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Elvish Harbinger

Reviewed October 17, 2007

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.50

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Elvish Harbinger

Not only can it let you draw Nath of the Gilt-Leaf next turn, it can also tap for the black mana required to cast him in a monogreen Elf deck! I fully expect plenty of Elf decks in the future to run four of this little lady, possibly to support a toolbox of powerful niche Elves, or just because she's that good.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 3.5


Wednesday - Elvish Harbinger

Goblin Matron for elves. I think this will see a lot of play in the elf deck, as it can fetch ANY elf card (including Tribal cards). The ability to go get what card you need right now for the situation is very powerful, especially in elf decks which have some good choices for utility. The mana-producing effect is just icing on the cake, and it lets you search a black elf without having to worry about if you have a Swamp or not.

In casual, this will see A LOT of play. Elves are very popular here.

In limited, this lets you find the elf you need right now, or can dig out a bomb creature if you have one. If you're playing elves, you play this.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 5
Limited - 3.5

David N

Wednesday - Elvish Harbinger

This creature has been getting a lot of hype ever since the pre release. It is a must play in any elf deck as it acts as a tutor. It works like a pseudo birds for late mana fixing. It really doesn't accel well because it is a 3 drop. In limited this is a bomb as it allows splashability for all colors.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Elvish Harbinger

I like the Harbingers. I like their art; I like that they find useful singleton creatures in your deck. They all find useful Shapeshifter cards, and the Elvish Harbinger finds Eyeblight's Ending, which is a very strong spell (at least in limited). The problem with the Harbinger in constructed is that it costs the same as creatures with more sheer power, like Troll Ascetic, Imperious Perfect, and Ohran Viper. If a control or combo deck appears that involves lots of elves, expect the Harbinger to feature prominently.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
The Missing Linc

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Elvish Harbinger
I'm just wondering what elf I would search for on turn three (or turn two with acceleration).  I guess possibly Priest of Titania if you got the elf jump.  However, in most elf decks, elves are there to pump out mana or sometimes (as in lorwyn) to put out the token swarm.  I just wish the elf harbinger was cheaper.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Elvish Harbringer

A 3 mana 1/2 is inefficient, but it still could be used on turn 2 after turn 1 Llanowar Elves. I don't see any particular elves that so vital to a strategy that it would want to play this except for Wren's Run Packmaster as it combos rather well with this to get a stream of the Packmaster should the first one die. It has a rather narrow application so I can't imagine it being played widely in constructed.

In casual, it's another elf and can fetch any of those other really good elves out there.

In limited, it's ok as it is a 1/3 wall with mana acceleration.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 2.5/5
Meb9000 10/17

Elvish Harbinger

Another cycle of Lorwyn cards that could prove to be very useful in the upcoming Tribal Standard is the Harbinger cycle. The one-drop Treefolk and Flamekin Harbingers are proving to be quite efficient so far, but Elvish Harbinger is not far behind. Pulling double duty as a tutor and a mana fixer for just 3 mana, this one could be a great 2-of in an Elf deck. This can curve out perfectly into Wren's Run Packmaster, or can grab Eyeblight's Ending to zap any non-elf creature. Championing out the Packmaster is especially nice with the Harbinger, since it allows one to reuse its tutoring effect. Look for this pretty little elf to be hitching up with Packmasters many a time...

Constructed: 3/5

Limited: 2.5/5

Until Next Time, meb9000

Wednesday's card is Elvish Harbringer, an elf searcher that also adds as a mana fixer if you run any color along with green in your elf deck.  Harbringer has a decent 1/2 body for 3 mana, plus it helps when you play Wren's Run Packmaster on Turn 4(thanks to the guy at magicthegathering.com for the elf idea).  Harbringer helps search out Packmaster or any elf you need and helps to play Nath of the Gilt Leaf and any of your nongreen elves and spells that might be in your deck.  It helps get out the elves needed in older combo decks faster such as Wirewood Channeler who makes Elf-Ball and the infinite mana combo with Pennim's Aura(May not of spelled it right but it's the card known as the Superman suit).  I must agree with the same article that showed me the Elvish Harbringer/Wren's Run Packmaster combo that Harbringer needs more and better targets that Wren's Run Packmaster.
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 4/5

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