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Cudgel Troll

Reviewed August 27, 2009

Constructed: 2.40
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.65
Multiplayer: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cudgel Troll

Though it's not as strong on paper as the likes of Troll Ascetic or Ravenous Baloth, Cudgel Troll may yet find a place in the pantheon of legendary green creatures for Standard. His strength: being in the right place at the right time. Chameleon Colossus is leaving that format soon, and if the rumors of a world where even the harsh judgment of the skies can't overcome trolls' innate healing power are true, this card could end up being the big man on campus.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Miguel Thursday 8-27-09

Cudgel Troll

Constructed: There is only a few good green creatures that play alot in Standard. This one is not on the A-Team.

Casual & Multplayer: It is a good starter to help new players with a good creature. Just remember to keep a green open to Regenerate.

Limited: As long as you remember to keep a green open it is a great card. If not Lightning Bolt and Doom Blade will kill it. A good solid pick.

Overall a average creature.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Multiplayer: 3
Limited: 3

Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Cudgel Troll

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Cudgel Troll, sorry I don’t have a snappy introduction today. For four mana you get a 4/3 green creature that can regenerate for a single mana. Regeneration is a powerful ability and white this card is no Troll Ascetic; Cudgel Troll has the power to take out a wide variety of played creatures. In standard I don’t see this card getting much play; currently there are more powerful threats for four mana in green such as Chameleon Colossus. Post rotation depending on the atmosphere of Zendikar green may need a powerful creature to be able to trade shots. In extended and eternal formats this card is surpassed by a wide variety of better creatures. In casual and multiplayer it’s a decent threat, the regeneration ability allows it to swing away with disregard or sit back and play defensively. There are better options for casual players but this card is uncommon and a decent addition to green oriented aggro decks. In limited it’s a powerhouse regenerate allows it to dodge a wide variety of removal and dominate combat situations a great pick if you’re heavy in green.

Constructed- 2.0
Casual- 3.0
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.0
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Cudgel Troll, a solid 4/3 for four mana that regenerates for one. The biggest thing to keep in mind for this card is that in standard and limited Doom Blade and Lightning Bolt in 2010 replaced Terror and Incinerate from tenth. Both cards lack the anti-regeneration clause, giving those creatures a big boost in these formats.

In Constructed and Casual this is a well priced and difficult to destroy creature to play in a heavy green deck. Just be sure to keep a mana available whenever possible and not to tap out when playing it and the troll can be around for a while. Blue and White do both have some options that don't involve destruction, but against other colors it is difficult to handle.

With Limited the same as above applies with the added note of my considering this a moderate to high draft choice. It doesn't win games by itself, but it is very solid and worth playing in any deck that can handle that double green mana cost on top of holding a green mana available to pay for regeneration. Any deck running this card should have over half of the mana sources producing green mana or it is not likely to be as effective.

To Multiplayer a card like this loses a bit of steam as multiple opponents can deal lethal damage and regeneration does cause it to tap.
Both problems leave it less viable, but by no means worthless.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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