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Ethercaste Knight
Alara Reborn

Reviewed April 14, 2009

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.17
Multiplayer: 2.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ethercaste Knight

Get ready for the gold rush (at least you won't need pickaxes or dynamite this time around). Ethercaste Knight has a lot going for him - I like the synergistic design of any exalted creature who's also good on defense. The cost is very specific, but it generally seems worth it as few things can get past him in the early game. Just watch out for Molten Frame!

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Ethercaste Knight

Simple and elegant. It's nice to start off the reviews of the new fully multicolored set with this little guy. A good investment for 2 to be sure. Nothing extravagant. However, if the exalted decks start showing up somewhere, I would expect this guy to be in them as he sets you up for a good early blocker with a toughness of three and gives your 1st round exalted creature a boost.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 3


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Ethercaste Knight - Tuesday

This card is nice in its simplicity. There's nothing tricky here. It's just a solid creature. A 1/3 creature doesn't seem that strong, but it can be put to good use as a blocker more often than not. It's got a low casting cost. It also has Exalted. It's a solid bang for your buck. It's a card that could get squeezed into those last few slots of your limited deck, but I'm not sure where it belongs in constructed.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2
BMoor Ethercaste Knight

I think this will go nicely into Exalted decks. The main problem with Exalted is that the +1/+1 bonus has to be better than not attacking with the Exalteds themselves. Cards like Akrasan Squire and Ethercaste Knight are perfect for this, since on attack they're just 1/x's but the creature they give their 1 point of power too might be a Rhox War Monk or Jhessian Infiltrator. Not attacking with the Knight also lets it block, which as a two-mana 1/3 it is very good at, perhaps even able to clog up opposing aggro decks. As an Esper card, unless you have a lot of cards that care about artifacts, you probably don't really want this-- especially when you could have Tidehollow Sculler or Strix. Maybe if your Esper deck is all about accelerating into a Sharuum the Hegemon or a Sphinx Sovereign...?

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2.75
Multiplayer- 3
Limited- 3

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