Cranial Plating

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Planechase (HOP) Common
Fifth Dawn (5DN) Common

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Cranial Plating

Artifact — Equipment

Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.

: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control.

Equip (: : Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

Cranial Plating Discussion

Osbert on Flood of Artifacts?

2 days ago

I would say the power level of this deck is a solid 7; your deck is focused and has a game plan with very few cards deviating from the plan. However your deck contains sub optimal cards, cards that do not fit the game plan, and a high average CmC. I would also say your deck is lacking card draw and alternate win conditions.

With caring about how many artifacts you have on board I'm not sure why Nev's Disk is in here as it's symmetrical. It might be better to play something like All Is Dust to make sure you keep your artifacts around and are still able to wipe the board.

Because of Akiri's keywords why not run Trove of Temptation ? It produces artifact tokens, it ramps you, and it makes a creature suicide into Akiri every turn from each opponent. Her vigilance lets you be aggressive and still have the best blocker.

Here is a lost of just some powerful artifact loving cards you may have missed: Vedalken Engineer , The Antiquities War , Cranial Plating , Kuldotha Forgemaster , Phyrexian Metamorph , Thirst for Knowledge , Stoic Rebuttal , Scrap Trawler .

The largest glaring weakness I noticed is your lack of interaction with your opponent's game plan and that your only win condition relies on combat. Because of the low interaction something as simple as a Peacekeeper or Kataki, War's Wage stops your deck dead in it's tracks.

MoonHollow124 on Ensoul Artifacts

1 week ago

Cards I run in affinity that could help you here:

Master of Etherium : would be a 5/5 then get the +whatever/+whatever, plus pump your team

Karn, Scion of Urza : Can either be card draw or create tokens that when enchanted become at least 6/6's

Springleaf Drum : Especially w/ Memnite , can make insane starts by going Ornithopter , Ornithopter , Memnite , land, Springleaf Drum Springleaf Drum , Signal Pest . Just allows for more explosive nut draws.

Memnite : See above.

Cranial Plating : Easy to make your stuff huge quick.

Thoughtcast : Usually 1 mana for 2 cards. 2/3 of Ancestral Recall .

Inventors' Fair : Keep your life high and be able to tutor for specific artifacts

Spire of Industry : Almost always a 50 cent Mana Confluence

Blinkmoth Nexus : Another artifact land

Cards you should consider cutting:

Skilled Animator : Just a more fragile Ensoul Artifact

Blackmail : This deck is leaning on the faster side and you already have 10 Thoughtseize effects. Blackmail is the worst of them.

Tezzeret the Schemer : Inefficient removal, and the ult will never happen.

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This is just my 2 cents, I hope you take these into considerati

kamarupa on Trying out Esper Artifacts

2 weeks ago

Given that Master Transmuter costs 4 to cast, and there are lots of other spells even higher, I suggest you run 24 lands or include more ramp via Paradise Mantle / Springleaf Drum .

I also suggest you include 1x Buried Ruin . Darksteel Citadel might be worth including, too.

Thoughtcast instead of Temple Bell .

Cranial Plating is usually pretty good.

sonnet666 on philktoken8998

1 month ago

My Ensnaring Bridge is Stronghold. And is pretty close o NM as far as I can tell. Here's a picture: link

However, I'm not going to trade it down, so if you want to make a trade, I would only trade for your Doubling Season as a 1 to 1.

Either way, I'm still interested in the cards you listed, and I have some other wants from your binder:

Total Price: $40.82

I'd be interested in trading those for these cards out of what you listed:

Spellseeker , Gamble , Talisman of Hierarchy , Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion , Cruel Celebrant , Ugin, the Ineffable , Emmara, Soul of the Accord , Immolation Shaman , Bolas's Citadel , Flux Channeler , Evolution Sage , Finale of Revelation , Karn's Bastion , Inspiring Vantage , and Rugged Prairie . (Total: $39.79)

Also, I just like to say that I'm sorry for falling though on that trade we'd worked out like 6 months ago. I believe it was for my Leyline of the Void . I wasn't on this site for a while, and it kinda slipped my mind. Neither of us had sent anything at that point, so it's not a big deal, but I remembered it when I saw your username and thought I should mention it.

