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Gauntlet of Might 

Reviewed December 23, 2004

Constructed: 2.80
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 2.63

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Thursday - Gauntlet of Might
So I pick the first 3 cards for this week, and this card then pops into my head. I figure, why not? No, there is no rhyme or reason for this pick, just go with it.
First, take your basic cost of Mana Flare for the extra mana effect. Then, turn the cost of Crusade into colorless mana, and call that the cost of the boosting effect. (It would be much higher actually if it were a red cvard, but I'll just use Crusade to make a point here.)
You Get 4R, or 5 mana. So if it costs 4 colorless mana (and one less card), then it would stand to reason that this effect is at a discount to what it should be. Yes, it is an artifact, which may make it more susceptible to hate. But if you're playing red, you have to take a long hard look at this. If it fits in the deck, and you can afford it, I think you should run it.
It may not be good for your weenie sligh deck though ... Think of a Dragon type deck for this.
(Sorry, no limited rating today ... I'm not even going to try to quantify if in a Beta or Unlimited limited event, especially since you don't see those events any more.)
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Gauntlet of Might

This was a highly sought after artifact back when it wasn't a collector's item. Think Goblin decks. Think turn two or three Shivan Dragons. (this was the age of Mox, Black Lotus and other powerful mana producing cards).
Gauntlet of Might would be a powerful card today, but I think the card is balance enough and slow enough in the current constructed formats with its four casting cost. Besides the fact that Wizards has put this card on the We-Will-Never-Reprint-This-Card-List, the Gauntlet is considered by Wizards to be too powerful in part due to it being a colorless artifact and, therefore, rather out of place in the World of the Color Pie. I disagree with that argument, of course, there is NOTHING wrong with an artifact being primarily focused on one color. Nevertheless, Gauntlet of Might would still be a great card if it cost 2RR. A version of this card costing 2RR could probably be printed. Any way you look at Gauntlet of Might, it is clearly a better card for constructed than for limited.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Gauntlet of Might

And people thought Goblin King was good at the time. Why bother with him when you can give ALL of your red creatures +1/+1 and mountain work whether they are goblins are not, and make all your Mountains tap for an extra red mana. Back in those days a turn five Mountain walking 6/6 double pumpable Shivan Dragon was good times. Come to think of it, that's still good times even today. It's even good in limited, if, you know, you ever get to do a draft that will have a Gauntlet of Might available.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

 Thursday - Gauntlet of Might

This card was one of the greets long ago. But oh how the mighty have fallen. It's not a big deal though. The game has just gotten more efficient and this card isn't as useful. I'd imagine a card like this to be a great in a large casual player group game. It would either make you a bunch of enemies or a bunch of allies at a moment's notice.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 3
 Gauntlet of Might --

I'm going to give this card a nice, big "bleh" for a rating. For four mana, yes, it helps your mountains produce an extra color of mana, just like a billion other cards just like it that do the same thing better or cheaper. You're giving all of your red creatures +1/+1 -- great, your team is slightly better. But ask yourself: could Gauntlet of Might be a better card? Almost every time, the answer is yes, so it doesn't belong in your deck. Don't forget, this card works on your *opponent's* red creatures and mountains, too.

In limited, I might be a bit more tempted to play this card, but only if my deck was heavy red. Even then, it might get to hang out in sideboard just in case my opponent has red and gets a faster start than I do.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 1.5

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