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Glistener Elf
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Glistener Elf
New Phyrexia

Reviewed June 14, 2011

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.10
Limited: 3.88
Multiplayer: 3.00

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Glistener Elf

Today's card holds the distinction of being the only one-mana creature with infect. Even Vector Asp has to pay B to get infect, so if you're playing infect and you want speed, you need green and you need Glistener Elf. The synergy infect has with pump spells pretty much already guaranteed that the best aggro-infect builds were based in green-- Glistener Elf just cements the deal.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Glistener Elf
Recently, I was rather amused to hear someone describe River Boa as "only a ten-turn clock." That's exactly what Glistener Elf is, and it's already been adopted by green infect decks. It's worth noting the difference, though, which is that only costing one mana lets you hit your opponent before they're ready to defend themselves - ten turns from the first turn is a shorter time than ten turns from the second turn. I used to have a deck that used Might of Old Krosa to try and attack with a ten-power creature on my second turn, but Glistener Elf makes that deck look like the proverbial tortoise.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Glistener Elf which is a one mana 1/1 Green elf with Infect making it a very early threat in any format.  Green can quickly power up the 1/1 with Giant Growth style effects to place a large number of poison counters on an opponent and allow you to start the game with a big advantage.  This makes Infect decks a faster and a much more likely opponent to see in the tournament scene.  Overall a one mana card that can lead into a turn two seven or eight poison counters, depending on the colors of the deck, is impressive enough to merit slots in any Infect deck that can run it.
For Limited this is a common that can be drafted before rares if the rare is weak enough and in multiples makes for very impressive early game potential.  Support when building the Sealed deck or drafting in Booster should include anything that increases power such as instants and equipments and of course other cards  with Infect and Proliferate. 

Definitely worth drafting in the slots where larger creatures might be chosen and one mana 1/1 creatures are almost always good in the format, let alone one with Infect.  Playing Infect on the first turn can create a much larger advantage than a normal 1/1 as in the format it often takes several turns to even play a defending creature.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


     Welcome to another card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are takinga look at Glistener Elf from New Phyrexia. Glistener Elf is a one green mana drop for a 1/1 creature with infect.

     Elf decks have been around, and they show no sign of going away. The problem is they continue to gain more and more powerful creatures and spells that make them what they are, powerful. This guy is no exception. For one mana you will be able to get in some early infect damage to your opponent, or at least you should. Then, once thinsg progress late game, you could easily drop a Joraga Warcaller and/or Ezuri, Renegade Leader to pump this guy into a real threat. And the trample granted by Ezuri could easily seal the game for you.

    A very decent card whether it is in an elf deck, or even just an infect deck.
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5

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