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Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Shards of Alara


Reviewed December 18, 2008

Constructed: 3.90
Casual: 3.80
Limited: 4.80

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Thursday - Elspeth, Knight-Errant

This is arguably the weakest planeswalker in the set, but that doesn't make it a bad card. It actually does see some play as a 1-of in the Fellowship of the Ring decks that have started to pop up as of late. The first ability is not bad, but when you compare it to a card like Garruk, it looks awfully weak. The second ability is pretty useful, especially if you use it to pump a token put out by Garruk. The last ability isn't really worth it, but if you're in a tight spot it might be able to help you pull out a win. If you're playing the planeswalker deck, I'd play a copy or two, but outside of that I wouldn't bother.

In limited, it makes creatures and pumps them. Play it if you're white, as repeatable creatures are always good.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Elspeth looks like one of the planeswalkers with the least immediate impact on the game - until you read her abilities the second time. Then you notice that not only does she bring defenders for both for herself and for you, and make an average Grizzly Bear into a four-turn clock, she puts herself out of burn range in the process of doing both. I can almost guarantee there'll never be another planeswalker as loyal as her. Play her early, play her often.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
PsychoAnime

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Some like this card, some don't like it as much. I am in the former camp since pumping out 1/1 tokens every turn for a +1 loyalty means this card reaches its ultimate ability easier than the other planeswalkers. Garruk pumps out 3/3 tokens, but can't do so every turn for more than 3 turns, so Elspeth has a niche in control decks. The ultimate ability isn't very useful, but the tokens and the +3/+3 with flying second ability ends the game very quickly. I have never been sad to draw this because it is almost always useful. This is also guaranteed included in any planeswalker control deck because it is that good.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5, there's no reason not to play this
Miguel

Thursday 12-18-08

Elspeth, Knight-Errant

 

Constructed: This planeswalker babe should see alot more play. She has three great abilities. Putting a creature into play to add a counter and than next turn if it is still alive give it flying and +3/+3 is also great for its price tag. The only reason I see her not being play much is the double white. There is one other card that will always take that spot.

 

Casual: All planeswalkers should be played at the casual level.

 

Limited: She goes high on my pick list. She has that quiet threat level. It is just a 1/1 little Soldier. What's the harm. hehehehe. Good thing she is Mythic.

 

Overall a great Planeswalker.

 

Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

BeJose Elspeth, Knight Errant
 
Very very good card. Last I saw it was going for $30US each (which right now is about $43AU for me....)
Having 2 options that add counters is good, and being able to essentially fog every turn while building up counters is very nice. Being able to giant growth a creature AND give it flying is also pretty good. Also worth noting is that when you use her ultimate ability it will affect everything, even things that come into play after the effect.
I'm surprised that more deck aren't running this at the moment. In limited this is an absolute bomb. I've had this played against me more than once...not good.
 
Constructed 3.5/5
Casual 4/5
Limited 4.5/5

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