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Cranial Plating
Fifth Dawn

Reviewed June 23, 2005

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2.85
Limited: 3.2

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Cranial Plating

Those were the days, one year ago, when Cranial Plating quickly jumped into prominence as one of the most dangerous cards in the extremely dangerous Affinity deck. A year later finds the Affinity deck neutered to say the least, and Cranial Plating much less interesting. This card is good in a deck with (obviously) LOTS of artifacts. I just don't see the use of this card in any constructed format where you cannot use the artifact lands (Type II). In limited, this was an above average card, but this was only true because the limited format was so entirely artifact based. If Cranial Plating were in the current block, it would see very little play in limited.


Paul Hagan

Cranial Plating --

Whenever Skullclamp got banned, Affinity had to find a new piece of equipment to turn itself into a mildly degenerate deck. It found Cranial Plating right away, and never missed a beat. I suppose that should say something on how good Cranial Plating is -- it filled the void left by Skullclamp and Affinity wasn't hurt in the least; it might have even been better. If I had to list off the five best pieces of equipment, Cranial Plating is likely on the list. The only major drawback is that you have to play a fair number of artifacts to make the Plating worthwhile, which can limit the number of decks it goes into.

Constructed Rating: 3.5
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.0


Cranial Plating

Awesome card, especially in limited. If you're playing Mirrodin limited, you absolutely, positively play this card, regardless if you are going Black or not. If you are going Black, then it's even better, but you really don't need to be. The advantage of Cranial Plating comes from the huge amount of Artifacts available in the set. Plating can make the weakest creature a nasty threat. Slap it on a 1/1, and attack away. You'll probably get your x/1 killed, but you'll take something with it. Do it again and again, sacrificing your little guys, and you'll kill more and more of your opponent's creatures. Eventually, if you have enough creatures, you'll get through.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 4.5
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