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Thorn Elemental 

Reviewed 10.16.02, 2002

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Judge Bill

A fine creature. A 7/7 for 7 mana, that can deal damage regadless of whether or not it is blocked. Unfortunately, these days, you can trade 1 point of power and toughness for paying 3 less mana (Roar of the Wurm). Most of the time, therefore, the game will be over by the time you can cast this. If it isn't, I'd predict one of three things: (1) a counterspell, (2) a bounce spell, or (3) Wrath of God.
In limited, however, this is a very beefy creature that will help break through a stalled game.
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 3.5



Thorn Elemental is a good green fattie. To me the difference between a good green fattie and an average one is the extra abilities it has. For example, a 5/5 with no abilities is usually just an expensive creature that gets blocked by any chump blocker. A good green fattie has an ability that gets the damage past the chump blocker with something like trample, color protection etc. Thorn Elemental has the ability to go right to the opponent with the damage which makes it sort of a super trampler. So it is an excellent creature. Now we can debate the viability of 7 casting cost creatures in general and determine that they are only good it decks with ways to get them out before turn 7. But once you decide you want a 7 cost creature, then this is certainly one to strongly consider.
Constructed 3
Limited 4


  Thorn Elemental:

This guy was part of the “selecting 8th edition” articles on but only as an art choice.

Some people may remember me saying that green creatures are only really good if they trample. While this is only meant as a rule of thumb, it hold well
for thorn elemental. This guy has super trample and this combined with his 7/7 stats makes for a very powerful creature. Apart from being almost impossible
to kill via damage, you put your opponent on a 3 turn clock with this huge creature.

Unfortunately, the thing that lets his guy down is his casting cost. 7 mana is actually a fair price to pay, but most decks will probably want a creature that’s a little faster. Think back to blastoderm: that creature was also fairly priced, but it came out on turn 3 (usually) and so was a much better choice. I’ll give
thorny a 3.5 in constructed: a really good creature who’s just a bit too slow for standard (of course, throw him into an extended oath deck and you’ll have a
whale of a time).

In limited, he’s huge and he wins you the game in 3 turns. ‘Nuf said. A 5.


Thorn Elemental is a fun card.  Even though it gets played more by kids and inexperienced players in tournaments, it's nothing to laugh at.

Every time there is one on the board, it demands attention.  It can also be a surprise finisher lat ein the game.  It's not likely, but it can be.

Constructed: 3.0
Limited: 3.8

Mad Hatter


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