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Butcher Ghoul
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Butcher Ghoul
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed June 13, 2012

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 1.75

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Butcher Ghoul

It's a 1/1 with Undying. For two mana. That's it. What do you do with it? Well, you chump block with it once, and get a 2/2 back. Then you... have a Walking Corpse. This is decent in Limited, where incremental advantages are how you win games, but outside of Limited, it's only worth playing if you've built your deck around River Kelpie or something equally quirky and impractical. Even in a Zombie deck you'd never run it, because there are enough better Zombies that you don't have to resort to this one.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Butcher Ghoul
I've got to be honest: this card sounds like it should have a lot more abilities than it does. You read the name and you expect something like the Executioner from Resident Evil 5 - this guy has the chains and random stuff stuck in his back down, but not even a weapon? (And don't get me started on the fact that a ghoul isn't really the same as a zombie; I presume you guys don't have all day for that discussion!) That aside, though, there's still a use or two for it: black has no shortage of abilities and spells that require a sacrifice and which this makes almost free, and a creature that can act as a speed bump twice and even trade with a lot of more "impressive" cards the second time around is far from terrible. Butcher Ghoul's nothing spectacular, but it's perfectly fine at what it does.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5 
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

 Today's card of the day is Butcher Ghoul which is a two mana Black 1/1 zombie with Undying.  This isn't a bad card for two mana as it can attack or block the first time with impunity and just come back as a 2/2 making it fairly effective over time.  A simple 2/2 for two or something with an effect is probably going to be better in many situations, but for a mono-Black sacrifice theme this can be one of the better options available.  Overall a fairly average card for the cost and may see play in some decks where it can fit a lower end role.
In Limited this is a bit better as even a two mana 1/1 is playable and being able to trade off with an opponent to get a 2/2 is a definite advantage.  Not as good in the later stages of the game, aside from stalling, it still works well enough early on to warrant inclusion in a Black build in Sealed.  For Booster this is a good in color pick after bombs and removal and can even be drawn early in weaker packs.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5


       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are looking at Butcher Ghoul from Avacyn Restored. Butcher Ghoul is a common black creature zombie that costs one generic and one black mana for a 1/1. Butcher Ghoul has undying.

       Not that much to be said about the Butcher Ghoul really. He is what he is, a 1/1 that costs two, and when he eventually dies, he comes back as a 2/2, but should he die again, he stays. The best thing about the Zombies with Undying is combining them with some fun things. For instance, you can get a whole lotta use out of a few zombies with Undying using them with Havenghoul Lich. Since you can recast them once they have stayed dead.

       But other than using Undying creatures that way or with Birthing Pod, there really isn’t that much to go on. Butcher Ghoul is a solid drop, but unlikely the game changer on its own.
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 1/5

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