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We are coming closer and closer to the end of the GP reviews. Here is the next to last one: WHITE.

Absolver Thrull
Absolver Thrull
Absolver ThrullSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Thrull Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haunt (When this card is put into a graveyard from play, remove it from the game haunting target creature.) When Absolver Thrull comes into play or the creature it haunts is put into a graveyard, destroy target enchantment.

Limited: B-
Overall: C
With the power of Auras in this set, this could well become a MVP of any deck it’s in. Plus its commonality makes it like to be frequently seen. I doubt if either casual or tourney constructed decks will ever think of playing this, but it has its uses.

Belfry Spirit
Belfry Spirit
Belfry SpiritSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Haunt (When this card is put into a graveyard from play, remove it from the game haunting target creature.) When Belfry Spirit comes into play or the creature it haunts is put into a graveyard, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play.

Limited: B-
Overall: C+
It looks weak, but the ability to generate plenty of Bat tokens could easily win a stalemated game. Add to this perhaps Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
or white’s Leyline, and you have a top deck, perhaps even in Standard?

Benediction of Moons
Benediction of Moons
Benediction of MoonsSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Text:
You gain 1 life for each player. Haunt (When this spell card is put into a graveyard after resolving, remove it from the game haunting target creature.) When the creature Benediction of Moons haunts is put into a graveyard, you gain 1 life for each player.

Limited: C-
Overall: C+
This is a deck meant for multiplayer, so I would advise against using this in 1 on 1 games, where you can find better and more reliable lifegain.

Droning Bureaucrats
Droning Bureaucrats
Droning BureaucratsSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
X, T: Each creature with converted mana cost X can’t attack or block this turn.

Limited: C+
Overall: C
Bureaucrat was already a creature type, so I am disappointed that it is an Advisor instead. Granted there have been only three previous Bureaucrats (Aysen Bureaucrats
Aysen Bureaucrats
Aysen BureaucratsSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bureaucrats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Tap target creature with power 2 or less.
, Frazzled Editor
Frazzled Editor
Frazzled EditorSet: Unhinged
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Bureaucrat
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from wordy (Something is wordy if it has four or more lines of text in its text box.)
, and of course Mistform Ultimus
Mistform Ultimus
Mistform UltimusSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Mistform Ultimus is every creature type (even if this card isn’t in play).
Mistform Ultimus may attack as though it weren’t a Wall.
), but still. Either event, it is probably too slow for weenies and too costly for fatties, but makes for a fair desperation critter.

Ghost Warden
Ghost Warden
Ghost WardenSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Limited: C+
Overall: C
An Angelic Page
Angelic Page
Angelic PageSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Target attacking or blocking creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
variant? More like an improved Kjeldoran Guard
Kjeldoran Guard
Kjeldoran GuardSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. If that creature leaves play this turn, bury Kjeldoran Guard. Use this ability only when attack or defense is announced and only if defending player controls no snow-covered lands.
. I’d rather have the Page, but it does help the combat math, frustrating your opponent.

Ghostway
Ghostway
GhostwaySet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Text:
Remove each creature you control from the game. Return those creatures to play under their owners’ control at end of turn.

Limited: C+
Overall: B-
Zvi had a great article a couple of weeks ago, and it’s hard to improve on what he said. In Limited, it is an interesting trick, but its real use is triggering CIP effects in casual decks.

Graven Dominator
Graven Dominator
Graven DominatorSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyle
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Haunt (When this card is put into a graveyard from play, remove it from the game haunting target creature.) When Graven Dominator comes into play or the creature it haunts is put into a graveyard, each other creature becomes 1/1 until end of turn.

Limited: B
Overall: B-
A 4/4 flyer for 6cc gets played in Limited, no matter what. I am personally not big on the idea of making my own critters 1/1s, even if my opponent’s are also 1/1. Then again, with Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
you’d have a fun combo in Casual…and maybe even in Extended?

Guardian's Magemark
Limited: C
Overall: C-
Being castable as an instant isn’t a big deal if it only means +1/+1, although it is nice if you have other magemarks already in play. The worth of this card depends on multiples, which is doubtful except in a straight Guildpact draft.

Harrier Griffin
Harrier Griffin
Harrier GriffinSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, tap target creature.

Limited: C
Overall: D+
It gets rid of a potential blocker, but do you really want to pay 6 for a 3/3 flyer? I guess it’s better than nothing, but still…

Leyline of the Meek
Leyline of the Meek
Leyline of the MeekSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Text:
If Leyline of the Meek is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it in play. Creature tokens get +1/+1.

