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Commander Review:Dragon’s Maze – Varolz, the Scar-Striped feeds and fills the Grave

May 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

This wouldn’t be a long blogpost because someone has done a good job reviewing this legendary creature. Adam Styborski article for Daily MTG gives a better idea on how we should play Varolz.

So what should I discuss here that you might be interested in?

Since Adam’s blogpost is full of synergy and how to make full use of Varolz ability to its fullest. I think I will discuss more on Varolz’s weakness instead.

Let’s have another look at Varolz, shall we?

Legendary Creature – Troll Warrior

Each creature card in you graveyard has scavenge. The scavenge cost is equal to its mana cost.

Sacrifice another creature: Regenerate Varolz, the Scar-Striped.

2/2

Varolz, the Scar-Striped

 

Graveyard hate

It is obvious with such great interaction with the graveyard, graveyard hate will be targeting or reserved for you. It is quite fortunate that green has enchantment and artifact hates. So Varolz biggest threat will be spell or ability trigger effect. Bojuka BogCrypt Incursion and Ravenous Trap are fine examples as they can stop your momentum as you can’t prepare against them compared to Tormod’s Crypt where you know what is coming.

Ravenous Trap

“Dude, I think I just found something.”

 

Sacrificial outlet

As Adam spoke of, Varolz will require a deck full of effects when a creature leaves play. Cards like Grave pact and Skullclamp will be heavily used.

There isn’t a common ability or entity to trigger the beneficial effects, but Varolz’s regenerative ability. We can either seal the activated ability or we deal with the cards that give benefits. The easiest way is sealing Varolz’s ability. However that is extremely impractical. Damping Matrix, Humility and Cursed Totem are the few cards that can achieve that. Detaining Varolz maybe a good idea but not long term as I am sure there are many other ways to sacrifice Varolz and recast him. His casting cost is cheap, 3mana compared to Teysa the princess.

Humility

Kings, Overlords, Liches, or Dragons…. It matters not here…

 

Conclusion

Varloz, the Scar-Striped

Meet the Mushroom Man

Varolz, the Scar-Striped isn’t easy to deal with. Green and Black provide a lot of card choices for him to go extremely competitive. Green possesses powerful creatures along with mana ramp and non-creature permanent hate. Black has tutors, reanimation and creature removal. Both can draw cards, slightly inferior to Blue. They can also do most of the things of Blue except countering spells.

So my suggestion is that this is a good color, good general for fun or competitive multiplayer and 1v1.

 

Here is my verdict:

Competitiveness: Absolutely
Fun: It really depends how you play with the dead bodies in the graveyard 😉

 

To end this blogpost, I present to you a favorite video of mine from mans1ay3r. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM8krWnU0uQ

10 Champions

For the Honour of Each Belonging

 

Yours Humility

Manferd

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