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Shape Anew
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Shape Anew
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed December 16, 2010

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 2.90

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BMoor

Shape Anew

Polymorph for artifacts. Well, Polymorph has always been an odd duck. It claims to be a kill spell that just might accidentally give your opponent something worse in exchange, but in practice it tends to be used on one's own creature tokens to cheat out the single copy of whatever enormous win condition you prefer.

That only works because it's possible to create creature tokens independently of creatures. The enormous win condition is the ONLY creature in the deck-- the rest of the deck is noncreature cards that make tokens. What nonartifact cards make tokens that are artifacts? Myrsmith can't make a Myr token unless you cast an artifact spell. Any other card that makes artifact creature tokens is itself an artifact. So how can you cheat out that Inkwell Leviathan if your deck has to have some Origin Spellbombs in it somewhere? Top of the library shenanigans could do it, I suppose.

On the other hand, you could always use it as an artifact kill spell... that might accidentally give your opponent an even worse artifact.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Shape Anew

Continuing our theme of "ridiculously powerful spells" this week, we have Shape Anew, hovering somewhere between Polymorph and Tinker. The latter is restricted for a reason, and while I wouldn't suggest that this is as crazy as one of the first cards from Urza's Saga to be banned, it has the potential to do crazy things, with a little more planning than we needed for Polymorph. I can't remember offhand if there are any non-artifact cards that create artifact tokens, but if you can think of one, you may have just broken the universe . . .
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Shape Anew which works like Polymorph for artifacts and can turn something like a token or Memnite into a Wurmcoil Engine or Myr Battlesphere.  A deck using this should be built in a way to make getting the desired artifact more likely such as few other artifacts or tools to manipulate the rest of the deck, similar to the regular Polymorph builds.  The potential is there and it can make for a viable tournament combination in the right build.
 
In Limited the nature of the format weakens this as a tool to be used on your own artifacts in many situations aside from removing a creature weakened by -1/-1 counters.  Unless you are targeting one of the weakest cards and know your deck will absolutely provide an upgrade this is more likely to be used offensively to remove one of your opponent's bombs and hope for a weaker card to replace it.  It is unlikely the same card will be played again, but the move is still a gamble.  A fairly versatile card and worth running in a Sealed deck using Blue for the options it offers it can be harder to choose in a Booster draft, but I still recommend it for both the fun and potential.  If used as correctly it will generally make a situation better and as it can work offensively, defensively, whether you have no creatures, or if the opponent has none, and on non-creature artifacts it can do more than most cards and should not be overlooked.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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