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White Shield Crusader
Cold Snap

Reviewed July 18, 2006


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White Shield Crusader

A 2/1 pro: black seems appropriate for WW, as it can skate past mono-black decks easily. The jump and pump abilites are also nice, turning extra mana in the late game into extra damage, as well as allowing this thing to kill nearly any creatures it tangles with, given enough mana. The only trouble is, it will likely only kill one creature and then die thanks to its one toughness. A creature would need zero power to block this thing without killing it, and even then, Drift of Phantasms can hold this thing off for quite a while if you're still accumulating mana. It's alright, but its toughness coupled with a lack of any way to protect it from nonblack damage makes it a bit fragile.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3

Jordan Kronick

White Shield Crusader

The thing about the new pump knights is that they are way more fragile than those that came before them. There are three reasons for this - firstly, they don't have first strike capabilities. This means that any 1/1 flyer they don't have protection from can take them down easily. Secondly, the lower end of the bell curve for removal is a lot better these days. People don't have to rely on something like Serrated Arrows to take down pump knights anymore. Thirdly, it's very rare to run into a mono-colored deck these days. The old Order of Leitbur and Order of the White Shield were great because the dominant deck was mono-black. It had virtually no way to kill these besides the above-mentioned arrows or Nevinyrral's Disk. These days most decks are two or more colors so the chances of protection being dominating are a lot lower. That being said, pump knights of any variety are stronger than the curve usually allows for.

Constructed Rating - 3.0
Casual Rating - 2.8
Limited Rating - 3.0


White Shield Crusader

May be a decent add to White Weenie builds. Being pro-Black is nice, and it can give itself flying and pump. Versatility is always great to have in a card, and when you can have a 2 power creature that can be as versatile as this, it can't be a bad thing.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

The Antman

White Shield Crusader- Uncommon- Coldsnap

A efficient creature, with a good cost, good abilities, and good evasion/protection White Shield Crusader should be just as useful as his brother, stromgald crusader, why do I think he wont be? because white is full of cards that also have a good cost, with good abilities, and good evasion/protection, while black has very few. All in all a good card, but probably not worth playing in constructed

constructed- 3/5 a good creature but has a lot of competition for this spot, maybe after kamigawa leaves it will see more play
limited- 5/5 a great creature with great abilities for limited
casual- 3/5 nothing special here

Aburame Shino

White Shield Crusader

When I first saw this card, I immediately recognized the mana costs as being the exact same as Order of the White Sheild, with the single white ability granting Flying instead of First Strike. When I saw that it now granted flying I wasn't quite as happy with the card. I'm not saying flying is bad, but if I wanted a small White Weenie creature that could fly I'd use Leonin Skyhunter or Suntail Hawk. The upside of this card is that it still has the pump ability, but is that still good in the current meta?

What made Order of the White Shield good was the fact that it granted First Strike along with its "firebreathing". It could easily block any big creature and keep itself from being destroyed in the process by making the card stronger than the other and granting it First Strike. Crusader can grow, but it just can't stay alive in combat, which I think makes it a bad choice to use.

I only see one use for this card, and that's to be a chump-blocker against Kokusho. Sure this forces you to hold back a mana each turn, but if you're playing a small creature deck (the deck this belongs in) you'll more than likely have mana open to feed this card in the mid to late game, which is when Kokusho appears.

Constructed: 2 - This card's only good against Orzhov and Kokusho.
Casual: 3 - The similarity to Order of the White Shield makes this guy awesome, at least to me.
Limited: 1.5 - I'd rather take a Big Dumb Fattie than this guy.
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