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"Strictly worse than darksteel axe"

Wrong: this lacks indestructablility, but you pay less to equip it. It's not a case of having a strictly better / worse card here.

Furthermore, Bonesplitter -- while not strictly better -- is still functionally better than Darksteel Axe. The one extra mana hurts your early-game tempo to be worth the additional ability. If your opponent wants to spend a removal spell on this card, that's fine -- they'll probably pay more mana on their spell than you did on Bonesplitter.

Posted By: scumbling1 (3/14/2011 9:59:54 AM)
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As the name suggests...
Solid simple classic equip boost.
Posted By: Chrs84 (4/10/2012 9:35:59 AM)
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I run four of these in my mono black suicide aggro deck, and most of the time, it ends up on Tormented Soul (swing for three unblockable damage on turn two) or Vampire Nighthawk (swing for four damage and four life on turn four... turn two if I can Dark Ritual the 'hawk). It's easily my favourite equipment card because of its speed. In that specific deck, I wouldn't dream of replacing it with Sword of X and Y.

Phylactery Lich is trying to convince me to play Darksteel Axe instead.
Posted By: Havrekjex (9/26/2011 6:55:55 AM)
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The most efficient power boosting equipment of all, and because it was one of the first equipment ever, everything gets compared to it. It's unfair, like comparing all mana artifacts to Moxen.
Posted By: Atali (5/16/2012 4:56:46 PM)
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@Thewrathofshane: Not if you're running Metalcraft... plus exiles can deal with Rancor and only specific removal can deal with this. Also and more importantly: Rancor is green. This is colourless. So it can't be strictly worse. Strictly worse means Rancor is better in every situation and that's clearly not the case.
Posted By: Lifegainwithbite (1/4/2013 10:26:40 PM)
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@Flavros We also have a nice thing called Umezawa's Jitte

But once this hits play, it says:

1: Target creature becomes scary

I like it a lot
Posted By: Necrolysis (5/20/2010 7:24:46 PM)
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I'd rather have it on Kor Duelist or Skyhunter Skirmisher, personally. Very cheap and efficient equipment, nice at common.
Posted By: rubber (10/13/2009 1:20:13 PM)
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Turns Auriok Glaivemaster into a 4/2 first striker, Kor Duelist into a 3/1 double striker or Kitesail Apprentice into a 4/2 flyer on your 2nd turn...
Posted By: GrimjawxRULES (1/12/2011 2:30:19 PM)
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I'm always a little sad when my equipment deck's opening hand doesn't have one of these. I have to make due with Shuko as my bonesplitter imitation so I can run 8 cheap equipment.
Also, I love GrimjawxRULES's suite of 1 drop creatures. I wish there were 2 more of the same type.
The curve of this card is perfect with 1 drop creatures and a 3rd turn O-Naginata.
Posted By: kiseki (4/22/2011 7:36:22 PM)
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Mind if I axe you a few questions? *eyebrows*
Posted By: Zulp (1/18/2010 12:27:38 AM)
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