We know that Crimson Vow is meant to be all about Vampires, and you should obviously check out the preview gallery if you haven’t already, because there are some great ones here. However, we’re pretty sure everyone agrees that all tribes are completely irrelevant in the face of a good amphibian.
It’s impossible not to be on board with a good Frog, you know? We’re green with envy for how good they are. We’d be hopping mad if it weren’t for the fact that we’ve Crimson Vow is bringing with it an amazing new legendary Frog. Thankfully, Grolnok has it licked, and we’re over the moon.
All hail GrolnokGrolnok, the Omnivore is a four-mana green and blue 3/3 Frog. That’s probably enough, but there’s so much more. It reads, “Whenever a Frog you control attacks, mill three cards. Whenever a permanent card is put into your graveyard from your library, exile it with a croak counter on it. You may play lands and cast spells from among cards you own in exile with croak counters on them.”
In essence, here is a card that’ll reward you for playing Frog tribal. It’s also one that rewards self mill, and it allows you to cast things that you mill as long as Grolnox is in play. It’s a lot of value, especially as Simic often wants to be flirting with self mill anyway.
Also, and we’re not sure we’ve made this clear enough yet, Grolnok is a giant Frog. The only bad thing about them is that they’re not Sultai, because not being able to also put in The Gitrog Monster kind of sucks.
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There aren’t that many Frogs in MTG in just blue and green, but there are some very powerful ones. Probably the most obvious one is the Froghemoth. This five-mana green 4/4 with trample and haste reads, “Whenever Froghemoth deals combat damage to a player, exile up to that many target cards from their graveyard. Put a +1/+1 counter on Froghemoth for each creature card exiled this way. You gain 1 life for each noncreature card exiled this way.” That’s all good stuff.
Of course, the real hero is probably Spore Frog, which allows you to sacrifice it in order to prevent all combat damage that would be dealt in that turn. It’s a staple of Meren of Clan Nel Toth, but it’s also just good in general, and kind of cute.
All you need then is to throw in every other Frog you can find, all the Changelings, or maybe just Maskwood Nexus, and you’re going to be living in a froggy paradise. That’s gotta be better than being surrounded by Vampires or Werewolves, all of whom no doubt want to eat you. At least if Grolnok munches on you you’ll help to make a Frog even stronger.
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