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Neko-Te 
Betrayers of Kamigawa


Reviewed February 18, 2005

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 2.37
Limited: 3.13

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Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Neko-Te

First, let's figure out where this equipment belongs. The best place it could be is on a "pinger" of some sort, like a Prodigal Sorcerer. This makes it fantastic for Casual decks, but almost unusable in serious constructed.
In Limited, it could have some use considering it does not matter if your creature that Neko-Te is equipped to dies, the creature will still remains tapped. This makes it not a bad pull for limited, adding threat to any creature, and with a cheap enough Equip cost to be used both offensively and defensively each turn.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: 4


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

Neko-Te - Friday
 
This card is really lacking.  For equipment to be really competitive, it has to cheap to cast and cheap to equip.  This does both of those within reason.  Then it needs to have a good ability.  Tapping a guy doesn't matter all that much when your guy is likely to die from the attack.  And make the opponent lose one life as they are hit is average at best.  However, a card like this can really shine in limited play when you are needing to get past their one big block that's holding back your forces.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5
Paul
Hagan
Neko-Te --

As far as expensive equipment goes, this isn't really anywhere near the top for me. It has an intriguing ability, but it still costs three to hit play and two to suit up a man. If Sword of Fire and Ice saw extremely limited play, and Sword of Fire and Ice seems better than this card, then Neko-Te will likely be seeing the inside of a lot of card boxes and very little of the inside of any deck sleeves.

In limited, I might consider running Neko-Te more than I would in constructed, but how much I want to play it really depends on what type of creatures I have. If they are a lot of evasion creatures or regenerators, then Neko-Te likely makes the cut. If I just have a few fatties and a lot of weenies, then Neko-Te likely stays in the sideboard.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.5


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Neko-Te

The equipment in Champions is hit and miss when it comes to limited play, but this piece of equipment from Betrayers is good enough to consider for some decks. Can't imagine playing it in constructed, however. Luckily, it's a rare, so you won't have to worry about this card very often in limited.

CONSTRUCTED: 1.5
CASUAL: 1.5
LIMITED: 2.5
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