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Aaron’s Random Card Comment of the Day #46, 12/8/10

I mentioned back on my comment on Canopy Spider that Tempest and Stronghold contained an amazing number of Core-Set-ready creatures with stats and abilities that still hold up well a decade later. Lightning Elemental is one of them.

If I had to put together a Core Set to stick in a time capsule, Lightning Elemental would almost certainly be in it. Heck, it was in Magic 2010, which was my attempt at a total philosophical reboot in which no conventional wisdom was safe. He’s that perfect, especially with that sweet Kev Walker art.

Ideally, Core Sets want to show off keyword mechanics one at a time of “French vanilla” common creatures that have stats conducive to making the mechanic work well. Haste on a 4/1 has such great gameplay--you can often ambush your opponent for 4 damage, but then he merely needs to leave an Elf or a token back to trade with it. Speaking of blockin... (see all)
Posted By: Aaron_Forsythe (12/8/2010 10:56:31 PM)


This card has incredible art, but sadly, that's the nicest thing to say about it.
Posted By: GruesomeGoo (1/2/2010 9:07:18 PM)


I agree with Aaron that this card is nigh-perfect. But I'm sad that they gave up on the idea of creating a perfect core set, as that's exactly what I wish they'd do. The expansions should have the job of shaking up standard; I would rather the core set was a timeless ideal.
Posted By: willpell (6/5/2011 3:44:24 AM)


The ever-changing core set is far more fun than some Platonic ideal of what a core set should be.
Posted By: ChibiUnunnilium (6/18/2011 12:19:09 PM)


This is an awesome card, just not a good one. :P
Posted By: SgtPepperjack (8/15/2012 12:28:14 PM)


I too have to agree that this card is wonderful for limited. It even found its way into my Pauper cube and has been functioning just fantastically there.

I think people get all fussy because cards aren't good or playable in constructed formats. Their view of solid limited cards is tainted by the never-ending pursuit of constructed-playable cards that generally gives players the "everything is garbage except the super-good rares that I use in my standard deck" tilt.
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