Ashnod’s Battle Gear is a notable Magic: The Gathering card from Antiquities. This interesting artifact is a predecessor to modern day equipment cards, however it’s ironically more powerful than some equipment that sees print today.
Ashnod’s Battle Gear – 2
You may choose not to untap Ashnod’s Battle Gear during your untap step.
2, Tap: Target creature you control gets +2/-2 for as long as Ashnod’s Battle Gear remains tapped.
This horrid invention clearly illustrates why Mishra’s liutenant was feared as much by her troops as by her foes.
One of the reasons that Ashnod’s Battle Gear is such a fantastic Magic: The Gathering card is because you could activate it at instant speed. An opponent with Ashnod’s Battle Gear is a rival to be feared. Terrifying even. You couldn’t just attack in with your creatures, as you knew your adversary always come out victorious in at least one of their blocks. Likewise, Ashnod’s Battle Gear transformed innocent looking creatures into relevant threats. Ashnod’s Battle Gear became downright nasty if your enemy had creatures with first strike or banding.
Ashnod’s Battle Gear could be used protectively too. When players were still casting Fireballs and Lightning Bolts left and right, you’d be able to pump up your creature to save it.
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