I like Shackles, but it's never going to be a
super staple card in constructed. It's good for
stopping those problem creatures with abilities
requiring a tap to activate. The other thing to
remember is that it can be returned to your
hand. Unfortunately, it's just not as good as
cards like Arrest that can nearly stop creatures
completely in their tracks.
Bleh. The fact that I had to look Shackles up
whenever I saw it on our listing because I
couldn't think of what it did is probably a sign
as to how poor of a card it is. I'll admit, it
is a lot better than some options that you have
since at least you can reuse this one on the
more relevant creatures later. Unfortunately, it
is still a poor card that really doesn't belong
in a constructed or casual deck. Play Pacifism
over Shackles every time.
I will include Shackles in my limited decks,
though, on the grounds that it can stop the
beatdown from my opponent's big creatures. How
is that different from constructed or casual?
Simple: your opponent might not have a creature
to put the beatdown on you with in constructed
or casual. Limited tends to stick with the theme
of, "My creatures trump your creatures".
This was another card I was surprised to see
that we hadn’t reviewed yet. It screams “play me
in blue control decks!” It’s easy to see how
this can be crazy against Tooth and Nail if you
don’t manage to counter the tooth. I feel that
it hasn’t shown up as much as people aren’t
playing as much pristine/awakening control as
they were against affinity. Beacon decks seem to
be more popular.
It’s easy to see why this card is good. Assuming
they aren’t packing too much artifact
destruction, you get to steal a creature for as
long as you want. With Baubles and Sakura, you
can get out plenty of islands, very fast. It’ll
give your opponent a huge headache when you
steal their newly played Platinum Angel.
It’s not as strong in limited as blue overall
isn’t a very strong color in Mirrodin Block
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