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Whisperwood Elemental
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Whisperwood Elemental
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 3.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Whisperwood Elemental
 
I assume that behind the manifest ability's long but plain-language reminder text is some sort of horrible contorted rules update. But I really don't care about that. I'm more interested in the fact that Whisperwood Elemental manages to be a powerful stand-alone card and an interesting card to build around at the exact same time. I suppose you're trying to manifest a bunch of creatures that you turn face up and then use his sacrifice ability to manifest a bunch more when they die? There's undoubtedly something suitably "next level" beyond that, and though I haven't figured it out yet, that's much more interesting to me than the letter of his rules.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Whisperwood Elemental which is a five mana Green 4/4 that you can sacrifice to give your face up non-token monsters the ability to Manifest and you Manifest the top card of your library at your end step.  This is a decent creature for filling the field with 2/2 creatures or possibly creatures to be cast from the face down position. 
Effectively having any creature in your deck appear with Flash and unable to be countered is a powerful incentive for the right build as it does not support comes into play effects.  By itself it is just a 4/4 for five which isn't impressive, but the creature advantage it can help in building should gain it slots in decks in current formats.
 
In Limited this is solid midgame creature that adds card advantage making it an easy first pick in Booster.  The double Green out of five is manageable for any deck with more than a splash of the color, which makes it strong in Sealed as well.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Mattedesa

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Whisperwood Elemental
 
Mr. Whisperwood here is a force to be contended with.
 
Manifest is an ability that's a bit tough to evaluate. My take is that it's a free 2/2 that could very well turn into a bigger creature. Sometimes you'll manifest a non-creature that you will hate losing, but unless you're running tutors, it's no worse than that card being stuck at the bottom of your library. A free 2/2 each turn can add up pretty quickly.
 
The sacrifice ability is what makes Whisperwood REALLY interesting, though. One of the biggest foes of heavy creature decks is that a board wipe completely kills you. It's always a struggle whether to aggressively put out another creature or hold back in case of the board wipe. With Whisperwood on the table, you can aggressively play creatures, knowing that you will get a small army in return if they do clear the board. 
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

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