This kills a lot of creatures Green can't
normally. For a mere two mana, you get a
creature that can attack for two and threaten to
kill anything that gets in its way, no matter
how big, or a perfect blocker that holds off
even the biggest of creatures, even if they fly.
The one thing going for this guy is that he
kills Tarmogoyf. In a R/G deck, this is one of
the few good ways to off that bugger, so he's
worth side decking at the very least just for
that. I wouldn't main deck him unless I knew the
metagame was going to be full of G/x aggro decks
filled to the brim with Tarmogoyfs. Outside of
that, he's really just limited filler.
In casual, I would just play Elvish Archers
In limited, a decent card, as he can trade with
just about any creature they throw at you,
including their big flying bomb.
Now this a card that when I first saw was like
WOW this is a limited bomb but never thought it
would see constructed play. The more you look at
this card the better it gets. 2/1 for 2 is ok in
itself, then add it has reach so it can chump
fliers, then add deathtouch, now you have a
chump blocker for almost any creature and it
will 1 for 1 with it. This is pseudo removal for
This card actually reminds me of Elvish Archers,
another 2/1 creature for 1G but with only one
ability, and which was also very good on paper
but didn't see as much play as it might have. In
Standard, people have generally preferred
creatures like Saffi Eriksdotter and Watchwolf,
with either more relevant abilities or much
higher power. That may change once Lorwyn is
released, as Elves are one of the major tribes
and may not be able to overlook it any more.
Unlike the old Elvish Archers, Thornweald Archer
is almost guaranteed to kill something in
combat, often something much larger and/or more
expensive than itself.
This little elf from Future Sight was a nice
foreshadow for the black aligned elves of Lorwyn.
Thornweald Archer provides a very efficient
blocker for only 2 mana. The Reach is especially
nice, allowing this dude to block many different
creatures. If you wish to take a more aggressive
approach, this Elf will basically say "Unblockable"
on it since no one would want to lose a creature
to little 2/1 elf. Many different approaches are
viable with this card, and I daresay it could be
a strong contender for any upcoming Elf decks.
Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
This guy is pretty efficient. For 1G, you get a
2/1 with Reach and Deathtouch. The Deathtouch
makes this guy pretty good as no Tarmagoyf and
no one wants to trade a creature with a greater
mana cost than this with this. It still dies to
Mogg Fanatic though but that little Goblin seems
to lessen in popularity lately.
In casual, this guy isn't overly impressive.
It's still a great blocker though in both duels
In limited, it trades with fliers and swings for
early damage. It's pretty good.
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