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Silverblade Paladin
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Silverblade Paladin
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed June 19, 2012

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Silverblade Paladin
 
I remember a time during the Ravnica era (the original one) where Paladin en-Vec was a dominant creature. There were decks that simply couldn't defeat that card, especially with Umezawa's Jitte around, and others that added colors just to be have a chance (that was kind of how people rolled back then). Silverblade Paladin seems, in a sense, to be evoking that era, although it's arguably more similar to the Jitte half of the equation than the Paladin. Soulbond works a lot like auras or equipment in the form of a creature, and this card has one of the stronger effects in that subset, making almost any creature that comes down after it (and more than a few that come down before it) into a game-ending threat. Ultimately, the lack of protection abilities means it probably won't end up being as dominant as Paladin en-Vec, but it's easy - and dangerous - to underestimate it.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Silverblade Paladin which is a three mana White 2/2 with Soulbond that gives it and another creature Double Strike.  Double Strike is a very powerful effect and as long as another creature is available to target two creatures with it for just three mana is quite efficient.  Another creature with Soulbond, evasion, or Trample are particularly noteworthy choices and like Wolfir Silverheart this is a card that will see regular play for quite some time.
 
In Limited the double White is a drawback, but Double Strike is huge and any enhancements to power become a prime commodity in a deck using this.  A strong first pick in Booster and well worth inclusion in Sealed as even with the mana cost it is still valuable at any stage of the game.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome back to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! Today we look at Silverblade Paladin from Avacyn Restored. Silverblade Paladin is a rare white creature human knight that costs one generic and two white mana for a 2/2. Silverblade Paladin has Soulbond and says that as long as Silverblade Paladin is paired with another creature, both have Double Strike.

     Silverblade Paladin is getting some attention, and I can understand why, but I for one still am not convinced. While gaining Double Strike on tow creatures is cool and all, that early, what is worth it? Sure, pairing it with Stonewright is always nice, two double striking firebreathers, and there are a few other good options, but he is so easily targeted. I for one use him more carefully, and usually only use him once there is a beefy attacker set and ready to go. One purpose that I try and use him for is in white blue, with Invisible Stalker, and really any kind of pumps on the Stalker, such as two Trepanation Blades.

      Hard to like or dislike the Silverblade Paladin. While I may not have some of the best uses for him at this time, I know a lot of people who have found nice uses, and would say he deserves higher than a five out of five. Some players I know use him in knight decks, and with Knight Exemplar, worry much less about direct kill spells. So I guess, to each their own on Silverblade Paladin.
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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