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Unflinching Courage
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 Unflinching Courage
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed June 6, 2013

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 4.33
Multiplayer: 3.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Unflinching Courage
 
This card is Armadillo Cloak, famous from Invasion. Yeah, we can quibble over corner cases, but the way this card works is the way Armadillo Cloak is always used in practice. It should have been a new edition of Armadillo Cloak, but apparently the old-timers get enough thrown their way already. Apparently. I complain, but that doesn't necessarily need to be held against Unflinching Courage as a card. Armadillo Cloak has always been amazing, and so a card that's the same as it is, by definition, also amazing. Maybe more so, considering how many creatures have hexproof now (I don't think there was one in either half of the original's tenure in Standard!).
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a near functional reprint of Armadillo Cloak finally able to see standard play once again. In standard aura based hexproof decks are a thing and this card seems to provide a powerful effect for a reasonable mana cost and is one of the best auras available making it a shoo in for certain strategies. In modern and legacy and vintage  this card may see play in conjunction in a hexproof deck or decks utilizing an enchantment but this seems a stretch as the power may not be there in eternal formats as Armadillo Cloak isn’t tearing up top tables. In casual and multiplayer this card is not quite as effective or versatile as Armadillo Cloak but still secures a space in some decks that are looking to maybe run more than a playset of Armadillo Cloak and this card has a solid power level and useful effects for casual and multiplayer but players may be better off using Armadillo Cloak or Loxodon Warhammer due to the versatility they offer. In limited this card seems like quite a beating evasion and a way to race your opponents makes this quite an amazing and powerful pick. Overall the second coming of the cloak but different but still quite powerful and playable.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Unflinching Courage which is a three mana
Green and White aura that gives +2/+2 Trample and Lifelink.   This is
only subtly different from Armadillo Cloak in the mechanism of life gain and should be equally popular in builds with creatures that benefit from auras or have Hexproof to help mitigate the risk of a two for one loss. 
Trample alongside the +2/+2 is very reasonable for the three mana and the addition of Lifelink helps make this one of the best auras in Standard.  Overall this is a gheat aura and ecks that pair it with removal avoiding targets will have a place in current formats.
 
In Limited this is an aura that should be picked very early, even first if the rare is weak, as it can dominant almost any game in which it is played.  Splashing for this in non-Selesnya should be considered if either color has creatures with useful effects like Vigilance or First Strike available.  The boost this brings any mid-range threat up to the high end and the addition of Trample and Lifelink are huge advantages in the format.  Punishing cheap blockers and widening the life point spread with each attack makes this valuable even if it only lasts a single turn, but the lack of removal makes that unlikely.  Attaching to a creature with damage triggered effects or some form of protection may not always be an option, but should be considered when building from your pool.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


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