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Greenside Watcher
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 Greenside Watcher
- Gatecrash

Reviewed March 27, 2013

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 1.75

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Greenside Watcher

A decent attacker, but of course we're here for the ability-- to untap Gates. Since Gates come into play tapped, having one of these out negates their drawback. And since Gates are dual lands, Greenside Watcher can "tap" for any color of mana that you build your deck to produce. It also works with our last two cards, Gateway Shade and Crackling Perimeter, letting you double-dip and deal an extra 1 damage with the Perimeter or give the Shade an extra +1/+1. Which is great in a Limited situation, but this is Green we're talking about. It has better ways to produce mana, it has better ways to give creatures +1/+1, and it has better creatures to give it to. If you think you've found a situation where Greenside Watcher improves your deck, you've built a bad deck.

Constructed- 1
Casual- 1
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Greenside Watcher
This guy is a rather interesting card - I'm always intrigued by creatures who are intended to be in the "mana elf" archetype but do so by untapping lands rather than actually generating mana themselves. This particular example is a rather niche card, needing a specific type as he does, but it's also worth noting that he doesn't care why the land was tapped in the first place - meaning that you can get an extra activation each turn out of cards like yesterday's Card of the Day. That's not a huge niche, but it's an interesting one nonetheless. In limited play, Greenside Watcher isn't reliable acceleration in the early turns, but you don't feel as bad about it because he has two power for two mana. A card that's useful on both turn two and turn ten is almost the Holy Grail in some formats.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Greenside Watched which is a two mana 2/1 Green elf that can tap to untap target Gate.  While a method to increase multicolor mana production in a partially Green deck this isn't likely to be a big factor in competitive formats.  Gates are not the best dual land option available and support for them is too situational to be reliable.  A two mana 2/1 elf with possible mana acceleration would be highly playable, but not working on any land or producing mana directly will keep Greenside Watcher from most decks.
In Limited this is much better, both for being a 2/1 for two, and the potential acceleration of a needed color.  An automatic inclusion in Sealed using Green, even with few or no gates, and a decent third or fourth pick in Booster.  The value clearly increases with multiple Gates in your pool and it can trigger several of the Evolving creatures in Simic.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.0


       Welcome to Pojo.com's card of the day section! Today, we are looking at Greenside Watcher from Gatecrash. Greenside Watcher is a common green creature elf druid. Greenside Watcher costs one generic and one green for a 2/1. Greenside Watcher has the ability tap: untap target Gate. 
      While not the most amazing card in the set, it is effectively an Arbor Elf, only better. I say better because of the fact that you are able to use the ability on Gates, which produce different colored mana, and if you are using Gates, it likely means that you are running at least two colors. 
     Like I said, might not be the most explosive card in the game, but definitely a very useful card. 
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
MultiplayerL 2/5

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