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Sculpting Steel
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Sculpting Steel
Tenth Edition

Reviewed December 7, 2011

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 4.10

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BMoor

Sculpting Steel

When Sculpting Steel was announced as one of the reprints in Tenth Edition, I was jazzed for it. Despite the tyrrany of Raffinity, I always had fond memories for Mirrodin, and I still do. (It's one of the reasons I'm still gutted that Phyrexia conquered it.) The fact that they reprinted Sculpting Steel signified for me that the face of the Core Set was changing, in an exciting way. This was the first time anything from Mirrodin got any decent press in the Core Set, outside low-profile commons like Lumengrid Warden. I'm a bit sad that it didn't get reprinted again in Scars of Mirrodin block (presumably there's still sculpting steel on that world) but with Phyrexian Metamorph, it kinda did get reprinted. The Metamorph is definitely going to be a hot card for a very long time thanks to what it's capable of, but Sculpting Steel is not to be overlooked either. Being able to make copies of any artifact creature on the field, including Blightsteel Colossus, is a pretty nifty trick, even if all you're copying is Solemn Simulacrum. Getting a second Sword of [X] and [Y] is a perfectly good play with it, especially if your opponent is running [X] or [Y]. Better yet, copy your opponent's best artifact and make him wish he'd never cast it. Redundant backup copies of any combo piece are also worth the investment. I'd balk at using it to copy a Spellbomb though-- if I were that hard up, I'd pop the Spellbomb and hope to draw some help, unless I thought the play would win me the game. Ideally you want to copy something that costs at least 3, since that's what you're paying for the Steel. But hey, you need what you need, and Sculpting Steel can give it to you. Or at least, it can give you another one.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sculpting Steel

I'll be honest: I was never as big a fan as some of the cards that become a copy of something else where you have to remember which thing it's copying. I have a short attention span and a tendency to lack imagination when building decks around those cards. (I didn't even realize that if you clone an Innistrad Werewolf when it's night-side-up, it can never be flipped back to day.) Still, I allow that Sculpting Steel is a good card, and an interesting one to play around. It's not the most efficient answer to a Blightsteel Colossus, but it is one of the funniest. Doubling up on a Fellwar Stone is more than decent, and copying a Triskelion is exactly the kind of confusing (but powerful) situation that my aforementioned short attention span tries to avoid. But if you're better at handling these kinds of cards than I am, you'll definitely want to make space for Sculpting Steel.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Sculpting Steel a powerful artifact that gains its powers by copying other artifacts. In standard this card is not legal so it’s not viable, in extended and modern I think Phyrexian Metamoprh does the job splendidly and is tutorable by anything that tutors for creatures and is blue for what that is worth. In legacy and vintage this card could be a part of a combo but as far as I know this card doesn’t see play in these older formats and is these days strictly regulated to casual and multiplayer play. In Commander I believe this is a pretty popular combo with Sharuum the Hedgemon, otherwise this card can copy a BlightSteel Colossus what’s yours is mine in casual and multiplayer. In limited it seems solid if you draft enough artifacts as you can’t count on your opponents artifacts. Overall a powerful artifact because it can copy powerful artifacts and has niche play.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Sculpting Steel which is a three mana artifact that can copy any other in play artifact when it comes into play.  There are many uses for a colorless Clone spell and nearly any deck with a few important artifacts can benefit from running this as support.
 
In Limited this is far better in a Mirrodin setting than the core set of Tenth Edition due to the number of available artifacts likely to be in your pool.  If a few are available in Sealed or can be drafted in Booster this is a valuable card and worth using in any build, but without a high probability of valuable targets it is drastically reduced in value.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to another great card of the day here at Pojo.com! Today we are looking at Sculpting Steel. Sculpting Steel is a rare artifact originally from Mirrodin. It costs three generic mana, and you may have it enter the battlefield as a copy of target artifact card on the battlefield.

      There has certainly been a lot of great artifacts printed lately, so there is no shortage of things for this guy to copy. The fact that it costs just three mana makes it better than even Phyrexian Metamorph.

      There will be no shortage of things to copy with Sculpting Steel, whether it your own or your opponents. And that is the important thing. Even in multiplayer, this just gives you more possible options to copy. And this card begs to be built around. Cards with comes into play abilities, such as Myr Battlesphere, are great ideas of things to copy. But even something like a Darksteel or Blightsteel Colossus are great options. One 11/11 trample, and possibly infect, is bad enough, but two is simply ridiculous!
 
Limited: n/a
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5


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