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Smuggler's Copter
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Smuggler's Copter
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.67
Commander [EDH]: 3.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Smuggler's Copter
I'm not especially familiar with the history and development of vehicle mechanics in trading card games. The only one I've personally played with was in the original Star Wars trading card game from the 90s, and it worked rather differently from Magic's, partly because they were a card type all their own and not related to characters (creatures). Some of them also had a "permanent pilot", which meant they could effectively fight on their own at lowered power if you didn't have anyone to crew them at the moment. Magic, though, takes a more literal implementation of the concept, in which you basically can't use the vehicle unless you have another creature; I'm sure both have upsides and downsides from the point of view of game design, but the requirement certainly makes something like Smuggler's Copter a little more balanced. It's still a very strong card, because I doubt there is any other circumstance where you'd see power higher than mana cost plus flying plus card selection in one place at the one time. The set is very much designed to help you crew things, too, with its multitude of ways to generate tokens.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Smuggler’s Copter (10/3)
First new card of Kaladesh, and it’s one of the fancy and exciting new Vehicles. These are quasi-equipment permanents that let you tap other creatures to make them into creatures, and these creatures can then bash your opponent. Typically, Crew costs tend to be low enough and the mana costs on the Vehicles also low enough to make this a good deal. Not being creatures until you Crew them means they dodge some of the sorcery-speed creature removal, too, and the creature is tapped as part of the vehicle’s cost (so you can tap a freshly-summoned creature to Crew).
Smuggler’s Copter is one of the cheaper Vehicles in terms of mana cost, and it’s pretty good; it’s able to start swinging as a 3/3 with flying on turn 3, more than likely, and it loots on impact. Both of these are very good, and Crew 1 means almost any creature will do in terms of getting it off the ground.
It’s cheap, it does reasonable amounts of damage, and it gets you through your library. As far as rares go, this is a solid horse in Limited and may make it in Constructed.
Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander: 3.25

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