This card would have been a very powerful
addition to the Standard seasons with Alara.
Remember Mistvein Borderpost? How about
Elsewhere Flask - attack with a 5/5 bottle, then
either use its effect or wait until it dies, and
draw extra cards? Not that it's going to be
irrelevant in Kaladesh, of course. There are
surprisingly few artifacts that can't be
enhanced at least a few times by being a 5/5
creature - and even a number of artifact
creatures that you could consider enchanting
with it. Come back tomorrow, for starters . . .
“Mostly worse" may not be a descriptive summary,
but it's not an inaccurate one. It tacks on an
additional colored mana, and the upside (get the
artifact back once it goes pop) is minor
compared to being cheaper. No Darksteel Citadel
is also irritating, as it was that card more
than any other that made Ensoul Artifact as
deadly as it was.
The good news is that it's still playable
enough. Making an artifact a 5/5 on turn 3
is still a decent line, and it can be used to
either make a Vehicle always a creature or just
to smash face with a cheap artifact. And this
also works well with Vehicles that have combat
keywords or abilities, since they don't care if
you have paid their Crew cost.
This isn't as amazing as Ensoul Artifact is, but
it's still usable enough.
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