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Reach of Branches

Reviewed  March 4, 2008

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 4.00

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Reach of Branches

Five mana may seem like a bit much to pay for a 2/5. Even in a Treefolk deck, where playing this spell would trigger Battlewand Oak and the token would get the bonus from Timber Protector, it's a bit steep.

At least, it's a bit steep the first time. This one card can make 2/5's over and over again, and therein lies its power. Five toughness is a lot to have to punch through for most decks, so the tokens are likely to stick around even if you're on teh back foot and are scrambling for blockers. Eventually, you'll be able to swing a game around if you can keep dropping Forests.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Reach of Branches

Instant-speed token generation? Recursion? Things like that tend to scream "constructed-worthy," but the fact that the Treefolk tokens aren't very aggressively costed makes it a little less appealing. You could play it in some kind of midrange deck, but most of those have better things to do with five mana. In limited play, though, Reach of Branches can be extremely annoying. The tokens' five toughness trump many creatures in Lorwyn, and the complete lack of graveyard removal in the block means it will keep coming back until the game ends.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5

Reach of Branches

            Great card in concept, but it costs too much compared to the size of the guys you are putting into play. If they were 3/3s for three or 4/4s for four, you’d have yourself a quality card. In limited, the built in recursion and the instant speed playability make it a great card, though you will only get one chance to surprise your opponent, so make it count.


- Constructed: 2

            Maybe as a one-of with Doran and Treefolk Harbinger...maybe not...

- Casual: 3

            Mono-green is more prevalent here, so this card could see some play.

- Limited: 4

            Nice combat trick. Could win you the long game.

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