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Veteran Armorsmith
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Veteran Armorsmith

Reviewed September 18, 2009

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.17
Limited: 3.15
Multiplayer: 2.67

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Veteran Armorsmith

An extra point of toughness may not seems all that significant, but in a format where Volcanic Fallout runs wild, I feel much safer having this pumping up my Swordsmiths out of Fallout range. Granted, the Armorsmiths are still in Lightning Bolt range, but there's no Soldier in Standard short of Guardians of Akrasa that isn't. And besides, a 2/3 for two mana was playable in green when it was vanilla, so why not in white with a bonus?

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.5
Limited- 2.8

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Veteran Armorsmith

Soldiers have historically been one of the most popular tribes in Magic, from the days of Kjeldoran Outpost to the Onslaught era and then Lorwyn's Goldmeadow Stalwart/Militia's Pride-driven decks. But they've gotten a new lease on life with M10 - Honor of the Pure, Harm's Way, and not one but three new "lords," including Veteran Armorsmith, will make sure we're talking about Soldiers for a long time to come.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Veteran Armorsmith one of six new addition to the soldier class from 2010. A 2/3 for two is a decent bargain by itself and giving a plus one to toughness is quite nice especially when other effects available include Vigilance and the ability to block multiple creatures.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this can be a useful if not exactly aggressive addition to a soldier deck.

For Limited this is a very good choice if your pool includes several other soldier cards which is quite possible with this set. Two other soldiers are at the common level and two are uncommon with one of the commons being a one mana 2/1 making for a possible 2/2 and 2/3 in play on turn two. A very solid beginning for any format, but doubly so in Limited. If you happen to draft Captain of the Watch every other soldier should be a pretty high priority, but otherwise this is a decent creature and should be drafted after removal in Booster. In sealed the power is somewhat dependent on how many other soldiers you have, but if playing mostly white it is still worth running. The double White mana cost will prevent it from being as effective in many multicolor decks, but the ease of drafting several soldiers should outweigh the penalty more often than not.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

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