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I agree with basically everything DarthParallax said, 110%. This card has history in Magic and should have been reprinted, or at least referenced more blatantly. You can't even say the word is politically sensitive any more (Crusader of Odric).
Posted By: crimson_sunrise (2/13/2013 3:30:03 PM)


Love this art! The flavour text reflects something many of the other planeswalker characters lack- character depth and development.
Posted By: gongshowninja (9/8/2010 5:09:41 AM)


I would run this with Jihad to see if my deck blows up ;)

Posted By: iSlapTrees (5/13/2011 7:16:00 PM)


Elspeth is so BA.
Posted By: LordAlvon (9/30/2010 5:53:50 PM)


Elspeth is one of the only planeswalker that doesn't irritate me, character wise. The artwork for her duel deck is ridiculous. We can't rate this card low because of Honor of the Pure, and by itself this is definitely a 4.
Posted By: Richard_Hawk (9/27/2010 11:35:15 PM)


I'll give it a 4 for art, but I find it hard to think of a situation where this card would ever be more desirable than Honor of the Pure.
Posted By: Leonin_Kha_Cameron (9/9/2010 9:03:17 PM)


EDIT: Something to note here. Strictly better also often needs to be qualified. The attached link defining strictly better is:
A- on a wiki, so is unreliable/not proven knowledge (I.E. i can just go edit it right now, printscreen, and forever be just as semi correct as those citing it. It's just an approximation, like a book report on a book.)
B- The statements here are not qualified like those on the wiki either. You MUST put cards in a vacuum if you want to claim "strictly better" in nearly all circumstances.

(Were this made today and not way back in Alpha) something to keep in mind is that it'd likely be made *for* multiplayer white games, heck, the flavor works best there!

Benefits over Honor of the Pure:
-Opponents can't steal it to take away your bonus. It must be bounced/destroyed/exiled
-Multiplayer shinanigans
-White destroy cards that check power certainly have synergy with this
-as well as white "doesn't untap" cards that check power level
-chroma (this c... (see all)
Posted By: blurrymadness (2/21/2011 1:10:21 AM)


Running a standard legal, incredibly competitively viable card like Honor of the Pure would have made this duel deck even more valuable.
Posted By: HairlessThoctar (9/10/2010 8:36:11 PM)


Yes, we know that honor of the pure is strictly better. Who cares? Crusade is strictly cooler and has mega nostalgia. I played with this card for years. It also spits in the face of political correctness, which is undoubtedly why they made honor of the pure in the first place. I'll take crusade any day.
Posted By: Laguz (9/30/2010 11:26:56 PM)


To Vorthoses, Crusade is strictly better than Honor of the Pure.

Crusade pumps enemy creatures, yes. To Vorthos, that's a bonus. You are clearly starting a Holy War, and your opponents' clerics get to get in on that. I'm running Knights with protection from your, protection from your friend, and protection from your grandma's pet dog, so that's not really a problem for me.

Crusade also costs WhiteWhite instead of 1White . This also is better in Vorthos' opinion, because it shows how you have to have a strong commitment to the color to get this sort of inspired. You run this in a mono-white deck, a white-centric shard or wedge deck, or a W/x classic two-color build... but you are NOT getting away with white as your off color here. You gotta mean it.

Yes, these are technically 'drawbacks'. But they are also meaningful elements of the card that make it much more evocative than HotP, which is just out-and-out blatant power creep. I understand and like the idea of the new one-sided approa... (see all)
Posted By: DarthParallax (8/7/2011 7:20:17 PM)