Heavy Mattock - Dark Ascension Visual Spoilers

Heavy Mattock

  • Color: Colorless
  • Type: Artifact - Equipment
  • Rarity: Common
  • Set:

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1.

As long as equipped creature is a Human, it gets an additional +1/+1.

Equip 1 Mana

  • DeeDubleYou

    Not even good enough to make the cut for most draft decks.

  • Ragamander

    Was anyone playing MTG during the Mirrodin block? I’m pretty sure they printed a better piece of equipment at common level. It was called Vulshok Morningstar.

    It’s a good thing they went back and rebalanced that format-defining card, making it cost 1 more to cast and making half of its effect very conditional.

    • Ragamander

      Or you could view this as a rebalanced Leonin Scimitar, the 1-mana part of the format-defining equipment triumvirate alongside Vulshok Morningstar and Vulshok Battlegear (the lattermost being so broken that it was later rebalanced by splitting it into two cards: Greatsword and Kite Shield).

      Heavy Mattock costs 2 more to cast than the Scimitar and 1 more to equip, but it makes up for that by providing a tiny extra bonus to Humans. That seems like an appropriate trade-off.

  • Dommo

    I don’t understand why they keep printing such terrible equipment. Even considering draft, they could at least put some playable equips in there.

    This thing sucks.

    Maybe if it had 1 more ability, like a tap sacrifice heavy mattock, deal 2 damage to target creature or player (e.g. one of your creatures throws the axe). Then it would at least have a bit more utility.