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Nighthowler
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 Nighthowler
- Theros

Reviewed October 21, 2013

Constructed: 2.62
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.63
Multiplayer: 4.00

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BMoor

Nighthowler

The flexibility of being creature or Aura is nice, and the fact that it lives on a a creature after its wearer dies is nice, but really it's just a big creature. Easy to kill, and probably not even that big really. A dedicated mill deck, or a deck in a multiplayer group, might enjoy it, but that's about it.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 3.5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Nighthowler which is a three mana Black creature or four mana aura with Bestow that has or grants power and toughness equal to the number of creatures in all graveyards.  This is a fairly solid card in a mono-Black sacrifice build, but really shines in library destroying themes or in Multiplayer.  The low cost for the creature and more importantly the Bestow make this a serious threat and one that will be popular across formats.
 
In Limited this a very strong card that works very well as a topdeck and in the later stages of the game, but also can be a reasonable threat fairly early with enough Black mana to play it and active graveyard filling.  The double Black is the only small drawback as it requires more than a minimal splash to be reliably played, though Black is strong in the set which makes it less of a problem.  The low casting cost for Bestow should make that the primary usage of the card and combined with evasive threats this is a game winner. An easy first pick in Booster and solid foundation for including Black in Sealed with even a reasonable pool.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


Skid Rambo

Nighthowler was the Theros Game Day foil. It looks really nice! The card’s abilities are nice too. Most people seem to be overlooking the new Bestow ability. Turn 3 Master of Fates. Turn 4 Bestow Nighthowler on the Master and listen to your opponent sigh. Nighthowler can be great in any deck that has Black mana, but I can really see Nighthowler being awesome in a MIL deck. This creature seems to be the most powerful in limited play. I ran into it a few times at the Theros Pre-Release and it was hard to deal with. The only problem with this card is that it has no Evasion at all. This means that it can be blocked by anything!

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nighthowler

Did you ever look at some other creature and say "I wish this could be a Mortivore too"? Yeah, me neither. Still, I feel that giving a random other creature such a boost does have potential - especially since when someone kills the random other creature, you're left with a Mortivore. That's something that we used to call "card advantage" on the playground. If you're going to be using Nighthowler mainly as a creature itself, its mana cost is in a good place to be played late and leave mana up - I'm a big fan of that sort of versatility.

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


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