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"Sigh. I've now seen my favorite planeswalker go from godly, to average, to downright unplayable."

You have obviously not had the pleasure of playing against her. She is a monster if she hits the board and you don't have a sweeper in hand or Jace, Architect of Thought out to ignore the damage from the tokens until she ultimates and swings for 27 with her flying soldier tokens if you couldn't kill any of them.

"Way to slow for the type of deck she is meant to be in and none of her effects are that great compared to her other forms."

She is meant to be played in control, not a white weenie deck. If you do not have an answer for her, she will dominate the board in just a few turns. She fits perfectly into UW Control's curve. They cast Elspeth on turn six, then Aetherling on turn seven to leave one mana open to blink him in case of removal.

We will see a lot of her in Standard. She isn't an overhyped card; She really is that good.
Posted By: Hollowing (9/28/2013 4:41:32 AM)
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Six mana is quite a bit but it's still terrific in casual and standard.
Posted By: YawgmothsWish (12/23/2013 12:49:57 AM)
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Hands down my favourite PW of all time. If first ability doesn't save your bass, the second does, and vice versa. She's so good that they had to print Hero's Downfall, even though Dreadbore and Detention Sphere were already in standard.
Posted By: Havrekjex (12/9/2013 1:07:45 AM)
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Her ultimate is pretty boring for a 6-mana walker.

But holy crap does she slam the board with a sledgehammer when she's played. If you can't kill her or the opponent right after she's played you are dead.
Posted By: mdakw576 (12/19/2013 1:20:25 AM)
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Seems like she would be the fighter of the Nightman...
Posted By: robox (2/17/2014 9:58:30 PM)
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With all three of her abilities being incredibly useful and highly-synergistic, a cheaper converted mana cost would make her downright broken.
Posted By: Drawxne (9/17/2013 10:33:42 PM)
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Army in a can. Just add 1.
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Posted By: Flyheight (9/18/2013 9:44:53 AM)
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If standard does end up being more on the slow side I can see this being good. Making a bunch of little idiots is always solid and being able to wrath at any time is also very nice. Ultimate seems weak compaired to others, but it will end the game all the same.
Posted By: .Blaze. (9/17/2013 3:44:06 PM)
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Theros is looking like it's gonna be a really great set for EDH. This Elspeth cranks out tokens faster than any Elspeth before her, although, it takes her longer to hit the board. And that is a really nice wrath effect for any token deck.
Posted By: NARFNra (9/17/2013 8:47:17 PM)
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I'm liking the general trend towards fatter 'walkers lately, seeing Liliana of the Veil in every single deck that played Black in every single format (soon minus Standard) gets really damn old. Same story with JtMS in the older formats, or increasingly Ajani Vengeant in Modern.

I don't mind 'walkers seeing competitive play, but the problem is there's a huge margin for error and an incredibly tiny medium. On one hand, you can get 'walkers who are too efficient and powerful, which then go on to be in every deck ever that can fit them, and that nudges formats towards ***genizing on top of making the "iconic mythics" of the game's core cast of characters very hard to obtain. On the other hand, you can get garbage like Tibalt if Wizards is too cautious.

With fatwalkers, you don't have to worry so much about efficiency, because the decks that play them are more specialized towards their inclusion in the curve, and it's only logical that Wizards is more willing to do powerfu... (see all)
Posted By: Nucleon (9/18/2013 9:11:39 PM)
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