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Diakonov007   10/6/2009 12:05:45 PM
Nissa is... interesting. In an elf deck, she's golden. I'm just not sure I like how incredibly limited specialized she is. Hell, her first ability requires you to actually play a specific creature in your deck. Plus, her starting loyalty of 2 is obnoxious.

I'm rating her usefulness as a 3, since outside of an elf deck she's 100% pointless, but in an elf deck, she's really rather good. Still, after the other planeswalkers we've seen, who work well in just about any deck of their specific colors, it's really odd to see one that's so limited in its usefulness.

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Eladamri23   10/6/2009 3:39:34 PM
I have been a fan of elf tribe for the longest time (quite obvious with my username)yet i have to agree with the post above. If only nissa was a 3 drop or with a starting loyalty of 3...

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Nitron2097   10/6/2009 6:55:12 PM
The amount of mythics they're printing that are actually playable across the board is horrific.

Agreed, this wins in an Elf build. And they know casual players will just sleeve this into their amazing elf decks so she has two pump abilities to counter the fact that Nissa's Chosen Buy won't eat four slots in any good elf build anyway.

Another disappointing mythic....sigh....

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Sadako-tan   10/6/2009 11:58:29 PM
Probably the worst Planeswalker, IMO, due to starting loyalty and lack of versatility. But it is real nice in an Elf deck. I love her artwork though.

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sentrosi   11/5/2009 5:00:12 PM
Only Planeswalker that's pic doesn't break the border of the picture part of the card. That kinda sucks.

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AtlasEXE   2/10/2010 3:22:03 PM
Actually, it's pretty good in an Eldrazi build. Just use it's ability to get Nissa's Chosen Buy, pitch it to the Eldrazi Monument Buy, then rinse and repeat each turn.

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Torleif   5/7/2010 8:51:57 PM
True, but her absolute worthlessness outside of elf decks means a lot.

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Ashinto   6/9/2010 2:13:53 PM
@torleep; sure, she is only useful in an elf deck, but in that case she IS useful. I think rating her usefulness as 1 is a bit hyperbolic.

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84lemmings   6/21/2010 12:40:23 AM
torleep, by that logic Priest of Titania Buy is worse than Llanowar Elves Buy

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Goblin Masonry   8/16/2010 1:57:00 PM
She needs a goblin equivilent. She is the planeswalker for those of us that have been playing elf decks since Eladamri was the only elf lord going. She is free to exist because the kitchen table has always and will always have elf decks (even if there is no synergy in them whatsoever). She is certainly not a tournament card, but casual players will likely pick up the scraps spike leaves behind.

Also Her originallity should be quite good, given that she is the only planeswalker with such a limited scope, and the only one that references a specific card. If nissa gets another card I hope it's Nissa, heir to Freyalize.

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Sovarius   10/22/2010 6:06:09 AM
Edit: @84lemmings
In a non-elf deck priest of titania is vastly inferior to llanowar elves. however, priest is a common (and in an elf deck, vastly superior to nissa), and it is ok to throw in some cards that are only good for tribal. EXCEPT when it is a planeswalker AND a mythic. at that rarity, and waste of a space that coulda been a different planeswalker, it really shoulda been better. zendikar elves aren't even that great, if you ask me. Yea, the new Ezuri, Renegade Leader Buy is ONLY good in elf decks. BUT it does great things for elves, regenerating and overrunning on a stick, which elves have not had. And Ezuri does not waste a mythic slot or a planeswalker slot, and is better than nissa entirely. I would be so pissed if i FINALLY got a mythic and it was nissa. I would be so pissed if i FINALLY got a planeswalker and it was nissa.

Nah, i'm a bit more with torleep on this one. Outside an elf deck, it's worth nothing. In an elf deck, less than spectacular considering you can only have one in play and it's a mythic planeswalker.

