only doubles the pleasure. Remember
it can only be used upon the activation of an
ability. It cannot be retriggered by a copied
Constructed: 4 (if the right deck comes out)
The Missing Linc
MTG Rules Advisor
4/6 for 5 is solid in limited already, the
'champion' ability is just gravy. The
indestructibility is the only thing about this
card that would make me consider playing it in a
constructed deck. Indestructibility can be very
Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
If this made itself indestructible, it's too
good. If it didn't, and it doesn't, it's just
not good enough.
The Forest indestructibility is rather useless,
and I would probably try to kill this rather
than everything else my opponent has anyway. It
stops Wrath of God, but this comes out after
Wrath of God. The +1/+1 is just a super
expensive Glorious Anthem. Plus, this dies to
Casual, this is a nice addition to Treefolks,
but who wants to play Treefolks?
It's still has a nice body for limited though.
Our Lorwyn previews continue with MaRo's first
card Timber Protector. Timmy just got a big
favorite that I personally would love to take
advantage of. This guy can make your whole
treefolk army Wrath proof and bigger. Many
tournament experts think this tree won't see the
light of play, but I think against the right
deck it could cause a lot of trouble. Couple
this guy with Doran and you could have some real
mean trees on your side. This card only works
well when you can get 2 of them out, which
definitely would mean happy times for Timmy.
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