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Nested Ghoul
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed March xx, 2011

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.20
Multiplayer: 2.80

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Nested Ghoul

This one really gets the Johnny-juices flowing. Once grasping what the card does, your first impulse is to try and figure out how to repeatedly deal damage to Nested Ghoul without killing it. At two toughness, a pinger like Cunning Sparkmage or an unpumped Spikeshot Elder could do it, but anything more is no good. The simpler option is pump its toughness with an Equipment, or make it indestructible... with an Equipment... and then simply attack with it. Either your opponent blocks and you get another Zombie token, or you get through for four (or more, depending on what Equipment it's carrying). But what if you can't get that off? What if Nested Ghoul only takes damage once? Is a 4/2 that leaves a 2/2 behind worth five mana? I don't think so. And since one more mana gets you Grave Titan, capable of making multiple Zombie tokens every turn with no help at all, I don't expect Nested Ghoul to catch on outside of Budget Zombie tribal builds.

Casual- 3
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nested Ghoul
If limited duels degenerate into trench warfare, as they often do, a creature that replaces itself, effectively blocks scary monsters more than once, and even generates huge armies once in a while is pure gold. (Where is Vulshok Sorcerer when you really need her?) Outside those kinds of applications, there are probably cards that are better positioned for constructed right now. Lord of the Undead loves this guy, though.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Nested Ghoul an interesting zombie that can create smaller zombie tokens whenever it is dealt damage by a source. While the idea of a zombie spitting other zombie out in the fashion of a nesting doll is bizarrely entertaining, In standard  is outperformed by Grave Titan who is capable of having an immediate impact on the board and continuing to impact it. Five mana for a 4/2 with an interesting yet often useless ability is not going to cut it competitively. In extended and eternal outside of some bizarre combo deck utilizing this yard I cant say it will ever see play with a straight face due to the cost and existence of cards that outclass it.
In  casual and multiplayer I am torn it has potential to have a deck built around it and effects that deal damage to it I am thinking pingers that deal damage every turn to it such as Cunning Sparkmage. Outside of a combo deck such as this I don't see this fitting in existing zombie decks as it is outclassed by lords and powerful creatures, although making a surplus of tokens and combine it with the mentioned lord creatures could be powerful. In limited its a solid black creature that doesn't fit in effect but provides a decent body and if they block to kill it you get a consultation prize. Overall an interesting zombie that presents some unique deck ideas and is best suited for casual decks.
Constructed: 1.0 
Casual: 3.0 
Limited: 3.5 
Multiplayer: 3.0
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Nested Ghoul which is a five mana 4/2 zombie that will create a 2/2 zombie token whenever a source deals damage to it.  It is probably best paired with Red or Triskelion to help generate reliable tokens each turn, but the five cost and low toughness make it vulnerable and it needs off-color support and likely a zombie lord or equipment to be stable.  Aside from non-damaging forms of removal you should at least get one 2/2 from this which makes it a two for one play increasing the value and it is playable in a zombie theme as an option for a five mana drop.  Overall an interesting creature with potential to see play in several different designs and may make it into the more serious Grave Titan builds.
In Limited the cost is a bit high for a 4/2, but any method of allowing it to block repeatedly such as Darksteel Plate or toughness enhancement make it a dominant force.  If options exist in your pool to keep the Ghoul alive it should be played alongside your other Black creatures in Sealed as even the worst case scenario should net the two for one advantage.  In Booster it can be drafted as early as third pick depending on the pack, but is more likely to be fourth or fifth unless the pack is weak or it is later in the draft and you already have support in hand.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

     Welcome to another card of the day here at Pojo.com. Today we are taking a look at Nested Ghoul from Mirrodin Besieged. Nested Ghoul is a 4/2 that costs three generic and two black mana. The best thing about the Nested Ghoul is its handy ability. Whenever the Nested Ghoul is dealt damage, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.

    This guy screams to be abused. And honestly, it isn’t that hard to do so. The easiest way of course is that you build red/black and then add some of the Nested Ghouls with Prodigal Pyromancer. During your opponents end step, tap and deal one damage to your Nested Ghoul. This is a loose way to ensure that you get a Zombie token every turn. Make the toughness higher, perhaps using Accorder’s Shield, this way it may take more damage.

     But this guy truly shines in a Vintage format. Undead Warchief, Cemetery Reaper, this guy has plenty of ways to get big. You could also in vintage build a black green deck to exploit the damage clause by attaching Lure to this guy. Sure, he is going to get creamed, but you’ll end up with a lot of Zombies in its place.

    This is just a very fun card that has many ways of being exploited, all in the name of Zombie tokens.
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5

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