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Fencing Ace
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed November 7, 2012

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Fencing Ace

So it turns out it's not Golgari Week on Pojo after all! This, for the record, is why I wasn't "in character" as a Golgari member. A 1/1 with double strike is pretty cool. It can trade with 2-toughness creatures. But it's still only a 1/1. The real appeal here is that double strike means double mileage out of any power-increasing effects. And since Equipment is so easy to come by, throwing a Sharpened Pitchfork on this guy (or better yet and more in-flavor, a Silver-Inlaid Dagger) is a great way to force your opponent to find an answer to this two-mana chump. The Innistrad Humans deck is still around, isn't it? If you can put as little as a +1/+1 counter on this guy, you're in business.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Fencing Ace
 
This kind of card is simple, but it can still be nice to see. There's something to like about the elegance of an evergreen keyword and a solid position on the mana curve - not to mention using even the "bad" equipment cards to attack for about a hundred damage. He doesn't have the tech factor of a card like Elite Inquisitor, but he definitely has something to offer.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Fencing Ace which is a two mana White 1/1 human soldier with Double Strike.  Having two highly supported types and a low casting cost will have this be a popular figure in tribal, aura, equipment, or any other theme with power increasing effects. Two color decks can easily manage the single White and the potential for damage on the third turn can be impressive.  Overall this is a card to watch for, but it absolutely needs to be in the right deck as by itself it is vulnerable to removal and easy to block or otherwise manage.
 
For Limited this is certainly playable as it can deal with any most one toughness creatures with ease or deal two damage when unopposed.  The value increases dramatically if power increases are available and while Azorius has few, Selesnya should provide several with a decent pool. 
This is by no means a first pick in Booster, but a strong third and possibly second that benefits from support that already works well in the format.  A Sealed build is unlikely to splash this, though possibly alongside high end White spells in a Golgari deck, and it may not be very powerful in some pools.  Even with that it is a two mana with Double Strike and only one color mana requirement which is worth it in the early game and can at least be an annoying blocker if drawn later on.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

Welcome to another great card of the day here at Pojo.com! Today we are looking at Fencing Ace from Return to Ravnica. Fencing Ace is an uncommon white creature human soldier that costs one generic and one white mana for a 1/1. Fencing Ace has Double Strike.

It has been a fact that games are dictated and won not neccessarily by mythic rares or rares, but most often the powerful commons and uncommons the game offers. For quite some time now this was proven by Delver of Secrets and before that Lightning Bolt. Fencing Ace is tomorrows powerhouse pauper card. Being uncommon, you are likely to get ine or two in Limited formats even.
The reason that this card is so good is just the cards in place around it in Standard right now. Rancor being a main factor. Ethereal Armor makes it a favored deck design. With just those two enchantments, Fencing Ace can be swinging for ten turn three. All Trample.

Fencing Ace is going to continue making waves. I cannot wait to see what the next set holds in store to truly take it over the top.

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


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