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Air Elemental
Ninth Edition


Reviewed November 14, 2005

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.65
Limited: 3.65

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DeQuan
Watson

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Air Elemental

I remember not that long ago when this card was actually finding its way into tournament decks. The card isn't super, but it's just good enough. Truth be told, 4/4 isn't a bad size at all. And on top of all that, it flies. It has to though, it's an Air Elemental. It wouldn't make much sense otherwise. This card is a good start to our week.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4
 

Paul Hagan

Air Elemental

I have absolutely no clue what to say about this card. It really is the height of mediocre. You are getting a 4/4 with evasion for five mana, so I guess it can't be too bad, but because it lacks any other ability, it really doesn't come off as anything special. If anything, I suppose this card should be the standard by which other big blue fliers are judged. If Air Elemental is a better option that Card X, then Card X is just plain bad.

For limited purposes, Air Elemental will usually make the cut, since you are typically forced to play with sub-par creatures. A large creature with some sort of evasion for a relatively small amount of mana is nothing to ignore.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 2.5
 


Christine
Gerhardt

Air Elemental

A staple for many years back in the core sets, Air Elemental is an okay dude. While not something you'll see in tournament constructed play, he's a decent costed Blue flyer for the Advanced player (see Core Set boosters for the meaning of that). An excellent pick for Blue in limited play.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 4
 

Jordan Kronick

Air Elemental

It's so nice when there's an old card from Alpha that still kicks it up and remains playable. This card is the standard by which all big flying blue creatures are judged. Blue doesn't get big creatures as a general rule, so when there's a 4/4 with an evasion ability, no drawback and a reasonable cost - well, that's something special. Air Elemental has been a top pick in draft in every format it's been in. It's a finisher. It's a blocker.
It's everything you need when you're playing a slowish blue deck. If there's one complaint I have about it, it's that it's dull. I would probably never throw it into any constructed decks (barring an Elemental tribal deck) just because it doesn't do anything special. But if it's pure effective beatdown you're looking for, this is as good as blue uncommons get.

Constructed Rating - 1.5
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 4.0
 

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