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Gateway Shade
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 Gateway Shade
- Gatecrash

Reviewed March 25, 2013

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.60
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 1.90

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Gateway Shade

Shades are usually pretty good in formats that can support midrange decks. They encourage you to attack before tapping any mana for spells, which is a good play anyway. And in most cases, they can potentially grow to a comparable size of just about anything you'd expect to see on the field at that point in the game, if you're willing to spend most or all of your mana on it. The question is, do you want to spend that much mana on a big attack, or do you want to save some for your spells (or to pump the Shade on someone else's turn in case an opponent has a burn spell)?

The fact that Gate lands, of any color, also pump the Shade is an interesting idea, but on a Shade it's not really an improvement. Shades require lots of black mana, to the point that they only really work in monoblack decks. Gateway Shade is probably the first Shade that works fine in a multicolor deck, but only if you run lots of Gates. And chances are most of your Gates tap for black mana anyway, unless you're running some sort of five-color Gate theme deck. If that's the case, your whole deck is probably built on an unstable premise and this card isn't going to save it.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 1.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gateway Shade

This week, we're looking at cards from Gatecrash that like Gates and use those Gates in different ways. I'd better change the angle of this review a little, because I'm afraid if I write "Gate" one more time, my head or that of a reader will explode. The thing I like about this card is that you can use it in either a mono-black deck or a deck with lots of the relevant land type, and how each offers a different benefit (ie. it doesn't really have one ability that looks like the down-market cousin of the other, arguably aside from the need to play lands that come into play tapped). Most creatures with the Shade type don't work so well in multi-colored decks, so you may want to try and take advantage of that.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Gateway Shade which is a three mana 1/1 Black that for one Black gets +1/+1 until end of turn or +2/+2 by tapping an untapped Gate you control. Shades traditionally belong in mono-Black decks, so gaining additional benefit from playing Gates which can add a splash of another color, is a nice benefit. Even with that this isn't dramatically different from the other shades and the cost of casting and maintaining it will keep it from making many competitive appearances.

For Limited nearly every deck will be multiple colors which drastically weakens Gateway Shade and Gates are uncommon and any in your Sealed or in booster may not be a color combination you will play. Even with those issues it is playable as a later game threat to spend excess mana and makes for a solid topdeck. Naturally the deck should be as focused on Black mana as possible if this is included, which gives an edge to Booster, though Sealed is more likely to have an in-guild Gate. It is worth including if the deck is going to be half Black or more and particularly if a Gate or two is available, making it a midrange draft in Booster depending on earlier picks.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

Gateway Shade Card of the Day
John Shultis

Welcome to a new week of card of the day reviews here at Pojo.com. We begin the week looking at Gateway Shade from Gatecrash. Gateway Shade is an uncommon black creature shade that costs two generic and one black mana and is a 1/1. Gateway Shade has the shade ability of tapping a black mana to give it +1/+1. However Gateway Shade also says that you may tap an untapped gate you control to give Gateway Shade +2/+2.

I have always been a fan of shades. They can be very useful when you have the mana. Gateway Shade can be even more impressive with it's tapping of an untapped gate for a +2/+2. When properly used, that can be devastating with just two or three gates in play.

Definitely a good choice for limited play, and a decent choice in constructed.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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