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Earth Elemental
10th Ed.

Reviewed July 5, 2007

Constructed: 1.40
Casual: 1.50
Limited: 2.70

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Earth Elemental

A 4/5 for five mana. Yay. Well, it can block and kill 4/4's without dying, and it's just out of Char/Sudden Death range, so that's good. I guess.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 3.5

David N

Thursday - Earth Elemental

A vanilla creature for 10th. All I can say is let's hope WOTC does the full art for their vanilla cards like they did in future sight. Besides that nothing special here.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1
Limited: 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Earth Elemental

Earth Elemental is the definition of "vanilla." Literally. It really doesn't do enough to be played in serious constructed events. It doesn't even have haste. I don't know what he does for casual play either - Elemental Tribal?

Fortunately, Earth Elemental is a beast in limited. Five mana is a pretty good time to hit the table, and a 4/5 creature with no other abilities is still a significant threat by draft and sealed standards. It's hard to attack, it's hard to block, and it's a tower of strength against red removal. Play him early, play him often.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5

Earth Elemental

Constructed: Brings back fond memories of old school Magic back from my starting days just learning the game in grade school in the days of Revised. Not much to say though, it’s a 4/5 for 5 mana with no ability, no evasion and nothing grand. And since Red is the color of Dragons that usually cost like 6 mana you can pretty much be guaranteed that this isn’t going to crack the Pro Tour.

Limited: Outside of an EDH/Tribal Elemental deck I don’t really see this as making that big a splash, there are way more options that will do a better job. But on the plus side maybe you want an innocuous 4/5 that nobody really wants to waste removal on because it’s not that good.

Casual: Believe it or not, in 10th limited 4/5 in red is probably going to be your fat barring a bomb rare. Sad but probably true, considering that the core set is usually bereft of splashy effect on its common commonly seen in the Expert level sets. Obviously not a first pick but I can see grabbing it at like 7-9th to fill out the higher end of the curve.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Vanilla 4/5 for 5 mana? Next...

In limited, it's prety efficient so yeah.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 2/5

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