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.
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.
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 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.
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