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Card of the Day

Subterranean Spirit

Protection from red
Tap: Subterranean Spirit deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.06
Limited: 3.31
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2001

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



I don't like this card much at all.  It does have some uses, but in today's environment with the high quality o regenerators and the like, I don't think it has much place.  I also think his casting cast is a bit high.  It's not overcosted, just balanced.  In limited the guy is ten times better.  Maybe he's not a first pick, but he is pretty high up there.

Constructed: 2.4
Limited: 3.4


Sadly I can not view this card objectively. I have never drafted Mi/Vi/Wl so don't know how powerful this card is. In today's draft I think he would definitely be a first or second pick, probably a 4. In constructed he's pretty worthless as he's a 5 casting cost 3/3 that can easily be killed, and doesn't change the game state very much. Constructed a 2.


Limited ***
Constructed **

This card didn't have much of an affect on Mirage Limited as it was a rare.  While a nice pick, it wasn't much of a bomb.  5 mana for a 3/3 with no evasion and a built in "Tremor" is nice at best.  As far as constructed, I played a TON of constructed when Mirage came out and Subterranean Spirit was never a worry.


For someone who wasn't around when this card was in Standard, I have to say that I'm not too impressed. It's a balanced card, but for 3RR, he's no bombshell in Extended. There are better things for peoples decks that are red, but he's still an utterly fair, and still usable in any format. He's just too average, so I give him a 3 in constructed.

This guy in limited is a hands down 5. You can't get a better limited card, because with what this guy does, and with his size, he's the kind of thing we all wish for on the first pack of a draft.

John B

It helps to control the game, and it can be considered a threat. 

3.5 - constructed


Limited: ***^ (3 1/2 Stars)
Constructed: **^ (2 1/2 Stars)

Subterranean Spirit is a better draft card than constructed due to its amazing ability (for Mirage block anyway). Many of the creatures in the Mirage block were smaller "weenie" creatures due to the fact that many of them had flanking. The Spirit takes care of those little problems. 

In constructed, it serves as more of a sideboard card against things like Secret Force and Elfball since it has the possibility of wiping out many of their guys while only using the ability once. Its 5 casting cost is too much for only being a 3/3 creature with no evasion and only Pro Red (many red creatures can be killed by its ability anyway).

Sorry Scott :)

Okay. I'm a bit biased since this is, without a doubt, my favorite card in the game of Magic. As a matter of fact, if anyone has any "Subbies" they wish to trade or sell, let me know. My binder is rapidly growing, but I want more!

Seriously, let's look at the card. At a 5CC 3/3, it's not the best creature in the world for the P/T, but it's certainly not bad. As a pro-red creature, it's obviously not subject to burning out. In addition, it's 3 toughness keeps it just out of Cursed Scroll range. If it has to, it can trade with things like Elephants, and even 4 toughness things because of the ability.

The ability is where this creature really shines. Imagine Subbie against Three Deuce. I shudder at the thought, because if I was without a Plow, I was probably dead. I originally played the Subbie at a major tournament Regionals 1997, the advent of 5CG, and also where a lot of Speed R/G decks were around. This guy was undoubtedly my MVP, helping me to go 6-2 and finish 9th place. Where weenies live, the Subbie can be your answer. Against Sligh, need I say more? It kills 100% of Sligh's creatures, then turns into a clock they can in no way. shape, or form deal with.

I'm sure my fellow Card of the Dayers are going to slam this card up and down - heck - most people don't even know what it is when I ask them for it. The card is actually incredibly good, even in today's environment. It's CC is a little high, but in a Ponza-style deck, don't think for a second that the great red Elemental of Doom isn't not only viable, but really good. In limited, it's incredible as well. Most limited environments require creatures, and Subbie kills, or aids in killing most of them.

New Constructed Rating: N/A (not in t2)
Old Constructed Rating: 4.0
Potential Constructed: 4.5
Overall Constructed Rating: 4.25

Limited Rating: 5.0

Coolest Card On The Planet Rating: 6.0





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