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Tempered Steel
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Tempered Steel
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed October 29, 2010

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Tempered Steel
 
Another of those cards where you wonder how it didn't manage to be printed for such a long time, Tempered Steel may replace Master of Etherium in the next artifact-themed Duel Deck product. To be fair, it doesn't attack for damage by itself, which was probably in the designer's mind when they made it give creatures +2/+2. As if artifacts weren't powerful already without the ability for the ones that are also creatures to get a double-Crusade boost (triple if you choose both this and the Master). Try it with Memnite!
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Tempered Steel which as a three mana enchantment grants all artifact creatures +2/+2 and a huge advantage compared to similar tribal effects or lords that are both more limited and often +1/+1.  The number of creatures that can benefit from this are far too numerous to be listed, but this is an amazing card to play in any kind of White artifact design.  The first set of this block has added quite a bit of support to the concept and the remainder is likely to bring more, so expect to see the deck get more options and play in the future.
 
In Limited the double White is likely to slow it down, but in a set filled with artifacts and few enchantment removal options this is a very powerful card that should be picked first in a Booster draft.  For Sealed if you have enough White and artifact creatures to support it this is a card you want to have in your deck.  Any topdecked 1/1 creature, especially those with Infect, become a much bigger threat to your opponent while this is in play.  Even with a reliance on other cards and a more dedicated casting cost this is one of the better cards in the set and should be played as aggressively as possible.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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