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Haunted Plate Mail
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 Haunted Plate Mail
- M14

Reviewed September 27, 2013

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.17

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Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Haunted Plate Mail which is a four mana equipment with an equip cost of four that gives +4/+4 and if there are no creatures under your control for 0 can become a 4/4 creature until end of turn. The equip cost is fairly high for a vanilla effect, though combined with equipment support, evasive, or other useful effects this isn't bad. It really shines when no creatures are in play and alongside other activated creatures like Mutavault that can become creatures after it. A theme with that and mass removal is interesting and potentially viable, though it may not reach the higher levels of competitive play.

Dodging non-instant speed removal is a benefit as well and the zero cost allows it to be used on any turn without leaving mana untapped, which is particularly useful in Multiplayer.

In Limited this avoids the typical drawbacks of topdecking an equipment with no creatures in play or having any targets get removed. As a 4/4 for four colorless it is efficient and aggressive for any multicolor deck and should always be included in Sealed and makes for a good non-committal first pick in Booster to leave color choices open. The actual equip cost is still somewhat high, though that is lessened in the format as the mana should be available more often than not.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Skid Rambo

Haunted Plate Mail

I went to the bar last night and bumped into Supreme Verdict in the parking lot. I walked into the bar and I saw Mutavault and Haunted Plate Mail having a great time! This equipment could easily be used in every format. Haunted Plate Mail is a versatile card that can buff up a creature, be a beat stick or a simple blocker. Players that love board control will at least think about using Haunted Plate Mail. When it’s all said and done, Haunted Plate Mail may never make it into your deck but it will find a home somewhere.

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


Franky
Green

I really liked having two weeks planned out. The more advanced notice I have the easier it is for me to write reviews.
 
Four is the magic number for Haunted Plate Mail. 
Casting cost of 4
Equip cost of 4
Gives a creature +4/+4
Turns into a 4/4 creature if you don't have any other creatures on the field.
 
This is an easy first pick in draft. It pumps up your creatures and is devastating when equipped to anything with evasion. Now in M14 there is a lot of artifact hate, Smelt, Demolish, Naturalize, Artificer's Hex, etc. Upside is that there is practically no strong targets for those cards in draft so mostly likely they will be in your opponent's  side board for at least your first match. Since its a rare odds are you've only pulled one of these in drafts, so if your opponent sides in 3 smelts in place of 3 shocks you've just given their deck a good two dead draws. 
 
It also reminds me of the classic hidden knight in armor from Scooby-Doo, so clearly that alone makes it a good card.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3,5 
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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