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Elderscale Wurm
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Elderscale Wurm
- M2013

Reviewed September 11, 2012

Constructed: 3.87
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.33
Multiplayer: 3.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Elderscale Wurm
I'd like them to decide once and for all whether a wurm is a giant earthworm like the token from M13 that's intended to go with Garruk, Primal Hunter, or a wingless dragon like Elderscale Wurm. This creature's large, table-affecting ability goes with its draconic heritage, and it's about as difficult or easy to keep in play than Worship (which I guess is what it's supposed to be a reference to). It's unfortunate that it doesn't protect you from effects that cause you to lose life, but the effect is still interesting to build around.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Elderscale Wurm which is a seven mana 7/7 Green with Trample that sets your life to seven if below that when it enters play and if you have seven or more life it has damage that would reduce you below seven life to instead reduce you to seven life.  This is an impressive card as it is both an offensive and defensive threat that really only suffers against mass removal and non-damage or loss of life themes.  Combined with any kind of protection it is a viable lockdown or game-ender against many opponents.  Overall it has potential and will probably see some play, but with multiple methods of circumventing the effect it isn't likely to make a major impact on any format.
In Limited this is a card that will have the controller win almost every game in which it hits the battlefield.  The lack of removal and non-damage methods of winning games should make losing extremely difficult and being attached to a 7/7 with Trample will often make winning relatively easy.  The mana cost is reasonable woth only three colored out of seven, particularly as Green promotes acceleration and fixing, and is easily a first pick in Booster or foundation for a deck in Sealed.  This is a card that is somewhat supported by lifegain as some effects may reduce you below seven and a little insurance against that, at least in the sidedeck, isn't a bad idea.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. To start off our week we are looking at Elderscale Wurm from M13. Elderscale Wurm is a mythic rare green creature wurm that costs four generic and three green mana and is a 7/7. Elderscale Wurm has trample and says that when it enters the battlefield if you life total is less than seven, it becomes seven. And then, any damage that would reduce your life total to less than seven reduces it to seven instead.

       Such an amazing card that I cannot believe people haven’t been going stir crazy over it. Sure, seven mana may seem like a lot, but it’s in green! If you can’t accelerate some mana in green, we have issues. And sure, you run the risk of it being countered, but you should be sideboarding in Autumn’s Veils for these kinds of creatures any ways. That eliminates the threat of this cards two main weaknesses. Counter spells, and removal either by kill spell or bounce. And getting to eight mana to ensure it should be no harder than hard casting it at seven.

      This card is crazy good because of the fact that once out, your opponents will have to handle it before they can handle you! And should they be running black or blue, those Autumn’s Veils are a life saver! Red decks will have to stock up on their burn. This means that white has the best shot of simply Oblivion Ringing it. But, again, there are cards that grant hexproof, and those should go on this immediately!

       Once you’ve secured how to keep the wurm, and there are many ways to do so, the game will be yours!
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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