Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
A fine creature. A
7/7 for 7 mana, that can deal damage regadless
of whether or not it is blocked. Unfortunately,
these days, you can trade 1 point of power and
toughness for paying 3 less mana (Roar of the
Wurm). Most of the time, therefore, the game
will be over by the time you can cast this. If
it isn't, I'd predict one of three things: (1) a
counterspell, (2) a bounce spell, or (3) Wrath
In limited, however,
this is a very beefy creature that will help
break through a stalled game.
Thorn Elemental is a
good green fattie. To me the difference between
a good green fattie and an average one is the
extra abilities it has. For example, a 5/5 with
no abilities is usually just an expensive
creature that gets blocked by any chump blocker.
A good green fattie has an ability that gets the
damage past the chump blocker with something
like trample, color protection etc. Thorn
Elemental has the ability to go right to the
opponent with the damage which makes it sort of
a super trampler. So it is an excellent
creature. Now we can debate the viability of 7
casting cost creatures in general and determine
that they are only good it decks with ways to
get them out before turn 7. But once you decide
you want a 7 cost creature, then this is
certainly one to strongly consider.
This guy was part of the “selecting 8th edition”
articles on magicthegathering.com but only as an
Some people may remember me saying that green
creatures are only really good if they trample.
While this is only meant as a rule of thumb, it
for thorn elemental. This guy has super trample
and this combined with his 7/7 stats makes for a
very powerful creature. Apart from being almost
to kill via damage, you put your opponent on a 3
turn clock with this huge creature.
Unfortunately, the thing that lets his guy down is
his casting cost. 7 mana is actually a fair price
to pay, but most decks will probably want a
creature that’s a little faster. Think back to
blastoderm: that creature was also fairly priced,
but it came out on turn 3 (usually) and so was a
much better choice. I’ll give
thorny a 3.5 in constructed: a really good
creature who’s just a bit too slow for standard
(of course, throw him into an extended oath deck
and you’ll have a
whale of a time).
In limited, he’s huge and he wins you the game in
3 turns. ‘Nuf said. A 5.
Thorn Elemental is a fun card. Even though it
gets played more by kids and inexperienced players
in tournaments, it's nothing to laugh at.
Every time there is one on the board, it demands
attention. It can also be a surprise finisher lat
ein the game. It's not likely, but it can be.