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Woolly Thoctar
Shards of Alara

Reviewed November 17, 2008

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Woolly Thoctar
If you haven't already, I would recommend checking out MagicTheGathering.com's Latest Developments article from two weeks ago, which quoted a comment from the internal development process about this card, attributed to Aaron Forsythe: "Hard to justify historically. Feels like we've lost our minds." In some ways, I agree; but at least it doesn't really have any game-breaking abilities. It's "only" a Tarmogoyf (play it on turn two, courtesy of the huge number of multilands in Standard and Extended, and demand an answer) rather than an Arcbound Ravager (if it's on the stack, or in your opponent's hand, you lose). Even then, it's still not necessarily an auto-include; there's stiff competition at its cost in its colors from Burning-Tree Shaman, Troll Ascetic, Ohran Viper, Glowrider, and Call of the Herd, many of which have relevant abilities against combo and control decks. Woolly Thoctar is definitely one to watch, especially in block constructed where you need Executioner's Capsule or Oblivion Ring to avoid taking about ten damage from it.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

Monday 11-17-08

Woolly Thoctar


Constructed: Naya got some big critters for their cost. A 5/4 on turn 3 is a little scary. With green for the base color it is easy to manage your mana to be able to cast this big critter on turn 3 or even 2 turn with the help of Birds.


Casual: Big beast are always good with one color. This 3-color beast will be setting on the sidelines, because most of the decks are mono green.


Limited: Very good creature with the right mana fixing. Draft a top pick for a creature, very few cards I would pick over it.


Overall a good uncommon that is so cheap.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 2

Limited: 4





Woolly Thoctar
Can you say power-creep? A 5/4 for 3 mana, this is prety crazy. The fact that it costs RGW doesn't really matter consider the wealth of land based mana-fixing available right now. On the other hand despite its massive size for such a cheap cost I don't see it as making that huge of an impact. Firstly its a vanilla creature which means its only to going to really see play in aggro decks, and it can be dealt with in just the same way. I know the 'dies to removal' argument (people argued that 'Gof was bad because it died to all kinds of removal) is fairly weak, but it does have somesway here. Thoctar costs 3 different colored mana and although color-fixing is easy it prevents the easy splashing into any deck that 'gof saw. This definitely has a place in ext. Zoo and possibly an aggressive standard deck, one of the pros in Standard is that in can slip under Cryptic in the early turns and avoid the most common board seeper Firespout making it a possible choice against QnT. In limited its a nice enabler for Naya cards and all around beat-stick.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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