Nekrataal is the original "187" creature,
destroying any creature that Terror would be
able to destroy when it comes into play. A lot
of creatures with decent coming-into-play
abilities don't leave much of a creature behind
after the smoke clears from the coming-into-play
ability. Nekrataal is a notable exception to
this rule, giving you a creature with first
strike. It is interesting to note that Nekrataal
is is being reprinted for Ninth Edition with a
new creature type: Human Assassin. This new
tribal affiliation does nothing to enhance its
playability in constructed, but is a bit of a
clean up from the old days when many creatures
originally) were printed with creature types of
which THEY were the one and only member.
This card was once one of the best cards in its
color. I remember when this guy was in every
black creature deck. Unfortunately, over the
years, as players, we've gotten better and
learned new tricks, so he doesn't always find
his way in. He does first strike. He does kill a
creature when he comes into play. You would
think this guy is one you want in every deck. It
just doesn't work out that way though. In
limited play though, this guy is great!
I really can't complain too much about this
card. It is appropriately costed, it has a good
ability, and that ability is attached to a
decent body. Nekrataal is one of those cards
that might not see play all of the time thanks
to the other spells available in the format, but
every once in a while it can show up in a deck
and make an impact.
In limited, the same rule applies to Nekrataal
as it does to any other removal card -- any
removal is good removal.
Such a good card for a base set! Nekrataal, for
only 4 mana, kills a non-Black creature AND
happens to have first strike, meaning it is a
threat to most 2 toughness creatures. In
limited, you absolutely take it, going Black or
not...if you're not, you certainly don't want it
in anyone else's hand.
Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 5
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