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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day
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Darksteel Axe
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Darksteel Axe
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

Constructed: 2.60
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.60
Multiplayer: 3.00

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BMoor

Darksteel Axe

It's easy to forget that while the Axe is indestructible, the wielder isn't. All this Axe conveys is +2/+0. It's useful, sure, mostly on a creature with evasion or trample. Goblin Gaveleer is a good choice, as is Sunspear Shikari and Kitesail Apprentice. I've also heard talk of using it with Phylactery Lich, as an artifact that can hold the phylactery counter without risk of a stray Shatter ending both Axe and Lich. But that deck isn't making a showing, and for one to cast and two to equip, I think most folks would rather have Basilisk Collar.

Constructed- 2.25
Casual- 3
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 2.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Darksteel Axe
 
When the first Mirrodin block came out, a friend of mine remarked, "Why is Rancor considered so overpowered when Bonesplitter isn't?" Times have changed, and Mark Rosewater recently commented that they considered putting Rancor in M11. Meanwhile, the new Mirrodin block offers us what can only be considered an upgraded version of Bonesplitter. Darksteel Axe is not as obviously dominating as Umezawa's Jitte or Sword of Body and Mind, but it is immune to the standard creature deck vs. creature deck tactic of destroying whatever makes your creatures better than theirs (auras, equipment, etc). Hatred outlives the hateful, but darksteel outlives . . . well, everything.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Darksteel Axe is a one mana +2/+0 that equips for two and is indestructible and would be a great item if not for the equip cost.  Destroy effects aren't a big enough concern for an non-creature artifact to warrant special attention.  As it stands this is solid, but aside from Phylactery Lich doesn't really work out quite well enough to be played over easier to equip or more versatile options.
 
For Limited this is a very nice card to have that can be difficult for an opponent to deal with, has several support options in White, and of course works with Metalcraft very early.  There is no reason not to include this in a Sealed deck, but in Booster draft it should be picked after the key creatures or removal spells.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Darksteel Axe
 
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is the neutered Bonesplitter. With the added amount of mana to the card we get indestructibility. In standard it may see play in aggressive metalcraft decks that can put good use to repeatable creature pump. In extended and eternal I don’t think this equipment is good enough to compete with Jitte and other loftier equipments. In casual and multiplayer this is a nice equipment, the fact it is indestructible means it can survive mass artifact hate or the player who points his Krosan Grip at it just because he can. In limited this is sick equipment is top notch and this is a high pick, it enables metalcraft, makes infect creatures even deadlier and is just around solid.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


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