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Nekrataal 
Visions/Eight Edition


Reviewed October 14, 2002

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Scott
Gerhardt

The original 187 critter, and he's still one of the best!  2/1 FS that offs something when it comes into place it nice.  It can kill the fattie and first strike the weenies. Exceptional in both limited and constructed where it will see lots of play.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 4.5


Judge Bill

This week, we look at cards that we have seen before, and will be seeing again, in about a year in Type 2. Cards that are in Eighth Edition.
 
We start off the week with the original creature as creature killer. For 4 mana, you get a 2/1 first striker, and you get to kill a nonblack creature. This is really strong in the right deck. I think it will be really strong again.
 
In limited, this was and will again be really good. You get to take out one of their best creatures, and have a body to boot? Sign me up.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4.25


Rob
Lawing

Happy Columbus day out there. Today's card is one of my old favorites from Mirage block, Nekretaal. He was the creature that the term 187 creature came from due to his come into play effect. I think he still fits well into constructed as a 2/1 first striker is decent and with a banishing ability he becomes a real star. In limited he should be even better although I don't know of anywhere you can play 8th ed. limited except online.
 
Rating
Constructed 3
Limited 4.5

 
Alex
Hockey

A classic creature with a useful ability. It remains
one of the few creatures that can be put into any deck
that supports its colours and still perform well. It
is competitively priced but at 4 mana doesn't cost
much to play either (a fact that undoubtedly led to it
being chosen over Dark Hatchling in the recent
"Selecting 8th edition" vote). A 4 in constructed.

Really cool in limited, so long as you can afford the
double black in the casting cost (black often doesn't
get good limited creatures so playing it as a primary
colour can be risky). Still, It gets a 4 in limited.


Robby Hinton

Limited: 3 1/2
Constructed: 4

I really like Nekrataal.  He's a 2/1 first strike for
four, which isn't too bad as is in limited.  Then, he
gets to Terror a guy when he comes in.  How good is
that?  If he only had one black in his cost, he'd be a
4 1/2 or so.  Plus, Mono Black Control is bound to be
around, so this guy should fit right in.  He's better
than Faceless Butcher since they don't get their guy
back when you Mutilate.  He's great!

John Hornberg

Neckrataal looks like it could see play in Type II, but it isn't going
to replace Flametongue in any real sense.  Neckrataal will hit the same
brick wall Faceless Butcher hit once Torment went Type II legal - where
the heck are we going to fit this amazing card into our decks in
constructed?  With Butcher, that question never got answered, and hasn't
really found a home, but Neckrataal could be different.  A 2/1 First
Striker isn't bad, and with it's effect, it is worth the 4 mana.  The
problem is that it does you nothing in a mirror match, or even against
black in general.  I give it a 2.5 in constructed, because he is
certainly good, but whether or not it will find a home will be seen at a
later date.

In limited, it's a creature, it blows stuff up, AND it houses weenies!
 An almost automatic first pick every time.  A 4.9 out of 5, because
there is always that pack that will throw this in with something like
Obliterate or Shivan Dragon with the person you are passing the pack to
playing red, where you will need to take the house to save yourself.
 

 

 

 

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