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Mirran Crusader
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Mirran Crusader
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 4.13
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.75

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BMoor

Mirran Crusader

This guy would have been good with just first strike. He's very similar to Paladin en-Vec from core sets past, only with pro:green instead of pro:red. Since red was more likely to try to kill him outside of combat, he got compensated with an extra strike. Double strike is an inflationary mechanic-- anything that can increase a creature's power works amazingly with double strike. That's why pro:green is so much worse than pro:red would have been-- Mirran Crusader can't be targeted by Giant Growth and the like. It does work phenomenally with any power-increasing Equipment, however, and there's plenty of those around. Even Strider Harness lets it hit for 6. Darksteel Axe, Sword of Body and Mind, or Piston Sledge would make it into an absolute nightmare for the poor sap on the other side of the table-- especially if he's playing B/G infect, or Elves.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mirran Crusader

You know you're old when the first thing you think of when you see a Magic card is what other cards it's similar to. Well, at the very least I felt old when I realized that. Without dropping too many names, I'll point out that "play a creature they can't kill and give it some auras/equipment" is a well-established game plan, and in an era when the new block's Terror variant kills almost anything with power and toughness, Mirran Crusader's protection abilities make even more of a contrast. If the more classic sort of white-based aggro deck wasn't a viable choice before, it most certainly is now. Be prepared.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mirran Crusader which is a fantastic three mana 2/2 with Double Strike, protection from Black, and protection from Green.  An absolute nightmare for vampire and elf decks and a great target for any equipment available.  Overall a bargain for the casting cost and worth playing in any White deck that can fit it in, even if just for the sidedeck.
 
For Limited the double White in the cost is a noticeable drawback that may keep it from reaching the battlefield on the third turn with a bad draw, but the sheer offensive and defensive power makes it worth it. 
Worth the first pick in Booster both for your deck and to keep it away from an opponent and should probably be hate drafted in later packs if you are running Black or Green.  For Sealed if your pool can support a primarily White mana base then this should definitely be in your deck. 
It can't be splashed, so the dedication is needed to get this into play.  In either format any equipments gain additional value when targeting this and should be drafted accordingly.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Today’s Mirran week card of the day is the Mirran Crusader from Mirrodin Besieged. You cast Mirran Crusader with two white mana and one generic mana. The Mirran Crusader has Double Strike and protection from both of Phyrexia’s main colors, black and green. The Mirran Crusader is a 2/2.
 
   The Mirran Crusader is an instant staple in most current standard decks. Combined with Battle Cry, this guy sure knows how to pack a punch. And with the protection, he should be feasting upon Phyrexian decks. The addition of Hero of Oxid Ridge could send this guy straight through other unprepared decks, and have them begging for mercy. The Hero of Oxid Ridge prevents creatures with power one or less from blocking.

    In more extended formats, such as vintage, this guy gets even crazier. Armored Ascension pumps this guy big time, and gets him airborne. Add in some ways of evasion, for instance, giving him protection from whatever other color you are up against, and watch him destroy your opponent. And of course making him vigilant and lifelink wouldn’t hurt things either.

    All in all, a very versatile card that I expect to see running around tournaments and casual play for a long time to come.
 
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5


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