• Jordan Henry

    Love the art on this but I question it’s power.

    • Zombie

      That basically describes Standard in a nutshell

  • Daniel Kaine Allen

    Emrakul, the Pirate’s End

  • Calvin Welsh

    should have only costed 2 mana

    • DJ Pad

      Should have cost 1, or had equip = 0. Bonesplitter is common, and this is rare with one pro (menace) and one con (creatures get destroyed when unattached). Grafted Wargear was uncommon and gave +3/+2 (instead of +2/+0 and menace) and cost zero to equip.

  • Shagoth

    Why does equipment always have to suck? Aside from Mirrodin Blocks, Jitte, and Basilisk Collar, they’ve all been draft chaft in standard.

    • DJ Pad

      I don’t think they’ve printed a decent equipment since Batterskull and the sword cycle. Which is odd, because they keep printing equipment enablers. For a rare, this needed to cost 1 mana, not 3. Or have an equip cost of 0.

      • Jay Kilian

        Captain’s Claws was a good one for an Ally deck with all the triggers. But yeah, nothing to get excited about.

        • DJ Pad

          Allies was never a deck in BfZ standard

    • Kahai

      Something something along the lines of why bad cards exist something something wherein if WotC prints good artifacts outside of an artifact block, the artifacts in the artifact block wont look as good?

      lol WotC isn’t particularly known for making smart moves…

      • Shagoth

        But even in BfZ and Kaladesh blocks, which had substantial equipment sub themes, had awful equipment.

    • Zombie

      Because things that already exploit good equipment exist, and have to be balanced around for other formats.

      They always have to take into account things like Stoneforge Mystic, Steelshaper’s Gift, etc. for Modern/Legacy/Vintage/EDH.

      If they ever print another equipment that’s even close to being as good as the Sword cycle or Batterskull or Cranial Plating or Skullclamp or Jitte, things that break it are already printed and it’ll be a problem instantly.

      • Shagoth

        It’s just weird because in both Kaladesh and BfZ had creatures with solid equipment sub themes, but they had absolutely nothing to work with outside of some zero drops that were more to make Sram draw some cards then actually being good cards. Wizards said that they design for standard and ignore other formats, I believe that less every day.

        • Zombie

          If they designed solely for Standard, Standard wouldn’t be the underpowered dumpster dominated by 3-4 cards per block that it has become.

          And if they designed Standard in a vacuum without testing for other formats, then cards like Gideon, Ally of Zendikar would never happen, where they’re so much better than every other card in Standard that it completely dominates the meta until its rotation.

          When Wizards says they don’t consider other formats when designing new sets, it’s an incredibly transparent lie.

          Reprints are just another hint of those lies as well, like Silvergill Adept and Opt (which is now at $40+ foil for the Invasion copy because of its use in Modern)being prime examples.

          • Shagoth

            I mean, despite all of this garbage, I’m sure they could do something worse than a sword but better than a piece of garbage you pass even in draft. Like loxodon warhammer or bone splitter. Solid cards that won’t break anything.

          • Happy The Cat

            Well, that’s just the way they’re “controlling” standard. They simply just don’t print many good cards, then standard players don’t have as many options so they have to run certain decks, creating a “controlled” meta. For some reason WotC R&D thinks that’s a good thing. Since they don’t have to worry about checking every card in magic to make sure they didn’t break an Eternal as many times when only a dozen or so are actually good. It’s also why we’re seeing more straight banned or errata-ed cards lately, they’ve simplified the process to the point where actually taking the time to print counters to cards they accidentally made op either never happens or will be cards usable by the same deck.
            Why do you think good, cheap burn is gone? they simply dont want to take the time to make a balanced version of “pay one red, deal 3”

          • Zombie

            The problem with good equipment in Standard is that they usually just fit straight into any existing creature decks, bar hyper-aggro decks like Boss Sligh and its ilk.

            Although even those might play Bonesplitter because it lets them trade up mid-late and it’s dirt cheap.

            Even Loxodon Warhammer would be an issue. Even when it was originally released, it was still a beast of a card despite being in the era of broken equipment like Skullclamp, Cranial Plating, Sword of Fire & Ice/Light & Shadow, Jitte, etc.

            Even with those around, Warhammer was still playable. Now imagine that existing in today’s standard, with no other equipment to compete with it on its level. It’s colorless and can fit in literally any deck that plays a decent number of creatures.

            See where the balance issues are stemming from?

            Good equipment need to have a balanced environment (or be good and still have some big downside, see: Godsend’s mana cost) otherwise they’re just going to run rampant and be among the 3-4 cards that dominate an entire Standard rotation cycle. (See: CawBlade)

            Bad equipment are basically freebies to put into a set that can act as supporting filler to decks in limited, and that’s basically most equipment unless they’re specifically designed for some constructed purpose, or they’re pushed too far and become Standard/Modern playable.

    • galen150

      basically the same reason that most artifacts are usually bad, they are colorless so you can run them in anything and you dont need to worry about manafixing to be able to cast them. its a similar reason why a lot of the phrexian mana cards were kinda bad. they dont want another smugglers copter issue on their hands.