Let me know if this sounds good, and if you want to include Ensnaring Bridge for Doubling Season as well.

Xerxez on Tempered Steel

1 month ago

Some suggestions that I think should be cheap overall, I would recommend bumping up the Cranial Plating count, and the Vault Skirge as well as Darksteel Citadel . Signal Pest is also a little helpful, and Springleaf Drum also adds mana while also adding artifacts. For win conditions based on artifacts that makes a helpful difference. Master of Etherium is also fun but that's more personal choice I think. Good luck!

lagotripha on Help! Budget Hardened Scales

2 months ago

The core components of hardened scales are expensive because they don't have good replacements, but that doesn't mean you are out of luck.

The big secret to 'upgrade paths' is that its often cheaper to look at the expensive cards and see what decks you can build with them, then build an entire deck around the next bunch you get in rather than trying to keep running the same strategy.

If I was looking at starting with scales and foothills, I'd look at an Abzan Gavony Township / Karn's Bastion 'counters matter' deck- the golgari hydras list would be a good start for the kind of cards to look at- creatures that put counters on themselves. I feel that most of the hydras would not fare excellently in my current meta, so some scouting is advised.

However where you look should be different- cards recently in print but rotating out of standard are way cheaper, often to the point that modern archetypes are defined after a set rotates out of standard- as was the case with hardened scales. When combined with cards that 'didn't make the cut', or were one-ofs in nieche decks you get something pretty great.

Right now WOTS has Huatli's Raptor & Pollenbright Druid as 'one shot' steel overseer effects which could form an interesting riff on township.

A bunch of merfolk with a +1/+1 counter theme are rotating, and its worth testing sutai merfolk- I doubt it'll be great for you unless you are planning to build into full merfolk.

Marwyn, the Nurturer and Incubation Druid offer an interesting combo option with older cards like Viridian Joiner and Gyre Sage , that may become a playable archetype, and is notable because Umbral Mantle / Training Grounds /manland is already a thing.

I expect Vivien's Arkbow to retain some of its price as people realise how good it is in modern, which is neat as an artifact supporting the kind of midrange strategy you'd want to transition into an 'artifacts matter aggro' list.

Affinity tools like Springleaf Drum , Ornithopter , Signal Pest , Vault Skirge , Cranial Plating and Etched Champion are all still relatively cheap, Thoughtcast and Galvanic Blast and are likely playable in a more midrange strategy, even if that will likely leave you weak to all the affinity answers floating around.

All told, muck around with some decklists before going out and buying a bunch of cards- there is a lot out there which might work great, given tinkering time. If you want to play right away, jump in with the most budget list involving scales and constrictor you can find, then build out based on what you think is a good deal.

MoonHollow124 on Boom Bots (100% competitive budget)

2 months ago

I play modern affinity and find Spire of Industry to be strong in the mana base. Also, play Vault Skirge main board! It’s insane with Cranial Plating , an another card that is fringe played in affinity, Ensoul Artifact . I run it and it’s certainly strong to have a 5/5 flying lifelink turn 2.

subrosian on Can I use Lightning Greaves ...

3 months ago

Equip abilities can only be activated as sorceries (in other words, during your main phase and if the stack is empty), so no. See the reminder text on... Pretty much any equipment that has reminder text. Bone Saw , Shuko , Fleetfeather Sandals , etc. Some equipment like Cranial Plating , however, have additional activated abilities without the sorcery-speed restriction in addition to their equip abilities. Also, if you had a creature like Brass Squire with an instant-speed activated ability, you could pull this off. And of course, Leonin Shikari explicitly gets rid of this restriction.

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Cranial Plating occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.08%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%