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Wirewood Herald 

Reviewed December 29, 2004

Constructed: 2.10
Casual: 2.60
Limited: 2.30

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Wednesday - Wirewood Herald
Finally, an elf. You are paying one extra mana for this guy's ability, but it is worth it. Get whatever elf you need and put him in your hand.
Want to make a bunch of squirrels? Go get a Deranged Hermit.
Pyroclasm wipe out your elven army? Turn them into bears with Caller of the Claw.
Need to make all your elves go back into your library for reuse? Elvish Soultiller can do that.
Need LOTS (and I do mean lots) of mana? Go get Priest of Titania.
Not many elves on board, but you still want lots of mana? Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary is your friend.
Want a bunch of big creatures? Voice of the Woods can help you do that.
Unfortunately, this guy's not good enough for Extended right now. But he'll do you just fine in casual. His power in limited is limited by whether or not you have a Wellwisher or Timberwatch Elf.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Wirewood Herald

You know, I used to have a subscription to the Wirewood Herald, but I had to discontinue it when they quit carrying Doonesbury. But seriously, folks, the Herald was particularly useful in Onslaught limited play, where it could put lots of different very good Elf cards into your hand from your library, many of which were commons and often a part of your deck. Basically, Wirewood Herald was as good or better than a free card for the cost of 1G AND the net effect of having a 1/1 Elf on your side of the board.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.0 (only good in the Elf deck)

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
 Wirewood Herald

While I've seen him played before, I've never been a big fan of this guy except in casual elf type decks. While he is a form of tutoring and deck thinning, his ability is too narrow to really be worth playing. In limited he's far too narrow be useful. It's a cute idea, just not good enough.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1
Limited: 1


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

Wednesday - Wirewood Herald

Players without as much competitive experience are quick to add this to their elf decks. But the truth is, this guy is almost more useful in a deck with only eight or so elves and it usually part of a combo. When you can willingly sacrifice him for a big benefit and go get more cards it's great. It's especially good when you can go get a Caller of the Claw and help your creature situation.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 2
Wirewood Herald --

When you first look at Wirewood Herald, he doesn't look like much. He's a bit small for his cost, he only searches when he dies, and other than that, he's nothing special. However, sometimes it is just the threat of being able to hunt down a Timberwatch Elf, a Caller of the Claw, or a Wirewood Hivemaster is enough to push this card over the top as one of the better elves in the game. Don't get me wrong, there are a number of better elves, but this guy can put the fear into your opponent. I think his greatest benefit is the ability to sit and wait for a Wrath of God, and if one hits, going to get Caller of the Claw to rebound. Taken on his own, Wirewood Herald is pretty average, but in a good deck, he can be stellar.

In limited, the Herald isn't as good due to lack of elves to search for. If you have drafted up a couple of decent elves, you should consider playing Herald just for his tutoring ability, but otherwise, ignore him.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.0

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