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Faith's Fetters
Ravnica, City of Guilds

Reviewed January 04, 2007

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5

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Gackley Ferguson

Today we have Faith's Fetters, and I have to say I love this card! The only real drawback is the casting cost, but that's hardly a reason not to use it.
If it's a creature it can't attack/defend and no matter what permanent it is, its activated ability is moot. Plus add in the fact that you gain 4 life that's just icing on the proverbial cake! In any deck that plays white/control you should have 4 of these.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5


Faith's Fetters

One of the most effective spot removal spells in White Standard, Faith's Fetters is enjoying great popularity for several reasons. One, it can stop artifacts and enchantments as easily as it can creatures, and can even stop nonmana abilities of lands like Vitu-Ghazi. Two, you gain 4 life when you play it. And three, there are still quite a few legendary creatures worth stopping out there, and Fetters leaves the offending permanent in play so that a second Legendary spell will merely kill the both of them. It's also finding comboes with Mark of Eviction and Flickerform, which allow its comes-into-play trigger to go off repeatedly. The one flaw-- it leaves the thing it's Fettering in play, so if the enchantment is destroyed, the opponent gets their permanent back.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4

Jordan Kronick

Faith's Fetters

White has a history of producing very annoying cards. The kind of cards that become staples in an environment and everyone is glad to see them go. Faith's Fetters may be ubiquitous in most white decks, but it remains fresh and enjoyable. It's a perfect answer to so many other annoying cards that it is well loved by all. Whether you're shutting down a Jitte or a Kiki-Jiki or a Darksteel Colossus, Fetters is a perfect answer with four life attached to it. Great wherever you can use it.

Constructed Rating - 3.5
Casual Rating - 3.5
Limited Rating - 3.7


Faith's Fetters

This card has proven to be quite useful. Ever since its printing in Ravnica at common, it has been used to stop a variety of nasty threats. For four mana, this aura will stop quite a few problem creatures, and even some artifacts and enchantments with troublesome activated abilities. For example, it proved to be a rather handy way of stopping Umezawa's Jitte, and it still works wonders on Glare of Subdual. It will also neutralize the Huge Flying Fatties that people like to play; not even Akroma can attack when enchanted by this.
As an additional bonus, you gain four life, which is quite nasty when you consider also that when you play this, your opponent just lost their most powerful attacker. Aggro cries when you luck into four of these over the course of a single game.
Be careful, because Faith's Fetters can be stopped by a Naturalize, and it does not actually remove the creature from play, which definitely means something when your opponent has just casted a Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir.

Constructed 3/5. Some constructed decks run this, but there is cheaper removal out there. Decent against aggro like Boros Deck Wins, but watch out for Lightning Emissary from the Sideboard.

Limited 5/5. Top-notch removal. Useful in any limited deck running white.

Casual 3/5. Not all that fun to play against, but its cheapness allows you to get as many as you want for your budget decks. Good alternative to Pacifism.
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