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Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
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Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 26, 2012

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.62

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David Fanany

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Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Note: despite how I originally read it, this guy's third ability never reads "Sacrifice Overgrown Tomb: ..." My first instinct is to combine him with Grave Pact - not only because that card has a history with Golgari-themed decks, but because most of the repeatable sacrifice effects you usually put with Grave Pact don't hit players - but even if you use him as "just" a 7/7 or so for four mana, that's pretty worthwhile.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Jarad Golgari Lich Lord
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Jarad the leader of the golgari. In standard he is mana intensive for his ability and his mana resurrection ability is pricey. Having to hold back mana to activate this ability makes it more of a seven drop instead of a four but late game he could do some damage but doesn’t seem worth most of the set up. In modern Life From the Loam and Crucible of Worlds exists making his resurrection ability more appealing and there exists some combinations that could make this an interesting combo or finisher in decks running some loam engine perhaps. In casual and multiplayer this guy is a thing, hurting each opponent and coming back over and over again and making this guy an ideal commander or player in your main deck. In limited its got a ability that can grind out a win late game making it a decent creature. Overall a powerful casual and especially multiplayer card that can dominate kitchen tables and may see some competitive play as some time.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord which is a two Black and two Green 2/2 Legendary zombie elf with three effects. The +1/+1 for each creature in the graveyard is okay, but not likely to be a major threat outside of self-milling and there are popular graveyard removing sidedeck cards to watch out for.  The second effect is a potential game-winner, devastatingly so in Multiplayer or Commander, and can fuel a deck theme on that alone.  The final effect is costly, both in loss of land and in needing to recast him, though it does offer some protection against removal when setting up a win condition.  Overall this may see play in some Black/Green builds in competitive formats, yet is far more likely to be seen in Casual and Multiplayer where it has the time and environment to do maximum damage.
In Limited this would be a bomb, but the very specific casting cost combined with the sacrifice of lands effect forces the deck to avoid splashing and can hinder the tempo in anything other than an ideal to excessive land position.  The sacrifice effect is a solid finisher or response to a creature being targeted with removal or lockdown, though is likely to be situational as viable targets may not be available.
Outside of those scenarios the other creature should be better as an attacker or blocker that can be utilized in multiple rounds.  The +1/+1 effect is not supported well with Golgari featuring the Scavenge mechanic and Jarad has no evasion or Trample if he did reach a larger size.  Even with these flaws it is a viable first pick in Booster that can be supported, just stick with two colors or he's very inefficient. 

In Sealed the requirements keep him to Golgari only decks, but the variety of effects should secure a spot as he will often be 4/4 or larger and can use the second effect during stalemates where you have a slight creature advantage.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 5.0


       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. We are closing out our week by looking at the Guild Leader for the Golgari, Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord. Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord is a mythic rare legendary creature zombie elf that costs two black and two green mana and is a 2/2. Jarad gets +1/+1 for each creature in your graveyard. Jarad has an ability of pay one generic, one black, and one green mana, sacrifice another creature: Each opponent loses life equal to the sacrificed creatures power. Jarad also has another ability that says sacrifice a Swamp and a Forest: Return Jarad from your graveyard to your hand.

      Each of the Guild leaders are powerful in their own ways. Jarad is a straight up powerhouse who combos with cards from his own Guild so ridiculously. The more things die, the stronger Jarad becomes. And then when the time is right, you Scavenge them onto a single creature, and use Jarad to land a critical blow against all of your opponents.

     There is just so much great about Jarad that I could fill an entire column. Any creature that should it be in your graveyard can easily come back out, that gets bigger based on other things in your graveyard, AND can end a game against multiple opponents while losing only one yourself is just amazing!


Limited: 5/5

Constructed: 5/5

Casual: 5/5

Multiplayer: 5/5

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