Fire Elemental is widely regarded as THE best 6 drop minion. It has neat stats and 3 damage Battlecry, which usually leads to 2-for-1 trades. Awesome, on paper at least.
Here's something I haven't seen anyone mentioning: It has identical cost & stats to Lord of the Arena (6/5)... and LotA is widely regarded as a bad card. I get it, 5 Health isn't exactly great for 6 Mana Taunt (might as well use that 6 Mana cost 4/5 Divine Shield Taunt, right?), but neither is it for non-Taunts.
There's plenty of ways to deal 5 damage (Fireball and Arcanite Reaper just to name few), and there's even handful of 5 Mana minions can trade vs Fire Elemental.
Besides, 3 damage Battlecry usually isn't that great vs late game minions anyway, so it doesn't exactly swing the board control in your favor if you're losing.
Am I just not using Fire Elemental properly or is it tad overrated?
I've considered swapping to 1x Fire Elemental & 1x Boulderfist Ogre simply because BO tends to survive longer.
6/7 creature seems much trickier to deal with, trading 2 Health for Battlecry allows it to survive Fireball etc. common removals and it's just outside BGH's range. Toss Sunfury Protector/Defender of Argus next to it and you've got yourself a poor man's Earth Elemental.
It might get Assassinated or Polymorphed just the same as Fire Elemental, but on the other hand if your opponent doesn't have hard removal he'll be forced to use direct damage "and then some".
So which one you'd generally prefer, 2x Fire Elemental or 1x FE & 1x Boulderfist?