Elk is a primarily green/white creature type used for cards depicting large deer. Elk (or Wapiti) are similar to the Red Deer found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies. In the deer family, only the common moose (confusingly referred to as "elk" in some European countries) rival the elk in size.
The first creature to bear the type was Gang of Elk from Urza's Legacy. It used to be a Beast, but this was changed in the Grand Creature Type Update. For a long time, it was the only Elk card until Great Sable Stag was printed in Magic 2010. Theros features an enchantment creature with the subtype that acts as Heliod's emissary.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- If the subtype would have been Deer instead of Elk, Caribou could have been included.
- The blue aligned Wetland Sambar from Khans of Tarkir is the only non-white, non-green elk seen thus far.
References[edit | edit source]
- Doug Beyer. (February 10, 2010.) “Angry Lands, Brave Adventurers, and Other Decks for Vorthos”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.