Welcome back, Llanowar Elves! We've missed you.
Your buddies, the Birds of Paradise, have been
helping people play multicolored decks, but they
haven't been doing too much to further the cause
of taking opponents out. We know you're
different, though! You turn sideways -- to
attack! Yeah, yeah, we know you won't be helping
these new decks run five colors, but that's OK,
we won't fault you for that.
OK, now that I got that out of my system, I'm
not sure what I can say that the other reviewers
won't say. I'll do a quick summary. The Good:
They're 1/1 that produce green mana, all for one
mana. The Bad: Doesn't produce multiple colors.
"YAY!" screams many a mana accelleration fan!
The mid set from Ravnica Block will give us 20
months of both Birds and Elves, and the rise of
many decks that will take advantage of it, no
doubt. They're back, they're beloved, and
they'll see that many a 3 casting cost item will
hit the board turn 2.
In limited, if you're going green, Llanowar
Elves are always a solid add. In casual, they
can catapult you to the mana level you need to
carry out some mana intensive stuff, and isn't
that what green wants anyhow?
Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 4
has always made its way into every Base Set
since the beginning of Magic, and, to make a
long story short, has also always been reprinted
with Birds of Paradise, a clearly superior,
though much more expensive, alternative. Elves
took a vacation in 8th Edition, but it’ll be
taking the spot light in 9th edition for a few
months until Birds is reprinted again in Ravnica
a few months later.
For what it does, Elves is one of the best; in
effect, its player’s game will end one turn
earlier with this card. Troll Ascetic comes down
on turn 2 and is swinging turn 3. Quite simply,
this will see play, unlike a number of cards
reviewed this week.
In 8th limited, I’d take it. It’s a lowish pick,
but it’s still good.
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