      • Shagoth

        That’s not true with phyrexian mana, every new mechanic has some bad cards, but Phyrexian mana also had Gitaxian Probe, Mental Mistep, Gut Shot, Birthing Pod, Surgical Extraction, Mutagenic Growth, Slash Panther saw play in vintage for a really dumb reason one time, Dismember, Apostle’s blessing, Vault Skirge, and a ton of playable cards that didn’t see major play anywhere. Artifacts tend to be playable in artifact blocks, too. I mean, at least make the initial CMC more expensive so it doesn’t feel wonky to equip something for three fricken mana.

  • Oscar

    Really flavourful: the captain dies in a mutiny.

    The card itself is sadly not that good. The only neat interaction I can think of is with Magnetic Theft

  • Happy The Cat

    so the best use I can think of is Yasova Dragonclaw, but since Grafted Exo already can do the same thing but has the added value of infect… meh. otherwise maybe Skyfire Kirin? but Skyfire usually prefers an Alter effect to not waste the stolen goods.

    • Shagoth

      The more the better in EDH.

      • Happy The Cat

        yeah, people keep telling me that, but most of the time it simply isn’t true. I’d rather have some other, better buff for Yasova rather than a +2/+0 that I don’t want to equip since it’d kill my commander if I want to take it off to kill stolen stuff. meanwhile Skyfire would be better off with Wheel and other red draw effects or spells that can trigger it’s ability, since there are already so many cards that Skyfire fuels, even just being mono red.

        • Shagoth

          I was building a mind control/sac tron with Yasova at one point, and something I noticed is that the classic sac outlets like Ashnod’s and Phyrexian Altars are better in addition to magmaw and Fling. That equipment in general is kind of mediocre, but I like the idea; Have them come out swinging for more damage and die before they can reach an opponent. Not sure how the sorcery speed equipment cost and precombat works, but I’m presuming it works out well and fine. My favorites are Goblin Bombardment, Greater Good, and Thromok the Insatiable/Mycoloth.

          • Happy The Cat

            I threw in Grafted Exo for Yasova since Infect massively speeds up clocks if I need pressure, works as a way to kill off stuff if I didn’t have the traditional outlets for her to abuse, or would be at least knock Yasova up 2 power and let me steal something a bit bigger. the worst it would do was absorb a kill spell since most people tend to not like leaving Infect around. overall, not disappointing.

    • Marcelo Ortega Coimbra Martins

      This card is pretty much designed for Admiral Becket Brass EDH. You steal opponents creatures with until end of turn effects, make them pirates with evasion so they also trigger Becket Brass abilities and you can steal more stuf. Then you re-equip it to another creature so the opponent’s creature you just stole gets destroyed.

      • DJPad

        Why would you want to destroy something you’ve stolen permanently?

      • Happy The Cat

        Except Admiral Becket Brass is a permanent steal effect, so you’d just be destroying a creature you control to give another creature +2/+0 and menace, which would be dumb.

      • Marcelo Ortega Coimbra Martins

        Homeward Path is played in commander, and the Admiral Becket Brass EDH will usually contains OTHER steal creature spells and effects, with until end of turn conditions (there is actually a pirate that does this), and those are the creatures you should equip, then maybe a token or a indestrutctible one. Also there are blink and bounce effects to get creatures back to their owner’s control. I see potential in it and plan to use in my Pirate EDH.

      • Jay Kilian

        Captivating Crew would be fun with this in a Hijack type deck, but it’s certainly not a Rare.

  • Darkray Accel

    Is this even worthy of rare?

  • AHunter

    Am i the only one really bothered with the term “destroy” instead of the usual sacrifice? It doesn’t change a whole lot but that’s unusual.

    • Thomas Porter

      Maybe a template change, or to allow indestructibles to trade it around? Or Get around things that prevent sacrifice, possibly in this set

  • AJ

    I get the feeling this set has a good reason this card cares about making a creature into a pirate, as the card itself is kinda terrible.

    Then again I’d love a Pirate Emrakul the promised captain

    • Shagoth

      All the other grafted artifacts were about as bad.

      • DJPad

        Grafted wargear was sweet, what are you talking about?

  • Bostorket

    There’s lots of people I’m glad I’m not… but mostly Captain Hook.

  • S1lv36

    This attached to a gideon seems fun

    • Happy The Cat

      Except once Gideon stops being a creature this unattaches and blows up the no longer indestructible Gideon.

      • Fletcher

        That’s actually hilarious.

  • Mathos

    My hope is that this set has a card that says “You may equip any permanent as though it were a creature you control.” That would not only justify this card’s drawback, but also let me put a Basilisk Collar on Pyrohemia.

    • Shagoth

      I could picture any creature, but any permanent sounds like an unset.

    • galen150

      “i want to make my opponent sacrifice all his creatures for one mana each, and then do the same to his lands” yea, cuz thats fair

    • Pandancules

      You could just pair it with cards that temporarily steal their creatures.

  • Pandancules

    This can actually be good in Mardu decks. Toolcraft exemplar would love +4/+1 and menace

  • Aurore

    “Crocodiles have protection from equipped creature”

    • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

      “Whenever a Crocodile creature attacks, Destroy equipped Creature.”

  • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

    This is going to be HILARIOUS in my Brion EDH Deck.