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 Niblis of Frost
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 6, 2016

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.67
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander [EDH]: 3.5

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David Fanany

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Niblis of Frost
 
This card has a very strong ability in the abstract, but it's not the sort of place that constructed Magic always goes. A deck with a lot of sorcery and instant spells is likely to make some of them be things that get creatures off the table entirely, in a less situational manner. While it does add value to spells that don't have effects like that in the first place, and effectively double up on tempo plays like Unsummon, that may not be enough to go in every spell-based or even prowess-based deck. It makes up for it somewhat by being very strong in limited, and there may be a niche for it in a theme deck based around flashback or the like, where it can be engineered to effectively clear a table for very little mana.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

James H.

Nibilis of Frost (7/6)

Nibilis of Frost is a very blue creature, if nothing else. It flies, and it rewards you for casting instants and sorceries, which is something blue likes to do. "Freezing" blockers or potential attackers is also a very powerful effect. It's even fairly costed, and 3 toughness can push it out of burn damage range after a single spell.

I think this card definitely can find homes in spellslinger-type decks, the decks packed to the gills with instants and sorceries meant to inflict large amounts of damage and punishment to the opponent. And even if you don't draw into them, he can still beat face as a 3/3, which is hardly the worst thing in the world. His efficacy in Limited is lessened because of its tendency to want a lot more creatures in decks, but the body on its own should be sufficient.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 4
Commander: 4


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