Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
4.00 (9 Reviews)
Limited: 2.10 (9 Reviews)
Reviewed March 19, 2002
based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ...
5 is the highest rating
a single creature can create an entire deck around
itself, you know its good. This guy was pretty
terrible in limited, but in U/B control he was
fairly amazing. In constructed, a 4.5, in limited,
only a 2.
don't like cards with mechanics that are unfair.
Something for "free" means that it's
unfair. Constantly getting your creature back
for free is a pain in the ass for your opponent,
and it just seems like a poor card design.
This was one of my
favorites from the Mercadian Masque block. Gee,
anybody could play with rebels, but it took sound
strategy and good over-all playing to use this guy
right. He made several decks of the era worth
while to play.
In Limited he's a
vanilla grey ogre with a special ability that will
The late, great Skye
Thomsen designed a deck called Condamination
around this card and Contamination. The deck was
so much fun to play and was hard to beat as
well. The "bounce in" effect is really
good and the casting cost is reasonable. It is a
tribute to this card that it still shows up
periodically in constructed decks.
In Limited it is
substantially weaker. Limited decks require so
many creatures that you almost never get to use
his graveyard effect. So he becomes basically a
Grey Ogre thus subject to the Grey Ogre rule of
2.0 rating on the scale.
higher if in a Skye Thomsen deck
Limited-2 Grey Ogre
It wasn't that long
ago that this guy was a pin in a lot of people's
butts. It was cheaply costed and there were
a ton of tricks to get him into a useable
situation. For decks that were built around
Nether Spirit, it could very well be put to good
On the flip side, I would probably take this guy
with one of my bottom four picks of the pack.
It's not likely that he is going to the
graveyard without any other creatures there.
However, if I had a Nether Spirit in the
current block of limited, there might be ways that
I could make it useful.
Public Service Announcement : Nether Spirit and
Ichorid ... not a good combo.
Tuesday - Nether
This creature was at the
heart of the AK-Go deck, which did well at the
Worlds 2000 contest in Toronto. Nether Spirit will
keep coming back from the grave despite getting
killed every other turn by your opponent. Like
Grindstone, it's a reliable but slow win
condition. Nether Spirit is a valuable component
of a good control deck. It's no Morphling, but it
will make things hard for your oppponent. In
limited you'd be very lucky to get a deck that can
use its ability, and Nether Spirit will just be a
2/2 for 1BB.
Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 2
Constructed: 3 Stars
I don't really like
this guy too much in Limited since you're usually
going to want to win through a creature victory,
and some of those creatures are most likely going
to die. I'm not too thrilled with him in
constructed anymore, either. He was great with
Nether-Haups around, but he doesn't have too many
uses now aside from Contamination locks.
Spirit is one my favorites. He fit into many decks
back in his day, and Nether-Go deck never really
went out of style in type II last year, even after
Apocalypse destroyed whatever hold Masques block
had on the Type II format before that. Still, he
is a small creature, only a 2/2, and it didn't
help him much that almost anything in Invasion
could stop him hands down. He was very much a
creature built for counters, and that is why he
gets a 4.
In limited, unless
he is one of your first creatures to hit the
graveyard, you will NEVER have no creatures in the
graveyard. That makes him literally a 2/2 for 3,
making him probably a middle pick, possibly even
late. I give him a 2 in limited.
When you see a 2/2 for
3 mana, you expect a usable ability, but this is
ridiculous. This ability can creat tons of card
advantage, not to mention that it makes this guy,
who was often a win condition for control decks,
nearly impossible for most decks to get rid of. 4