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Steel Sabotage
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Steel Sabotage
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed April 14, 2011

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.25

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Steel Sabotage
A counterspell for artifacts that works even after the artifact has hit play. If it's already in play, bounce it, and if it's being cast, counter it. I'd like it even more if it could somehow recur itself, that way I could bounce an artifact and counter it on the way back down, but as it stands I'd need two copies of Steel Sabotage for that. Even so, this does make a great answer to artifacts for any blue deck that can't splash red, green, or white. I expect to see it in the sideboards, and maybe even the maindecks, of just about every blue/black deck to hit the tournament scene in Standard for as long as it remains in the format.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 2
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Steel Sabotage
Anybody who says they don't print powerful blue spells any more hasn't been reading the new blue spells' rules text. One mana to counter a Sundering Titan and evade the sundering effect? One mana to put a Blightsteel Colossus in a place it probably didn't come from and might not be able to come back from? One mana to wreck the opponent who just went all-in on an Arcbound Ravager or a cranial-plated Ornithopter with double-digit power? You bet.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Steel Sabotage which at a cost of a single mana works both offensively and defensively to control the field for a Blue mage playing with or against an artifact deck.  It can counter them when cast, bounce one in play to stall an opponent's play, be used in response to removal, or to reset a card with a comes into play effect. 
Overall this is a real bargain for the cost when playing artifacts and worth sideboarding if facing artifacts as it can counter for less than other options plus has additional versatility.
In Limited it is assured that every opponent you will face is using artifacts and that they will also comprise a healthy portion of your own deck.  If you play Blue the low cost of this and plentiful uses make this a card that will almost always have a use that can change the course of the game and it should be drafted as removal with high priority.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


     Welcome to another Card of the Day review here at Pojo.com! Today we take a look at Steel Sabotage from Mirrodin Besieged. Steel Sabotage costs only one blue mana and has a choice, either you counter target artifact card, or return target artifact card to its owners hand.

     This is easily one of the best cards out of the new set, and sure to be a dangerous card for standard for some time now. The ability to keep one blue mana and keep a player at bay from playing some really good cards is just good strategy. Not many player’s will want to risk so much mana on a good spell, only to lose it to Steel Sabotage. Take for instance attempting to cast Wurmcoil Engine, six mana down the drain at the cost of only one. And then there is the flip side of the coin, bouncing an artifact back to its owners hand, only to possibly set it up to be countered.

     Such a versatile card and it is only common. This card is sure to be a staple in any standard blue decks.
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 2/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5

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