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Basilisk Collar
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Basilisk Collar

Reviewed February 24, 2010

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.83
Multiplayer: 3.00

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Basilisk Collar

Apparently Wizards likes the idea of lifelink and deathtouch on the same creature. And Equipments that cost one to cast and two to equip? This isn't a bad card at all, especially if you can get it onto a Cunning Sparkmage or Stun Sniper. Or use it in the Kor Arms deck, and swing in with a 2/2 lifelink deathtoucher, why not? It turns even Conqueror's Pledge tokens into a serious threat, when left back to block.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Basilisk Collar

Vampire Nighthawk is arguably the best creature in Zendikar. Is it a no-brainer, then, to pay the same amount of mana to turn any other creature into a parody of him? It is when the target is a Black Knight who becomes able to hold off a Cloudthresher. It is when the target is a Cunning Sparkmage who becomes able to shoot down Angels and Demons from a safe distance. Basilisk Collar is by no means a universal answer like Umezawa's Jitte was in its time, but it is definitely one to watch.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Basilisk Collar which grants a creature Lifelink and Deathtouch, a potent combination as seen on Vampire Nighthawk. While the infamous Nighthawk has Flying, a target with Vigilance to work on both offense and defense, First Strike to keep smaller creatures alive, or that can't be targeted by opponent effects may be the best choices.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer both abilities are quite useful on their own and placed on the creature of your choice can lead to some very difficult decisions for an opponent. The need for a creature to target, lack of any protection or enhancement to raise toughness, and the equip cost being two all hold this down a bit, but expect to see a few people working it into their decks.

With Limited this is a very solid rare which makes a great first pick in Booster as it doesn't lock you into any color and can fit into any deck you may build. It probably should be played in every Sealed deck, especially one with the potential for larger creatures, or the effects mentioned above, as the cost is overall quite low and it can be attached to other creatures as needed unlike an Aura.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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