As far as the benefit of the rest of Magic is concerned, gold cards in Legends were executed perfectly. They got all the excitement a designer could hope out of a splashy new mechanic without using up any of the valuable design space. Truly amazing.
--Aaron Forsythe's Random Card Comment on Kei Takahashi
The quest to identify that artifact is one that experienced players tend to enjoy, but they enjoy it even more when cards' values fluctuate depending on the deck that they are drafting.Mirrodin had some potential for this, but not nearly as much as we try to build into modern sets.
"Ah, the age-old conundrum. Defenders of a game are too blind to see it's broken, and critics are too idiotic to see that it isn't." - Brian McCormick
Just another little anecdote about myr galvanizer. Yesturday I was drafting a white-red deck. Already had 1 mana myr, a myrsmith and I knew I wanted at least 1 if not 2 more mana myrs because I had 2 embersmith. Since both myrsmith and embersmith are mana hungry, cheap artifacts that produce mana are excellent with them. So I got a pack (about 7th or 8th pick pack 2) with a galvanizer and not much else for me, so I took it, not really intending on playing it, but knowing that it's always a possibility if I get another generic mana myr and a palladium myr. I did get a second generic mana myr, but instead of a palladium myr, I fell upon a second myrsmith and snagged an origin spellbomb! The galvanizer ended up being relevant in every game I drew it as I always had at least one myrsmith at the same time. One game I even went:turn 2 myrsmith.turn 3 mana myr (pay 1 for myrsmith)turn 4 galvanizer (pay 1 for myrsmith)turn 5 myrsmith #2, battlegear (pay 1 for myrsmith)From there I flooded the field with 2/2s. Needless to say I won that one.Most interesting though is that I ended up in final against another player that played galvanizer, but for totally different reasons. The guy was playing rb and had 2 or 3 mana myr, 1 palladium, 1 myr propagator, 1 or 2 perilous myr (with a few sac outlets) and 1 myr reservoir (recuring perilous myr + sac outlet is evil!). It was interesting to see two completely different ways to use galvanizer. That's pretty uncommon for lords outside of dedicated tribal sets (look at the M11 lords for instance). I was actually surprised at how good it was in my deck, considering I only had two other creatures with "myr" on the type line.I was a little annoyed at the format at first as it really looked like "infest" vs "metalcraft". However, after playing a few times, I see a bunch of really interesting deck ideas that are neither. I didn't expect myr decks to be possible, yet my opponent in the final had a pretty impressive one (granted, he had 2 rare myr related cards). I've seen two or three furnace celebration decks that were quite strong, and a few weeks ago, I had a red deck that made great use of liquimetal coating (and not for metalcraft purposes). I feel infest is still a little obnoxious, but overall, the format is a little more broad than I initially expected.