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Brine Elemental
Time Spiral

Reviewed January 9, 2008

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 2.90

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Brine Elemental

This is actually a pretty clunky card for how often it's used. Seven mana to tap everyone's creatures and swing for 5 is pretty anemic, but Vesuvan Shapeshifter means you can do it every turn for a lockdown. That deck makes it good, but outside of that deck I don't think I'd ever recommend it for a tournament deck.

In casual, it has two things going for it-- it has Morph, so you can bluff a different creature, and it says "each opponent" for multiplayer games.

Constructed- 1.5 (outside of the famous combo)
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2


Wednesday - Brine Elemental

An entire deck exists that is built around this guy in a combo with Vesuvan Shapeshifter, and the deck is still fairly popular right now in Standard. On his own, Brine Elemental is relatively unspectacular, as blue can get much better than a 5/4 with no evasion for six mana, or seven mana if you throw in a quasi-Time Walk. With Vesuvan Shapeshifter, however, you can lock your opponent out of the game (just keep copying Brine Elemental every turn). Outside of the combo, there's not a lot of other uses for this guy.

In limited, a solid pick. The body is still pretty eh, but the Morph trigger will win you many limited games.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 4
Limited - 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Brine Elemental

Brine Elemental's main use is to make a Stasis-style prison lock with Vesuvan Shapeshifter. It's also very good at attacking for the win once your opponent is imprisoned. If you are already playing or can play the Shapeshifter, it's almost always worth thinking about trying to fit Brine Elemental in the deck too; if you don't, there's not a whole lot more that the Elemental adds.

In limited, it's mainly useful as a 5/4 creature, and you might lock your opponent down with it once or so, making him unable to attack you or play a scary creature. I find it okay, not stellar.

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

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Brine Elemental

In the lock this card is great. Who, by now, has not felt the burden of the Shapeshifter/Elemental lock. Outside of this lock, the card is only so, so.

Constructed: 3 (because the deck it goes in rocks)
Limited: 2
Casual: 2

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Brine Elemental

For constructed, On it's own, Brine Elemental is bad. It just costs too much for it's effect, considering how Mistbind Clique can kind of get the same effect for a much lower cost. Luckily, it is friends with Vesuvan Shapeshifter, but other than that, it's not really playable. Good in Pickles, bad everywhere else.

For casual, saying "no" to untap steps gives a pretty good feeling inside. Morphs are always great for messing with people. If that wasn't enough, it makes brine and element. Now how does that work?

Limited, it has a decent size and can also be played early. The untap phase skipping can also come in handy.

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

Wednesay's card is Brine Elemental, the card that created the Pickles deck. 

Briny is a big Morph creature that when turned face up forces your opponents to skip their untap step.  Coupled with spells that tap out your opponent(Gigadrowse for instance), Pickles basically got a free shot at the opponent and could win the game in just one fell swoop.  Any card that has a tournament-winning deck built around it is worth a look.

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