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Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
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Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
New Phyrexia

Reviewed June 5, 2011

Constructed: 4.10
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.67
Multiplayer: 4.67

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Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Her body can withstand a Titan's blow (unless it's Inferno or Grave Titan) and swing back almost as hard without leaving you sans blockers. She empowers your whole team and hobbles everybody else's creatures. But is seven mana simply too late in the game? If your opponents' creature are small enough for Elesh's ability to kill them, he's playing aggro, and if you made it to seven mana against an aggro deck, you've already won. Her ability encourages you to run lots of smaller creatures, but then you're playing aggro and equally unlikely to make seven mana. Perhaps her place is in a mid-range token producer? I'd say Elesh Norn is best used as a finisher-- have a decent army in play already when she hits, and you ideally won't even have to get any use out of her vigilance-- her Overrun and Infest effects will have already overwhelmed your opponent.
Elesh Norn is definitely better in the casual formats-- creatures and tokens are more common, board sweepers are less common, and people get to seven mana in pretty much every game. Multiplayer is her real venue of choice-- with multiple opponents, her -2/-2 ability becomes more potent and players are even more likely to let the game run on to seven mana, not having the resources to end the game any earlier.

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
I'm reluctant to compare the Praetors to past cards, because the designers and the artists put so much effort into making them interesting and unique, and I don't want to suggest that they can't stand on their own merits - quite the opposite. Still, I will note that Crovax, Ascendant Hero was one of my favorite cards from Planar Chaos, and that Elesh Norn is not only an interesting callback and complement to him, but a potential windfall for almost any deck that plays creatures. You've got Knight of Meadowgrain? Welcome to Candyland, and enjoy gaining ridiculous numbers of life. You've got Bridge from Below? Your opponent better have Extirpate. You've got Doubling Season and Rhys the Redeemed? . . . Don't even start with that.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite which is a seven mana 4/7 with Vigilance that gives your other creatures +2/+2 and creatures your opponents control -2/-2.  By itself a 4/7 with Vigilance is a moderate threat offensively and defensively and resists multiple forms of removal with the high toughness.  The other two effects are an impressive combination for controlling the field and even a small number of creatures on your side of the battlefield should win the game in short order.  This is the kind of card that ends a game when supported properly and should be used alongside some acceleration and White or artifact creatures.  Overall this card may be underestimated because of the cost, but it can be a huge threat and might be take a few tournaments by surprise.
In Limited not playing this when opened is almost always a mistake as it weakens the position of your opponent, improves your own field, is very difficult to destroy, and can even be played in decks with multiple colors.  Easily one of the best cards in the set and should be treated as such in both Sealed and when drafting in Booster.
For Multiplayer the combination of weakening the creatures of all opponents and Vigilance makes this stand out as a top choice and a theme can certainly be made to take advantage of both aspects.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 5.0


     Welcome to another great card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we take a look at Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. Elesh Norn costs five generic and two white mana. She is a 4/7 with vigilance. She also gives other creatures you control +2/+2, and creatures your opponents control -2/-2.

     Very seldom does a card so powerful appear that can virtually alter the landscape of the battlefield as drastically as Elesh Norn. The ability to severely wipe out the field of your opponent, and drastically weaken anything that can hit the board is undeniable. Not to mention the fact she is pumping your own creatures quite significantly in exchange.

     For even more fun, run Elesh Norn with the Mirror Gallery. That way you could actually have two Elesh Norn’s out. Then even the mightiest dragons look like mere worms.

    A guaranteed impact of a card, so long as it hits the board.
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5

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