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Shackles
Invasion


Reviewed April 8, 2005

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.67

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DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Shackles - Friday

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.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3

Paul Hagan

Shackles --

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 for white-enchantments-that-stop-creatures-from-hitting-you, 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".

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating:3.0


Christine
Gerhardt

Vedalken Shackles

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 limited.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 2
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