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Thousand-Year Elixir

Reviewed December 30, 2008

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 1.75

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Thousand-Year Elixir

The problem with this card is that it needs a deck built around it, and that deck just hasn't been built yet. I've seen plenty of decks in my garage use it, but mainly for casual play. In more competitive formats, this comes down on turn three-- the same turn as most creatures with tap abilities. Do you play the elixir turn three and Prodigal Pyromancer turn four for a haste-ping? Or just play the Pyromancer turn three so you can ping turn four? Granted, the first play sounds like it has more surprise value, but doesn't a turn three Elixir sort of broadcast what's coming?

Constructed- 2
Casual- 4
Limited- 1.5


Tuesday - Thousand-Year Elixir

I'm waiting for a deck using some sort of combo with creature abilities to pop up that uses this. Such a deck will probably only show up in Standard, however, unless it really needs that untap ability, because in casual, you just play Concordant Crossroads or Mass Hysteria instead. It's already been out for a year and hasn't seen any play yet, and I can't see that changing. Maybe someone will find a way to break it.

In limited, I guess you could use this for the untap ability if you feel you need it, but it's not that great.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Thousand-Year Elixir

This card seems narrow at first glance, since activated abilities that don't use the tap symbol can be used the turn you play a creature anyway. But there are plenty of abilities that *do* use the tap symbol, everything from Birds of Paradise to Magus of the Bazaar to Avatar of Woe, which are even better if you don't have to wait for them and/or are reusable. There are lots of fun decks to be made with this card, and the best part is there will only be more in the future - one of the few things you can count on these days is that there will be creatures with activated abilities.

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


* Game Store Owner
Thousand -"Year" Elixir

I think we all wanting this card to be good. We all looked at it and thought, hrm...there has to b something we can do with this.

As it turns out, there were a few random bad combos some geniuses came up with, but that's as far as it got. Quite the bummer.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5

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