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Guttural Response

Reviewed May 29, 2008

Constructed: 2.43
Casual: 1.75
Limited: 1.80

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Guttural Response

The only thing I really like about this card is the UGMadness comic that was written about it.  Counter target blue instant spell?  How narrow an answer can you get?  The fact that Vexing Shusher got printed in the same set means that this is pretty much obsolete already, unless you're looking to stop something like Cryptic Command, Mystical Teachings, or Evacuation.

Constructed- 2

Casual- 1.1

Limited- 1.5


Thursday - Guttural Response

Basically the opposite of the once-popular Gainsay. It's also the opposite of Gainsay because, while Gainsay was fairly useful, this card is way too narrow to see play. All it does is give green and red a way to stop counterspell, and yesterday's card does that job much, much better. It won't even see any play in older formats, because you have access to the way, way superior Red Elemental Blast and Pyroblast.

Same goes for limited and casual, where you won't see very many counters.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 1.5
Limited - 1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Guttural Response
Someone described the themes of Shadowmoor as "power creep and format warpage." Maybe that's a little overstated, but I must admit that I never thought I would see a card as efficient as Red Elemental Blast again. For one mana this card shuts down Fact or Fiction and Gifts Ungiven, and I think that's going to be a major lure for a lot of people to play it. While you as a red deck don't want to get into a counter war with a counterspell deck, you do want to get them to use up their counters just to get their draw spells to resolve.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 1/5
The Missing Linc

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Gutteral Response

I hate it when wizards prints such a useless card.  I suppose they were printing Painter's Sevant at the same time and this helps, but without backup this card just plain sucks.  If it took care of more than just instants it might jump up a little in my book but, even then, it would be a little.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 1

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Guttural Response
It's very easy to cast, and will likely counter a spell with higher mana cost than this. Unless in a heavy control metagame, I would only play this in something like combo though because unlike Vexing Shusher, it doesn't beat face. Still very good for what it does though. Refer to my Vexing Shusher since both cards have a very similar niche.
Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2.5/5


* Game Store Owner
Gutteral Response - Thursday

I like this card.  It saves space when set building because it's both a red and a green anti-blue card.  I also like the fact that it's very specific.  You'll likely only be bringing it in against a deck that's heavy in counter and/or instant speed card drawing effects.  It's also cheap.  You can play spells and still have backup.  The down side to the whole thing though is that Vexing shusher (reviewed yesterday) solves most of the same issues that this card does and provides a potential main deck option.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

Thursday 5-29-08

Guttural Response


Constructed: This card screams side deck. There hybrid mana costs makes it alot better, that can fit in more variety of decks. To stop the blue command will be awesome.


Casual: Just to see if you can hose your blue player of the casual group.


Limited: Stop one of their blue bombs from resolving can win you the game. And there is alot of good blue or blue+ hybrid cards in this set.


Overall a good sideboard card for any red or green or any combination of those colors.


Constructed: 3

Casual 2

Limited 3


Guttural Response


Constructed: This and yesterday’s card, Vexing Shusher, are going to be the often debated cards of choice for red/green decks for the next two years. Personally I err on the side of a body that can swing into the red zone. Not that the response doesn’t have its merits; with the shusher your opponent will rarely if at all try and counter your spell if you have the mana available thus not costing them cards in hand until they have a way to remove it from play The response though lets you spend that same one Gruul mana and eliminate the counter entirely and not have it looming over you in your opponents hand. You are giving up an actual card slot to get this advantage though. The choice is yours and will depend on your play style and the type of deck you are playing; most control decks will probably want the response and not risk relying on a fragile creature getting terrored when it’s least convenient for you.


Casual/Multi: Too narrow for the kitchen table usually as spells of all colors are being slung, and this is too narrow only hitting instant and sorceries. Better to spend your slots on spells that can’t be countered if you’re that worried about the blue mage at the table.


Limited: Works really well as a sideboard choice in limited, with only a few decks types that will be unable to play it and a plethora of potential spells from opponents that it can stop. I’d generally want to bring this in if I see some powerful cards like Aethertow or fate transfer from my opponent in game one and try and shut down their potential combat tricks. Again though, keep in mind that you are giving up a deck slot to a conditional card that is very defensive, so don’t just bring this in for the average blue spell.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 1

Limited: 3.5

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