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It's interesting; look at the comments on the Mirrodin printing of this card, they're all quite positive. By contrast, most of the comments here are somewhat lukewarm.

I think you guys are underrating him. A tabled soft counter is great for playing some mind games with your opponent - it's a constant reminder to him that the next time he tries something fancy, you'll counter it. Yes it lets him play around it, but it can also cause him to slip up by over-thinking it.

The fact that it's a delayed soft counter on 3-toughness wings makes it a great card. He's a keystone part of why blue and artifacts work so well together.
Posted By: Magnor_Criol (12/19/2010 6:44:01 PM)


i actually kinda like this card...not the best by any means but hey, decent toughness for blocking, it flies for a few extra damage, and it can take out an opponents spell, or at least make them wait to play anything until they got the mana they need.

There's better alternatives, but meh, its useable
Posted By: Necrolysis (1/6/2010 9:23:50 AM)


I like him a lot. Play him with Aether Vial, Skeleton Shard and Myr Retriever. And have some equipment down he can play with when in play.
Posted By: Coincidence (8/8/2010 8:08:31 AM)


Good multiplayer card. Decent blocker, and helps to draw attention away from yourself. Otherwise, reasonable enough to stick in an artifact control deck.
Posted By: SChowney (3/6/2010 6:28:08 AM)


with bringer of the white dawn its nice, otherwise its just expensive
Posted By: Tezz (10/17/2009 3:07:45 AM)


ehh...flying is a plus? otherwise a so-so card.
Posted By: htmlfreak (11/29/2009 6:16:34 PM)


Always liked this card. Good defender, and the counter is a good suprise later in the game if the opponent forgets about it.
Posted By: Jneh (9/7/2010 2:23:56 AM)


Now I want to make a Replicate deck now, retriever cards like Skeleton Shard
I just need to find some good ways to play with it.
Posted By: TrueBloodWolf (7/28/2011 7:12:35 PM)


A tougher, less damaging wind drake with a nice effect. Having it along with disruptive student is a pretty fun mind game.

Posted By: xilinplips (1/2/2013 1:04:50 PM)


"Let me show you how it's done, gentlemen." This guy's got panache.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (11/10/2013 10:56:25 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!