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Karlov of the Ghost Council
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Karlov of the Ghost Council
- Commander 2015

Reviewed June 23, 2017

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.13
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

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Karlov of the Ghost Council
 
You may remember from one or both Ravnica blocks that Teysa's surname is actually Karlov. I'm not sure if this guy was her father, grandfather, or a more distant relative. I suspect that doesn't really affect his applications in Commander, though.
 
Actually, I feel like he is worth considering in a lot of different settings. His mana cost being cheap definitely helps him in Commander, as he's also likely to go to the graveyard more frequently and the "tax" doesn't hurt him as badly, but that also helps him for 60-card formats where people often look for speed. He has a growth rate that actually exceeds Ajani's Pridemate in the Soul Sisters style of deck, although his exile ability does take a long time. I'm not sure I'd pick him over the Pridemate every time, but he is certainly often a good call even compared to the original Ghost Council from Guildpact - between all the Soul Sisters cards and things like Sorin Markov's +2, he can actually take over a game pretty fast.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Karlov of the Ghost Council (4/23)
 
Karlov is pretty good, all things considered. He's cheap and quick to hit play, and his effect is powerful. Black/white is very good at bleeding effects and incremental life gain, and getting six +1/+1 counters (only three separate instances of life gain!) lets you exile a creature for two mana. He's powerful in a shell built to take advantage of Orzhov's various taxing effects, and he can definitely make your opponents have a hard time keeping anything on board.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander: 4.5

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