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Rift Elemental
Future Sight

Reviewed May 02, 2007

Constructed: 1.67
Casual: 2.58
Limited: 2.25

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Rift Elemental - Wednesday
This is the time it sucks to be a reviewer.  It's hard to rate a card like this without trying it out and seeing its abilities in action.  I do think it could be useful alongside cards like Pardic Dragon.  In limited, it's likely to have other uses.  I'm not sure what type of impact it will have on constructed formats.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5


Rift Elemental
Given how important time rifts are to the storyline, and how huge the things that get suspended through them are (Deep-Sea Kraken and Shivan Meteor for starters), I'd expect the creature embodiment of a time rift to be... not a 1/1.  But there's a reason that this thing is small, and its ability costs 1R and a time counter.  Removing time counters as a cost instead of an effect is a huge ability.  You can block a creature with this and then remove counters from a Curse of the Cabal or whatever to make it resolve during combat.  If you didn't have to pay 1R per time counter, you could pull a bunch of spells out of suspense, play an enormous Storm spell, and have an x/1 to attack with as well!  That's why this card had to be hosed.  And hosed it was.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 1.2
David Fanany Rift Elemental

This is a very interesting creature and an interesting use of the Suspend mechanic, but it's not quite aggressive enough for constructed play. It depends on your having lots of cards with suspend and / or creatures with time counters, many of which are less than impressive in constructed. In casual or limited play, where suspend creatures are often solid or even good, Rift Elemental can be more impressive. It won't ever survive long with one toughness, but it will probably trade with a creature more expensive than itself and accelerate out your Corpulent Corpses and Viscerid Deepwalkers.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
The Missing Linc Rift Elemental

Flavorific! While limited to be played in only certain decks, the fun factor of this card is super. I really like that the ability does not have to be played as a sorcery or during your upkeep. In this way, you can keep some pretty big ground pounders out of your face or at least make a fair trade with them. However, red does not often leave mana open and often hopes to win quickly. I am not sure if this will work but I like its idea.

Constructed: 2 (good, but only in a few decks)
Casual: 3
Limited: 3/4 (cause there is lots of suspend counters in limited)
Rift Elemental:

This doesn't make suspend viable in constructed, and hinges upon suspend, so, automatic low rating there.

Casual, sure, suspend is ok here.

Limited: It's still a 1/1 for 1 here, most of the time, which don't make much of an impact in limited.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
PsychoAnime Review by PsychoAnime

Rift Elemental can do some funny things with Suspend that just might defeat
the opponent.

Turn 1: Suspend Mind Stab
Turn 2: Play Rift Elemental
Turn 3: Rift Elemental attacks and pumps, discard 3 cards

Of course, I'm not saying Mindstab is a good card but funny things like that
happens. Yet, my spidey senses continues to warn my to stay away from running
a lot of suspend cards.

In casual, losing dosen't matter as much so go ahead to start pulling crazy
combos with this card.

In limited, I don't think this card does enough to be picked although it does
go well with some of those "activate then suspend-itself" cards.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 1.5/5

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