Firstly, its a little too frail. Searching for a jank elf every turn is card advantage, but instead of nissa's and chosen's i will use those slots on better elves or overrun or some sort of tutor.

gaining life is cool (although it's always argued if it's actually a worthwhile mechanic), but green is not known for control so it's going to be a bit difficult to protect her. and as mentioned, she is unfortunately frail already

because of this, 4 mana is overpriced. at this point my 4 mana coulda been spent elsewhere. A Drove of Elves Buy or Heedless One Buy have better survivability than her or put on a better hurt.

i will win with an elf deck before i use the final, and if i don't, then playing my whole deck of elves probably isn't going to do a lot of good.

the last ability is suckage anyway. you probably draw your whole deck of creatures. which leaves you nothing to draw except lands and spells. unless your deck is all about artifacts and enchantments you use nissa as a complicated means of getting them, this sucks.
any mass removal/bounce ruins you pretty much. it's quite an unnecessary situation that is way more fun and win-more than it is a good choice.
you could just draw out enough finish your opponent. but even at that, you're gonna wait 6 turns to pull off a final (please don't tell me you're watering down an elf deck with proliferate), and then another turn to attack because your creatures don't have haste? so on the 7th turn after you play this, IF IF IF IF it isn't dead by then, then you can play your whole deck of elves?
i will play enough elves to win long before nissa. and just popping nissa into a deck capable of that anyway doesn't make it better, it just waste card slots.

the life gain doesn't even "hold off" an opponent until you get your final. they will divert enough damage to her to kill her before bothering with you, and no amount of life gain will prevent that.

it is too weak, too slow, too costly. yes, every card has a weakness, this is just too crappy to bother with them.

i will admit though, it is one of my favorite cards because i love planeswalkers and elves and playing a whole deck of creatures. too bad one of my favorite cards is jank.

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Hot Shot2   5/23/2011 11:43:09 PM
I find her best place is in a Lorwyn elf token deck, even without Nissa's Chosen the amounts of life she can generate could easily make up for the low loyalty starting point

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SocksofGranduer   6/29/2011 11:23:30 PM
I disagree with Sovarius and torleep. I think Nissa is fantastic, and I hope they make more planeswalkers like her for the following reason. How many green planeswalkers are cheaper than $6? At the time of this comment, just one. In fact, at the time of this comment, Nissa Revane Buy is about to rotate out of standard, and when she does, I fully expect her price to drop to a fantastic $3 or less, down there with one of the first planeswalkers, Chandra Nalaar Buy.

This is really important to realize. Nissa Revane allows people who don't have money (and who don't necessarily play in tournaments) to play with a planeswalker without forking over half their paycheck to one card. Sure, comparatively she isn't great. But planeswalkers like her are necessary to allow casual players to continue playing the game. Nissa is one of the reasons I haven't stopped playing magic because of planeswalkers. Pre-Nissa, the only color you could play a planeswalker in for $6 or less per card was red. That was it. Maybe white if you found a really good deal on one of the Ajanis (although vengeant still forces you to play red).

So what I'm getting from these comments is that you guys want better planeswalkers over affordable planeswalkers. I guess my opinion is that if you have a card type that you have to pay $10+ per card for any of them is going to rot the player base for said game faster than you can blink. Nothing about losing to someone purely because they're in college and can blow their entire paychecks on cards and you have to, you know, buy food for your 3 kids is fun.

I am kind of miffed that MtG chose to alter the artwork of the card from it's original state just so that her breasts were visible though. Way to objectify and de-humanize women WotC.

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Zorn   11/20/2011 3:39:13 AM
Instead of having two +1 abilities, she should only have one (if even the life gain one. I think it would be better to maybe Sylvan Scrying Buy, Nature's Spiral Buy, or some other utility ability). Instead of the the ability to let you get a Nissa's Chosen Buy for +1, it should read, "-1: Search your library for an elf card with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of loyalty counters on Nissa Revane and play it without paying its mana cost." The ultimate is not too impressive. I think it would be better if it would turn all your forests into 1/1 elves, then give all your elves +2/+2 and landwalk until end of turn. This way, she isn't a planeswalker that is completely useless outside of a elf-less library.

As she stands now, Nissa is a planeswalker designed for people who don't know and don't want to learn how to play the game.

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SilverBrood   2/19/2012 7:28:34 AM
Look an elf planeswalker! Cool, at least is isn't human based... O h wait, it ONLY works with elves. Many better faster ways to win with elves, Screw her card even if story is really neat.

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