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One of the few survivors from Alpha still in the base set, a decent beater for blue, however for one more mana in blue, and in the same set, you could get Mahamoti Djinn which is a 5/6 flyer...
Posted By: Guest57443454 (7/1/2009 9:42:31 AM)


This is certainly a nice printing of this card - such rich colors. I wish I had one of these but sadly didn't start playing until Revised.
Posted By: Mr_Hendry (7/17/2009 5:00:33 PM)


I would just like to mention that, if sorted by collector's number, this is THE FIRST CARD on Gatherer.
Posted By: Shieldman (8/23/2012 9:06:51 AM)


This makes me wish I had more Alpha cards, this version just rocks!
Posted By: Fratex (6/13/2010 4:34:05 AM)


People talking about "powercreep" affecting cards in the same set as freaking Black Lotus and Ancestral Recall. No. Wizards just decided creatures were cool and focused on them more in recent years, which is why they don't suck now.

If you look at the oher alpha cards, you can tell this thing was pretty good for the time. Sure random broken spells are good and all, but you need SOME sort of win condition, and this beat most of the things in the air at the time, and even traded with Serra Angel.
Posted By: Kurraga (10/29/2012 6:33:21 AM)


Serra Sphinx doesn't obsolete it because Serra Sphinx isn't ''normal''. Once a card has mulitple other more recent cards, at least one at a lower rarity, that all outclass it so that you see a clear "trend" in R&D that they just make better cards now, even at uncommon, then a card is "power-creep obsolote".

Serra Angel has Shepherd of the Lost to contend with, not just Baneslayer. Obviously any card might be worse than a newer Rare or Mythic- it's when Newer Commons and Uncommons beat older Uncommons and Rares that "Power-Creep" is fair to say.

But, Air Elemental in the first card Alphabetically in "Alpha". If Alpha had Collector's numbers, it might have been numbered "1". If this is indeed The First Card in Magic, a tribute is in order:

Our whole universe started in Richard's apartment suite,
When nearly 14 million cards ago an Expansion was released!
The cards we played were cool,
Planeswalkers- "Here, I Rule"!
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Posted By: DarthParallax (3/30/2013 12:22:01 PM)


Serra Sphinx is strictly better. This is still a classic card, but obsoleted by power creep.
Posted By: VampireCat (7/18/2011 9:03:37 AM)


Very cool. Best art on an air elemental card.
Posted By: Salizharove (8/5/2011 7:39:36 AM)


Pwned by power creep. Still a classic!
Posted By: @go (3/16/2012 9:04:28 AM)


Good if you're making a Flying deck, but I'd go elsewhere otherwise.
Posted By: gatherer132 (6/23/2012 11:13:49 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!