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Arbor Elf
Worldwake

Reviewed March 31, 2010

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.40

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BMoor

Arbor Elf

I like how this compares to Llanowar Elves. On the one hand, if you have a Forest with Overgrowth or the like on it, this is superior. On the other hand, Arbor Elf not only discourages you from playing multicolored decks, it discourages you from running nonbasics like Turntimber Grove or Quicksand. It probably only works on Forests so people won't use it to abuse Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, but this card in conjunction with Primal Bellow, Leatherback Baloth, and the like make me suspect that Zendikar block contains a pretty sweet monogreen deck somewhere inside it that nobody's found yet. I wonder how long before someone discovers it?

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3.5 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Arbor Elf
 
At first glance, Arbor Elf looks like an odd knock-off of Llanowar Elves. But it is comparable and sometimes even preferable: if you're playing with Wild Growth, for example. It is occasionally more versatile, as it can provide other colors of mana with the likes of Overgrown Tomb. And there's no reason the two can't co-exist, for some kind of extreme overkill with Banefire and Omnath.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Miguel

Wednesday 3-31

 

Arbor Elf

 

Constructed: The Elves have enough stuff, they do not need more.

 

Casual & Multiplayer: There are alot of good enchantments for lands that can be abuse for fun. Like Elvish Guidance.

 

Limited: Not very exciting for draft or sealed play. Maybe get more than 4 and ramp up your mana from one forest.

 

Overall it might find a nich.

 

Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 3

Limited: 2

 

Later

Miguel

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Arbor Elf which is another variant of the Green acceleration theme, only instead of directly tapping for mana it untaps a Forest.  Naturally this works very well with a card that counts as a Forest which includes a Zendikon enchanted land or old Dual Lands.
 
For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this can be a good addition to a deck that wants another one mana Elf mana source or a way for untapping Forests specifically.
 
With Limited this is a very nice source of acceleration and 1/1 creatures in general are decently useful.  If playing Green this should always be included in Sealed and drafted after bombs in Booster especially if that or other picks are high casting cost.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


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