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Llanowar Mentor
Future Sight

Reviewed June 11, 2007

Constructed: 2.33
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.92

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Llanowar Mentor

It has the same stats as the famous Elf it makes copies of, but the fact that it itself doesn't tap for mana, but taps to make a token that taps for mana, means it can't give you that quick start that first-turn Elf players have enjoyed for years. It accelerates you to turn four instead of turn three. The bonus, of course, is that you can make as many Elves as you have extra cards. Trouble is, the extra cards you usually have are lands. Why discard a land to make a token that will tap for mana, when you can just play the land and tap it for mana that turn? It has its uses, of course-- an extra mana source per turn, a Madness outlet, a way to get your Dredge card in the graveyard. I'm just not seeing it as all that great overall.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.5


Monday - Llanowar Mentor

This was the first of the creature spellshapers to be spoiled and it was generally well-received, and for good reason. The ability to constantly produce tokens that can make more mana is certainly not bad. This is decent for ramping up your mana really quickly, but it requires you to pitch cards for it. Good with Madness and Life from the Loam, and other similar things, naturally. I'm not sure where this will fit in constructed, though.

In casual, this is excellent for elf decks, as it makes elves.

In limited, I'd probably take it. You can pitch excess land or excess cards to its ability if a creature is needed.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 3

David N

Monday - Llanowar Mentor

Hrmmm the ability to make llanowar elves. Honestly I don't this this guy is that great. The whole point of elves is to mana accelerate. Usually a first turn drop. This guy takes a lot of investment. 1 for him, then another 1 AND discarding a card to make an elf then you have to wait another whole turn before you can use it. Just stick to the original unless they take it out of 10th.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Llanowar Mentor

If you've played many Standard matches recently, you may have seen a few Llanowar Mentors around, probably in NarcoBridge or some other kind of deck based on the Dredge mechanic. The good thing about it is that it functions not only as a discard outlet but also creates mana elves in the process. An extra point or two of mana is always a good thing to have. Unfortunately, if you're not playing Dredge (or, er, Madness), it's just a waste of cards. The original Llanowar Elves is better in any other kind of deck.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5 (think Greater Gargadon)

Llanowar Mentor

Welcome to spellshaper week, I hope everyone had good luck at this past weekend’s Regionals for those of you that went.

Constructed: Seeing play in the back/green versions of the Bridge Dredge deck I have to say I’m not that big a fan of it. Doesn’t net you mana right away, trading cards in hand for one one mana producers that also don’t net you mana right away (and before you say that it just makes llanowar elves, I would hope most of your cards are better than the elves or you’d just run the elf over the mentor in the first place). Though it does allow you to mass produce tokens from very early in the game and for a relatively cheap cost. And with rumors of Overrun coming back in 10th it could see a huge boost to its playability in decks after Ravnica and it’s dredge mechanic are gone from standard.

Casual/Multi: I could maybe see the potential of this card in a deck using lots of cards that untap all your creatures (Seedborne Muse, Vitalize, To Arms!, etc.) to power out big mana spells, and might help you get out of a small mana rut. Also try running if you want to experiment with some reanimator decks (a benefit that all of this week’s spellshapers have so this will be the only time I mention it) or to make a G/* madness deck.

Limited: There aren’t really that many cards that give you a huge benefit to having lots of mana but there are a few, Disintegrate and Spell Burst coming to mind, but in decks where cards are at a premium I’m not sure how inclined I am to turn cards in hand into small creatures and if you have an opening hand with lots of cards that you want to discard to the mentor then maybe you should have muliganed. If you drafted a Tromp the Domains early in the draft though, by all means power out the tokens and pair it along side some thallids to make more use of the crippling sorcery. One of the other benefits I can see with this card is that there isn’t a lot of mass removal in the format (about 4 by my count: 2 rare and 2 uncommon) so there’s a good chance you won’t get nailed by that. However, not being hated out of the environment does not a good card make.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Let's say Llanowar Mentor comes out on turn 1, which is the best time
for him to come out, you can start making Llanowar Elves on turn 2,
and then that Llanowar Elves can start producing mana on turn 3.
Assuming you have played a land every turn, you would end up with 4
mana on turn 3. Did you know a Signet does the same thing except that
I don't end up with a useless 1/1 that can only produce more
Llanowar Elves.

4 Llanowar Elves and 4 Birds of Paradise is plenty...

I guess it does help Dredge due to Dredge's nature to have rather low
amounts of mana sources but that's a very limited application and a
lot of Dredge decks don't run this and are still fine.

Constructed: 2/5, Dredge!
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 1/5

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