Cranial Plating


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan 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

subrosian on Can I use Lightning Greaves ...

4 days 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.

Synreth on Glissa, Queen of the Scrapyard

4 days ago

Hey there

Love the deck!! Have a Glissa deck myself and think she is an amazing commander!

Just thought I'd give you a heads up on an amazing win-con! You mentioned Wurmcoil Engine + Cranial Plating which is sick!! One I have used countless times in my deck that works incredibly is Cranial Plating + Marionette Master + sac outlet e.g. ( Krark-Clan Ironworks )

Feel free to check out my own Glissa is you want any other ideas :)

Vangoguey on Kugisho MXY7 Ohka *Extreme Budget*

1 week ago

My suggestion is very simple. Cranial Plating . It's only $0.35 and does great work.

Flooremoji on Ensoul the facts

2 weeks ago

Maybe find some room for 4 Cranial Plating and 2 Experimental Frenzy ?

PurePwnage on Mono-White Affinity

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the information, Infect isn't the primary win condition for Affinity, it's generally an alternative to simply flooding the board with cheap artifact creatures and pumping with Steel Overseer , Arcbound Ravager , or Cranial Plating . However, I removed Blinkmoth Nexus for the sheer fact Inkmoth Nexus presents another win condition, outside of the that traditional aggro beatdown traditionally offered by affinity. this time also isn't a traditional Affinity deck as it goes wide, and mid-range thanks to Tempered Steel and Servo Exhibition . Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Alessandroso on Combo's everywhere

3 weeks ago

Pestilent Souleater is to give mairsil infect and then use Cranial Plating to buff mairsil's attack to 10 and kil everybody with Chandra's Ignition chandra's ignition for 10 infect

MoonHollow124 on $5 Artificer Control

3 weeks ago

I run modern affinity and find that you usually want a critical mass of artifacts. Springleaf Drum works wonders with Ornithopter on turn one and Signal Pest can turn attackers rather decently sized very quickly. Vault Skirge and Ensoul Artifact is a nice combo, and with many artifacts Cranial Plating gets out of hand very fast.

clayperce on Thoughts on UG Control?

3 weeks ago

Thanks much; I'll give your Kefnet deck a hard look, for sure.

heckproof and APPLE01DOJ,
Yeah, those are all good examples.


> weird mashup of ramp into semi-big threats with suboptimal control elements.

That's actually a great definition of what Ponza is all about! I usually describe the deck more like "aggressive ramp into bulk rares that you would never expect could be good in Modern, with an overlay of annoying mana-denial Control", but yours will certainly do. The thing is, it works surprisingly well in many metas.

> besides fetchlands, what activated or triggered abilities are you hoping to stop with Repudiate / Replicate

I actually laid that out in the deck description, but in case you missed it here it is again:

  • Opponent transforms a Thing in the Ice? Repudiate the triggered ability and our team stays on the field.
  • Opponent wants to make us sac' a creature with Lili, put a Terminus on top with Jace, or ultimate whatever random Planeswalker they have? Repudiate the activated ability and we've totally turned the game around.
  • Opponent tries to Modular a ton of +1/+1 counters onto their attacking Inkmoth Nexus, wipe our board with an Oblivion Stone, Equip a Batterskull, Crew a Smuggler's Copter, etc, etc, etc? Repudiate gives us answers (or at least options) we never had in 'normal' Ponza.

Here are more details though, looking at the top meta decks in turn ...

All that said, it's clear that in many cases a 2-mana counterspell (e.g., Negate or Mana Leak ) is better than a 2-mana stifle effect ... certainly UW Control has found that to be the case! What's not clear to me yet is if that's the case in UG Control as well ...

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Cranial Plating occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.08%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%