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Puresteel Paladin
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Puresteel Paladin
New Phyrexia

Reviewed June 6, 2011

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 3.83
Multiplayer: 3.83

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Puresteel Paladin
How much equipment do you need in a deck? There is, of course, no one answer, but the existence of Puresteel Paladin may push many people's answer slightly higher. The fact that you can use equip abilities for free once you reach the metalcraft threshold is convenient, as it will probably have been preceded by a few turns of casting equipment cards and, likely, doing little else. Pairing him with the living weapon cards from Mirrodin Besieged and New Phyrexia will probably be effective, if not consistent with lore, and like Stoneforge Mystic, he can only get better with time.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Puresteel Paladin which is a two mana 2/2 White creature that allows you to draw a card whenever an equipment enters the battlefield under your control and when Metalcraft is active reduces the equip cost of artifacts to zero.  This is a very nice support card for any White deck running equipments, particularly one with more of a theme in that area which could include the Kor or Living Weapon cards.  The double White really keeps this from being as useful in a two color deck, but if enough early sources of White mana exist it can be managed.  Overall a 2/2 for two with card advantage, not limited to played from hand, that can remove the equip costs that sometimes reach six mana is certainly a card to consider when building a deck.
In Limited a 2/2 for a double color is difficult to work with and multiple equipment cards might not be available in your pool.  If several are present using this card is a very good strategy, but without the equipment to work with it is a poor investment compared to creatures that are easier to play.  In Sealed it should be considered only if playing purely White, have a solid base of equipment cards, or both. 
For Booster drafting this first is a gamble that can pay off as you can build an all White deck and get several extra equipment cards that may be passed around the table.  Anything with Living Weapon should be given even more attention than usual as they both support the Paladin's effects and work as a creature which will avoid an excess of potentially bad topdecks.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


   Welcome to another week of Card of the day reviews here at Pojo.com. Today we are taking a look at Puresteel Paladin from New Phyrexia. The Puresteel Paladin costs just two white mana, and is a 2/2. The Puresteel Paladin says whenever an equipment card enters the battlefield under your control, draw a card. He also has Metalcraft: Equipment you control have a zero cost to equip as long as you control three or more artifacts.

    This guy is crazy good for only two mana. He easily could have cost much more, or even been given the nod to become mythic, but here he sits. This guy makes in impact in any equipment based deck, and I am sure that many of the competitive Standard decks are already looking forward to this guy’s aide, for both the card draw, and freedom of mana once Metalcraft is achieved.

    In Vintage formats, this guy so easily combos with the Leonin Shikari from the original Mirrodin. The reason is because then once you have Metalcraft, you can bounce your equipments around at instant speed, for free!

     All in all one of my personal favorite cards from New Phyrexia, and perhaps one of the most useful, but underappreciated cards.
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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