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Skyrider Elf
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Skyrider Elf
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed October 1, 2015

Constructed: 2.34
Casual:3.00
Limited: 2.67
Multiplayer: 2.34
Commander [EDH]: 2.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Skyrider Elf
 
Between this and Endless One, Battle for Zendikar seems to have a theme of surprisingly efficient creatures with X in their cost. Skyrider Elf is a cost-effective threat at any number of colors, although the need to have different colors may limit its usefulness in certain casual formats like Commander: it's at its most effective in four- or five-color decks, but will it be better than the general itself? It's tempting for a constructed setting where power to cost ratios are valued more, though it will still struggle against Eldrazi and the like.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Skyrider Elf which is a Green and Blue with X
0/0 Flying that enters play with +1/+1 counters equal to the colors of mana used to cast it.  This is at worst a 2/2 for two mana that uses counters, making it a solid addition to Simic builds with no special support required.  It follows up Cloudfin Raptor nicely and helps maintain an evasive sub-theme to Simic's primary mechanics.
 
In Limited the Blue and Green combination is not ideal, so it takes a very specific pool in Sealed to make including this worthwhile. It does better in three color or higher decks where even a splash can make this a 3/3 for three or better.  For Booster this is not an early pick and is very likely to circle the table, but after some Green or Blue picks it is worth getting and keeping your options open for later packs.  Either color can be added as a secondary or splash color and a 2/2 evasive is much better than a card that just sits in the sidedeck.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0
EDH/Commander: 3.0


Armuun
Skyrider Elf
 
... Converge is terrible. SKIP! 
 
...No, seriously. It's junk. Even in limited it's crap. So as I said before... "SKIP!"
 
Constructed: 1.01
Casual: 3
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 1.1
EDH: 1.4

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