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Burning-Tree Emissary
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 Burning-Tree Emissary
- Gatecrash

Reviewed February 27, 2013

Constructed: 3.80
Casual: 3.60
Limited: 3.60
Multiplayer: 3.30

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BMoor

Burning-Tree Emissary

It's kind of cool that this creature refunds you your mana, and that it could filter RR or GG into RG. But really it's just a 2/2 once it hits play. What are you going to spend that extra RG on? Probably another creature. So then this is good in a deck that wants to get plenty of creatures onto the field quickly-- since you can have two 2/2's on turn two instead of one. Possibly more if you can chain them. But if you don't have some sort of Giant Growth effect, you may find yourself disappointed by what you get once you've spent the RG.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995


 
Burning-Tree Emissary
 
I love how this card's flavor text is almost fourth wall-breaking in the way it hints at the least-understood fact in Magic: that red, green, and red/green can be subtle and clever. Burning-Tree Emissary allows you to splash one of the colors of mana she produces in a deck that otherwise only has sources of the other. She gives you a free spell of choice from your hand, while still attacking and blocking on curve. I haven't seen a card I liked this much since Bloodbraid Elf.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is one I didn’t anticipate seeing much play but it has shocked me and become a powerful force. In standard this is a highly aggressive creature that can be chained into other creatures as it refunds the mana cost allowing agro decks to swarm the board and in a pinch it provides RG mana when all you have is GG or RR. The fact this card is a human as well allows for some powerful tribal aspects and this card has already become a break out star of standard fueling aggressive starts for agro decks. In modern I could see this card serving the same function or possibly in some sort of storm capacity. In eternal formats it may not do enough to justify its inclusion but never say never. In casual and especially multiplayer having a body out early means you can deflect early attackers and a bear is a fine way to do that, the fact you get the mana refunded is nice as it allows you to chain your early drops and even fix your mana in a pinch. It also has two relevant creature types giving it some nice tribal implications. In limited its solid for aggressive decks as bears are always decent. Overall a powerful card for aggressive decks in multiple formats.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Burning Tree Emissary which is a two mana Red or Green 2/2 that adds a Red and Green mana to your pool when it enters the battlefield.  As a more or less no cost creature this allows the play of multiple cards on the second turn and a decided tempo advantage in the short run.  In Red/Green it can mana fix a little if only one of the two colors of mana is available and of course multiple copies can chain into play, at the cost of reduced hand size.  Aggressive Red, Green, or Red/Green can all benefit from playing this and four copies will undoubtedly be very popular additions to many decks across formats.
 
In Limited this is a great card for Gruul and playable for other Green or Red guilds, though not necessarily ideal as it will be more difficult to cast early and tends to be a weak topdeck.  For Gruul this is an automatic inclusion for Sealed and really has no drawback, making it a second or third pick in Booster for most packs.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome back to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are looking at the Burning-Tree Emissary from Gatecrash. Burning-Tree Emissary is an uncommon hybrid red and green creature human shaman that costs two hybrid green or red mana and is a 2/2. When Burning-Tree Emissary enters the battlefield, add one red and one green mana to your mana pool. 

    We all love getting things for free when we play. Burning-Tree Emissary effectively says that when you cast it, you get your mana back to go ahead and play something else. We have recently seen how effective it can be when you have two Burning-Tree Emissary's, because they just drop out. 

    A lot of player's have jumped on board the Burning-Tree Emissary boat, and for good reason. If you have a lot of spells in your deck that can run off the extra two mana, you have a great chance at some board advantage. Whether it be using the extra mana for a Farseek for some mana advantage, or Searing Spear off the extra mana. 

    The other great thing about the Burning-Tree Emissary is that in the blink of an eye, and army of creatures could be facing down your opponent, and that can spell a fast defeat. 

     Really nothing bad to say about the Burning-Tree Emissary. One of the stronger uncommons to come out recently. 
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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