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So I could have lightning greaves, swiftfoot boots, AND whispersilk cloak in the same deck--that's classy.
Posted By: DlCK (7/8/2011 4:25:10 PM)


Cheap casting cost, cheaper equip cost, and it protects whatever it is sitting on from removal. I can't see any significant downside.
Posted By: EvilCartographer (7/8/2011 5:54:27 AM)


@Elleran: I bet it will be in nearly every Commander deck, at least all the creature based ones.
Posted By: PeabodyET (7/8/2011 10:17:27 AM)



Sorceries can only be cast on an empty stack, thus if you activate the equip cost on Lightning Greaves of {0} and then an opponent responds with a kill spell, you couldn't activate the equip ability again, since the stack isn't empty until after the kill spell resolves. Unless of course you have a card that allows equip abilities to be used as instants, such as Leonin Shikari. Also there is no "unattach" ability. The only way to "unattach" equipment is to target another creature with the equip ability, cast the spell, then after it resolves target the original creature with the equip ability again.

That being said, I would definitely use this when infect creatures, since their biggest curse (aside from mutilated limbs) is their susceptibility to removal, the haste is a nice bonus and hexproof would allow you to pump up your creatures as well.
Posted By: tcollins (7/11/2011 5:30:02 PM)


This decent piece of equipment has found a home in all my edh decks, 4.5/5. I like the move from shroud to hexproof, lately with all the equipment out there enchantments have started to become a lot less popular.
Posted By: Cybrax (7/20/2011 11:26:56 AM)


Incredible... goes well with... any creature!
Posted By: Radagast (7/21/2011 11:04:49 AM)


not being as good as lightning greaves does not make this a bad card, and interesting to see what this does in standard.

also legacy and edh players, dont forget about puresteel paladin and auriok steelshaper. i run 4 each of both of those as well as leonin shikari, so this might actually replace greaves for me.. havent decided yet but i'm picking up a playset asap
Posted By: Drewid (7/17/2011 6:58:34 AM)


All it takes is one second without your boots for your opponent to kill your creature. If you run a deck where you want to target your creatures a lot, this can be better than lightning greaves. People acting like you can just unequip the boots seem to forget that fact. You pay Zero to equip your boots to another creature. Then I play Path to Exile. Enjoy your land.

Not trying to say it's better than Lightning Greaves, that certainly has it's advantages. We don't need to state them, because well they are obvious. Sure Greaves are usually better. Probably better in most decks, but not always better. Definitely not. There is a reason to use these.

For example in My Commander Deck I use Derevi as the general. One of the things I like about her is I can use her to tap my creatures to use their effects again, or to give creatures psuedo vigilance. I can't do that if they have shroud. I can if they have hexproof.
Posted By: GordonFreechmen (2/5/2014 6:13:52 PM)


Adding mana to the equip cost really harms interactions with cards such as Nomads En-Kor, Cephalid Illusionist, and Leonin Shikari. It also harms your tempo each time you need equip it, taking away the real appeal of Lightning Greaves -- you just cast it once, and never invested anything further into it. The small improvement of Hexproof over Shroud doesn't offset the added cost; the awkward boot shuffle that sometimes occurs isn't so prevelant that it's worth paying mana to avoid. This is to Lightning Greaves as Darksteel Axe was to Bonesplitter.

I could see myself using Swiftfoot Boots as a slightly inferior copy of Lightning Greaves in an EDH deck, but it will never replace it's predecessor.
Posted By: scumbling1 (7/12/2011 7:15:51 AM)


I think personally this is Lightning Greaves on crack, toned down just a tiny bit with the equip cost. But it is low enough where it really does not affect you much unlike Argentum Armor or Skinwing. I mean, Lightning Greaves gives your creature protection from your spells to, this lets you enchant it still, so no taking off your boots to put on armor, you can still fling it, or boost it, or do whatever you want to the creature, whereas lightning greaves would not let you.
Posted By: hedronMatrix (7/17/2011 5:21:59 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!