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Tel-Jilad Fallen
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Tel-Jilad Fallen
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed November 1, 2010

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.90
Multiplayer: 2.67

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Tel-Jilad Fallen

Newer players may not realize this, but Tel-Jilad Fallen is actually a throwback to a creature from original Mirrodin; Tel-Jilad Outrider. Looking at the two of them together, it's clear that the main difference between them is that the Fallen has infect and the Outrider doesn't. Presumably the Fallen IS the Outrider, after contracting the Phyrexian contamination. A 3/1 with protection from artifacts is a decent creature-- it can swing through artifact blockers and block and kill most artifacts. Indeed, infect makes the Fallen stronger in combat, as it can even block a Darksteel Colossus and shrink it with -1/-1 counters, eventually killing it (though you'll take an awful lot of trample damage in the process). The only real downside is that the Fallen doesn't deal normal damage, so you only really want it in a deck built around poison, unless you plan to use it like a green Oona's Gatewarden.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2.75
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Tel-Jilad Fallen
The first Mirrodin block had three cards representing defenders of Tel-Jilad who were so well-versed in the art of fighting artificial creatures that they took no damage from them. Despite the additional mana in its cost over Tel-Jilad Outrider, this creature may well be the next step in that cycle, an upgrade that fits into infect decks and cruises past all manner of defenders to deal damage that can never be undone. Green has an awful lot of options for Standard, but I hope this creature gets some consideration - in a world of Argentum Armor and Platinum Angels, it stands very tall indeed.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5 

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Tel-Jilad Fallen is a four mana 3/1 with Infect and Protection from Artifacts which makes it fairly unique, but also quite narrow in usage.  Being quite vulnerable to damage and with many other Infect options to choose from in most formats this card is at best a sidedeck option against an artifact heavy design.  Otherwise it is a bit too expensive and frail to really to really make an impact when Cystbearer can come into play earlier and survive in many scenarios the elf can't.
In Limited this is one of the cards that is made by the set as unlike a Constructed format it is quite a bit more powerful here.  With less removal overall, a large number of the cards being artifacts, and Infect readily supported it is a strong common worth drafting early on in Booster.  The double Green in the cost is a bit of a drawback, but some color fixing exists and the Protection and Infect are both worth having.  In Sealed if your pool can work with Green/Black or Green/Blue this is even better and should be included without hesitation.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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