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Diregraf Colossus
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Diregraf Zombie thing
- Shadows over Innistrad

Reviewed April 22, 2016

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Diregraf Colossus
This card's art and concept is a reference to many different things where an entire swamp or other region of land stood up and started coming after people. But personally, I think of shambling mounds from Dungeons and Dragons, and specifically the Forgotten Realms conflict between Thay and Aglarond, where the Red Wizards animated large numbers of shambling mounds and people who drowned in the swamp and sent them walking in the general direction of Aglarond. That ended about as well as you might expect.
Diregraf Colossus, for its part, takes black's theme of parasitism in an intriguing direction. It's clearly at its best when all or almost all the spells in your deck are zombies, but that means you will have fewer of black's other signature effects. There are few creature decks that aren't helped by things like Sign in Blood or Ultimate Price. I suspect, though, that that way of looking at it may actually be too dichotomous: even in a deck with a more "normal" ratio of creatures to non-creatures, the Colossus will often enter as a 4/4 or higher, and even one extra zombie token can give you the edge in a battle of attrition.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5


Diregraf Zombie thing

This begs the question, would a gravecrawler reprint have been too much to ask for? Seriously, for a horror themed block, it seems like there are very few good zombies in this set. I like this one though.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3
EDH: 3.5

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