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Top 10 Cards of 2009:
Vampire Nighthawk

Zendikar

Reviewed January 7, 2009

Constructed: 4.15
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 3.75

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating

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BMoor

Vampire Nighthawk

It flies, so it gets to hit the opponent more often. Whenever it hits anything, you gain life for it. And any creature it hits is guaranteed to die. There's pretty much no situation where this creature isn't useful, be it attacking, blocking, or just threatening to block.

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vampire Nighthawk

I had to read this card about four times when I first saw it - I wasn't sure it was real! Almost nothing gets past it, and the lifelink ability lets you race decks with Lightning Bolt. The only wrinkle is that he competes with Hypnotic Specter, who is slightly better against control decks. But that's a minor problem compared to his amazing power.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Vampire Nighthawk

Welcome back readers, continuing our countdown of the top ten cards of 200p. Vampire Nighthawk earns its spot on the list by becoming a powerful and valuable tool to not only the powerful vampire archetype but a powerhouse force and one of the most drafted cards of Zendikar. In standard it fits right in with its vampire brethren and provides a powerful mono black deck recipe. It’s a lynchpin and one of the most versatile creatures in the format. In extended and eternal formats it doesn’t have a spot in current builds but it is an efficient creature only hampered by its deep commitment to black. In casual and multiplayer it’s a powerful threat deterrent and can handle most of the frightening creatures that can get tossed down at a kitchen table. In limited this card shines particularly well as it is a must pick over most other rares and has been valued highly as a Zendikar pick. Overall Vampire Nighthawk earns its spot on our list by being a powerful creature that is a limited bomb as well as sporting a spot in a powerful standard archetype.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today is number seven on the countdown with the amazing Vampire Nighthawk whose inclusion in the list should come as no surprise. Here we have a three mana 2/3 Flying creature, which alone would be powerful for Black, but add on Lifelink and Deathtouch and you have an insanely powerful uncommon.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a very powerful choice at the three drop slot in any Black deck, especially one with a vampire theme. There really is no negative to this card aside from the double Black in the mana cost and perhaps not having Vigilance to make it ideal in every situation.

For Limited this should be drafted ahead of many rares as the power level trumps quite a few. In Sealed this is the kind of card that can cause someone to play Black instead of another color. The double Black limits the ability to just splash one into another deck, but few cards can match the power this offers. In Booster this is a top pick and should almost never be passed. In either format try to make the deck use as many Black mana sources as possible to increase the odds of playing this for the third turn.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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