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Lodestone Myr 

Reviewed January 16, 2004

Constructed: 2.6
Casual: 3.1
Limited: 3.2

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* game store owner (Shuffle and Cut Games,CA)

Lodestone Myr is a viable card in any format we cover here. While it's not the most game breaking card in serious constructed, it's still a very solid add to artifact decks.  In casual, this guy could really be a force to reckon with in the right deck. In limited, Mirrodin has an insane amount of artifacts, and it would not be unheard of to find limited builds that are half artifact. Add in a few artifact land, and you can pump this guy to very fat proportions. Nice!

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.25
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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

I've seen this in some affinity builds online that can't afford all the affinity cards. It's not that bad - you can use all of your artifacts to attack for about 6-8 damage a turn, which makes a very short clock for your opponent. Remember also that equipment doesn't tap when the creature attached to it does, so you can tap equipment to get a boost.
In casual, this could be quite brutal, given the right deck. Just watch out for the Disenchant.
In limited, you play this. Mirrodin limited decks provide you with enough artifacts to really charge this guy up, an there are no good blocks for your opponent with this guy out. Also remember that he can tap to give himself the bonus when he comes into play, so he's effectively a 3/3 blocker until summoning sickness wears off.
Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 3.75


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Friday - Lodestone Myr
A lot of people don't like this guy.  Personally, I don't either.  However, I do have to take into account that there are a ton of different versions of Affinity floating around out there.  Jason Matthews did a great review of Affinity in last week's Deck Garage.  Anyway, outside of Affinity style decks, I don't think there are a lot of uses.
In limited play, it can be good, but it's still a midrange card.  I used to think that this card was an auto pick, but it's not.  It's still pretty good though.
In casual play, I would just skip on this card.  There are so many creatures that are better for you.  There are so many creatures that are better.  With what is available to you, Loadstone Myr is just an overcosted guy that takes a lot of work to get bigger.
Constructed: 2 (4 in Affinity style decks)
Limited: 3
Casual: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Lodestone Myr
I kinda look at this guy as a frozen shade with trample. That means he's very solid in limited, playable casually, and too slow and resource-intensive for normal constructed use (since most of the artifacts you'd be tapping there would be the artifact lands, in most cases). If more artifacts turned off when they were tapped, he'd be more interesting.
constructed 2.8
limited 3.1
casual 3

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge

*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

January 16 -  Lodestone Myr


4 mana for a 2/2 is not the best deal you could ever envision, but in the correct formats, this card has some good benefits. In limited, since this is such an artifact heavy environment, this guy is great as a 3/3 blocker (tapping itself), or as an attacker with a lot of potential, tapping things like spell bombs and such to pump it up. It almost makes you wonder if it could have some potential in an Affinity build in constructed, being able to be regenerated by welding jars as well. If only Broodstar wasn't sooooo big...


Casual: 2

Constructed: 2

Limited: 4


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Friday- Lodestone Myr

I have often thought this guy should be in an affinity deck wrecking peoples day. At the very least he can be a 3 / 3 blocker. You can tap him to make himself bigger when you block and in affinity this guy can get pretty huge, pretty quick. I would pick him up early in draft and would consider him a possible replacement for the Myr Enforcer in the Affinity deck.

Constructed 3.25
Casual 3
Limited 3


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

 Lodestone Myr

The people who developed this card wanted him to be in the Affinity decks; he is in a few here and there, but most people have bypassed him in favor of Broodstar and Myr Enforcers. Honestly, this thing is for the poor folk who canít manage to pick up BroodstarsÖhe can be very big, but heís no Broodstar.

This guy with a bunch of artifact lands and equipment in draft just feels ridiculous. Those things arenít supposed to tap to do thatÖor at least you would imagine itís the case. I see this guy running around late sometimes, and it just completely confuses me as to why that would happen.

Constructed: 2.75
Limited: 3.5

Jeff Zand

4 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Lodestone Myr

In limited play, EVERYONE seems to love this card a lot more than me. In the artifact-dense world of Mirrodin, I understand that there are many cards on your side of the board that can be tapped to make Lodestone Myr bigger. Trample is as useful as evasion in Mirrodin, an ability that certainly makes Lodestone Myr better than the average artifact creature in the set for similar mana costs. This card falls short for me, however, because when you try to get the most out him by attacking with him and pumping him up with your artifacts, he becomes vulnerable during your opponentís turn to all kinds of things, especially Irradiate. In constructed play, either serious or casual, this guy seems like too much trouble for too little reward.



Chase Lodestone Myr
This and Howling Mine can be neat. Also, the 6th edition rules state that tapping an artifact such as Stabilizer, wonít effect what that artifact does. Aaron, Magicthegathering.comís previous editor, had a neat deck revolving around this card, Howling Mine, various fat artifacts and the three Urza lands to generate the mana. The deck can be found here:  . However, despite it being fun, it canít match up to affinity or too many other decks.
In Limited, there are plenty of artifacts that you can tap to make this a 10/10 each turn. Itís a great card and is definitely a high pick.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

Lodestone Myr seems like it can be taken advantage of but tapping artifacts just isn't worthwhile. It may have been when you could turn artifacts on and off but now that you can't there are very few playable artifacts that produce a benefit less important than a +1/+1 effect. Basically, why give +1/+1 when you could use the other artifacts for something really good.

Constructed - Not strong enough in any terms - 2.25 |
Limited - He's a creature, that is about it - 2.30


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