Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
Protection from red
Tap: Subterranean Spirit deals 1 damage to each
creature without flying.
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2001
based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ...
5 is the highest rating.
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.
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.
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.
It helps to
control the game, and it can be considered a
3.5 - constructed
Limited: ***^ (3
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
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
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