Limited: C-
Overall: B
If you had serious Selesnya pickings in your Ravnica picks, or you somehow got two Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
s, then you can use this in Limited. Otherwise, this will probably stay in your sideboard if you get it, where you can trade it to a Johnny who likes white token decks.

Lionheart Maverick
Lionheart Maverick
Lionheart MaverickSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Vigilance 4W: Lionheart Maverick gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

Limited: C
Overall: D+
What a ridiculous activation cost. And unless you seriously Aura it, who cares if it has vigilance. Casual decks that want a single W vigilance critter will be better off with Mystic Penitent
Mystic Penitent
Mystic PenitentSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Mystic Penitent to tap. Threshold - Mystic Penitent gets +1/+1 and has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
.

Martyred Rusalka
Martyred Rusalka
Martyred RusalkaSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature can’t attack this turn.

Limited: C
Overall: C-
Eventually, you’ll run out of creatures unless you play with token critters. Either way, it is a stall tactic where you’d be better off with true creature kill. Not a strong Rusalka.

Order of the Stars
Order of the Stars
Order of the StarsSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
13
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) As Order of the Stars comes into play, choose a color. Order of the Stars has protection from the chosen color.

Limited: C
Overall: B-
With most Ravnica Limited decks being 3 colors, the usefulness of this card is doubtful in Limited. In Constructed it hoses single-color decks more so than STE, and will probably find a home in Azorius decks for some time.

Shadow Lance
Shadow Lance
Shadow LanceSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has first strike. 1B: Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Limited: B
Overall: C+
In Alpha there was an Aura called Lance
Lance
LanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains first strike.
which cost a single W and simply gave first strike. This is an improved version, where you have an optional pump ability added on. This is perhaps the strongest Aura ever printed for white, but it’s still not even near Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
’s level.

Shrieking Grotesque
Shrieking Grotesque
Shrieking GrotesqueSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyle
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Shrieking Grotesque comes into play, if B was spent to play Shrieking Grotesque, target player discards a card.

Limited: B
Overall: C+
In Limited you’d play a 2/1 flyer for 3cc anyways, and if you play Orzhov, you will definitely love annoying your opponent with the discard. If there is a dedicated Orzhov tourney deck, this is likely to be there.

Sinstriker’s Will
Limited: C
Overall: C-
I don’t know what I think of this card, for it to be a deterrent, it has to be on a fatty that you’d rather have attacking. In casual it would be fun to put it on a nice size Vigilant critter like Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.
or Akroma.

Skyrider Trainee
Skyrider Trainee
Skyrider TraineeSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Skyrider Trainee is enchanted, it has flying.

Limited: C
Overall: D-
White should automatically get flying on a 3/3. Heck, Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.
doesn’t get played that much anymore. It will be decent filler if you have magemarks, but otherwise you might as well ignore it.

Spelltithe Enforcer
Spelltithe Enforcer
Spelltithe EnforcerSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, that player sacrifices a permanent unless he or she pays 1.

Limited: B-
Overall: C
This will annoy your opponent if you get it early, but being rare you probably will only have one, making it a bit risky to use. Still, it’s not a bad critter.

Storm Herd
Storm Herd
Storm HerdSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Text:
Put X 1/1 white Pegasus creature tokens with flying into play, where X is your life total.

Limited: D+
Overall: B-
If you have 10 mana in Limited, you have been playing in a stalemate. You’re life has been whittled down so much that you won’t get too many Pegasi. You should have put something cheaper in your deck instead. This card was meant for casual, where Johnnies will drool. Then again, don’t most Johnnies drool? [Editor’s note: I thought they twitched.]

To Arms!
To Arms!
To Arms!Set: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Text:
Untap all creatures you control. Draw a card.

Limited: C+
Overall: C+
Do you want to alpha strike, but are afraid it might be too risky? This will cut down the risk, plus it only cost 2, making it a nice Vitalize
Vitalize
VitalizeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Untap all creatures you control.
that I just might put in my poison deck. The cheap cost makes it an effective cycler if needed.

Withstand
Withstand
WithstandSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Text:
Prevent the next 3 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn. Draw a card.

Limited: C+
Overall: C-
A cantrip Healing Salve
Healing Salve
Healing SalveSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Gain 3 life, or prevent up to 3 damage from being dealt to a single target.
, which I am sure had something similar in Ice Age. It can save a valuable critter in Limited, plus replace itself, so it’s decent filler.

We’re coming to the end of the Guildpact Reviews. Next Week: Black.


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