Garruk, Caller of Beasts in M14

M14 is bringing us a new version of Garruk, and I'm not sure how much I like it. Garruk Relentless is probably my favorite of the series so far, with Garruk, Primal Hunter a close second. This Garruk has a lot going for it...

  • The card drawing is a +X ability rather than a -X ability.
  • You can use him to draw cards the turn you play him and keep him on the board.
  • It gives you the ability to cheat on casting costs for really big critters (I'm looking at you, Worldspine Wurm!).
However, it also has some notable disadvantages compared to previous versions. 
  • It's the highest cost of any Garruk printed thus far.
  • It has no immediate board impact on its own. You need either a creature in your hand or enough mana to cast a six mana planeswalker plus something you draw with the +1 ability in order to affect the board immediately.
Am I impressed? For casual play, absolutely. I'm going to make sure I have one of these, even if it's just a one-of that I use for commander. For competitive play, I'm not sure. I can see this complimenting Domri Rade because they both benefit from the same deck style (full of creatures and not much else). The second ability and the ultimate ability are more than a little reminiscent of Show and Tell, as well as Sneak Attack, and those cards have proven to be quite powerful. And it is a planeswalker... most of them see at least some play (sorry, Tibalt). We'll see how it all pans out.

As for the alternate artwork, I think that is pretty sweet. I hope I can get my hands on a one at some point, but I'm betting the price will be sky-high, and I'm not much for getting gouged for a collector's edition.
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