Welcome back to Weapons Week!
Today's weapon: Scimitar
Trivia: Scimitars originated from Central Asia,
but were popularized by the Persians. The curved
blade made it ideal as a slashing weapon instead
of for thrusting or stabbing, and so it excelled
while being used from horseback.
Ah, Leonin Scimitar.
Leonin Scimitar is a marked drop in power
from the last two cards we looked at. It doesn't
do anything over the top or dramatic. It doesn't
single-swordedly win games. But I don't care.
It's awesome and beautiful and I love it.
Leonin Scimitar was the first piece of
equipment I ever saw. Heck it was one of the
first pieces of equipment there ever was! It was
amazing, back then, to see it and realize the
implications of this new type of card. An
Enchant Creature spell (the term "Aura" hadn't
been invented yet)... but I can move it wherever
I want? And it doesn't disappear when the
creature it's on dies? What power! What
versatility! This +1/+1 bonus will be around for
the entire game, and I can just throw it onto
whichever creature I want to have it for a mere
Such were the times, back then. Leonin
Scimitar never really made a big splash though.
A +1/+1 bonus was nice, but just not strong
enough. People would rather pay slightly more
mana for a much greater effect. Heck for 1 more
mana you could just play Glorious Anthem and
give ALL of your guys +1/+1. But Leonin Scimitar
wasn't really just about the +1/+1, it was more
about helping out cards that cared if they were
equipped with something or not.
Lots of cards back then - like Loxodon
Punisher, Auriok Steelshaper, and Auriok
Glaivemaster - gave big bonuses for being
equipped with something. Even more recent stuff
like Kor Duelist and Kitesail Apprentice have
kept the trend alive. And there are very few
cards that will help you trigger their bonuses
so cheaply. 1 to cast and 1 to equip is some of
the least expensive you'll find, but the problem
is that even THESE cards didn't care that much
about Leonin Scimitar. Some decks did, but
they'd usually rather have something a bit
stronger, or if they wanted something cheap more
likely it would be Lightning Greaves.
Leonin Scimitar is still one of my favourite
cards, but not for its raw power. For its art.
Look at that sword! Imagine holding something
that looked like that in real life! It's
probably one of the nicest looking blades I've
ever seen. Look at the detail, the lines, the
craftsmanship that would have had to go into a
weapon like that. It's honestly a shame that a
weapon which looks that nice, that stunning, was
given the Magic stats of merely +1/+1. And there
are so few scimitars in Magic, too. Only 3, and
the other two are also underwhelming. Magic
DESERVES a powerful scimitar card, especially
with how popular curved blades are in fantasy
fiction and literature.
C'est la vie.
Join us tomorrow for yet even more Weapons